[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: IROS 2017 Workshop on "Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy" (IMRA-2017)

Tomasz Kucner Tomasz.Kucner at oru.se
Thu May 4 06:47:20 PDT 2017

Call for papers

IROS 2017 Workshop on "Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy" (IMRA-2017)


September 24, 2017
Vancouver, Canada
Submission deadline: July 15, 2017
As humans, understanding our own limitations, failures and
shortcomings is a key for improvement and
development. Correspondingly, equipping robots with a set of
skills that allows them to assess the quality of their sensory
data, internal models, used methods and state of the hardware is
expected to greatly improve the overall performance of an
autonomous system.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the following research

How to assess the quality of internal models, methods and sensor data,
used by robots and how to to respond to the this assessment?

In other words, how to improve robots' introspective abilities?

Research on introspection directly or indirectly relates to other
research topics such as safety, active perception and
mapping. Accordingly, development of introspection in robotics
is expected to have a direct impact on a large variety of
application areas (most notably service robots in long-term operation,
and search and rescue robots).

Introspection has a number of benefits for robotics: (i) can be used
to estimate the likelihood of failure and prevent the failure, (ii)
improves safety by assessing the internal state of the robot,
(iii) can speed up the recovery and/or repair process by providing
detailed information to a human operator or be a part of
self-repair process, (iv) it is crucial to make decisions if it is
safe to execute the assigned mission.

Topics of interest

Topics of contribution that are relevant to this workshop include, but
are not limited to:

1) Internal assessment
* Map quality assessment
* Perception quality assessment
* Classification quality assessment
2) Analysis
* Failure analysis
* Execution monitoring
3) Introspection-related actions
* Active learning
* Failure recovery
* Reconfigurable robots
* Planning with uncertainty

Paper submission

Unpublished original contributions may be submitted to the
workshop. The criteria for acceptance is the work's relation to
the topics of the workshop and technical quality. We also
encourage submission of position papers that address the
challenge(s) of introspection methods for reliable autonomy.

Papers can be submitted until the submission deadline (see below) via
EasyChair (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__easychair.org_conferences_-3Fconf-3Dimra2017&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=VUKZqIKBdiAf7zSKrOCP0GOcz_NdDGkg7WQKIEwJ8Zc&s=Ri2uLewczJVKgiwpjdv_Bb4tI5iD9M43oTrP6qF_T3s&e= ).
Submissions, to be uploaded as a PDF file, should be no longer than
eight pages, including references. Papers should be formatted with the
IEEE Conference Latex or Word style
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ras.papercept.net_conferences_support_support.php&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=VUKZqIKBdiAf7zSKrOCP0GOcz_NdDGkg7WQKIEwJ8Zc&s=VpkE68qmlauQoeZVuWBddYRztY_1MeJnw6QIlrX4Y3I&e= ). All papers
will go through a single-blind peer review with at least two
reviewers. Accepted papers will be presented during the workshop and
published on the workshop website.

Important Dates

- Paper submission deadline: July 15, 2017
- Author notification: August 21, 2017
- Camera-ready submission: September 15, 2017
- Workshop date: September 24, 2017

List of invited speakers

Martial Hebert - Carnegie Mellon University - USA (Confirmed)
Rudolph Triebel - German Aerospace Center (DLR) - Germany (Confirmed)
Leon Kester - TNO - Netherlands (Confirmed)
Ingmar Posner - University of Oxford - UK (Confirmed)
Andreas Birk - Jacobs University - Germany (Confirmed)
Michael Ruhnke -  Marble Robot Inc. - USA (Confirmed)
Raymond Sheh - Curtin University - Australia (Confirmed)
Nick Hawes - University of Birmingham - UK

Workshop organisers

Tomasz Piotr Kucner
AASS Research Centre, School of Science and Technology, Orebro University

Soren Schwertfeger
STAR Lab, School of Information Science and Technology of ShanghaiTech University

Martin Magnusson
AASS Research Centre, School of Science and Technology, Orebro University

Achim J. Lilienthal
AASS Research Centre, School of Science and Technology, Orebro University

Tomasz Piotr Kucner
PhD Student
AASS Research Centre, Dept. of Computer Science, Örebro University,
SE - 70182 Örebro, Sweden
Room: T1105,
Phone: (+46/0) 19 - 30 1482
Email: tomasz.kucner at oru.se<mailto:tomasz.kucner at oru.se>

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