[robotics-worldwide] AAAI: Special Track on Physically Grounded AI-- Robotics, Computer Vision, Sensor Networks, and Machine Learning

Drew Bagnell dbagnell at ri.cmu.edu
Thu Jan 17 08:45:21 PST 2008

Dear Colleagues,

I'd like to call your attention to the upcoming deadline for a new  
track at AAAI this year on "Physically Grounded AI". We hope this track
brings additional focus to AAAI on physically grounded AI, especially  
robotics, computer vision, sensor networks and machine learning.
I believe this is a rare opportunity to connect some of the most  
exciting areas within AI together and to think hard as a broader  
about collaborating to address the most important open problems. We  
strongly encourage submission of the highest quality work in these
areas, and we look forward to seeing you in Chicago this summer!

Drew Bagnell
Carnegie Mellon University

Special Track on Physically Grounded AI

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 25
Paper Submission Deadline: January 30
Author Notification Deadline: April 1

Robotics, computer vision, activity recognition and the many other  
disciplines where computers interface to physical environments have  
proven to be a major source of inspiration and crucial new insights  
into artificial intelligence. Physical grounding provides ready access  
to a challenging, real problems of perception and action with rich  
source of data and the related stochastic effects. Further,  
applications of physically grounded AI have enormous potential to  
improve research, learning, entertainment, commerce, and society as a  

The special track invites research papers on AI techniques, systems  
and concepts applied to physically grounded systems including activity  
recognition, robotics, and machine perception.

Papers should either describe related research or clearly explain how  
the work addresses problems in physically embodied agents,  
opportunities or issues underlying such systems. Relevant topics  

     * AI for Robotics
     * Activity Recognition
     * Computer Vision
     * Intelligence and Perception for Human-Robot interaction
     * Machine Learning applied to robotics, vision, and other  
activities grounded in the real world
     * Machine Learning for control and decision making
     * Motion planning
     * Prediction and planning for transportation
     * Sensor Networks
     * Three-Dimensional Machine Perception

Papers will be reviewed by qualified reviewers drawn from a special  
track committee, with specific expertise in the above areas, as well  
as the general AAAI program committee. Submissions to this special  
track deemed not to be relevant may be considered for review for the  
general technical papers track at the discretion of the track and  
conference cochairs.

Author Registration

Authors must register at the AAAI-08 PGAI web-based technical paper  
submission site. The software will assign a password, which will  
enable the author to log on to submit an abstract and paper. In order  
to avoid a rush at the last minute, authors are encouraged to register  
as soon as possible after December 1.

Abstract and Paper Submission

Electronic abstract and paper submission through the AAAI-08 PGAI  
paper submission site is required on or (preferably) before the  
deadline dates listed above. We cannot accept submissions by e-mail or  

Papers must be in trouble-free, high resolution PDF format, formatted  
for US Letter (8.5" x 11") paper, using Type 1 or TrueType fonts.  
Papers may be no longer than 6 pages including references, and  
formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style (see the author  
instructions page). Please note that these formatting instructions are  
for final, accepted papers; no additional pages can be purchased at  
the review stage. In addition, the copyright slug may be omitted in  
the initial submission phase. Please also refer to for instructions on  
how to prepare your paper for blind review.

Authors will receive confirmation of receipt of their abstracts or  
papers, including an ID number, shortly after submission. AAAI will  
contact authors again only if problems are encountered with papers.  
Inquiries regarding lost papers must be made no later than February 6,  

Submissions to Other Conferences or Journals

Papers submitted to this conference must not have been accepted for  
publication elsewhere or be under review for another AI conference.  
However, to encourage interdisciplinary contributions, we may consider  
unpublished work that has been submitted or presented in part to a  
forum outside of AI. The guidelines of the AAAI policy on multiple  
submissions are fully detailed and must be carefully followed.

Review Process

Program committee members will identify papers they are qualified to  
review based on the information submitted electronically (the paper's  
title, keywords, and abstract). Their reviewing will be done blind to  
the identities of the authors and their institutions. Authors will  
have a limited opportunity to respond to initial reviews. This  
author's feedback may then be taken into account in the final reviews  
and recommendations. The program committee's reviews will make  
recommendations to the track cochairs. Although the track cochairs  
will formally make all final decisions, in practice almost all will be  
made earlier in the process.


Accepted papers will be allocated six (6) pages in the conference  
proceedings. Up to two (2) additional pages may be used at a cost to  
the authors of US$275 per page. Final papers exceeding eight (8) pages  
and those violating the instructions to authors will not be included  
in the proceedings. Authors will be required to transfer copyright of  
their paper to AAAI.

Questions and Suggestions

Concerning author instructions and conference registration, write to aaai08 at aaai.org 
. Concerning suggestions or other inquiries, write to the special  
track cochairs.
Special Track Cochairs

     * Drew Bagnell
       (Carnegie Mellon University)
     * Wolfram Burgard
       (University of Freiburg)
     * Irfan Essa
       (Georgia Institute of Technology)

The Special Track on Physically Grounded AI call for papers is also  
available as a printable PDF document:

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