[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: Workshop on Negative Results at RSS 2015
Ross A Knepper
rak at cs.cornell.edu
Wed Apr 22 11:20:19 PDT 2015
Call for papers: RSS 2015 Workshop on Negative Results In Robotics
Date: Friday, July 17, 2015
Negative results -- defined as the failure to experimentally demonstrate
an expected effect -- are seldom published within the robotics field.
Yet, when the science is done well, negative results can have
substantial importance to fellow researchers. Approaches that don’t
work may be silently attempted repeatedly, and failures to reproduce
published results are generally attributed to implementation details
rather than to potential flaws in the published result. This workshop
is intended to provoke researchers to reconsider how negative results
should be viewed in robotics research. Participants will discuss how
authors may articulate negative results of general value to the
community, and how reviewers may judge negative results in the correct
context to interpret their significance.
Topics include: interpreting experimental results, replicating results,
and incentivizing good science.
We invite contributions, including
strong experimental research in which the null hypothesis was
(perhaps surprisingly) not rejected.
examples of strong research where factors beyond p-values raise
doubts about the validity of an effect.
position papers on the appropriate role of negative results in
robotics research and in science generally.
Papers of 2-6 pages in PDF format may be submitted via email to
rss15negativeresults at gmail.com <mailto:rss15negativeresults at gmail.com>
Selection will be biased towards papers with potential to provoke
discussion. Accepted papers will be posted at the workshop website
before the conference.
Paper deadline: May 8, 2015
Ross Knepper, rak at cs.cornell.edu <mailto:rak at cs.cornell.edu>,
Dylan Shell, dshell at cs.tamu.edu <mailto:dshell at cs.tamu.edu>, Texas
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