[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP - RSS 2016 - Workshop on On-line decision-making in multi-robot coordination *DEADLINE EXTENDED*

Jan Faigl faiglj at fel.cvut.cz
Tue Apr 19 08:34:39 PDT 2016

Submission deadline extended to May 2, 2016!!!

                            CALL FOR PAPERS
Workshop on On-line decision-making in multi-robot coordination, RSS 2016
                             June 19, 2016
                  Ann Arbor, Univeristy of Michigan, USA

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On-line decision making is an important part of robotic problems where mobile robots operate in unknown or partially known dynamic environments in order to acquire information about some studied phenomena. This problem can be found in the robotic problems like autonomous data collection, environment monitoring, and robotic exploration missions that can be generally considered as variants of robotic information gathering. The key aspect of these problems is that the overall mission performance can be evaluated after the mission is completed and efficient decision-making depends on local in-situ decisions made according to the information acquired during the mission.

The main goal of the workshop is to discuss and share ideas and approaches related to the on-line (in-situ) decision-making to coordinate a team of mobile robots to fulfill a global mission objective by individual actions performed by particular team members. The particular focus of the workshop are missions like multi-robot exploration, persistent environment monitoring, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks. The fundamental challenge of these missions is that little or no information about the environment is known in advance. Therefore, one of the problems needed to be addressed is how to trade-off exploration of the unknown parts of the environment to collect new information about the operational environment and exploitation of the current knowledge acquired so far to improve the mission performance.

The scope of the workshop primarily includes the following topics:
Distributed algorithms and decentralized approaches for multi-robot coordination
Robustness of on-line decision-making policies
Communication dependency in multi-robot systems
Theoretical foundations for multiagent on-line decision making with limited prior knowledge about the problem domain
Exploration, surveillance, inspection missions in unknown or dynamic environments
Multi-robot informative path planning 
Cooperative persistent environment monitoring
Benchmarks, performance metrics, and experimenting methodology for in-situ decision-making strategies
Single robot approaches that deal with foundations for on-line decision-making and that can be extended in some way to multi-robot systems

Notice, the workshop topics are not limited to multi-robot missions only, also single robot approaches that deal with foundations for on-line decision-making and that can be extended in some way to multi-robot systems are of a high relevance to the workshop and authors are highly encouraged to submit papers with the related topic.

Invited Speakers
Christopher Amato, University of New Hampshire, USA (confirmed)
Volkan Isler,University of Minnesota, USA (confirmed)
Gal Kaminka,  Bar Ilan University, Israel (confirmed)
Gaurav S. Sukhatme, University of Southern California, USA (confirmed)
Robert Fitch, University of Sydney, Australia (confirmed)
Timothy H Chung - Darpa, USA (tentative)

Important Dates
May 2, 2016 - Workshop paper submission deadline
May 13, 2016 - Notification acceptance
June 19, 2016 - Workshop

The workshop aims to develop discussion about the current niche, and therefore, unpublished work and also already published materials could be accepted for the presentation. The received contributions will be evaluated in the peer-reviewed process, where the main evaluation criterion will be the relevance of the contribution to the workshop topics. All accepted contributions will be given an oral presentation and will be made publicly available whenever possible.

Submissions must be made electronically as a single Portable Document Format (PDF) file via the workshop submission site at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.easychair.org_conferences_-3Fconf-3Ddemur16&d=CwICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=s5KYVACgVjg6dTxFZ_HUsMOU5xgyQR73JjZTJd4l1mQ&s=0de8hxtWlRihyhswH3YcxrdBVTnNId8onvRV8H6jGtc&e= . Accepted submissions will be publicly available if possible. Submitted papers may be 4-8 pages in length using IEEE double column ieeeconf style ( https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ras.papercept.net_conferences_support_tex.php&d=CwICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=s5KYVACgVjg6dTxFZ_HUsMOU5xgyQR73JjZTJd4l1mQ&s=kGGFXibJba9oUKHKPVf1GhPufK6Ko5JNn-TvNJ7qglI&e=  ).

Doc. Ing. Jan Faigl, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow
Associate Professor
Artificial Intelligence Center
Department of Computer Science
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Czech Technical University in Prague
Technicka 2, 166 27 Prague 6, Czech Republic

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