Sunday, March 20, 2011

CFP: AAAI-11 Workshop on Lifelong Learning from Sensorimotor Experience

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CALL FOR PAPERS

The AAAI-11 Workshop on
Lifelong Learning from Sensorimotor Experience

San Francisco, California
August 7, 2011
http://webdocs.cs.ualberta.ca/~jmodayil/lifelonglearning
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Important Dates
* April 22, 2011: Submission Deadline
* May 13, 2011: Notifications of Acceptance
* May 27, 2011: Deadline for final manuscripts
* August 7, 2011: Workshop



A truly intelligent agent should be capable of learning online from a
lifetime of raw sensorimotor experience, by autonomously developing
internal structures that provide the foundations for learning and
further development. This problem sits at the core of artificial
intelligence, but it has traditionally been difficult for algorithms
to learn online from a single high-dimensional time series of
correlated data. However, recent progress in several branches of AI
suggests that the goal is getting closer. This workshop will bring
together researchers to share ideas and insights from several
subfields including reinforcement learning, robotics, and deep
learning. The workshop will cover methodology for life-long learning
and discuss experimental platforms that can be used towards this goal.

Topics

The topics of interest include the following, but are not limited to them.

* Curiosity-driven exploration
* Representational development
* Deep learning
* Learning skill hierarchies
* Off-policy learning
* Developmental robotics
* Cognitive robotics
* Transfer learning

Format

This one-day workshop will consist of invited speakers, oral
presentations, poster presentations, and group discussion. To
encourage discussion, the workshop will be limited to 50 participants.


Submissions

We invite both full submissions (6 pages) on new or ongoing work, and
extended abstracts (up to 2 pages) on previously published
work. Accepted submissions will be selected for oral or poster
presentation. Full papers should be formatted with standard AAAI style
files. Please e-mail submissions to lifelonglearning2011@gmail.com
with the title, author, and abstract in the body and the paper
attached as a PDF.




Organizing Committee

Joseph Modayil (University of Alberta), Doina Precup (McGill
University), Satinder Singh (University of Michigan)


Program Committee

Patrick Beeson (TRACLabs), Thomas Degris (University of Alberta),
Carlos Diuk (Princeton University), Ian Fasel (University of Arizona),
Honglak Lee (University of Michigan), Lihong Li (Yahoo Research),
Manuel Lopes (INRIA), Erik Talvittie (Franklin and Marshall College),
Matthew Taylor (Lafayette College), David Wingate (MIT)

Call for MHS2011 & Micro-Nano Global COE

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2011 International Symposium on Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science
(From Micro & Nano Scale Systems to Robotics & Mechatronics Systems)

Symposium on "COE for Education and Research of Micro-Nano Mechatronics"
The Global COE Program, Nagoya University

Nov. 6 (Sun) - Nov. 9 (Wed), 2011, Nagoya, Japan

http://www.mein.nagoya-u.ac.jp/mhs/MHS2011-Top.html
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Topics:
* Miniaturization Technology
* Micromechatronics
* Microrobotics
* Microsensors and Microactuators
* Microfabrication
* Micro Integrated Devices and Systems
* Micro Power Source and Supply
* Data Transmission and Communication
* Micromachining and Microfabrication Technology
* Micro and Nano Assembly Technology
* Nanotechnology
* Nano Material
* Intelligent Control
* Human Centerd Robotics and Mechatronics
* Human Care and Assisting Systems
* Human Interface
* Human Science
* Artificial Life
* Virtual Reality
* Multi Media
* Software Aspects
* Human-Ware Network Systems
* Applications (Consumer Electronic Products, Security System and
Others in Biological, Medical and Industrial Fields.)

Location: Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

Language: English

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IMPORTANT DATES

June 12, 2011
Submission of abstract of papers
One page of text of not more than 600 words, and one additional page of
figures/ artwork/ photographs followed by the authors name and the
complete address.

