[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CFP: ICRA 2013 Workshop on Combining Task and Motion Planning

Erion Plaku erionplaku at gmail.com
Tue Mar 12 08:21:29 PDT 2013

   Call for Papers and Poster Abstracts

   ICRA 2013 Workshop on Combining Task and Motion Planning


   May 6, 2013

   Karlsruhe, Germany


Combined task and motion planning is becoming increasingly important
due to the recognition that a diverse set of applications - e.g.,
navigation, manipulation, search-and-rescue, game design, air-traffic
control, and surgical procedures - involve reasoning with both
discrete actions and continuous motions. The problem poses unique
computational challenges: a vast hybrid discrete/continuous space must
be searched while accounting for complex geometries, physical
constraints, motion dynamics, collision avoidance, and
robot-environment interactions. As a result, continued progress relies
on an integrative approach that brings together techniques from
robotics, AI, machine learning, logic, and hybrid systems.

*** Objectives ***

This full-day workshop aims to bring together researchers from
Robotics and AI to highlight recent progress and open problems in the
area of combined task and motion planning.  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, such as video games and training simulations,
  search-and-rescue, manipulation, legged robots, and surgical planning
- Closing the perception-planning loop
- Planning with kinodynamic constraints
- Manipulation planning
- Planning under uncertainty
- Multi-robot planning
- Classical, HTN, temporal logics, and timeline-based planning
- CSP-based reasoning
- Decision-theoretic planning
- Optimal or approximately optimal planning
- Planning software tools

*** Invited speakers ***

Rachid Alami
Directeur de Recherche CNRS
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group

Maria Fox
Professor of Computer Science
Department of Informatics
King's College London

Emilio Frazzoli
Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Leslie Pack Kaelbling
Panasonic Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Satyandra Gupta
Professor, University of Maryland and
Program Director, National Science Foundation

Steven M. LaValle
Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Bernhard Nebel
Professor, Institut für Informatik
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
University of Freiburg

Wheeler Ruml
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of New Hampshire

*** Important dates ***

Mar. 17: Paper submission deadline
Mar. 25: Notification of paper acceptance
Mar. 29: Final version due
May   6: Workshop date

Poster abstract submissions will continue to be accepted until April 12.
However, late submissions will only be hosted on the workshop website rather
than the official ICRA 2013 Workshop Proceedings.

*** 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
office: 812-856-7496
fax: 812-855-4829

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