[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Special Issue on Spatial Reasoning and Interaction for Real-World Robotics

Dirk Wollherr dw at tum.de
Fri Nov 20 01:01:40 PST 2015

Call for Journal Papers: 
RSJ Advanced Robotics: Special Issue on 
Spatial Reasoning and Interaction for Real-World Robotics


Submission Deadline: April 30, 2016
Publication in Vol 31, Issue 5 (March 2017)


Truly universal helper robots able to cope with unknown, unstructured environments must be capable of spatial reasoning, i.e., establishing geometric relations between objects and locations, and expressing those in terms understandable by humans. It is therefore desirable that spatial and semantic environment representations be tightly interlinked. 3D robotic mapping and the generation of consistent metric representations of space are highly useful for navigation and exploration, but they do not capture symbol-level information about the environment. This is, however, essential for reasoning, and enables interaction via natural language, which is arguably the most common communication channel used and understood by humans.

This special edition collects contributions from experts in autonomous mobile robotics (Navigation in dynamically changing environments, moving obstacle recognition, motion estimation and path planning, multi-robot systems) and experts in situated Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) (including semantic grounding, dialogue, multi-party interaction, etc.). The work presented at this special edition will show recent developments in the area of symbolic environment modeling and spatial reasoning, as well as applications of interactive cognitive systems situated in spatially challenging environments. Papers on all aspects of HRI and spatial reasoning are welcome, including, but not limited to the following topics:

- Spatial reasoning
- Cognitive human-robot interaction
- Situated human-robot interaction
- Environment modelling
- Semantic Perception
- Semantic Mapping
- Semantic Grounding
- Place categorization
- Scene understanding
- Spatial cognition
- Computational models of spatial semantics
- Situated language understanding and generation


The full-length manuscript (either PDF file or MS word file) should be sent by April 30, 2016 to the office of Advanced Robotics, the Robotics Society of Japan through the website of Advanced Robotics (http://www.rsj.or.jp/ar_e/submission). Sample forms of the manuscript as well as the Instructions for Authors are available on the homepage. Also, send another copy to Dirk Wollherr (dw at tum.de) for submission confirmation.

Guest Editors:
- Prof. Dirk Wollherr, dw at tum.de (Technical University of Munich)
- Prof. Verena Rieser, v.t.rieser at hw.ac.uk (Heriot-Watt University)
- Prof. Matthew Walter, mwalter at ttic.edu (Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dirk Wollherr
Lehrstuhl für Steuerungs- und Regelungstechnik/
  Chair of Automatic Control Engineering (LSR)
Technische Universität München
D-80290 München, Germany
Tel.:  +49 89 289-23401, Fax: +49 89 289-28340
mailto:dw at tum.de
WWW:   http://lsr.ei.tum.de

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