July 31, 2011
Notification of acceptance

August 31, 2011
Submission of camera-ready papers
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General Chair: Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University

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Masahiro Nakajima, Dr. Eng.
Assistant Professor, Fukuda Laboratory
Center For Micro-nano Mechatronics, Nagoya University
Phone: +81-52-789-2717, Fax: +81-52-789-3115
E-mail: nakajima@mein.nagoya-u.ac.jp
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MSDM 2011: Call for Participation

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
AAMAS 2011 Workshop
Multiagent Sequential Decision-Making in Uncertain Domains (MSDM)
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Sixth Workshop in the MSDM series
May 3, 2010, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Taipei, Taiwan
http://teamcore.usc.edu/junyounk/msdm2011/


Location & Organization
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The 6th MSDM workshop is held in conjunction with AAMAS-2011 (the 10th
International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems),
in Taipei, Taiwan. It will take place on May 3, 2011, preceding the AAMAS
conference.


Attending MSDM & AAMAS 2011
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For the registration, please visit the following link:
http://www.aamas2011.tw/AttendingAAMAS2011.html


Workshop Overview
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In sequential decision making, an agent's objective is to choose actions,
based on its observations of the world, which will maximize its performance
over the course of a series of such decisions. In worlds where action
consequences are nondeterministic or observations incomplete, Markov
Decision Processes (MDPs) and Partially-Observable MDPs (POMDPs) serve as
the basis for principled approaches to single-agent sequential decision
making. Extending these models to systems of multiple agents has become the
subject of an increasingly active area of research over the past decade and
a variety of different multiagent models have emerged (e.g., the MMDP,
Dec-POMDP, MTDP, I-POMDP, and POSG). The high computational complexity of
these models has also driven researchers to develop multiagent planning and
learning methods that exploit structure in agents' interactions, methods
geared towards efficient approximate solutions, and decentralized methods
that distribute computation among the agents.

The primary purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers in the
field of MSDM to present and discuss new work, to identify recent trends in
model and algorithmic development, and to establish important directions and
goals for further research and collaboration. A secondary goal is to help
address an important challenge; in order to
make the field more accessible to newcomers, and to facilitate
multidisciplinary collaboration, we seek to bring order in the large number
of models and methods that have been introduced over the last decade. The
workshop also aims to discuss interesting and challenging application areas
(e.g., cooperative robotics, distributed sensor and/or communication
networks, decision support systems) and suitable evaluation methodologies.


Invited Talk
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Rajiv Maheswaran (University of Southern California)
Details: TBA


Accepted Papers
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Zhengyu Yin, Milind Tambe and Kanna Rajan. Solving Continuous-Time
Transition-Independent DEC-MDP with Temporal Constraints
Arnaud Canu and Mouaddib Abdel-Illah. Dynamic Local Interaction Model:
framework and algorithms.
Jun-young Kwak, Rong Yang, Zhengyu Yin, Matthew E. Taylor and Milind Tambe.
Robust Execution-time Coordination in DEC-POMDPs Under Model Uncertainty

Yifeng Zeng, Yingke Chen and Prashant Doshi. Approximating Behavioral
Equivalence of Models Using Top-K Policy Paths
Matthijs Spaan, Frans Oliehoek and Christopher Amato. Scaling Up Optimal
Heuristic Search in Dec-POMDPs via Incremental Expansion
Matthew Brown, Emma Bowring, Shira Epstein, Mufaddal Jhaveri, Rajiv
Maheswaran, Parag Mallick, Michelle Povinelli and Milind Tambe. Applying
Multi-Agent Techniques to Cancer Modeling
Pradeep Varakantham, Shih-Fen Cheng and Nguyen Thi Duong. Decentralized
Decision support for an agent population in dynamic and uncertain domains
Jesus Capitan, Matthijs Spaan, Luis Merino and Anibal Ollero. Decentralized
Multi-Robot Cooperation with Auctioned POMDPs
Laetitia Matignon, Laurent Jeanpierre and Abdel-Illah Mouaddib. Distributed
Value Functions for Multi-Robot Exploration: a Position Paper
Hala Mostafa and Victor Lesser. A Compact Mathematical Formulation For
Problems With Structured Agent Interactions
Scott Alfeld, Kumera Berkele, Stephen Desalvo, Tong Pham, Daniel Russo, Lisa
Yan and Matthew E. Taylor. Reducing the Team Uncertainty Penalty: Empirical
and Theoretical Approaches
Inn-Tung Chen, Satinder Singh, Edmund Durfee and Stefan Witwicki.
Influence-Based Multiagent Planning under Reward Uncertainty


Topics
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Multiagent sequential decision making comprises (1) problem representation,
(2) planning, (3) coordination, and (4) learning during execution. The MSDM
workshop addresses this full range of aspects. Topics of particular interest
include:

