[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP RSS 2020 Workshop on Heterogenous Multi-Robot Systems

Ravichandar, Harish harish.ravichandar at cc.gatech.edu
Sun Mar 8 20:18:20 PDT 2020

Call for Papers

Workshop on Heterogeneous Multi-Robot Task Allocation and Coordination
Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS)
July 12, 2020
Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A.

Website:  https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://sites.google.com/view/mrta-rss2020/__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!4kwah6IndKawWjagZC6l9GA4DK5D28GW9cgkyof4qVQDGcVVLA7Y6x8qOjs0ojlCUHD_hIEz$ 

Important Dates

- Submission deadline: April 18, 2020
- Notification of acceptance: April 25, 2020
- Workshop date: July 12, 2020


Heterogeneous multi-robot teams have the potential to perform complex tasks that require considerable coordination in unstructured environments. To fully realize this potential, however, we need to address an array of significant challenges in enabling the coordinated behavior of inherently different kinds of agents. Particularly interesting are the questions what, who, and when of multi-robot coordination. The answers to "what needs to be done?" provide insights into the nature of complex multi-task missions and how to accomplish them. The question of who, whether in team composition or in task allocation, is particularly impactful when dealing with teams of heterogeneous agents. Finally, the answer to "when to perform the tasks?" deals with realizing a conflict-free plan for the agents to perform a number of tasks, both sequentially and simultaneously.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together perspectives on how to tackle these three fundamental questions of multi-robot coordination from different communities within robotics. We wish to have the perspectives of renowned expert researchers in the field, and offer junior researchers the opportunity to share their new ideas and preliminary results of ongoing research. We hope that this workshop will help the community discover exciting collaborations and effective directions of future research.

Submission Instructions

In order to increase the participation of young and senior researchers in the topic, along with the quality of the contributions, we invite submissions of the following types:

1. Traditional workshop submissions presenting preliminary results of ongoing research.
2. Submissions (abstract) linked to already published papers coming from:
                2a. Journal papers, which have not had the chance to be discussed in a conference, (imitating the strategy of RA-L and TR-O).
                2b. Recent papers presented at machine learning and AI conferences (e.g., NIPS, ICLR, ICML, and AAAI).

Note that the authors must explicitly indicate the type of their submissions.

We encourage participants to submit their research in the form of a paper (6 pages maximum including references) in the RSS conference template. Contributors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts with videos (max. duration: 3 minutes) illustrating their work.

The submitted contributions will go through a single blind review process. All the accepted contributions will be presented as posters during the interactive sessions. A subset of the accepted papers/abstracts will be presented during spotlight presentations, before the interactive sessions.

All submissions should be sent in PDF format to the email: mrta.rss2020 at gmail.com

Invited Speakers

- Hadas Kress-Gazit, Cornell University
- Johnathan How, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Vaibhav Srivastava, Michigan State University
- Gal Kaminka, Bar Ilan University
- Dimitra Panagou, University of Michigan - tentative

Organizing Committee

- Harish Ravichandar, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Ragesh Kumar Ramachandran, University of Southern California
- Seth Hutchinson, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Sonia Chernova, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Gaurav Sukhatme, University of Southern California
- Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania

For further information please contact Harish Ravichandar <harish.ravichandar at gatech.edu> or Ragesh Kumar Ramachandran <rageshku at usc.edu>.

(on behalf of the organizing committee)

Harish Ravichandar, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
School of Interactive Computing
Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM)
Georgia Institute of Technology


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