[robotics-worldwide] Call for Abstracts: 2nd NSF Workshop on Formal Composition of Motion Primitives

Necmiye Ozay necmiye at caltech.edu
Tue Jan 1 15:51:36 PST 2013

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 2nd NSF Workshop
on Formal Composition of Motion Primitives to be held on April 8th 2013, at
 Philadelphia, PA in conjunction with the Cyber-Physical Systems Week
(CPSWeek) 2013.


In robotics and control, achieving individual behaviors (or motion
primitives) in systems has been very well studied in the controls
community, with a wide range of methods from nonlinear control to
verification to discrete abstractions.  Yet combining these behaviors to
achieve more complex actions, i.e., composing motion primitives, still
remains largely a challenging and open problem, with very few coherent
formal structures or methods available. The objective of this workshop is
to explore methods for combining motion primitives in complex systems in a
formal and provably correct fashion. The workshop will cover both theory,
e.g., (composition of) motion primitives, funnels, description languages,
bisimulations, verification, synthesis, hybrid zero dynamics, and
applications such as robot motion planning, bipedal locomotion, or
autonomous cars. Therefore, this workshop will focus on both foundational
theory and milestone applications in order to present a coherent set of
formal methods, challenges, and open problems.


The workshop will include both long talks by invited speakers and short
talks for contributed abstracts. There will be ample time for discussion in
the schedule. Invited speakers will be prominent researchers that have
expertise on different aspects of formally composing motion primitives.
Short talks (20 minutes) will provide a forum for researchers to present
recent advances and ongoing work. Short talk abstracts will be reviewed by
the organizers.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 4 February 2013
Author notification: 20 February 2013
Workshop date: 8 April 2013


Submissions are accepted in the form of 1 to 2 page(s) extended abstract on
formal composition of primitives. Both theoretical contributions and
interesting applications (e.g., in robot motion planning, bipedal
locomotion, autonomous cars) are welcome. Abstracts can be submitted
through http://www.formalcomp.com/submissions.html.

Please follow the workshop website (http://www.formalcomp.com/) for updates.

We look forward to receiving your abstract and welcoming you to the 2nd NSF
Workshop on Formal Composition of Motion Primitives in April 2013.

Best wishes,

Workshop Organizers
Aaron D. Ames, Texas A&M University
Jessy Grizzle, University of Michigan
Necmiye Ozay, California Institute of Technology

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