[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Combining Task and Motion Planning in the Frame of Cloud Robotics Workshop – EXTENDED DEADLINE

jan.rosell jan.rosell at upc.edu
Thu Apr 5 22:16:23 PDT 2018

the Deadline for submissions has been extended to APRIL 15, 2018


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SIMPAR-2018 Workshop on:
Combining Task and Motion Planning in the Frame of Cloud Robotics
May 16, 2018 – Brisbane, Australia (the week before ICRA)


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Call for Papers

Jan Rosell – Institute of Industrial and Control Engineering, Universitat
Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Elisa Tosello - IAS-Lab, University of Padova, Italy
Enrico Pagello - IAS-Lab, University of Padova and IT+Robotics srl, Italy

Aim of the Workshop
The goal of this workshop is to highlight recent advances in task and motion
planning, as well as in ontology frameworks and cloud engines for robotic
applications, and to explore new methods for leveraging knowledge for an
efficient combination of the planning levels. We expect participating
researchers to identify and address important challenges, techniques, and
benchmarks necessary for combining task and motion planning in the frame of
cloud robotics. A lively discussion will be organized at the end of sessions
to foster interaction among participants in order to outline a set of main
targets for future international cooperation on the workshop topics.

Invited Speakers (Confirmed)
Neil T. Dantam – Dept. of Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines
Howard Li – Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New
Brunswick, Canada

Call for Papers
Challenging robotic problems, like complex manipulation task in cluttered
environments or navigation among movable obstacles, require a smart
combination of Task and Motion Planning (TAMP) capabilities. Different
approaches work in this direction, usually focused on specific problems and
scenarios, although efforts are being done to achieve more general, scalable
and complete solutions. On the other hand, the use of knowledge in terms of
ontologies, as well as the use of cloud computing, provides autonomy and can
greatly enhance these planning capabilities. Since great efforts are being
done to propose frameworks and standards to represent and use knowledge in
both of them, the combination of task and motion planning in the frame of
cloud robotics is a good direction towards making robots smarter and more

Workshop’s topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:
•        Generality, Scalability and Completeness of Task and Motion
Planning (TAMP)
•        TAMP Challenges
•        TAMP Benchmarking
•        Interaction between Task and Motion Layers
•        Software Services for TAMP
•        Advanced software tools for TAMP and Cloud Robotics (TMPC)
•        Knowledge-based Planning for Autonomous Robots
•        Web Services for Autonomous Robots
•        Architectures of Cloud Robotics Systems
•        Cloud Engines for Robotics
•        Human-Robot Interfaces for Cloud Robotics Systems
•        Ontology Standards for Robotics
•        Ontology Frameworks for Robotic Tasks
•        Cloud Computing Techniques for Autonomous Robots

Papers are solicited in all areas of the topics described above. Submission
that include experimental results in simulation and/or with real robots are
particularly welcome. Papers with descriptions of work in progress or
preliminary results are also welcome to be submitted as shorter papers to be
presented as posters.

Papers will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Papers must be submitted
at EasyChair:


Papers must be formatted using the standard IEEE style files provided for
the IEEE RAS Conferences described in:

The page limit is 6 pages plus one page for references for full papers, and
up to 4 pages for posters.  All accepted papers and posters will be included
in a DVD with an ISBN number, distributed to the workshop attendees.

Important Dates

Paper submission: April 15, 2018
Author notification: April 30, 2018
Camera-ready: May 10, 2018
Workshop date: May 16, 2018

Dept. of Information Engineering (DEI), University of Padua, Italy
Italian Association of Robotics and Automation (SIRI)


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