[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Papers: ICRA 2015 Workshop on Optimal Robot Motion Planning

Andrew Dobson chuples.dobson at cs.rutgers.edu
Sun Mar 29 15:57:53 PDT 2015


                          ** CALL FOR PAPERS **

              IROS Workshop on Optimal Robot Motion Planning
                      Seattle WA, USA, May 30, 2015

Topic and Objectives

As modern robots address real-world problems in dynamic, unstructured,
and open environments, a key requirement is the ability to quickly plan
highly efficient motions. There has been recent renewed interest and a
growing variety of methods for motion planning, which vary in terms of
their optimality properties. In particular:

   - Search-based methods typically operate over a discretization of
   a continuous configuration space. They provide optimal paths over
   the discretization but they face challenges in scaling to
   higher-dimensions. Recent developments, however, have shown
   promise in solving manipulation challenges.
   - Sampling-based planners have traditionally focused on quickly
   finding a feasible but sub-optimal collision-free path in
   geometrically complex scenes for high-dimensional systems.
   Recently the focus has shifted towards also achieving asymptotic
   - Optimization-based solutions solve motion-planning queries with
   high quality paths quickly. While the methodology does not
   guarantee global optimality, recent techniques exhibit good
   experimental performance and desirable trade-offs in terms of
   path quality and computational overhead.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from these different
areas to establish the state-of-the-art and identify new opportunities
at the intersection of existing solutions. The objective is
methodologies with stronger guarantees, improved experimental
performance and which address increasingly more complex challenges for
real-world robots.

Important Dates

Paper submission: Friday, April 24, 2015
Notification of acceptance: Friday, May 8, 2015
Workshop Date: May 30, 2015


Submissions will be in the form of extended abstracts, with maximum length
2 (two) pages. Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair website:
All papers should be typeset in the AAAI style, described at:
removing AAAI copyright.

The organizers will investigate the availability of journal editors in
order to invite higher quality papers from the workshop to a special issue
or post-proceedings volume.

Any additional questions can be directed towards the workshop organizers.

Organization Chairs

Chris Dellin
Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania USA

Andrew Dobson
Rutgers University, New Jersey USA

Kostas Bekris,
Rutgers University, New Jersey USA

Siddhartha Srinivasa
Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania USA

Additional Program Committee Members

Marco Pavone (Stanford, California USA)
Michael Gleicher (University of Wisconson, Wisconson USA)
Katsu Yamane (Disney Research)

Tentative Schedule

[8:15am - 8:25am] Opening Remarks

[8:25am - 9:50am] Session A: On Alternative Foundational Methods and
Optimality Guarantees
[9:50am - 10:00am] Spotlight presentations

[10:00am - 10:30am] Interactive session - coffee break

[10:30am - 12:00pm] Session B: On Experimental Performance and Real-World
[12:00pm - 12:30pm] Panel Discussion

Speakers & Panelists

*Invited Speakers:*
Ron Alterovitz (University of North Carolina, North Carolina USA)
Dmitry Berenson (Worchester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts USA)
Dan Halperin (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
Kris Hauser (Duke University, North Carolina USA)
Hanna Kurniawati (University of Queensland, Australia)
Maxim Likhachev (Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania USA)
Marco Pavone (Stanford, California USA)

Dan Halperin (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
David Hsu (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Lydia Kavraki (Rice University, Texas USA)
Steve LaValle (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois USA)
Katsu Yamane (Disney Research)


Andrew Dobson, MS

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