- Novel representations, algorithms and complexity results.
- Comparisons of algorithms.
- Relationships between models and their assumptions.
- Decentralized vs. centralized planning approaches.
- Online vs. offline planning.
- Communication and coordination during execution.
- Dealing with...
...large numbers of agents.
...large numbers of / continuous states, observations and actions.
...long decision horizons.
- (Reinforcement) learning in partially observable multiagent systems.
- Cooperative, competitive, and self-interested agents.
- Application domains.
- Benchmarks and evaluation methodologies.
- Standardization of software.
- Past trends and future directions of MSDM research.
- High-level principles in MDSM.


Organizing Committee
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Prashant Doshi University of Georgia
Abdel-Illah Mouaddib University of Caen Basse-Normandie
Stefan Witwicki University of Michigan
Jun-young Kwak University of Southern California
Frans A. Oliehoek MIT


Program Committee
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Martin Allen University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Christopher Amato Aptima, Inc.
Aurelie Beynier University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris 6)
Brahim Chaib-draa Laval University
Georgios Chalkiadakis University of Southampton
Alessandro Farinelli University of Verona
Piotr Gmytrasiewicz University of Illinois Chicago
Rajiv Maheswaran University of Southern California
Francisco S. Melo INESC-ID Lisboa
Hala Mostafa University of Massachussetts, Amherst
Enrique Munoz de Cote University of Southampton
Brenda Ng Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Simon Parsons Brooklyn College
David Pynadath Institute for Creative Technologies, USC
Xia Qu University of Georgia
Zinovi Rabinovich Bar Ilan University
Paul Scerri Carnegie Mellon University
Jiaying Shen SRI International
Matthijs Spaan Institute for Systems and Robotics - Lisbon
Karl Tuyls Maastricht University
Pradeep Varakantham Singapore Management University
Jianhui Wu Amazon
Makoto Yokoo Kyushu University
Shlomo Zilberstein University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Jun-young Kwak
TEAMCORE Research Group
Computer Science Department
University of Southern California
Office: 213-740-9560
Email: junyounk@usc.edu

Post-Doc position at the IIT - Center for MicroBioRobotics@SSSA (Soft-Microrobotics)

From Robotics and Automation


The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) with headquarters in Genova (Italy), is a non- profit institution with the primary goal of to promote excellence in basic and applied research and to contribute to the economic development of Italy.

The Center for Micro-BioRobotics@SSSA of IIT (http://mbr.iit.it) aims at developing innovative methodologies and robotic technologies, new materials, and advanced components, both for the design and construction of high performance bio-inspired machines and systems at the micro scale, and for the development of devices for biomedical, environmental, and rescue applications. The mission of the Center is to generate and promote new scientific and technological knowledge in the microbiorobotics field, which is fully deployed by inventions deriving from an interdisciplinary approach to the tackled scientific problems. The scientific activities are carried out within the MicroRobotics and the Smart Materials ****Platforms.

Application is invited for the following position:

* 1 Junior or Senior (2 years experience after PhD or equivalent
experience) Post Doctoral Position

Advanced experimental and theoretical skills in biomechanics (whole-body kinematics, force measurements) are advantageous as well as sound experience in micromanufacturing technologies and microengineering. Previous experiences about design of sensors, actuators and microrobots are also beneficial.

The selected candidate will work on soft robots, with particular emphasis on systems at the micro scale. The team aims at designing, fabricating, and assessing the performance of autonomous soft microrobots (including bioinspired and biomimetic solutions), as well as of soft actuators (e.g. polymer actuators, artificial muscles, EAPs, etc.) and sensors (e.g. flexible and stretchable tactile sensors, etc..). He/she will work in a microengineering context in close collaboration with engineers/physicians/
biologists.

Prospective candidates should have a PhD's degree in one of the following disciplines:

* Bioengineering
* Mechanical engineering
* Material science
* Physics

Candidates from other disciplines are also welcome if they demonstrate skills in the above-mentioned areas.

The successful applicant has free spirit, strong capacity to generate novel ideas at the borderline of science and technology, and wishes to work in team and cooperate over various disciplines. Proficiency in writing/spoken English is mandatory.

