[robotics-worldwide] CfP: ICRA 2010 Tutorial on Robot Learning from Demonstration

Sonia Chernova chernova at media.mit.edu
Mon Feb 15 16:54:21 PST 2010

Call for Participation:  ICRA 2010 Tutorial on Robot Learning from Demonstration

Overview:  This half-day tutorial will present a review of current advances in
the areas of learning from demonstration and imitation learning, focusing
specifically on robotic applications.

Location: ICRA 2010, Anchorage, Alaska
Date:      Friday, May 7th, 2010
Time:      Afternoon session, 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Registration: please register through the ICRA conference website,

**Motivation and Objectives**
Interactive policy learning methods, in which a robot obtains some or all of its
training data from human demonstrations, have gained widespread interest in
recent years.  A wide range of algorithms and applications have been proposed,
resulting in a large body of literature that is often challenging for new
researchers to explore due to inconsistent terminology.  In this tutorial, we
will present a survey of the field covering all major components of the
demonstration learning problem: demonstration techniques, policy learning
methods, evaluation metrics and impact on human-robot interaction. 
Additionally, our goals are to highlight the limitations of existing approaches
and discuss promising areas for future research.   The tutorial will include
participant involvement, with a mix of slide presentations and discussion.

**List of topics**
? demonstration methods (input modalities, recording techniques, the
correspondence problem, etc)
? policy learning algorithms ranging from low-level motor primitives to
high-level behaviors
? evaluation metrics
? human-robot interaction challenges
? integration with natural human social learning methods
? pairing demonstration with learning from experience
? open areas for future research

2:00 - 2:10  Welcome
2:10 - 2:50  Talk: An Overview of Learning from Demonstration Techniques
2:50 - 3:30  Invited Talk
3:30 - 3:50  Coffee Break
3:50 - 4:30  Discussion
4:40 - 5:20  Talk: An HRI perspective on Robot Learning by Demonstration
5:20 - 5:30  Wrap Up

Brenna Argall, EPFL
Sonia Chernova, MIT Media Lab
Andrea Thomaz, Georgia Tech

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