[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] *Extended Deadline* CfP - ICRA 2018 Workshop - Robot Teammates Operating in Dynamic, Unstructured Environments

Chris Reardon cmreardon at gmail.com
Thu Mar 15 12:17:48 PDT 2018

*** To accommodate multiple requests, the extended abstract submission
deadline is now 29 March 2018.  The notification of acceptance date
remains unchanged.***

ICRA 2018 Workshop
Robot Teammates Operating in Dynamic, Unstructured Environments
May 21st (full day) - Brisbane, Australia
Website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__manihsieh.com_icra-2D2018-2Dworkshop_&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=1WeDfb12G38VTea0SIK0KtafHyfrq_uHos5Mvl8Gr8U&s=VM36zOiJ04KwSmwOHLon0KBAO15ttJKfMqHj3SKkHOY&e=
Contact: RT.DUNE at gmail.com

*** Important Dates ***

Extended abstract submission deadline: >>>Extended to 29 March (AoE)<<<
Notification of acceptance: 15 April
Workshop day: 21 May

*** Overview ***

Robotic systems are beginning to conquer well- to partially-structured
environments, such as human-challenging games and self-driving cars
operating on well-known streets, but truly unstructured and dynamic
environments still exceed the capabilities of robotic systems,
particularly when robots must also operate with or around humans. This
unsolved problem of teams of robots that are capable of adapting to
real, unstructured, dynamic environments in real time alongside humans
is of high importance to robotics research today, with major
applications for military, search and rescue, and other robot uses in
the real world.

To illustrate, imagine a human-robot team operating in an environment
that is entirely unknown, such as under a dense tree canopy, at a
disaster site, underground, or underwater, where limited or no
resources (GPS, comms, power) are available.  Compound the difficulty
with dynamic events that alter the environment or robotic perception
of the environment, such as weather and environmental effects or the
actions of other agents.

Successful operation of a robot or group of robots in these most
difficult environments requires solutions at the intersection of
several of the most challenging areas in modern field robotics: the
ability for robots to 1) perceive, reason, and act in dynamic,
unstructured environments 2) alongside human teammates and 3) at
human-operational speeds.

This workshop will bring together researchers in areas of perception,
cognition, planning, control, estimation, machine learning,
multi-robot systems, and human-robot interaction to discuss the
challenges of robots operating in these contexts, and current and
future solutions.  Along with this expertise in the solution spaces
for this challenge area nexus, this workshop will also feature experts
in defining and understanding the real-world problem space from
government and industry groups.  This combination will be influential
in shaping an active conversation and understanding of the obstacles
and solutions to building successful robot teammates.

*** Speakers ***

In order of presentation:

Stefan Williams, University of Sydney
Dieter Fox, University of Washington
Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania
Heni Ben Amor, Arizona State University
Julie Shah, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

*** Submissions ***

We invite interested researchers to submit a 1-2 pages extended
abstract of relevant work. The accepted abstracts will be posted on
the workshop website and will not appear in the official IEEE
proceedings. The reviewing is single blind and will be carried out by
the workshop organizers.  The accepted papers will have the
opportunity to present their work/ideas in a poster session, selected
papers will be invited to give a 15 minute oral presentation, and best
poster will be awarded.

Please submit your abstract to the workshop official email address
RT.DUNE at gmail.com before 29 March 2018.

In addition, a selected number of papers from the poster sessions will
be invited to submit their novel work to the Special Issue of The
International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR). This special issue
will cover the main topics of interest of this workshop.

*** Topics ***

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

*Natural language understanding
*Perception at rapid operational tempo
*Hybrid metric-symbolic planning
*Common-sense reasoning
*Robust field robotics
*Neuro-inspired architectures for control
*Semantic perception
*Online modeling for perception
*Mobility over rough terrain
*Cognitive architectures for control
*Activity and gesture recognition
*Inverse reinforcement learning
*Inferring human intent
*Learning from demonstration
*Human-agent teaming
*Research partnering and technology transition
*Multi-robot systems experimentation

*** Format ***

The workshop format will include morning and afternoon talks by
researchers covering topics that are essential for addressing the
workshop central topic.  Selected submissions that are highly relevant
to the workshop central theme will be invited to give short (15
minute) oral presentations.  During the morning and afternoon
sessions, a long (45 minute) poster session will be conducted for
authors of selected submissions. At the end of each session will be a
panel. The morning panel will consist of members of organizations
(government and industry) that sponsor research for attendees to learn
from international experts in defining the real-world problems that
motivate this work.  The afternoon panel will bring together experts
in both the problem and solution areas for an open discussion with the
attendees to further understanding and discuss future directions.

*** Organizing Committee ***

Nicholas Roy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Henrik Christensen, University of California, San Diego
Dieter Fox, University of Washington
M. Ani Hsieh, University of Pennsylvania
Stuart Young, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Simon Ng, Australia Defense Science and Technology Group
Dirk Schulz, Fraunhofer FKIE
Ethan Stump, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Carlos Neito-Granda, University of California, San Diego
Christopher Reardon, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

*** More information ***

Check the workshop website, https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__manihsieh.com_icra-2D2018-2Dworkshop_&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=1WeDfb12G38VTea0SIK0KtafHyfrq_uHos5Mvl8Gr8U&s=VM36zOiJ04KwSmwOHLon0KBAO15ttJKfMqHj3SKkHOY&e=,
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