[robotics-worldwide] CFP: THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON MULTI-AGENT PATH FINDING

Kostas Bekris Bekris at cse.unr.edu
Wed Feb 15 17:17:36 PST 2012


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                 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION/SUBMISSION
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THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON MULTI-AGENT PATH FINDING
Sunday, July 22, Toronto, Canada, Prior to AAAI-2012.
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GENERAL INFORMATION
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Recently, there has been a growing interest in multi-agent path planning 
(MAPF).  The problem is to compute a path for each agent from an initial 
to a goal location without conflicting with other agents, often aiming 
to minimize a cost function, such as elapsed time or throughput.  
Applications include vehicle fleet coordination, computer games, 
robotics and various military scenarios.
Some researchers have worked at a theoretical level, while others have 
implemented solvers for specific applications. Thus, related papers have 
appeared in multiple venues, including AIJ, JAIR, AAAI, IJCAI, ICRA, 
IROS, ICAPS and SoCS.  Consequently, similar concepts were developed in 
different sub-communities, using varying terminology. This workshop aims 
to bring together researchers working on multi-agent path planning from 
the different communities. The main goals are the following:
1) Familiarize researchers from different areas with the varying 
contributions to this problem.
2) Standardize terminology and develop a taxonomy for different variants.
3) Present the state-of-the-art and discuss open challenges.
4) Encourage collaboration between participants.

ATTENDANCE & INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS
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Interested participants can submit one of the following via the workshop 
webpage: http://movingai.com/mapf/
- Unpublished papers, which adhere to the AAAI paper-formatting 
guidelines (at most 8 pages). Papers under review elsewhere should state 
this explicitly. Two-page summaries of work in-progress are encouraged.
- Existing papers that appeared in established venues in the past few 
years. The submission should state the original venue. Two-page 
summaries of past work are encouraged.
- A short statement of interest.
Submissions will go through a light review process.  Non-archival notes 
will be produced containing the material presented at the workshop.

Deadlines:
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  * Submission: March 30, 2012
  * Notification: April 20, 2012
  * Final version: May 16, 2012

WORKSHOP FORMAT
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- An introductory session will provide problem definitions, survey of 
existing directions and propose a general terminology.
- Oral and poster presentations selected from the submissions based on 
their relevance and merit.
- A discussion panel that will review different approaches for 
multiagent pathfinding in an informal setup.
- A dinner will conclude the workshop and encourage discussions.
WORKSHOP ORGANIZATION
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Organizers:
  - Ariel Felner, Ben Gurion Univserity of the Negev, Israel, 
felner at bgu.ac.il
  - Nathan Sturtevant, University of Denver, sturtevant at cs.du.edu
  - Kostas E. Bekris, University of Nevada-Reno, bekris at cse.unr.edu
  - Roni Stern, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 
roni.stern at gmail.com

Feel free to contact us with any relevant question.

Program Committee:
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The organizers together with authors of submitted contributions will 
comprise the workshop's program committee.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://movingai.com/mapf/

-- 
Kostas Bekris, Assistant Professor
Robotics Lab, Computer Science&  Engineering,
University of Nevada, Reno
+1 775 784 4257, bekris at cse.unr.edu
http://www.cse.unr.edu/robotics/pracsys/bekris



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