[robotics-worldwide] [meetings]: CFP reminder: AAAI 2015 Fall Symposium: "Self-Confidence in Autonomous Systems", Nov 12-14, 2015, Washington DC (abstracts due 8/21)

Nisar Ahmed Nisar.Ahmed at colorado.edu
Tue Aug 11 10:04:28 PDT 2015

We are pleased to announce and solicit contributions for the AAAI 2015 Fall
Symposium on “Self-Confidence in Autonomous Systems”, to be held in
Washington, DC Nov 12-14, 2015. 

Symposium website (submit abstracts here): http://scas2015.recuv.org/

This symposium will explore the possibilities for augmenting human-machine
dialog through communication of an autonomous agent’s “sense of confidence”,
i.e. the agent’s perceived ability to effectively execute assigned tasks.
Such reporting goes above and beyond mere assessment of probabilities for
modeled outcomes or successful task completion. Rather, “self-confidence”
summarizes an agent’s holistic assessment of robustness regarding its
ability to achieve assigned goals (within a defined region of autonomous
behavior) in spite of: 
*uncertainties in its knowledge of the world 
*uncertainties of its own state/self, and 
*uncertainties about its reasoning processes and execution capabilities. 

This symposium aims for a holistic interdisciplinary discussion of the
factors that contribute to the perception, quantification and understanding
of various types of uncertainty in modern (and soon-to-be-realized)
autonomous systems. We invite contributions from researchers in AI/expert
systems, human factors, autonomous robotics and control/complex systems
engineering, and other related disciplines that explore several key
questions for this newly emerging topic, including: 
*What does “self-confidence” mean in the context of autonomous systems? 
*What factors influence self-confidence? 
*How can self-confidence actually be computed? 
*How can/should self-confidence actually be communicated? 

August 21, 2015: contributed abstracts/papers due 
August 28, 2015: author decision notification 
September 4, 2015: camera-ready abstracts/papers due 
October 16, 2015: registration deadline 
November 12-14, 2015: AAAI Fall Symposium in Arlington, VA (Westin Arlington

This symposium will feature invited talks and contributed paper
presentations, as well as panel discussions and group breakout session
focusing on the implementation of self-confidence in real autonomous
systems. Contributions should address any of the following themes: 

*Competence: how can an autonomous agent determine whether a “task
situation” actually falls within (or is about to reach) its designed
competency boundary? 

*Information adequacy: are the data/knowledge available to an autonomous
agent sufficient to effectively assess the situation and develop an
appropriate course of action? 

*Quantification and expression: how can self-confidence be consistently
calculated and communicated? 

Please submit an extended abstract (2 pages) or full paper (8 pages max) as
a .pdf file in AAAI format by  August 21, 2015 via the symposium website.
All submissions will undergo single-blind review; authors of accepted papers
will present short talks during the symposium. 


*Parimal Kopardekar, NextGen Airspace Project Manager, NASA Ames 

*Hadas Kress-Gazit, Associate Professor, Cornell University 

*Marek Druzdzel, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh 

*Mark Draper, Senior Engineering Research Manager, AFRL (tentative) 

*Missy Cummings, Associate Professor, Duke University 
*Nisar Ahmed, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder 
*Chris Miller, Chief Scientist, Smart Information Flow Technologies 
*Andrew Hutchins, Graduate Researcher, Duke University 
*Ugur Kuter, Senior Scientist, Smart Information Flow Technologies 
*Nicholas Sweet, Graduate Researcher, University of Colorado Boulder 

For more information and updates/annoucements, please visit the symposium

We look forward to receiving your contributions and seeing you in DC!

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