IJCAI-2001 Workshop on

Reasoning with Uncertainty in Robotics

Seattle, Washington, August 4-5, 2001
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Call for Papers

=== Deadline Extended ===


Uncertainty plays an important role in robot navigation at many levels, such as sensor interpretation, environment modeling, spatial reasoning, planning and decision making, self-localization, and motion control. As mobile robots are going to be used for increasingly complex tasks and environments, they are faced with the problem of how to deal with the increasing amount of uncertainty that affects the available knowledge. Dealing with uncertainty also constitutes the focus of a large research effort in AI, which has led to a large number of new theories and new techniques. However, it is only recently that the field of robot navigation has started to import some of the several techniques developed in AI for dealing with uncertain information. Most recently, for example, the introduction of Monte Carlo methods as a powerful tool for state estimation in mobile robotics has produced a leap in the performance of existing methods to mobile robot localization and map building.

This workshop is the third in a series of workshops aimed at bringing together researchers from robotics and AI, to provide a forum for the exchange of thoughts and experiences on current topics in mobile robots and uncertainty. The first two workshops in this series were held in Amsterdam (RUR '95) and in Stockholm (RUR '99). In addition to novel applications of known uncertainty methods, the RUR 2001 workshop will put emphasis on the problem of understanding the intended semantics of the uncertainty representations used in robotic applications. This understanding is essential if we want to be able to assess the relative merits and demerits of different uncertainty representations (e.g., probability theory, evidence theory, fuzzy sets) when used to solve different aspects of the robot navigation problem. Papers comparing different approaches to manage uncertainty, or reporting and analyzing negative results, are especially welcome.

This workshop will interest all people working in mobile robotics, both from academia and from industry. It will also interest researchers working in the area of uncertainty in AI, since robotics offers them the possibility to apply their techniques to challenging real-world problems. To both groups of researchers, the workshop will provide an ideal forum to interact with scientists coming from different backgrounds.

Structure and attendance

The workhop will cover two full days, and will include presentation of submitted papers, invited talks, a forum discussion, and a rump session.

The workshop is open to all the AI community, but attendance is limited to active participants only. Perspective authors should submit a full paper of up to 10 pages, reporting original results that have not been previously published in a journal or major conference. Papers presented at workshops and specialized conferences with a limited audience are acceptable. People who are interested in participating without presenting a paper are invited to submit a two page statement of interest including: a description of their work in the workshop area, a short bio, and pointers to a few relevant publications.

To guarantee a high level of interactivity, the number or participants is limited to 40. All workshop attendees must also register to the main IJCAI conference.

Submission procedure

Full papers should be typeset in single column, 10 or 11 point font, with at least 1 inch margins on all sides, and must be submitted as either a PS or a PDF file. Statements of interest can be submitted as a PS, PDF, or ASCII text file. Submissions should be made electronically by e-mail to alessandro.saffiotti@aass.oru.se (contact one of the chairs if you can not do that). In the body of the e-mail message, you must specify the following:

Paper title Name, affiliation, and email of all authors Name, email, and postal address of corresponding author Phone and fax of corresponding author Abstract (maximum 200 words)

All submissions will be acknowledged within a few days. Papers will be peer-reviewed and the decision of acceptance will be mailed to the corresponding author. Accepted papers will be included in the workshop notes, distributed at the workshop, and in the workshop's web site. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop.


April 1, 2001 Submission of papers
April 30, 2001 Notification of acceptance
May 4, 2001 Submission of statements of interest
June 2, 2001 Deadline for IJCAI registration
June 4, 2001 Camera ready version due
August 4-5, 2001 Workshop days

Organizing committee

Wolfram Burgard,  University of Freiburg, Germany
Dieter Fox (co-chair),  University of Washington, USA
Gerhard Kraetzschmar,  University of Ulm, Germany
Alessandro Saffiotti (co-chair),  University of Örebro, Sweden
Sebastian Thrun,  Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Frans Voorbraak,  University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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