[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP - Joint Workshop on Autonomy in Teams @ ICML/IJCAI-ECAI 2018

Malte Schilling mschilli at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
Fri Apr 20 03:00:02 PDT 2018

Dear Colleagues, 

As part of the Federated AI Meeting (including ICML, IJCAI, AAMAS, and ICCBR) in Stockholm, we are having a workshop on Autonomy in Teams and invite your contribution. The date will be July 13, 14, or 15 (to be decided), 2018.

With best regards,
The workshop organizers

	Malte Schilling (CITEC Bielefeld, Germany),
	Doug Lange (Chief Scientist, Command and Control Department, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific)
	Stefan Kopp (CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany)
	Luke Marsh (Research Scientist - Defence Science and Technology Group)
	Bernhard Nebel (University of Freiburg, Germany)
	Michael Spranger (Sony CSL Lab, Japan)
	Adrian Pearce (Associate Professor - The University of Melbourne)

Dr. rer. nat. Malte Schilling
Cognitive Interaction Technology - Center of Excellence
Bielefeld University, Postfach 100131, D-33501 Bielefeld
mschilli at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de

Joint Workshop on Sharing Autonomy in Human-Robot Interaction
July 13, 14, or 15 (TBD), 2018

Call for Contributions

Deadline: March 1, 2018

As an increasing number of intelligent agents enter our lives and support us in a wider variety of tasks, the question of how we can interact with these agents in a simple and natural way becomes increasingly important. In the future, agents will not solely be recruited by us for a single, clearly restricted task, but agents will offer a broad range of support in different tasks. On the one hand, this will require that agents are able to learn when to support and how to mediate joint actions in a collaboration. On the other hand, agents must become able to break down goals into actionable subtasks and determine how to contribute towards overarching goals in a joint effort. These capabilities should scale towards mixed teams of humans and artificial agents in collaborative settings.

Research on Shared Autonomy focuses on how autonomous intelligent systems can successfully interact and shape each other’s autonomy spaces. It is about how two or more autonomous agents mediate how they individually and jointly can contribute to an overarching goal, but also at the same time fulfill their individual goals. The workshop aims, first, at agent models (algorithms, representations, evaluation metrics, datasets) that allow for goal-oriented interactions. Secondly, the main focus of the workshop is on how such models can be learned and adapt open-ended, over time and on various time scales. In short, how can we build robots and virtual agents that successful realize collaboration between humans and robots.

Impedance mismatches affect such aspects of teamwork as trust mechanisms, cooperative learning, understanding the division of cognitive labor, alignment of goals, adaptability of policies and plans, the granularity of policies and plans, and team roles. 

The workshop aims at a multidisciplinary perspective on key aspects and challenges of shared autonomy. Therefore, the presentations will reflect the diversity of approaches and topics. The full-day agenda will be organized with talks, a poster session, and a concluding panel session.

	- Joint adaptation (and co-adaptation) of coordination patterns in agents
	- Representations for collaboration in HRI: intentions, goals, domain knowledge, beliefs about current situation.
	- Communication and planning at differing levels of abstraction
	- Learning models of teammates
	- Transfer and incremental learning of task models, e.g., in cooperative tasks and in multi-agent systems
	- Recognizing and predicting actions and/or motions of other agents
	- Shared control in collaborative human-robot tasks: Roles, strategies, and the division of labor
	- Learning and modeling human-agent interaction, human instructions and collaborative behavior
	- Trust and transparency in decision making

Participants are invited to submit an extended abstract (maximum 2 pages) via email to Malte Schilling (mschilli at techfak dot uni-bielefeld dot de). Contributions will be reviewed and selected by the organizers. The workshop contributions will appear as online proceedings on the workshop webpage. In addition, contributors to the workshop will be invited to submit extended versions of the manuscripts to a special issue (more information to follow).

May 1, 2018: Deadline for Abstract Submission
May 27, 2018: Notification of Acceptance
May 31, 2018: Last day for early registration
July 13, 2018: Requested day for the Workshop (tbd, will be on Juli 13, 14, or 15)


For further information, please contact Malte Schilling (mschilli at techfak dot uni-bielefeld dot de) or Doug Lange (dlange at spawar dot navy dot mil) and refer to the workshop website at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__sites.google.com_view_autonomy-2Din-2Dteams_home&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=B9GwXqkMPuFAfgB3kTWr8ln0frkQq-VqZN7H-G5PW0Q&s=NxAEBbHQiEb2gyddz7F8qmXP87ug8znpGNSkxKn-qp4&e=

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