[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] ACM Workshop CfP: GECCO 2020 Workshop on the Automated Design of Robots for the Real world

Howard, David (Data61, Pullenvale) David.Howard at data61.csiro.au
Sun Mar 22 21:11:26 PDT 2020

Call For Papers
GECCO 2020 Workshop on the Automated Design of Robots for the Real world (ADRR)


Evolution offers great promise for the automatic design of bespoke robots whose form and function are specifically tailored to meet the demands of given tasks and environments. However, real-world deployments of evolved robots have (with a few notable exceptions) been relatively sparse and the evolution of robots directly in the real-world is even more embryonic. Motivated by the possibilities afforded by new-found, easily accessible advanced manufacturing processes including 3D printing, and the future promise of bespoke ‘robotic materials’, we invite interested participants to join us in a robust discussion of the current state of the field as we sketch a roadmap towards the mainstream adoption of evolutionary paradigms into robotic design processes. We encourage a specific focus on real-world robot systems for practical applications or for fundamental / algorithmic studies.


The workshop will combine

Short talks from invited world-leading experts who will share their success stories and cautionary tales (including Josh Bongard and Alex Ellery)

A ‘show and tell’ session, based on short pitch + poster combinations with contributions in a relevant area, including but not limited to:
·         Joint evolution of morphology and control
·         Evolution in hardware, design and fabrication processes for evolved robots
·         Incarnating robots in a range of substrates including soft robots, biological materials, and classical mechatronic materials
·         Learning in hardware with limited / noisy data, with or without supervision
·         Managing noise, including reality gap and sim 2 real
·         Environmentally-mediated behaviours, viability vs. utility
·         Building and managing complexity (modularity, hierarchy, indirect encodings, etc).
·         Integration of expert knowledge and requirements into evolutionary processes
·         Integration of evolutionary approaches with traditional design techniques
·         Real-world verification of evolved solutions
·         Useful levels of abstraction in evolutionary processes

Problem pitches from participants describing a problem or challenge they wish to discuss and put on the research agenda

A plenary discussion


Contributions will be accepted as two-page extended abstracts, to be published in the GECCO companion proceedings, with subsequent presentation of the poster during the workshop itself. Expected outcomes include new results, best practices, an inventory of the main challenges, a technology survey of possible enablers and solutions (from our own and other fields), and a sketch roadmap towards a future of mainstream usage and adoption of evolutionary techniques in demanding robotic use cases.

Authors must submit their papers using the GECCO submission site<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/gecco__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!7WFQGPEi4XRk1UGAMKFMwQ90Go7oF2UE9SV5s-hm_aCJJ9VPTLR6MYtwBHALOiF70NQbAHiE$ >  on or before April 3rd, 2020.

Important dates:
Submission deadline: April 3, 2020
Notification date: April 17, 2020
Camera ready copy due: April 24, 2020
Author registration deadline: April 27, 2020

David Howard, CSIRO (AUS)
Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University (UK)
Gusz Eiben, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL), University of York (UK)

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