[robotics-worldwide] Deadline Extended - May 23: RSS Workshop on Grounding Human-Robot Dialog for Spatial Tasks

Stefanie Tellex stefie10 at csail.mit.edu
Mon May 16 13:36:08 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 23, 2011 *DEADLINE EXTENDED*
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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