[robotics-worldwide] CFP : 5th WS on Planning and Plan Execution for Real-World Systems (PlanEx)

Kanna Rajan Kanna.Rajan at mbari.org
Wed Feb 1 07:50:52 PST 2012

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CALL for papers

PlanEx 2012
5th WS on Planning and Plan Execution for Real-World Systems Principles and Practices for Planning in Execution
June 25th or 26th 2012,  Atibaia, Sao Paulo Brazil
(affiliated with ICAPS 2012)

Important dates :
	• Submission deadline : February 17th, 2012
	• Notification               : March 16th, 2012
	• Camera ready           : April 8th, 2012

Scope :
Early approaches to robot control were based on the Sense-Plan-Act (SPA) paradigm with planning as the core of a control-loop. Using this paradigm, real-world applications merging deliberative and reactive decision have made remarkable strides in the last few years. These
systems have evolved from the classical concept of three-layered control running off-board, to demonstrate dynamic control of a multitude of platforms using onboard and hybrid mixed-initiative techniques. In the meantime, automated planning techniques have evolved substantially in the areas of modeling, reasoning methods, and search algorithms. Together these advances open up new possibilities for how planning technology can be applied in execution, but also reveal new concerns like the interaction between different decisional components or the possible conflict between decision and environmental reality. The goal of this workshop is to integrate practical experience in fieldedautonomous systems with theoretical and empirical results in automated planning to stimulate new perspectives on the roles and requirements for planning in execution.

The workshop seeks contributions in two key areas. The first is focused on applications of planning in execution dealing with architectural or modeling choices to deal with the dynamic real-world environment. Papers should indicate how the system impacts all stages of application development and deployment. Contributions in this area should elaborate on the rationale underpinning the design and the performance of the resulting system in the field. The second key area is focused on theoretical and empirical results for specific automated planning techniques for on-line use in dynamic and uncertain environments. Contributions in this area should address how and why the methods described might be incorporated into a larger application context. 

We encourage submissions in the following domains:
	• Planning and Execution in Agent Architectures
	• Plan representation and the impact of solving real-world problems
	• Semantics of plan execution and their impact to dealing with uncertainty (temporal, spatial and geometric)
	• Decision-theoretic approaches to mission planning and execution
	• Bounded (time and space) search techniques which deal with environment uncertainty for plan execution
	• Distributed/collaborative planning and execution (in a multi-system environment).
	• Planning, Scheduling and Execution in unstructured, unknown or hostile condition.
	• The role of mixed-initiative planning/execution systems

Submission process :
We accept submission on the topics listed above and more generally when the topics strongly relates to planning actions and executeds them in a situated environment. A paper can be up to 8 pages or up to 4 for presenting some preleminary work.

Authors should prepare their manuscript according to AAAI formatting guidelines and style. Papers should be submitted by email in  PDF format to planex at mbari.org

Program committee :
	• Mark Boddy, Adventium, United States
	• Bradley Clement, JPL, United States
	• Paul Morris, NASA Ames Research Center, United States
	• Nicola Muscettola, Google, United States
	• David Musliner, SIFT LLC, United States (co-chair)
	• Andrea Orlandini, IP-CNR, Rome, Italy
	• Frederic Py, MBARI, United Sates (co-chair)
	• Kanna Rajan, MBARI, United States
	• Alessandro Saffiotti, Orebro University, Sweden
	• Florent Teichteil, ONERA-CERT, France
	• Gerard Verfaille, ONERA-CERT, France

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