[robotics-worldwide] Cognitive Robotics Workshop - call for papers

Yves Lesperance lesperan at cse.yorku.ca
Tue Mar 4 11:35:48 PST 2008

                                CALL FOR PAPERS

             The Sixth International Cognitive Robotics Workshop
               (The ECAI 2008 Workshop on Cognitive Robotics)
                       Patras Greece, July 21-22, 2008
                        mailto:cogrob08 at cse.yorku.ca

Please distribute to interested people.  Apologies for any duplicates.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: April 17, 2008
Notification of Acceptance: May 19, 2008
Submission of camera ready copies: June 2, 2008

Workshop Description:

Research in robotics has traditionally emphasized low-level sensing
and control tasks including sensory processing, path planning, and
manipulator design and control.  In contrast, research in cognitive
robotics is concerned with endowing robots and software agents with
higher level cognitive functions that enable them to reason, act and
perceive in changing, incompletely known, and unpredictable
environments.  Such robots must, for example, be able to reason about
goals, actions, when to perceive and what to look for, the cognitive
states of other agents, time, resources, collaborative task execution,
etc.  In short, cognitive robotics is concerned with integrating
reasoning, perception, and action within a uniform theoretical and
implementation framework (using methods drawn from logic, probability
and decision theory, reinforcement learning, game theory, etc.).

The use of robots and softbots is becoming more and more widespread,
with many commercial products on the market.  Complex applications and
the need for effective interaction with humans is increasing demand
for robots with capable of deliberation and other high-level cognitive
functions.  Models from cognitive science and techniques from machine
learning are being used to enable robots to extend their knowledge and
skills.  Combining results from mainstream robotics and computer
vision with those from knowledge representation and reasoning, machine
learning, and cognitive science has and will continue to be central to
research in cognitive robotics.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers involved in all
aspects of the theory and implementation of cognitive robotics, to
discuss current work and future directions.  All aspects of cognitive
robotics are of interest to the workshop; we especially welcome
discussions and demonstrations of implemented systems.

Submission information:
Potential participants are invited to submit either

* a technical paper (extended abstract)
* a statement of interest and/or position paper

For the sake of uniformity, all technical papers should follow the
ECAI 2008 style guide (see the workshop's web page) and should be no
longer than 5 pages in camera ready format.  Author names should be
included.  Please refer to the ECAI style guide for details.  Please
disregard the ECAI submission instructions on this page.  Simply
retrieve the style files from this page and send the final formatted
version to cogrob08 at cse.yorku.ca.

Others wishing to attend should submit a 1-2 page description of their work
or interest in this area (including a short list of related publications).
This may include specific questions and issues that they feel should be
addressed.  Authors who would like to participate in systems demonstrations
(either live, simulated, or video-taped) should indicate their audio-visual
and/or computer needs at the time of submission.

If the quality of the submissions is sufficiently high, we may look into 
the possibility of publishing extended versions of selected articles in a
journal special issue.

All submissions must arrive by April 17, 2008. Only electronic
submissions will be accepted and all papers must be in PDF format. All
submissions should be sent to cogrob08 at cse.yorku.ca.


Yves Lesperance (Chair), York University, Toronto <lesperan at cse.yorku.ca>
Gerhard Lakemeyer, Aachen Univ of Technology <gerhard at informatik.rwth-aachen.de>
Jan Peters, Max Plank Inst, Tuebingen <jan.peters at tuebingen.mpg.de>
Fiora Pirri, University of Rome "La Sapienza" <fiora.pirri at dis.uniroma1.it>

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