[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Robotics Events at AAAI 2015

Yixin Chen chen at cse.wustl.edu
Fri Aug 15 09:46:46 PDT 2014

Dear Members of Robotics Community:

We are writing to let you know about our efforts to establish a closer
collaboration between the artificial intelligence and robotics
communities. These events form part of a broader set of  special joint
events to be held in 2015 to mark the 50th anniversary of Shakey. The
first large result of these efforts will be a number of events at
AAAI-15. We are particularly excited to establish a close cooperation
with the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), leading to some
reciprocal events, detailed below under 3).

The goal of building intelligent robots has been a motivating problem
for generations of AI researchers, going back at least as far as Shakey
the robot in 1966. The last few years have seen the introduction of
affordable, highly functional robot platforms that have dramatically
lowered the technical barriers to AI robotics research and open-source
software that has-for the first time-made it easy to build on the
progress of others. As a field, we have an immense opportunity to take
advantage of this technology and re-embrace the challenge of designing
intelligent robots.

AAAI-15 (to be held January 25-29, 2015 in Austin, Texas) will therefore
offer a number of programs at the interface of AI and robotics.

These will include:

1. Robotics as a top-level keyword for the AAAI-15 main conference track
(paper submission deadline: September 10 and 15, 2014).

2. A novel integrated systems track with its own specific review
criteria (paper submission deadline: September 10 and 15, 2014). The
integrated systems track focuses on papers that combine two or more
distinct component technologies in an integrated manner, to achieve
added value either formally or empirically.

3. An important component of our activities will be a Scientific
Exchange between the AI and robotics communities. Reciprocal
events will be held at AAAI 2015 and ICRA 2015, whereby students and
speakers from one community will be invited to participate in the other.
These invitations will be co-sponsored by AAAI and IEEE RAS. This will
consist of:

a) An AI Robotics Fellowship program, aimed at Ph.D. students from
robotics labs that typically do not publish at AI venues but who would
like to attend AAAI-15 and learn about AI techniques of relevance to
robotics (application deadline: October 1, 2014). The students will give
short talks in a dedicated AAAI-15 session about their dissertation

b)  In a reciprocal arrangement, authors of selected AAAI-15 papers
judged to be of interest to a robotics audience will have the
opportunity to present their research in a dedicated session of the IEEE
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2015.  These
invitations will also be supported by a fellowship program.

4. In addition at AAAI-15, there will be an AI Robotics Invited Talk
track where authors of selected papers from Robotics: Science and
Systems 2014, judged to be of interest to an AI audience, will present
their research in a dedicated AAAI-15 session.

5. Invited talks from robotics researchers, including from a Robotics:
Science and Systems Early Career Spotlight speaker.

6. A celebration of the Shakey project, including a panel with
distinguished researchers Ed Feigenbaum, Peter Hart and Nils Nilsson.

7. An exhibition of robotics research from academia and industry
(including a Robotics in Texas event and RoboCup exhibition match),
which is also open to selected members of the general public
(application deadline: November 1, 2014).

8. The video competition will include a "best robot video" award.

More broadly, AAAI and IEEE RAS are co-sponsoring events to celebrate
the connections between the AI and robotics communities  at the flagship
conferences, AAAI-15 (to be held January 25-29 in Austin, Texas) and
ICRA 2015 (to be held May 26-30 in Seattle, Washington). Additional
satellite events are being planned.

Please please visit www.aaai.org/aaai15 for more information. We look
forward to your participation and to seeing you at AAAI 2015!

AAAI 2015 Robotics Co-Chairs
Brad Knox
George Konidaris

AAAI 2015 Program Co-Chairs
Blai Bonet
Sven Koenig

Raja Chatila, President IEEE RAS
Tom Dietterich, President AAAI

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