|AI and Cognition in Robotics|
|The First Workshop of the AICoR Topic Group of euRobotics|
|European Robotics Forum, Rovereto, Italy, March 12, 2014|
NOTE: The time of the workshop has been changed to Wednesday, March 12, from 8:30 to 10:30.
This is the first formal meeting of AICoR (Artificial Intelligence and Cognition in Robotics), a Topic Group within the euRobotics AISBL. The goal of this workshop is two-fold. First, to streamline the contents, organization and plans of the AICoR Topic Group. Second, to organize the AICoR contribution to euRobotics "Multi-Annual Roadmap" MAR. This worshop is organized in collaboration with EUCog - the European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics.
AICoR (Artificial Intelligence and Cognition in Robotics) is a Topic Group within the euRobotics AISBL. AICoR has been initiated in June 2013 by a group of people whose background and research interests span Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cognitive Systems, and Robotics. This group believes that there is an enormous potential in creating a stronger link between these disciplines, both in terms of scientific progress and in terms of new developments and innovation in robotics.
Cognition provides a robot with the ability to understand its environment even from partial knowledge now and in the future, and to use this understanding for action. Cognition breaks free of the present in a way that allows the robot to act reliably and safely, to adapt, and to improve. This is required to have robots act in a goal-directed way in automation-averse environments, such as in normal human-populated areas. In such environments, robot tasks can typically only be incompletely or vaguely specified and require common sense reasoning on the robot's side to fill in the necessary detail, dependent on the current context and goals.
Methods and results from AI and Cognitive Systems can be used, and have been used, within many robotic technologies, including perception, planning, navigation, manipulation, and human-robot interaction. All of these will benefit from improvements of the AI and cognitive technologies to be targeted by the AICoR Topic Group.
The AICoR group has already organized several informal meetings, both physically and Internet-based, and it has contributed to the parts related to "AI and Cognition" in the H2020 Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and Multi-Annual Roadmap (MAR). This workshop is meant to be the first formal meeting of the AICoR Topic Group.
The workshop will start with an introduction to the AICoR TG: its motivations, history, and organization so far. Then, the final contents and organization of the group will be discussed and agreed among all participants. Group work on the MAR will follow, started by a series of short presentations by group members who volunteered to supervise the work on the different parts of the MAR relevant to AICoR. We will finish with a open discussion in order to plan follow-up actions of the AICoR Topic Group. (See detaied schedule.)
The workshop will take place at the very start of ERF: Wednesday, March 12, from 8:30 to 10:30, at Track 6. See the ERF-2014 home page for registration and practical information.