[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] 2nd call for contributions: RRS'17 Workshop on Learning Perception and Control for Autonomous Flight: Safety, Memory, and Efficiency

Kostas Karydis kkarydis at ece.ucr.edu
Mon May 22 09:21:14 PDT 2017

*The workshop at a glance*
/Webpage: /

/Key Dates:/
- Submission Deadline: June 1, 2017
- Notification of Acceptance: June 10, 2017
- Workshop Date: July 16, 2017 in MIT

/Questions and 2-page extended abstract submission via email: /
learning.safe.flight.workshop at gmail.com

We encourage you to contribute and participate.  Note that NSF has
generously offered us travel support for eligible participants.  Please see
below for further details on the workshop.

On behalf of all the organizers,
Kostas Karydis

This workshop seeks to bring together researchers from robot planning and
control, reinforcement learning and deep learning, and formal methods to
examine the challenges and opportunities in learning perception and control
for safe high-speed flight in unknown environments.  Of particular interest
is to investigate i) how to theoretically analyze the data and structure of
learning systems to provide guarantees on safety and task success, and ii)
what is the effect of long-term memory and, in particular, whether recurrent
connections or dynamic external memory can replace global map information.

We will feature keynote presentations from both established as well as
early-career researchers, a panel discussion, and solicit extended abstracts
for poster and/or spotlight presentations from students and researchers.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- High-speed visual control of aerial vehicles
- Deep reinforcement learning for vision-based control of underactuated
- Formal guarantees for learning based on neural networks
- Neural network architectures that involve temporal recurrence and memory
- Learning of visuomotor policies and performance guarantees
- Perception-action loops in challenging and dynamic environments

We particularly encourage young scientists working in these fields to attend
and interact!

*Confirmed Invited Speakers:*
- Ashish Kapoor, Microsoft Research
- Jan Peters, TU Darmstadt
- Ingmar Posner, University of Oxford
- Evangelos Theodorou, Georgia Tech
- Rene Vidal, Johns Hopkins University
- Jianxiong Xiao, AutoX

*Call for Contributions:*
We invite submissions in the form of extended abstracts (up to 2 pages)
following RSS formatting guidelines.  Accepted contributions will be
featured in a poster session and/or through spotlight presentations, and
will be included in the workshop proceedings which will become available at
the workshop website.  We encourage work-in-progress to be submitted, and
will take this into account in the review process.

Submissions and questions should be directed to
learning.safe.flight.workshop at gmail.com by June 1st 2017.  Please include
"RSS 2017 Abstract Submission" in the subject of the email.  Notifications
of acceptance will be given by June 10th 2017. 

*Travel Support:*
Through the generous support of the National Science Foundation, we are
happy to announce that the workshop will be able to offer travel mini-awards
to U.S.-based workshop contributors to partially cover travel expenses.  All
workshop contributors are eligible, and are strongly encouraged to apply for
a travel mini-award.  The number of mini-awards to be made available is,
however, limited.  Priority will be given to workshop contributors from
communities underrepresented in STEM, and/or HBCU/MSI-accredited
Universities.  Please contact us at learning.safe.flight.workshop at gmail.com
for more information.

*Important Dates:*
- Submission Deadline: June 1, 2017
- Notification of Acceptance: June 10, 2017
- Camera-Ready Posters: June 30, 2017
- Workshop Date: July 16, 2017

- Konstantinos (Kostas) Karydis, University of California, Riverside
- Nikolay Atanasov, University of California, San Diego
- Sergey Levine, University of California, Berkeley
- Nick Roy, MIT
- Claire Tomlin, University of California, Berkeley
- Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania

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