[robotics-worldwide] Last Call for Papers: ICML Workshop on Planning and Acting with Uncertain Models

Finale P Doshi finale at MIT.EDU
Wed Apr 27 07:18:29 PDT 2011

Last Call for Papers

ICML Workshop on Planning and Acting with Uncertain Models
Submission Deadline: April 29, 2011
Workshop Date: July 2, 2011
URL: http://web.mit.edu/~wingated/www/icml2011_workshop

Recent years have seen huge advances in capturing structured uncertainty, and 
many action-selection approaches have been developed to leverage knowledge 
about model-uncertainty: Bayesian approaches cast unknown model parameters as 
additional hidden state; PAC approaches provide guarantees on the agent's final 
performance; robust algorithms minimize overall regret. However, simple 
approximations, such as ignoring much of the uncertainty or making myopic 
decisions, often perform quite well. Does their success imply that they are 
sufficiently sophisticated? In what problem domains is explicitly planning to 
gather information to reduce model uncertainty crucial to good performance? 
What insights do successful action-selection strategies provide on how to best 
track model uncertainty?

The goal of this workshop is to identify state of the art methods for planning 
under uncertainty and discuss why specific methods work well in specific 
domains. For example, how do explicit rewards for reducing uncertainty---such 
as goal-oriented problems---affect what planning algorithms are most 
successful? When planners do not take explicit steps to reduce model 
uncertainty, is that a result of the approximation or the fact that, in many 
domains, most reasonable policies reduce model uncertainty reasonably well? 
When is it useful to introduce internal rewards for exploration or reducing 
model variance? How should agents decide what aspects of the model are worth 


We invite full and short papers on recent work exploring these questions. 
Papsers should be in ICML format, submitted to finale at mit.edu by April 29, 
2011.  Notifications for oral and poster presentations will be sent out by May 
20, 2011.

Program Format:

The format of the workshop will include a series of invited speakers for an 
extended discussion about the various approaches to planning with model 
uncertainty.  Confirmed speakers are Satinder Singh (University of Michigan), 
David Hsu (Stanford University), Joelle Pineau (McGill University), and Lihong 
Li (Yahoo! Research).  The workshop will also include a poster session and oral 
presentations for contributed papers, as well as periods to compare different 
approaches and discuss open problem domains.

Finale Doshi-Velez and David Wingate

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