[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] [CFP] AAAI 2018 Spring Symposium on Integrating Representation, Reasoning, Learning, and Execution for Goal Directed Autonomy

Erez Karpas karpase at technion.ac.il
Tue Oct 17 22:22:42 PDT 2017

Apologies for cross-posting

Call for Papers: AAAI 2018 Spring Symposium on Integrating Representation,
Reasoning, Learning, and Execution for Goal Directed Autonomy

March 26th - 28th, 2018
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Submission deadline: October 27th, 2017 (10 days from now)


Recent advances in AI and robotics have led to a resurgence of interest in
the objective of producing intelligent agents that help us in our daily
lives. Such agents must be able to rapidly adapt to the changing goals of
their users, and the changing environments in which they operate. These
requirements lead to a balancing act that most current systems have
difficulty contending with: on the one hand, human interaction and
computational scalability favor the use of abstracted models of problems
and environments domains; on the other hand, generating goal directed
behavior in the real world typically requires accurate models that are
difficult to obtain and computationally hard to reason with.

This symposium addresses the core research gaps that arise in designing
autonomous systems that execute their actions in complex environments using
imprecise models. The sources of imprecision may range from computational
pragmatism to imperfect knowledge of the actual problem domain. Some of the
research directions that this symposium aims to highlight are:

 * hierarchical approaches for goal directed autonomy in physically
manifested intelligent systems (e.g., robotics)

 * formalizations for knowledge representation and reasoning under
uncertainty for real-world systems and their simulations, including those
based on logic as well as on probability theory

 * tradeoffs between model verisimilitude, scalability, and executability
in sequential decision making

 * bridging the gaps between abstract models and reality in sequential
decision making

 * online model learning and model improvement during execution

 * identifying modeling errors during plan execution

 * integrated approaches for learning representations and execution policies

 * analysis and use of abstractions in autonomous reasoning and execution

*** Symposium Format ***

The symposium will be structured around keynote talks by senior
researchers, representing different approaches to the topics of the
symposium. Additionally, we will solicit contributed  papers, which will be
presented at the symposium orally and as posters. Plenty of time  will be
left for discussion, some of which will be organized in panels around
specific issues,  while some time will be left for open discussion.

*** Paper Submission ***

We invite full papers (6-8 pages) and short/position papers (2-4 pages). We
also solicit system demonstrations which highlight how some of the
challenges in the research directions listed above were handled.

Papers should be submitted via easychair. Detailed instructions will be
made available on the workshop’s dedicated page.

*** Organizing Committee ***

Siddharth Srivastava,   Arizona State University
Shiqi Zhang,    Cleveland State University
Nick Hawes,     University of Oxford
Erez Karpas,    Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
George Konidaris,       Brown University
Matteo Leonetti,        University of Leeds
Mohan Sridharan,        The University of Auckland
Jeremy Wyatt,   University of Birmingham


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