[robotics-worldwide] PerMIS'08 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Raj Madhavan raj.madhavan at nist.gov
Fri Jul 11 09:08:52 PDT 2008


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

PerMIS’08
Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems Workshop
August 19—21, 2008
http://www.isd.mel.nist.gov/PerMIS_2008/
Washington DC, U.S.A.

General Chair
Elena Messina, NIST
Program Chair
Raj Madhavan, ORNL/NIST

PerMIS'08 will be the eighth in the series that started
in 2000, targeted at defining measures and methodologies of evaluating
performance of intelligent systems. The workshop has proved to be an
excellent forum for discussions and partnerships, dissemination of
ideas, and future collaborations in an informal setting. Attendees
usually include researchers, graduate students, practitioners from
industry, academia, and government agencies.

PerMIS’08 aims at 'identifying and quantifying contributions of
functional intelligence towards achieving success'. Our working
definition of functional intelligence is “the ability to act
appropriately in an uncertain environment, where appropriate action is
that which increases the probability of success”, and success is “the
achievement of behavioral goals” (J. Albus, 1991). In addition to the
main theme, as in previous years, the workshop will focus on
applications of performance measures to practical problems in
commercial, industrial, homeland security, and military applications.
Topic areas include, but are not limited to:
* Defining and measuring aspects of a system:
         The level of autonomy
         Human-robot interaction
         Collaboration & Coordination
         Taxonomies
* Evaluating components within intelligent systems:
         Sensing and perception
         Knowledge representation, world models, ontologies
         Planning and control
         Learning and adapting
         Reasoning
* Infrastructural support for performance evaluation:
         Testbeds and competitions for intercomparisons
         Instrumentation and other measurement tools
         Simulation and modeling support
* Technology readiness measures for intelligent systems
* Applied performance measures in various domains, e.g.,
         Intelligent transportation systems
         Emergency response robots (search and rescue, bomb disposal)
         Homeland security systems
         De-mining robots
         Defense robotics
         Hazardous environments (e.g., nuclear remediation)
         Industrial and manufacturing systems
         Space/Aerial  robotics
         Medical robotics & assistive devices

The Proceedings of PerMIS are indexed by INSPEC, Compendex, ACM Digital
Library, and are released as a NIST Special Publication. Selected papers
from past workshops have been published as special issues with the
Journal of Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering (PerMIS’04) and the
Journal of Field Robotics (PerMIS’06).

PLENARY ADDRESSES
  Prof. Sunil Agrawal (University of Delaware, U.S.A.)
  Prof. Alonzo Kelly (Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A.)
  Prof. Allison Okamura (Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.)
  Prof. Erwin Prassler (Bonn-Aachen International 
Center for Information Technology, Germany)
  Dr. Alan Schultz (Navy Research Laboratory, U.S.A.)

SPECIAL SESSIONS
  Cognitive Systems of EU Cognition Programme
  Architectures for Unmanned Systems
  Quantitative Assessment of Robot-generated Maps
  Results from a Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition
  Performance Metrics for Perception in Intelligent Manufacturing
  Medical Robotics
  Developmental Robotics

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
August 14th 2008

SPONSORS
NIST, with technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE 
Washington Section Robotics and Automation 
Society Chapter and in-cooperation with the 
Association for Computing Machinery Special 
Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence

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Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.
Intelligent Systems Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8230
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8230.

Tel: (301) 975-2865 Fax: (301) 990-9688
URL: http://aser.ornl.gov/madhavan/


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