[robotics-worldwide] AAAI Robotics Exhibition and Workshop - Call for Participation

Monica Anderson monica.d.anderson at gmail.com
Sun Mar 21 17:03:34 PDT 2010

We are pleased to announce

The 2010 AAAI Robotics Exhibition and Workshop featuring

 Learning from Demonstration Challenge
 Small scale Manipulation Challenge: Robotic Chess
 Robotics Education Track
 Workshop: Enabling Intelligence through Middleware

    2010 AAAI Semantic Robot Vision Challenge


July 11-15, 2010
Atlanta, GA, USA

The Nineteenth Edition of Robotics Program at AAAI features the
long-standing Robotics Exhibitions as well as demonstration and
challenges in emerging areas of robotics research.  The Robotics
Program has a long tradition of demonstrating innovating research in
robotics at the intersection with artificial intelligence.  This year,
the AAAI-10 Robotics Program will feature an open robotics exhibition,
demonstrations for intelligent robotics challenge problems, and a
workshop to present current results and discuss future directions.

Moving forward, the theme for AAAI-10 Robotics is "Enabling
Intelligence through Middleware".  This theme aims to cultivate
challenge experiments to advance specific problems in robotics
research and education.  Each challenge is intended to be an
experiment designed to motivate and evaluate an individual function of
artificial intelligence for robotics, similar to the Semantic Robot
Vision Challenge at AAAI-07.  These challenges are meant to identify
problems of interest as well as promote common metrics and experiments
that are reproducible by individual researchers.

** Workshop: Enabling Intelligence through Middleware

This workshop focuses on how to leverage robotics knowledge and
research in other communities through the use of standardized
middleware.  Very few existing robotics development architectures are
used outside of the group developing them.  In addition, algorithms
and approaches developed in one architecture are rarely ported to
another, creating a barrier to reusing good solutions and hampers the
ability to validate results in more than one environment.

This workshop features a panel discussion led by prominent
architecture research groups. The goal is to create a roadmap to
common environments and tools.  This workshop will also feature
presentations by exhibitors in challenge areas that highlight current

** Semantic Robot Vision Challenge

The SRVC is a scavenger hunt for autonomous systems.  The robots are
given a list of objects to find and they must learn what those objects
look like by searching the internet (autonomously) for images of those
objects.  The actual contest is broken into two sections.  First, the
robots are hooked up to the internet for the image search phase.
Afterwards, the robot league entries are allowed to explore the
environment for the objects that they are supposed to find.

Software-only teams are given a  dataset of images to search through
that is collected by the competition organizers. Cash prizes of $2,000
and $1,000 will be offered to the winning teams of the robot league
and the software-only teams.

A more detailed list of the current rules can be found on: http://

** Learning by Demonstration Challenge
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

** Small Scale Manipulation Challenge: Chess
The ICRA-2010 and AAAI-2010 Small-Scale Manipulation Challenge is
designed to highlight advances in embodied intelligence using smaller
than human size robots. Robotic chess requires the integration of
sensing, planning and actuation and provides an opportunity for
performance on a common, well-defined task.

** Robotics Education Track
This venue offers an accessible and flexible opportunity for
undergraduate, early graduate, or pre-college student teams to design,
implement, and demonstrate an autonomous robotic system. The tasks
involved can span physically-embodied AI: exploration, interaction,
and learning within an unknown environment. In the long run, we hope
to motivate hands-on AI robotics investigation both for its own sake
and in service to other academic disciplines and educational goals.

Call for Participation

AAAI-10 Robotics Workshop: Enabling Intelligence through Middleware

The AAAI-10 workshop will feature researchers that contribute to the
design, implementation or use of robotics middleware.  The goal is to
examine the state of robotics middleware and map out future directions
that increase usability, robustness and component reuse.  Participants
are invited to showcase middleware innovations as exhibitors through
demonstrations.  Selected exhibitors will be asked to serve on the
middleware panel as experts.

Those interested in exhibiting or serving as panelists should prepare
a 1-2 page proposal containing:

 (1) the names and affiliation of the exhibitors;
 (2) a summary of the objectives and methods of the underlying research; and
 (3) description or visual of what the exhibit (or video) will show.

The proposal must be emailed to Monica Anderson (anderson at cs.ua.edu)
by April 1, 2010 as a PDF document.

All participants accepted for the Robotics Exhibition and Challenges
are invited to participate in the AAAI-10 Robotics Workshop. Proposals
for participation in the workshop alone will not be considered.

AAAI-10 Robotics Exhibition

The Robotics Exhibition is open to demonstrations in all areas of
robotics research, education, and commercial development.
Demonstrations are preferred to be live demonstrations of robots in
action, but can also be combined video and poster presentations of
interesting robotics projects.

Those interested in exhibiting should prepare a 1-2 page proposal containing:

 (1) the names and affiliation of the exhibitors;
 (2) a summary of the objectives and methods of the underlying research; and
 (3) description or visual of what the exhibit (or video) will show.

The proposal must be emailed to Monica Anderson (anderson at cs.ua.edu)
by April 1, 2010 as a PDF document.

AAAI-10 Robotics Challenges

Participation in the Semantic Robot Vision, Chess and Learning by
Demonstration challenge will be handled by the organizers of each
event.  Each challenges has a specific time-table that includes
submission of intent, qualification and registration.    Please refer
to the websites for the individual challenge questions or consult the
corresponding organizers.

 * Semantic Robot Vision Challenge -
 * Learning by Demonstration Challenge -
 * Small Scale Manipulation Challenge: Robotic Chess -

Travel Support
Partial travel support may be available for participants.

Important Dates (tentative - refer to individual websites for updates)

 *     11/15/09    Call for Participation Announced
 *     04/01/10    1-page Workshop Exhibition Proposal Due
 *     05/01/10    Notification of Acceptance
 *     05/01/10    Travel Support Notification
 *     06/15/10    Slide for Programs Due
 *     06/15/10    AAAI Registration Forms Due
 *     07/11/10    AAAI 2010 (July 12-15th)

Organizing Committee

Event Co-Chairs:

     Andrea Thomaz (Georgia Tech)
     Monica Anderson (University of Alabama)

Semantic Vision
     Daniel F. DeMenthon (Johns Hopkins University)
     Paul E. Rybski (Carnegie Mellon University)

Small ScaleMobile Manipulation: Robotic Chess Chair:

     Dave Touretzky (Carnegie Mellon University)

Learning by Demonstration Chair:

    Sonia Chernova (MIT Media Lab)

Mobile Manipulation Co-Chairs:

     Matei Ciocarlie (Willow Garage)
     Radu Rusu (TU Munich)

Student Robotics Challenge Co-Chairs:

     Zach Dodds (Harvey Mudd College)

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