[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP RSS 2020 Workshop on Explainable and Trustworthy Robot Decision Making for Scientific Data Collection

Furlong, Padraig Michael. (ARC-TI)[SGT, INC] padraig.m.furlong at nasa.gov
Tue Mar 10 15:58:36 PDT 2020

Call for Submissions


Workshop on Explainable and Trustworthy Robot Decision Making for Scientific Data Collection

Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS)

July 13, 2020

Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Website: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://sites.google.com/view/explainable-data-collection__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!6Tdn-Y1IbjGKIHcJomu3ERuByL-PHL75tedCl_WMudo7RfagoDSU6mOQzDMvFZKUmXq7oWNh$ 

Important Dates


  *   Submission Deadline: 9 April, 2020, Anywhere on Earth

  *   Notification of Acceptance: 16 April, 2020

  *   Workshop date: 13 July 2020



Robotic information gathering has many applications in fundamental research (e.g. oceanography, geology, biology) and in resource extraction (e.g. mining, agriculture, forestry). The state of practice is for humans to oversee robotic operations, often with monitoring burdens that can have significant costs. Remote operations are plagued by restrictions on communications: bandwidth limits, latency, and drop out. There is a need to develop systems for scientific data collection that operate autonomously with high neglect tolerance.

Building trustworthy autonomous systems hinges on a multitude of complex factors, such as humans’ ability to communicate their actual objectives to robotic systems, robots’ ability to explain their behaviour to remote operators, and users’ previous experience with deployed robots. Automated science operations demand more than just specialist training with robots. They demand a fundamental understanding of (and new technologies to address) difficult problems, such as Explainable AI and Competency Aware reasoning, given the non-obvious requirements for correct behaviour.

This workshop will bring together roboticists and scientists to identify what roboticists need to understand about science objectives, as well as what capabilities roboticists can provide to achieve scientists' objectives. We are looking for submissions that address: the problem of trusting autonomous data collection for short- and long-term operations, methods to elicit scientists’ preferences, and gaps between science needs and autonomous capabilities. The outcome of this workshop will be organized into a report documenting the major conclusions of the workshop and developed papers from the workshop will be collected and published in a special issue of a major robotics journal.

Submission Instructions


Please send an up to 2 page abstract, not including references, in PDF format to the email: explainable.data.collection at gmail.com<mailto:explainable.data.collection at gmail.com>

Selected submissions will be presented as posters during the interactive sessions of the workshop.

Invited Speakers


  *   Julie A. Adams, Oregon State University

  *   Nathalie Cabrol, SETI

  *   Alan Fern, Oregon State University

  *   Eric Frew, University of Colorado Boulder

  *   Yogesh Girdhar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

  *   Jay McMahon, University of Colorado Boulder

  *   David Miller, National Science Foundation

  *   Joshua Peschel, Iowa State University

  *   Bogdan Strimbu, Oregon State University

  *   Ufuk Topcu, University Texas Austin

  *   Kiri Wagstaff, Oregon State University/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Organizing Committee


  *   Nisar Ahmed, University of Colorado Boulder

  *   P. Michael Furlong, NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group [KBR, Inc.]

  *   Geoff Hollinger, Oregon State University

  *   Seth McCammon, Oregon State University

For further information please contact Michael at padraig.m.furlong at nasa.gov<mailto:padraig.m.furlong at nasa.gov>

On behalf of the organizing committee,


P. Michael Furlong, Ph.D.

Intelligent Robotics Group,

KBR, Inc. at NASA Ames Research Center

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