December 13th: The Return of the Light
The time when AI and Robotics rejoin... maybe!
Questions to be Addressed
The Lucia-2012 event will be mostly a guided
brainstorming, where guidance will be provided by a set of questions.
(See motivations and objectives). The outcome
of this event will constitute the basis for three possible documents:
In this Event we mostly target the last document, but the first two may
also be produced if there is enough interests in those.
- a research and technological roadmap for the field of "AI and
- a white paper on this field, to be used as input for future funding
- a graduate curriculum for creating the next generation of
researchers in this field.
Request for Position Statements
In order to make the meeting more focused and effective, we will collect
initial answers to these questions before the event in the form of brief
position statements. Please write a position statement
explaining your point of view on the main questions addressed by this
event. Your statement should be no longer than 3000 words, and it
should be sent to me by Friday, November 30,
2012. All the statements will be made available to the meeting
participants before and during the meeting. They will not be
I kindly request you to organize your statement by addressing the
specific questions reported in the next section. Please note: this is
not meant to be a dumb questionnaire, these questions are to be taken as
guidelines. Of course you are free to depart from these if you really
need to. You may also chose to address one or two of the questions in
full detail, and to give very short answers to the others. In all
cases, please make sure to address at least questions (1), (2) and (9).
For the purpose of writing your statement, I'd like you to take one
specific role, or point of view: AI researcher or Robotics
researcher (see question 1). If you feel that you would like to
say something from both points of view, feel free to send two separate
- Point of view. Are you writing from the point of view of an
AI researcher, possibly interested in robotics, or of a
Robotics researcher, possibly interested in AI?
- Background. What do you consider to be your main
background? What do you regard as your principal current area of
activity? What were your main areas of activities in the past?
- Frustration. Is there a gap between research in AI and
Robotics? Is this gap: new? old? widening? narrowing? Are there
effective venues that connect the two ends? In what epistemological
relation are Robotics and AI? Is one an application domain of the
other? Or are they parallel areas?
Questions (4-6) below are written from the Robotics point
of view. If you have chosen to take the AI point of view in
question 1, please swap the terms "AI / Robotics" and "IJCAI / ICRA" in
- New progress. Given what you know about the state of the
art in AI, what do you see as a major leap(s) forward in Robotics
which would be enabled by incorporating ideas, principles or
techniques from AI? Would this leap mostly exploit ideas, principles,
or techniques? Which ones?
- New research questions. Given what you know about the state
of the art in AI, what do you see as a new major research question(s)
in Robotics which would arise from the attempt to incorporate ideas,
principles or techniques from AI? Which ones?
- Knowledge transfer. You are asked to give a plenary at
IJCAI on "Methods, techniques and open problems in Robotics which are
of relevance to AI". What do you plan include? By a lucky
coincidence, while preparing your lecture you attend a tutorial at
ICRA on "Methods, techniques and open problems in AI which are of
relevance to Robotics". What would you like to hear?
- The next generation. Imagine that you define a research
project aimed at achieving the above leap and/or addressing the above
research question. You are given funds to enroll two PhD students in
this project: Mr A, who has a Computer Science background with
specialization in AI; and Ms R, who has a Mechanical or Electrical
Engineering background with specialization in Robotics. What courses
or experiences would you like Mr A to have taken, in addition to his
standard CS curriculum, so that he can best work on this project?
What for Ms R? What new courses would you like both of them to attend
after you enroll them? What books would you like them to read and
- A joint community. Consider the research project above.
Where would you present and discuss your progress? Where would you
publish your best results?
- Oucomes of this workshop. You are flying back home after
the Lucia's event, and you have a document in your laptop which has
been produced at the event. In your best hope, what does this
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