[robotics-worldwide] CFP: AAAI 2010 Learning by Demonstration Challenge

Sonia Chernova chernova at mit.edu
Thu Nov 5 07:06:32 PST 2009

AAAI 2010 Robot Learning by Demonstration Challenge
July 11-15, 2010
Atlanta, GA, USA

Call for Participation

The 2010 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence will be hosting  
the second annual exhibit and challenge
on robot Learning by Demonstration (LbD).  The purpose of this event  
is to bring together research and
commercial groups to demonstrate complete platforms performing LbD  
tasks.  Our long-term aim is to define
increasingly challenging experiments for future LbD events and greater  
scientific understanding of the area.

We welcome contributions that demonstrate physically embodied robots  
learning a task or skill from a human
teacher.  This year’s LbD Challenge will consist of two components:

    1) Individual demonstrations using live hardware and/or short  
video presentations showcasing Learning
     by Demonstration abilities.  Participants will be able to  
demonstrate their own unique demo highlighting
     the abilities of their robot.

    2) Optional challenge event in which all participants will perform  
an object relocation task that involves
     teaching the robot to move an object from one place to another.   
Each participating team will be
     provided with sample objects for practice in the weeks before the  
event.  Due to differences in
     embodiment and learning algorithms, we expect to see a wide  
variety of approaches for performing the
     target behavior.  A video showcasing the results will be compiled  
by the event organizers.

The LbD Challenge will be held July 11-15, 2010 as part of the AAAI  
Robotics Exhibition and Workshop.
Please visit the challenge website for the latest information:  http://web.media.mit.edu/~chernova/aaai2010lbd

Those interested in contributing should submit a 1-2 page proposal, by  
March 1, 2010, containing the following
• the names and affiliation of the exhibitors
• summary of objectives and methods of the underlying research
• description of the LbD demonstration
• statement of intent of participation in the organized challenge
• citations to relevant or supporting papers
• if proposing a live hardware demonstration, a list and short  
description of the hardware you will be
  using at the Challenge.

Please email submissions to aaai2010lbd at googlemail.com  Notifications  
of acceptance will be sent by
May 1st, 2010.  Participants interested in the optional challenge  
event are encouraged to contact the organizers
for additional information.

Travel support
Travel support may be possible for selected participants, depending on  
available funds and level of demand.

Sonia Chernova, MIT Media Lab (chernova at media.mit.edu)
Monica Anderson, University of Alabama (anderson at cs.ua.edu)
Andrea L. Thomaz, Georgia Tech (athomaz at cc.gatech.edu)

Sonia Chernova
Postdoctoral Associate
Personal Robots Group
M.I.T. Media Lab
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