[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


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Call for papers: RSS 2015 Workshop on Negative Results In Robotics

Date: Friday, July 17, 2015

http://robotics.cs.tamu.edu/RSS2015NegativeResults/


Description

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

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    strong experimental research in which the null hypothesis was
    (perhaps surprisingly) not rejected.

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    examples of strong research where factors beyond p-values raise
    doubts about the validity of an effect.

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    position papers on the appropriate role of negative results in
    robotics research and in science generally.


Paper format:

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


Invited Speakers:

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    Oussama Khatib

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    Manuela Veloso

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    Siddhartha Srinivasa


Organizers:

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    Ross Knepper, rak at cs.cornell.edu <mailto:rak at cs.cornell.edu>,
    Cornell University

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    Dylan Shell, dshell at cs.tamu.edu <mailto:dshell at cs.tamu.edu>, Texas
    A&M University

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