[robotics-worldwide] 1st CFP: ERLARS 2011 in Berlin, Germany

Nils T Siebel, ERLARS Workshop erlars2011 at erlars.org
Tue Aug 30 11:11:46 PDT 2011

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December 9-10 2011, HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Submission deadline: October 9 2011




*** Objectives ***

Learning is essential for an autonomous robot system.  The range of
unexpected situations it can handle while performing its task depends on
its ability to adapt. Recent developments have taken autonomous robots
beyond industrial settings, for example at home as toys and cleaners.

However, production models usually interact with their environment
following a fixed control strategy, which limits their range of
application. More adaptable robots require control strategies that learn
more and better from interactions with their environment.  The ERLARS
workshop addresses the challenge to develop efficient and versatile
learning architectures for autonomous robot systems, with the main focus
on adequate evolutionary and reinforcement learning algorithms.

*** Relevant Topics ***

Papers are invited on all aspects of learning methods for the control of
autonomous robot systems, including, but not limited to:

 * Model-free visual servoing
 * Mobile robot navigation by means of reinforcement learning
 * Combining offline- and online learning methods for robot control
 * Reinforcement learning by evolutionary algorithms of neural network-based
   and other robot controllers
 * Hybrid systems that combine modelling and parameter estimation by
   reinforcement learning
 * Learning from scratch and cascaded learning architectures
 * Knowledge-based reinforcement learning
 * Developmental and epigenetic robotics
 * Balancing exploration and exploitation of acquired knowledge
 * Simulated environments for autonomous robot learning scenarios

*** Important Dates ***

 * October 9 2011     : Paper submissions due
 * November 1 2011    : Notification of paper acceptance
 * November 14 2011   : Camera ready paper submission
 * December 9/10 2011 : Workshop takes place

*** Workshop Chairs ***

Nils T Siebel
Building Automation Lab, Department of Engineering 1,
HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Yohannes Kassahun
Research Group Robotics, Robotics Innovation Center,
University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

*** Programme Committee ***

Andrew Barto (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
Peter Dürr (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland)
Christian Igel (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Takanori Koga (Yamaguchi University, Japan)
Tim Kovacs (University of Bristol, UK)
Jun Ota (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Jan Peters (MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany)
Daniel Polani (University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK)
Marcello Restelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Stefan Schiffer (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
Juergen Schmidhuber (Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland)
Marc Toussaint (TU Berlin, Germany)
Jeremy Wyatt (University of Birmingham, UK)


More information on the workshop website: http://www.erlars.org/2011/



ERLARS Workshop
International Workshop on
Evolutionary and Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Robot Systems


Nils T Siebel
Department of Engineering 1
HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin
Wilhelminenhofstr. 75A
12459 Berlin, Germany

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