[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CFP, extended deadline: ERLARS 2011 (4th International Workshop on Evolutionary and Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Robot Systems) in Berlin, Germany

Nils T Siebel, ERLARS Workshop erlars2011 at erlars.org
Mon Oct 10 07:08:05 PDT 2011

[Apologies if you receive this more than once!]


 * updated submission deadline
 * submission is now open
 * PDF CFP at http://www.erlars.org/2011/ERLARS2011-CFP.pdf

Regards, Nils




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

NEW Submission deadline: October 16 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 16 2011    : Paper submissions due
 * November 4 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 ***

Stéphane Doncieux, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.
Peter Dürr, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland.
Lutz Frommberger, University of Bremen, Germany.
Faustino Gomez, Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland.
Todd Hester, University of Texas at Austin, USA.
Christian Igel, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.
Jan Peters, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany.
Daniel Polani, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK.
Stefan Schiffer, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
Richard S Sutton, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
Sergiu-Dan Stan, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Matthew E Taylor, Lafayette College, Easton, USA.
Shimon Whiteson, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


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


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

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