[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Participation - ICAPS Workshop on Planning and Robotics (PlanRob 2014)

AndreA Orlandini andrea.orlandini at istc.cnr.it
Thu Jun 19 05:33:48 PDT 2014

         [Apologies for multiple copies of this announcement]

                                    ** CALL FOR PARTICIPATION **

                      2nd ICAPS Workshop on Planning and Robotics


                         Portsmouth, U.S.A., June 22 and 23, 2014

The PlanRob workshop aims at constituting a stable, long-term 
establishment of a forum on relevant topics concerned with the 
interactions between Robotics and P&S communities presenting a 
stimulating environment where researchers could discuss about the 
opportunities and challenges for P&S when applied to Robotics.

The first edition of the PlanRob workshop 
<http://icaps13.icaps-conference.org/workshops/planrob>) has gathered a 
very positive feedback and a major follow up was the organization of the 
ICAPS 2014 Robotics Track 
chaired by Felix Ingrand (LAAS-CNRS) and Leslie Kaelbling (MIT). This 
second edition of the PlanRob workshop has been proposed in synergy with 
this track to further enforce the original goal and to maintain a more 
informal forum where also more preliminary/visionary work can be 
discussed as well as more direct and open interactions/discussions may 
find the right place.

In our opinion, PlanRob'14 succeeded in achieving these objectives. 
Indeed, 20 papers have been accepted for oral presentation covering many 
relevant topics such as planning and execution for robots, high-level 
task planning, task and motion planning, multi-robot systems, goal 
reasoning and knowledge representation, etc. This seems to us a really 
good result for the workshop and, overall, it confirms a good feedback 
from the ICAPS community (but not only) on PlanRob topics.

The PlanRob'14 program is now available 
here:http://icaps14.icaps-conference.org/workshops_tutorials/planrob.html <http://icaps14.icaps-conference.org/workshops_tutorials/planrob.html>

And the PlanRob 2014 proceedings can be downloaded here: 

Finally, two notable researchers have accepted our invitation to 
complete an already rich and interesting program: Brian Williams and 
Leslie Kaelbling from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence 
Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). (see 
below for further info).

Hope to see you in Portsmouth.

Kind regards,

The PlanRob Chairs
Alberto and AndreA


Leslie P. Kaelbling

Keynote Title: Robots that Believe

The fields of AI and robotics have made great improvements in many 
subfields, including in motion planning, symbolic planning, probabilistic
reasoning, perception, and learning.  Our goal is to develop an integrated
approach to solving very large problems that are hopelessly intractable to
solve optimally.  We make a number of approximations during planning,
including serializing subtasks, factoring distributions, and determinizing
stochastic dynamics, but regain robustness and effectiveness through a
continuous state-estimation and replanning process.  This approach is
demonstrated in three robotic domains, each of which integrates perception,
estimation, planning, and manipulation.


Brian Williams

Keynote Title: To Be Announced

AndreA Orlandini PhD

  National Research Council of Italy
  Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology
  Phone:  +39-06-44595-223      E-mail: andrea.orlandini at istc.cnr.it
  Fax:    +39-06-44595-243      Url: http://www.istc.cnr.it/group/pst

Me, the one and only person that never leaves me alone!

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