[robotics-worldwide] CFP: RSS 2013 Workshop on Combined Robot Motion Planning and AI Planning for Practical Applications

Erion Plaku erionplaku at gmail.com
Mon Apr 22 09:40:46 PDT 2013

   Call for Papers and Poster Abstracts

   RSS 2013 Workshop on Combined Robot Motion Planning
   and AI Planning for Practical Applications


   June 27, 2013

   Berlin, Germany


Planning plays a crucial role as robots are deployed into less and less
structured environments and are expected to complete sophisticated tasks
autonomously. The objective of this workshop is to bring together
researchers from Robotics and AI communities, who have generally approached
the planning problem from very different perspectives. On the one hand, AI
has emphasized symbolic abstractions to allow for sophisticated tasks
composed of discrete sub-tasks. On the other hand, robotics has emphasized
the continuous aspects of planning to compute feasible motions. This
workshop will discuss current progress and open challenges in unifying
these approaches with an emphasis on both practical applications and
theoretical issues. The workshop will include invited speakers and
presentations from authors of accepted papers. It follows up on successful
workshops at AAAI 2010, ICAPS 2011, ICAPS 2012, ICRA 2013 on bridging task
and motion planning.

*** Objectives ***

The workshop aims to spark vibrant discussion with talks from invited
speakers, presentations from authors of accepted papers, and a poster
session. We are soliciting two
types of contributions:

- Papers (4-6 pages) for oral presentation
- Extended abstracts (2 pages) for interactive poster presentation

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Applications of combined planning in search-and-rescue
missions, surveillance,  manipulation, legged  robots, robotic-assisted
surgery, and other domains
- Reasoning about actions and change
- Diagnostic reasoning
- Planning in mixed discrete and continuous domains
- Planning with PDDL, temporal logic specifications, and other high-level
- Manipulation planning
- Multi-robot planning
- Closing the perception-planning loop
- Planning with kinodynamic constraints
- Classical, HTN, temporal logics, and timeline-based planning
- CSP-based reasoning
- Decision-theoretic planning
- Optimal or approximately optimal planning
- Planning software tools

*** Invited speakers ***

Stefan Edelkamp
Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics
University of Bremen

Gerhard Lakemeyer
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Aachen University of Technology

Alessandro Saffiotti
Professor of Computer Science
Department of Technology
Örebro University, Sweden

Siddhartha Srinivasa
Associate Professor
Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

*** Important dates ***

June  5: Paper submission deadline
June 12: Notification of paper acceptance
June 19: Final version due
June 27: Workshop date

*** Organizers ***

Erion Plaku
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Catholic University of America
email: plaku/AT/cua.edu
office: 202-319-6465
fax: 202-319-5195

Kris Hauser
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
email: hauserk/AT/indiana.edu
office: 812-856-7496
fax: 812-855-4829

Esra Erdem
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
Sabanci University, Turkey
email: esraerdem/AT/sabanciuniv.edu
office: +90 (216) 483-9574
fax: +90 (216) 483-9550

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