[robotics-worldwide] Second Call for Papers: RSS Workshop on Grounding Human-Robot Dialog for Spatial Tasks

Stefanie Tellex stefie10 at csail.mit.edu
Thu May 5 10:45:33 PDT 2011

RSS Workshop on Grounding Human-Robot Dialog for Spatial Tasks

July 1, 2011 @ USC in Los Angeles, California (half day) in conjunction 
with RSS (Robotics: Science and Systems) 2011

-- Website --


-- Description --

Unconstrained spoken language is an intuitive and flexible way for 
humans to command robots to perform spatial tasks such as navigation or 
manipulation. Dialog (i.e., conversational) interfaces offer a rich way 
to establish common ground between a person and a robot, and hence 
facilitate natural and flexible interaction. This workshop specifically 
aims to bring together communities studying robotics, natural language 
understanding, spatial cognition, and perception to build powerful 
spatial dialog systems for robots. We aim to bridge the gap between the 
theoretical understanding and practical application of spatial language 
understanding, create and discuss shared datasets and problems, and 
define key research problems and challenges.

-- Call for Papers --

We invite submissions of 4 pages in RSS 2011 format 
(http://www.roboticsconference.org/authors.html) on research towards 
building spatial dialog interfaces for robots.  Topics include, but are 
not limited to the following:

- Dialog interfaces for spatial reasoning tasks, such as navigation, 
object finding, object manipulation and delivery.
- Challenges inherent to multi-modal interaction for commanding robots 
with spatial semantics including speech, gesture and sketch.
- Interpreting and generating route instructions for spatial tasks.
- Learning meanings for spatial words such as “past, “on," “right," etc.
- Vision and other sensing modalities for grounding linguistic elements 
such as places, objects, spatial relations, and verbs.
- Knowledge representations that support spatial reasoning.
- Descriptions of publicly available corpora that focus on spatial tasks.

Submit your manuscript by email to sl-workshop at lists.csail.mit.edu with 
“[RSS 2011 WORKSHOP]” in the subject line.

-- Important Dates --

Submit manuscripts by:  May 16, 2011
Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 30, 2011
Final camera-ready papers deadline: June 6, 2011

The workshop: Friday, July 1, 2011

-- Panelists --
Dieter Fox (University of Washington)
Hadas Kress-Gazit (Cornell University)
Alex Rudnicky (Carnegie Mellon University)
David Traum (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)

-- Organizers --
Thomas Kollar (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Stefanie Tellex (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Antoine Raux (Honda Research Institute)
Robert Ross (Dublin Institute of Technology)
Matthew Marge (Carnegie Mellon University)


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