[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP reminder: IROS 2015 Workshop on Unconventional Computing for Bayesian Inference

Jorge Lobo jlobo at isr.uc.pt
Fri Jul 3 08:16:44 PDT 2015

UCBI 2015: workshop on Unconventional Computing for Bayesian Inference

IROS 2015, September 28, Hamburg 

Submission Deadline: July 6 

Website: http://ap.isr.uc.pt/events/UCBI_iros2015/

This workshop will address unconventional computing for Bayesian inference, with keynote speakers on Bayesian inference for autonomous robots, and insights form computational biology, as well as presentations of submitted works, aiming to encourage these Bayesian and unconventional computing approaches to the IROS community.

:: Invited Speakers

- Jacques Droulez, "Bayesian computing in biology"
- Pierre Bessière, "Bayesian Programming for Robotics"
- João Filipe Ferreira, "Probabilistic Approaches for Robotic Perception"
- Jorge Dias, "Probabilistic Approaches for Robotic Perception"

:: Submissions

The workshop on unconventional computing for Bayesian inference invites submissions of full papers or extended abstracts for poster presentation. Topics include, but are not strictly limited to:

* Low power computing solutions for Bayesian inference
* Parallel architectures and unconventional computing for Bayesian inference
* Stochastic computing for Bayesian inference
* Autonomous robots performing Bayesian inference with limited resources
* Insights from computational biology for Bayesian computing
* Bayesian programming for robotics
* Bayesian models for robotic perception and cognition

Submission should follow the conference format , 6 page for the full papers and 2 page for extended abstracts, and submitted via easychairhttps://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ucbi2015. For any help or further details please contact jlobo at isr.uc.pt.

:: Important dates

Submission deadline: July 6 
Notification of acceptance: July 31 
Camera ready submission: September 1 
Workshop day: September 28

:: Abstract

Contemporary robots and other cognitive artifacts are not available to autonomously operate in complex environments. The major reason for this failure is the lack of cognitive systems able to efficiently deal with uncertainty when behaving in real world situations.

One of the challenges of robotics is endowing devices with adequate computational power to dwell in uncertainty and decide with incomplete data, with limited resources and power, as we and biological beings have done for a long time.

To deal with incompleteness and uncertainty probabilistic Bayesian approaches have been pursued, with outstanding results. However, all these works, even if they propose probabilistic models, still rely on a classical computing paradigm that imposes a bottleneck on the performance and scalability. Improved and novel electronic devices have opened the spectrum of devices available for computation, such as GPUs, FPGAs, hybrid systems, allowing unconventional approaches to better explore parallelization and tackle power consumption. The flexibility of current reprogrammable logic devices provides a test bed for novel stochastic processors and unconventional computing.

The workshop will address recent advances and future directions of probabilistic computing for robotics, with keynote speakers on Bayesian inference for autonomous robots, and insights form computational biology, as well as presentations of submitted works, setting the floor for fruitful discussions and insights in this bridge topic.

:: Organisers
Jorge Lobo, ISR - University of Coimbra (Contact person: jlobo at isr.uc.pt)
João Filipe Ferreira, ISR - University of Coimbra

For further details please visit the website: http://ap.isr.uc.pt/events/UCBI_iros2015/

Jorge Lobo • Ph. D. • Senior Researcher • Assistant Professor with tenure
AP4ISR team  •  Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR)
DEEC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
FCTUC Faculty of Science and Technology,  University of Coimbra  
3030-290 Coimbra, PORTUGAL

email: jlobo at isr.uc.pt
url: http://ap.isr.uc.pt/?w=people_information&ID=40

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