December 13th: The Return of the Light
The time when AI and Robotics rejoin... maybe!
The "Lucia 2012" event is now over. These have been two rewarding days
characterized by intense brainstorming, exchange of ideas, planning, and
most notably very pleasant personal interactions. We feel that this
event has marked an important beginning. Here are, in short, the main
- We have agreed on the need to publish an "AI and Robotics
Manifesto" to foster a more organized and systematic effort on
combining AI and Robotics. Some initial material for the manifesto
has been produced, and a publication schedule agreed.
- We will create a set of community tools on the Internet, under the
heading "AI and Robotics". These include: a web portal, a wiki
space, and a mailing list. These tools are now under development
and they will be available by the end of January.
- We will organize a Winter school in AI and Robotics in Orebro in
2013. This will serve as a field test to develop a joint doctoral
curriculum on AI and Robotics, to be eventually shared across
- We will aim at meeting at least once a year at a commonly agreed
major AI or Robotics conference. We will meet at AAAI-2013 (USA),
IROS-2014 (USA) and IROS-2015 (Germany). Other coming events
include the AAAI Spring Symposium 2013 "Designing Intelligent
Robots: Reintegrating AI", and the AAMAS ARMS workshop.
- A discussion on the main research challenges relevant to "AI and
Robotics" was started, but could not be completed at this event. A
discussion on the relevant benchmarks and evaluation metrics was
also deemed important but could not be fit in the available time.
Both discussions will continue through the web infrastructure
(point 2) and follow-up meetings.
- We will produce a survey document on AI and Robotics, also
exploiting the web infrastructure for collecting and discussing
Thanks to all who contributed to make this event a great success!
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