[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Papers: ICRA 2014 Workshop on Long-Term Autonomy

Murphy, Elizabeth liz_murphy at email.gwu.edu
Sat Feb 15 12:01:15 PST 2014

The ICRA 2014 Workshop on 'Long-Term Autonomy: Life-Long Learning for
Real-World Applications' is a full-day workshop held in conjunction with
the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, at the Hong
Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday, June 1st 2014.

The Long Term Autonomy workshop has been a fixture of recent ICRAs and
broadly addresses the need to equip robots with the ability to operate
independently for long periods of time outside of traditional laboratory
environments. Extending the operating time of autonomous robotic systems
from days to months and then years is regarded as a key enabler of future
robotics applications, but achieving this goal poses many challenges in
terms of robust long-term operation and life-long learning. The objective
of this workshop is to bring researchers from different sub-disciplines of
robotics and industry professionals together to discuss these fundamental
problems and recent results in the area.

This year the workshop's focus will be on life long learning -- exploring
how tasks such as navigation, planning and manipulation can benefit by
being framed as a learning problem, and how robots can adapt their
behaviour and knowledge over time to achieve long term autonomy. The aim is
to explore how online and life-long learning techniques are applicable to
these tasks, discuss recent results using these type of formulations, and
highlight current challenges posed to their application to autonomous

The workshop format will include a mix of presentations from invited
speakers and those solicited via a call for contributions. Substantial time
during the day will be allocated for discussion, this, together with a
panel session will encourage audience participation. We hope that by
allowing plenty of opportunity for discussion and audience involvement the
workshop will provide the genesis for collaborations which work towards the
goal of developing systems that employ life long learning approaches as a
step towards long term autonomy.

**Important Dates:**

- Submission deadline: April 1, 2014

- Notification of acceptance: April 14, 2014

- Workshop: June 1st, 2014, 9 AM - 5 PM

** Workshop Website: **


** Organizers: **

Dr. Liz Murphy - George Washington University

Dr. Jonathan Kelly - University of Toronto

Dr. Paul Furgale - ETH Zurich

Prof. Gabe Sibley - George Washington University

Prof. Tim Barfoot - University of Toronto

** Topics: **

The workshop will address a broad range of topics, including, but not limited

- Lifelong learning for navigation and mapping

- Introspection for failure and novelty detection

- Persistent state estimation in dynamic environments

- Deep learning, object discovery and reinforcement learning applications

- Reasoning about environmental change

- Long-term planning and exploration strategies in changing environments

- Use of semantic information to improve performance

- Leveraging the cloud for life-long learning

** Submissions: **

We invite submissions of two-page extended abstracts (three pages maximum)
describing new and ongoing work, or proposing future research directions,
in areas related to life-long learning for long term autonomy. The authors
of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity to give a brief (15 minute)
talk at the workshop, followed by open discussion among participants.
Optionally and additionally, attendees are invited to submit videos of
existing and future autonomous systems - videos will be shown during the
lunch period.

To encourage debate and the exchange of ideas, each abstract submission
should include a short section listing two questions that the authors would
like to discuss after their talk. Submit by emailing your extended
abstract, in ICRA format, as a PDF file to:

ltaworkshop2014 at gmail.com

Submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee. Specific
instructions for video contributions will be posted on the workshop website

** Questions: **

For questions, please contact Liz Murphy (liz_murphy at gwu.edu).


Liz, Jonathan, Paul, Gabe, and Tim

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