AAAI Fall Symposium on
Anchoring Symbols to Sensor Data
in Single and Multiple Robot Systems

Final Program

November 2, 2001
9:00 Welcome and Introduction
9:30 Invited talk: Higher-order behavior-based systems, by Ian Horswill [abstract]
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Technical session: Anchoring in practice
  • Symbol-anchoring in Cassie (Shapiro and Ismail)
  • Using behavior activation value histories for updating symbolic facts (Schönherr, Cistelecan, Hertzberg, and Christaller)
  • Perceptual anchoring: a key notion for hybrid embedded systems (Coradeschi and Saffiotti)
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Technical session: From data to symbols 1
  • Toward bootstrap learning for place recognition (Kuipers and Beeson)
  • Perception-action coupling via imitation and attention (Maistros, Marom, and Hayes)
  • From stereoscopic vision to symbolic representation (Santos and Shanahan)
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Rump session: All participants present themselves and their interest in the themes of this symposium
17:00 Poster session
17:30 End of day 1
Evening Opening reception


November 3, 2001
9:00 Invited talk: Conceptual spaces: bridging symbolic, conceptual and connectionist representation, by Peter Gärderfors [abstract]
10:00 Follow-up discussion: Anchoring versus symbol grounding (Panel: Gärderfors, Horswill, Coradeschi)
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Technical session: From data to symbols 2
  • Interpreting symbols on conceptual spaces: the case of dynamic scenarios (Chella, Frixione, and Gaglio)
  • Deriving fluents from sensor data for mobile robots (Witkowski, Randell, and Shanahan)
  • (no talk)
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Technical session: Anchoring in perspective
  • Embodied AI: symbol grounding through imagination (Tsukimoto)
  • Some similarities between anchoring and pattern recognition concepts (Bloch and Saffiotti)
  • Anchoring: do we need new solutions to an old problem or do we have old solutions for a new problem? (Bonarini, Matteucci, and Restelli)
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Virtual talk: The Selective Tuning model of visual attention and its impact on behaviour-based control architectures, by John Tsotsos [abstract]
17:00 Follow-up discussion: Is anchoring a new problem? (Panel: Tsotsos (v), Frixione, Saffiotti)
17:30 End of day 2
Evening Fall Symposium plenary session


November 4, 2001
9:00 Technical session: Anchoring in communication
  • Symbol grounding in communicative mobile robots (Vogt)
  • HIVEMind: grounding interface in cooperative activity (Khoo and Horswill)
  • Grounded models as a basis for intutitive reasoning: the origins of logical categories (Sierra Santibáñez)
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Panel discussion: Anchoring as a research problem (Panel: Kuipers, Lesperance, Shapiro, Vogt)
12:00 Wrap-up: Closing remarks and future plans
12:30 Symposium ends


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