[robotics-worldwide] CFP Robotics Track AAAI 2012 -> deadline 24 Jan, 2012

Siddhartha Srinivasa ss5 at andrew.cmu.edu
Thu Nov 17 15:38:34 PST 2011

Dear Colleagues,
We are excited to chair the first-ever Robotics Track at AAAI. The
track is a testament to the increasing significance of robotics as a
formidable proving ground for Artificial Intelligence. We encourage
you to submit your best research and hope to see you in Toronto
at AAAI 2012.  Further details below.

Kurt and Sidd
Kurt Konolige, Willow Garage and Stanford University
Siddhartha Srinivasa, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon
University [http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~siddh/]

Timetable for Authors

  December 2, 2011 – January 20, 2012: Authors register on the AAAI web site
  January 24, 2012: Electronic papers due
  March 27, 2012: Notification of acceptance or rejection
  April 17, 2012: Camera-ready copy due at AAAI office

>From the days of Shakey to current automatic cars, Robotics has been a
formidable proving ground for artificial intelligence. In the Special
Track on Robotics, we invite papers that challenge the limits of AI
and machine learning algorithms with applications to real-world
robotic systems. The track will cover applications of AI to a diverse
set of domains, including perception, motion planning, control,
human-robot interaction, and decision-making. This year, we are
particularly interested in showcasing research on the following

  3D perception for navigation, manipulation, and environment understanding
  Autonomous and human-in-the-loop manipulation
  Intelligence and perception for human-robot interaction
  Nonlinear control and decision making
  Learning of control, manipulation, and tasks

Papers will be reviewed by qualified reviewers drawn from a special
track committee, with specific expertise in the aforementioned areas,
as well as the general AAAI program committee. We encourage submitters
to clearly explain how their paper fits into the Special Track on
Robotics and answers the call for papers. In rare cases, submissions
to this special track deemed not to be relevant may be considered for
review for the general technical papers track at the discretion of the
track and conference cochairs.

In addition, we would like to have robotics demonstrations at the AAAI
conference. Authors are encouraged to submit auxiliary material
detailing any live demonstrations relating to their submissions.
Author Registration

Authors must register at the AAAI-12 Robotics web-based technical
paper submission site (available December 2, 2012) before they submit
their abstracts and papers. The software will assign a password, which
will enable the author to log on to submit an abstract and paper. In
order to avoid a rush at the last minute, authors are encouraged to
register as soon as possible after December 2, and well in advance of
the January 20 abstract deadline.

  Registration will close at 11:00 PM PST on January 20, 2012.
  Abstract submission will close at 11:59 PM PST on January 20, 2012.
  Final paper submission will close at 11:59 PM PST on January 24, 2012.

Abstract and Paper Submission

Papers may be no longer than 7 pages, where page 7 must contain only
references, and no other text whatsoever. Papers must be in
trouble-free, high-resolution PDF format, formatted for US Letter
(8.5" x 11") paper, using Type 1 or TrueType fonts. Papers must be
formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style (see the author
instructions page). Please note that these formatting instructions are
for final, accepted papers; no additional pages can be purchased at
the review stage. In addition, the copyright slug may be omitted in
the initial submission phase. Please also refer to the instructions
that follow on how to prepare your paper for blind review.

Electronic abstract and paper submission through the AAAI-12 Robotics
paper submission site is required on or (preferably) before the
deadline dates listed above. We cannot accept submissions by e-mail or
fax. Authors will receive confirmation of receipt of their abstracts
or papers, including an ID number, shortly after submission. AAAI will
contact authors again only if problems are encountered with papers.
Inquiries regarding lost papers must be made no later than January 27,
Blind Review Instructions

Reviewing for the AAAI Conference is blind to the identities of the
authors. The first page, on which the paper body begins, should
include the title, abstract, content areas, and ID number (if
available), but not the acknowledgments and names or affiliations of
the authors. The references should include all published literature
relevant to the paper, including previous works of the authors, but
should not include unpublished works.

When referring to one’s own work, use the third person, rather than
the first person. For example, say “Previously, Newell (Newell 1996)
has shown that...,” rather than “In our previous work (Newell 1996) we
have shown that....” Try to avoid including any information in the
body of the paper or references that would identify the authors or
their institutions. Such information may be added to the final
camera-ready version for publication.
AAAI-12 Policy Concerning Submissions to Other Conferences or Journals

AAAI-12 will not accept any paper which, at the time of submission, is
under review for or has already been published or accepted for
publication in a journal or another conference. Authors are also
required not to submit their papers elsewhere during AAAI's review
period. These restrictions apply only to journals and conferences, not
to workshops and similar specialized presentations with a limited
audience and without archival proceedings. Authors will be required to
confirm that their submissions conform to these requirements at the
time of submission.
Review Process

Program committee members will identify papers they are qualified to
review based on the information submitted electronically (the paper's
title, keywords, and abstract). Their reviewing will be done blind to
the identities of the authors and their institutions.

Authors will have a limited opportunity to respond to initial reviews.
This author's feedback may then be taken into account in the final
reviews and recommendations. The program committee's reviews will make
recommendations to the senior program committee, which in turn will
make recommendations to the track cochairs. Although the track
cochairs will formally make all final decisions, in practice almost
all will be made earlier in the process.

Accepted papers will be allocated seven (7) pages in the conference
proceedings. Up to two (2) additional pages may be used at a cost to
the authors of US$ 275 per page. Final papers exceeding page limits
and those violating the instructions to authors will not be included
in the proceedings. Authors will be required to transfer copyright of
their paper to AAAI.
Questions and Suggestions

Concerning author instructions and conference registration, write to:

  aaai12 at aaai.org

Concerning suggestions for the program and other inquiries, write to
the special track cochairs.
Program Cochairs

Kurt Konolige (Willow Garage, USA) and Sidd Srinivasa (Carnegie Mellon
University, USA).

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