[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Last Call: AAAI-14 Workshop on AI and Robotics

Alessandro Saffiotti asaffio at aass.oru.se
Tue Apr 1 03:58:34 PDT 2014

Note: submissions due in 9 days!

   The AAAI-14 Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
   Quebec Convention Centre, Quebec, Canada -- July 27-28, 2014


One of the early goals of AI consisted of building complete intelligent
robots.  This goal has shown to be quite challenging, and AI and
Robotics researchers have isolated its many facets and focused on making
progress on each facet separately.  Both AI and Robotics have matured
enormously since those days, and today there is a growing interest in
getting the two fields back together.  Many in Robotics believe that the
next quantum leap will come by adding capabilities which lie at the core
of AI research, like task planning, knowledge representation, learning,
and natural interaction.  Symmetrically, AI researchers show interest in
embedding their techniques in platforms that can perceive, reason and
act in real, dynamic physical environments.

Despite this mutual interest, there is no mainstream venue where the AI
and Robotics communities can meet.  Researchers in either field are thus
often unaware of the methodology, the successes and the limitations in
the other one.  The goal of this workshop is to contribute to the
creation of a joint community of AI and Robotics researchers that can
fill this gap.


The workshop will focus on inter-disciplinary works in the integration
of AI and Robotics, with an emphasis toward the development of complete
intelligent robots.  The workshop will discuss questions like: (a) What
are the methods and tools that can be transferred between the two
fields?  (b) What are the new research questions that must be addressed
to enable this transfer?  (c) What new application opportunities will be
created?  (d) What is the scientific profile needed to make progress in
this combined field?  (e) How can we foster the creation and
consolidation of a truly integrated community?


The workshop will consist of invited talks, presentations of accepted
contributions, and an open-floor discussion.  In a true workshop spirit,
ample room will be left for both spontaneous and guided discussions.
The latter will be guided by a set of questions similar to (a-e) above,
and provided to the presenters before the workshop.


We invite papers describing work on the above topics.  Papers should
enable AI and Robotics researchers to build upon each other's work, and
should be relevant to the questions above.  Papers only focusing on AI
or on Robotics, with little attention to their integration, are not
suitable for this workhop.

Contributions can be full-length papers (up to 6 pages in AAAI format)
or work-in-progress papers (2 pages).  They should be submitted in PDF
to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=airob2014.  All papers
will be peer reviewed.


Alessandro Saffiotti, University of Orebro, Sweden (chair)
Nick Hawes, University of Birmingham, UK
George Konidaris, MIT CSAIL, Cambridge MA, USA
Moritz Tenorth, University of Bremen, Germany


* Submission deadline: April 10, 2014
* Notification date: May 1, 2014
* Camera-ready deadline: May 15, 2014
* Workshop: July 27-28, 2014


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