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** CALL FOR PAPERS **
9th ICAPS Workshop on Planning and Robotics
International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling
ICAPS 2021 Guangzhou, China
June 7-8, 2021
Topics and Objectives
AI Planning & Scheduling (P&S) methods are key to enabling intelligent robots to perform autonomous, flexible, and interactive behaviors. Researchers in the P&S community have continued to develop approaches and produce planners, representations, as well as heuristics that robotics researchers can make use of. However, there remain numerous challenges complicating the uptake, use and successful integration of P&S technology in robotics, many of which have been addressed by robotics researchers with novel solutions. Strong collaboration and synergy between researchers in both communities is vital to the continued growth of the fields in a way that provide mutual benefits to the two communities. To foster this, the PlanRob workshop aims to provide a stable, long-term forum (having been held annually at ICAPS since 2013) where researchers from both the P&S and Robotics communities can openly discuss relevant issues, research and development progress, future directions and open challenges related to P&S when applied to Robotics. In addition to the usual paper submissions, the workshop’s format naturally lends itself to preliminary results, position papers as well as to work focused on challenges in using and integrating planners in robotics systems.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
- real-world planning applications for autonomous and intelligent robots;
- optimizing behavior in large scale automated or semi-automated systems;
- integrated planning and execution in robotic architectures;
- planning domain representations for robotics applications;
- P&S methods for optimization and adaptation in robotics;
- mission, path, and motion planning for robots;
- planning and coordination methods for multi-robot teams;
- mixed-initiative planning and sliding autonomy for robotic systems;
- human-aware planning and execution in human-robot interaction;
- adversarial action planning in competitive robotic domains;
- formal methods for robot planning and control;
- challenges and solutions in using P&S technology in robotics;
- open problems for P&S in robotics,
- benchmark planning domains for robots.
Paper submission: March 7, 2021
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2021
Camera-ready version due: May 1, 2021
Workshop Date: June 7-8, 2021
The reference time-zone for all deadlines is UTC-12: Your submissions will be on time so long as there is still some place in the world where the deadline has not yet passed.
There are two types of submissions: short position papers and regular papers. Position papers are a maximum of four pages long while regular papers may be up to ten pages long. Papers may have an additional page containing references. Regular papers may be scheduled with more time in the final program. A poster session may be considered to provide a further presentation opportunity.
The guidelines for formatting are the same as is used for ICAPS 2021 papers (typeset in the AAAI style as described at: http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/author.php), but with the AAAI copyright removed. The papers must be submitted in PDF format via the EasyChair system (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=planrob2021).
Please note that papers under review (e.g. which have been submitted to IJCAI-2021) are also welcome, however, in order to avoid potential conflicts, these manuscripts should be prepared as anonymous submissions for a double blind reviewing process.
Accepted papers will be published on the workshop’s website.
The organizers are investigating the availability of journal editors in order to invite a selection of accepted papers from the workshop to a special issue or post-proceedings volume.
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Università di Napoli "Federico II", Italy
AndreA Orlandini Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC-CNR), Italy
The ICAPS PlanRob Workshop is partially supported by TAILOR "Foundations of Trustworthy AI - Integrating Reasoning, Learning and Optimization", a project funded by the European Commissione (EU H2020 ICT-48 G.A. 952215).
Researcher, Autonomous Systems Group
Assistant director & Study advisor, Master's Programme in Autonomous Systems
Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it)
Friedrich Hirzebruch-Allee 5, 53115 Bonn, Germany
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences | Department of Computer Science
Grantham Allee 20, 53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany
Phone +49 (0) 2241 865-295
Dear RoboCup@Home Community,
After discussion with the RoboCup Federation and the Executive Committee,
this year RoboCup@Home (2021) will be held in a simulated environment. All
teams that were qualified last year (2020), will be automatically
qualified for this year's competition (2021).
The Technical Committee is currently writing a special version of the
Rulebook to accommodate this new requirement. The discussion for these new
change is going to happen on the discussions tab on the RoboCup@Home
Rulebook GitHub Repository (
https://github.com/RoboCupAtHome/RuleBook/discussions). I highly suggest
that everyone follow the development and contribute to the discussion since
they will impact your team.
If you have any suggestions or comments please submit them on the Rulebook
We will send out more information as they become available.
CALL FOR PAPERS
**Special Session on Knowledge Representation and Robotics** at the
18th Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
November 6-12, 2021, Hanoi, Vietnam
Submission of title and abstract: March 24, 2021
Paper submission deadline: March 31, 2021
Author response period: May 24-26, 2021
Notification: June 15, 2021
Camera-ready papers: July 14, 2021
Conference dates: November 6-12, 2021
Much progress has been made in robotics through the introduction of machine
learning, often leading to autonomous systems that are effective but
Many applications, however, require robots to explicitly capture
reason with it in order to achieve high-level cognitive skills. This
session is devoted to exploring the intersection of Knowledge
Papers are solicited in all areas of this intersection. In particular, we
welcome papers that extend knowledge representation techniques to cope with
the challenges posed by interacting with the physical world, such as:
- dealing with uncertain, incomplete or contradictory information;
- reasoning with time, space and perceptions;
- grounding representations in the physical world;
- combining discrete and continuous representations;
- reasoning with bounded computational resources;
- trustworthy and accountable robot behaviours; and
- social intelligence for robots in human-centric environments.
Robots are the archetypical integrated cognitive systems. Thus, we also
papers that address the integration of knowledge representation into whole
robotic systems, such as:
- integrating knowledge representation and machine learning;
- integrating symbolic and sub-symbolic approaches;
- integrating reasoning about actions and control; or
- cognitive robot architectures.
Finally, we welcome papers that show concrete examples where real
robotic systems benefit from knowledge representation, for instance in:
- sensor interpretation and understanding;
- human-robot interaction;
- multi-robot planning and coordination; or
- dealing with errors and unexpected situations.
Information for Authors
The Special Session on KR & Robotics will allow contributions of both
regular papers (9 pages) and short papers (4 pages), excluding references,
prepared and submitted according to Authors Guidelines for KR2021.
The special session emphasizes KR & Robotics, and welcomes contributions
extend the state of the art at the intersection of KR & Robotics.
KR-only or Robotics-only submissions will not be accepted for evaluation in
this special session.
Submissions will be rigorously peer reviewed by PC members who are
KR & Robotics. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of the overall
quality of their technical contribution, including criteria such as
soundness, relevance, significance, quality of presentation, and
of the state of the art.
Alessandro Saffiotti (University of Orebro, Sweden)
Mary-Anne Williams (University of New South Wales, Australia)