[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Final CfP: 50th Anniversary of Shakey: Call for Submissions -- RSS 2015 Workshop / Blue Sky Ideas

Aaron Johnson amj1 at andrew.cmu.edu
Thu May 21 07:15:58 PDT 2015

Dear colleagues,
At a time when computers were room-sized, but had less than 1 megabyte of
memory, the achievements of Shakey were extraordinary. 2015 marks the 50th
anniversary of Shakey, a milestone in the development of intelligent mobile

With encouragement from the General Chair and Program Chair of RSS 2015,
this workshop will join a series of events, organized by AAAI and IEEE
Robotics & Automation Society, to mark the anniversary, establish closer
collaborations between the robotics and artificial intelligence
communities, and encourage discussion of bold ideas through a Blue Sky Idea

The workshop will include invited talks from Peter Hart (member of the
Shakey Team) and Kurt Konolige (co-creator of Flakey, Shakey’s successor),
a discussion with the two invited speakers as well panelists Oussama
Khatib, Tomas Lozano-Perez, Bruno Siciliano, and Oliver Brock, and a “Blue
Sky Talks Session” with presenters selected from submitted contributions.

For the Blue Sky session we invite submissions of four page extended
abstracts describing new ideas / on-going work at the junction of AI and
robotics. The abstracts should describe and demonstrate the application of
novel ideas from fields such as (but not limited to) search, planning,
motion and manipulation, perception, machine learning, human-robot
interaction and collaboration, and natural language processing for
robotics. In the spirit of celebrating Shakey's 50th anniversary, we highly
encourage a working demonstration on a real robot.

We especially encourage students to submit. The best submissions will be
selected for presentation during the workshop. Abstracts will be judged
based on novelty of the proposed approach, clarity of presentation, quality
and reliability of demonstrations on a real robot, and the potential to
have major impact in one or more areas of robotics research.

The top three submissions will win travel awards, generously provided by
the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), of $1,000, $750, and $500,

Final instructions for poster presentations and talks will be posted on the
workshop website after decision notifications have been made. Accepted
abstracts will also be digitally archived on the workshop website.

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: June 1, 2015
Acceptance notification: June 15, 2015
Workshop date: morning of July 16, 2015

Workshop Website: http://rll.berkeley.edu/RSS2015-BlueSky-Shakey/

Workshop Organizers:
Pieter Abbeel (UC Berkeley),
Sidd Srinivasa (CMU),
Sachin Patil (UC Berkeley),
Aaron Johnson (CMU)

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