[robotics-worldwide] CFP: AIJ special issue on "AI and Robotics" (fwd)

Alessandro Saffiotti asaffio at aass.oru.se
Thu Apr 11 16:26:05 PDT 2013

  Artificial Intelligence Journal
  Special issue on: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

The fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics were strongly
connected in the early days of AI, but have since diverged.  One of
the early goals of AI consisted of building complete intelligent
robots.  Such a goal however has shown to be quite challenging, and AI
and robotics researchers have isolated its many distinct facets and
focused on making progress on each facet separately.  With the
advancements in both fields, there is now a renewed interest in
bringing the two disciplines together towards the development of fully
integrated intelligent robots.

Robotics has matured enormously in the last two decades: common
robotic platforms are now available, together with reliable techniques
and shared tools to solve basic perception, navigation, and
manipulation tasks.  There is a growing consensus that the next
quantum leap in robotics will come by adding capabilities which lay at
the core of AI research, including task planning, knowledge
representation, learning, and human-robot interaction.  Symetrically,
AI researchers are now showing substantial interest in embedding their
algorithmic techniques in robotic platforms that can perceive, reason
and act in real physical environments, including terrestrial, aerial,
and underwater.

This special issue on "AI and Robotics" aims at providing a venue for
the two communities to share their findings and goals and report such
successful integrated efforts.  Such a venue is particularly critical
to foster a much needed conceptual integration, cross fertilization,
and dialogue.  We hope that this special issue will be the first of a
series of special issues on this theme, with the desired outcome of
building a community of AI and Robotics researchers working across
their traditional boundaries towards an ultimately shared scientific

The Artificial Intelligence journal (AIJ) is the premier publication
in the field of AI, with an impact factor of 2.25.  The choice of this
venue is representative of the importance of achieving a closer
integration between the AI and Robotics research communities.


We solicit original contributions, which report novel and mature
inter-disciplinary work in the integration of AI and Robotics
techniques.  Submissions will be peer reviewed for scientific value
and presentation quality, according to the standard criteria of the
Artificial Intelligence journal.  Relevance to the topic of this
special issue will be of paramount importance.

We encourage papers which contain a mixture of strong theory and sound
experimental validation on real robotic systems.  Results in
simulation should clearly show a path towards encapsulating in a
situated robot.  Papers that clearly show the added value of using
existing AI techniques in robotic systems are welcome, as are papers
that push the state of the art of AI techniques in order to make them
applicable to robotic systems.  Papers should clearly present
contributions that enable AI and Robotics researchers to build upon
each other's work. We do NOT encourage papers that focus just purely
on robotics or on AI, with little attention to their integration.


Authors should prepare and submit manuscripts according to the Guide
for Authors as published in the Journal website at:


Submission length should not exceed 25 pages in the submission format
(single column).  Manuscripts must not have been previously published
or currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.


* Alessandro Saffiotti (contact editor)
  AASS Cognitive Robotic Systems Laboratory
  University of Orebro, Sweden

* Kanna Rajan
  Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
  Moss Landing, CA, USA

* Manuela Veloso
  Computer Science Department
  Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA


Jul 31, 2013: Submission deadline
Oct 31, 2013: Notification sent to authors
Dec  6, 2013: Revised versions due
Jan 31, 2014: Camera ready versions due
Spring, 2014: Expected publication date


Up-to-date information about this Special Issue will be posted on the
web site:



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