[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP - Special Issue on "Unconventional computing for Bayesian inference"

Jorge Lobo jlobo at isr.uc.pt
Fri Apr 22 09:44:49 PDT 2016

We would like to remind you that following the IROS workshop UCBI 2015 (workshop on Unconventional Computing for Bayesian Inference, https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ap.isr.uc.pt_events_UCBI-5Firos2015_&d=CwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=XpMiy1UUWWxdrsmfg-aZzuhD4_N0pdw_grBxLYpVktI&s=lDUF7WO_UCbemUbY-80sdB8Vxpe1DWWES7ZtSOxpGQU&e= ),  there is an open call for a followup special issue of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning.


Call for Papers:  International Journal of Approximate Reasoning

Special Issue on "Unconventional computing for Bayesian inference”

Submission deadline: May 1 2016

(apologies for multiple postings)

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Contemporary robots and other cognitive artifacts are not yet ready 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 biological beings have done for a long time.

In this context, Bayesian approaches have been used to deal with incompleteness and uncertainty, exhibiting promising results. However, all these works, even if they propose probabilistic models, still rely on a classical computing paradigm that imposes a bottleneck on 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 parallelisation and tackle power consumption. The flexibility of current reprogrammable logic devices provides a test bed for novel stochastic processors and unconventional computing.

This special issue focusses on recent advances and future directions of probabilistic computing for robotics, addressing Bayesian inference for autonomous robots, insights from computational biology, and related topics. This special issue is a followup of the IROS 2015 (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2015) workshop on Unconventional Computing for Bayesian Inference (UCBI2015), but with an open call for new contributions. See https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ap.isr.uc.pt_events_UCBI-5Firos2015_&d=CwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=XpMiy1UUWWxdrsmfg-aZzuhD4_N0pdw_grBxLYpVktI&s=lDUF7WO_UCbemUbY-80sdB8Vxpe1DWWES7ZtSOxpGQU&e=  for more info.

List of Topics

We encourage authors to submit original work on the computational aspects of Bayesian inference. Topics include, but are not strictly limited to:

a) Low power computing solutions for Bayesian inference
b) Parallel architectures and unconventional computing for Bayesian inference
c) Stochastic computing for Bayesian inference
d) Autonomous robots performing Bayesian inference with limited resources
e) Insights from computational biology for Bayesian computing
f) Bayesian programming for robotics
g) Bayesian models for robotic perception and cognition

Submission Guidelines
All papers should be submitted to IJAR website https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ees.elsevier.com_ija_&d=CwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=XpMiy1UUWWxdrsmfg-aZzuhD4_N0pdw_grBxLYpVktI&s=ETek-qmmWrXYCeyI1bCJ-4d8ECEGoc4qYgqUzgU5sZs&e=  and choose the Special Issue “VSI: UCBI 2015”.  All online submissions should follow the “Guide for Authors” of the journal.

Important Dates

- Deadline for paper submission: May 1, 2016
- Notification of first review decision: Jun 15, 2016
- Deadline for revised paper submission: Jul 15, 2016
- Notification of final publication decision: Sept 15, 2016
- On-line publication:  Oct 15, 2016

Guest Editors

Jorge Lobo,
ISR-University of Coimbra,
jlobo at isr.uc.pt

João Filipe Ferreira,
ISR-University of Coimbra,
jfilipe at isr.uc.pt

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
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