The position is available from May, 2011 for 12 months with a contract renewable on the basis of performance. Salary and benefits are highly competitive for international standards. The candidate will join a young and enthusiastic team and will co-tutor several PhD students working in the above mentioned research areas.

Application deadline is _April 10, 2011_

Application documents, to be sent electronically, are: Cover Letter, CV, and two letters of reference.

In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), we have to kindly ask the candidate to give his/her consent to allow IIT
to process his/her personal data. The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

Contact details: Dr. Barbara Mazzolai (barbara.mazzolai@iit.it), Dr. Lucia Beccai (lucia.beccai@iit.it)

http://mbr.iit.it/resources/openings/calls.html

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Barbara Mazzolai
Coordinator, Center for Micro-BioRobotics of IIT@SSSA
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
56025, Pontedera (Pisa) - Italy
Phone: +39 050 883444 Mobile: 3346541740
Fax: +39 050 883101
e-mail: barbara.mazzolai@iit.it
http://mbr.iit.it

CFP: AAAI Robot Chess Manipulation Challenge

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Small-Scale Robot Manipulation Challenge: ROBOT CHESS

When: August 7-11

Where: AAAI 2011 San Francisco

Website: http://chiara-robot.org/Challenge/
(Including Videos from 2010 Chess Competition)

Fourteen years ago Deep Blue defeated the world chess champion. Yet, it was humans moving the pieces! Fine, dexterous manipulation in uncertain environments remains an open challenge for robotics. Motivated by this challenge we invite roboticists to face off in the 2nd Robot Chess Competition. Winning teams will be the ones that shows the greatest skill at perceiving the world state, successfully manipulating chess pieces and recovering from real-world interference and uncertainty.

The AAAI-2011 Small-Scale Manipulation Challenge focuses on perception and dextrous manipulation of small, light-weight objects, so that robots of any size can compete. This year the domain will again be chess. There will be two divisions: a mobile manipulation division for robots that can navigate on a tabletop, and an unlimited division for fixed-base arms and human-scale mobile platforms.

Submissions
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Qualification materials are due April 15, 2011.

These consist of a two page abstract describing the robot platform and technical approach being used, and a brief video demonstrating that the robot is able to move a chess piece.

Interested groups: Please contact the organizers any time to discuss your plans and proposed platforms. We are looking to make this an exciting competition!

Organizers:
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David S. Touretzky (Carnegie Mellon University) (dst@cs.cmu.edu)
Mike Stilman (Georgia Institute of Technology) (mstilman@cc.gatech.edu)

Call for Papers- Complex Adaptive Systems

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We are living in an integrated global society that depends on complex,
distributed engineering systems that adapt to the dynamically changing needs
of society. These emerging systems are distributed and nonlinear, global and
adaptive to their environment in both time and space and create emergent
behaviors. This year we are launching the Complex Adaptive Systems
conference series that builds on the success of the ANNIE conferences during
the last 20 years.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to invite you to submit
an abstract and paper for participation in the Complex Adaptive Systems
Conference, to be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2011.



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Complex Systems

* Complex Systems Modeling and Design
* Management of Complexity
* Systems Behavior Modeling
* Sustainability and Complexity
* Validating Complex Systems
* Emergent System Behavior
* System of Systems

Complex Sensor Data Analysis

* Sensor and Data Fusion
* Clustering and Classification
* Symbolic Data Analysis
* Fuzzy Data Analysis
* Autonomous Decision Making

Computational Intelligence
and Machine Learning

* Evolutionary Computation
* Artificial Life
* Computational Intelligence
* Machine Learning
* Self Organization

Energy and Environmental Sustainability

* Energy Systems
* Diagnostic and Prognostic Systems
* Environmental Systems
* Robust Infrastructure Systems
* Dynamic Transportation
* Model Based Engineering
* Smart Grid Design

Modern and Biologically
Inspired Paradigm

* Agent Based Systems
* Artificial Immune Systems
* Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
* Bioengineering Systems
* Biologically Inspired Robotics
* Intelligent Control and Robots
* Swarm Intelligence

Sensor Networks and
Distributed Computation

* Distributed Systems
* Adaptive Wireless Sensor Networks
* Multi-Media Communications Networks
* Intelligent Wireless Sensor Networks
* Robust Sensors

Electronic submission is available at http://complexsystems.mst.edu/
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All submitted papers will be reviewed by senior researchers in the field to
assure a high-quality publication and conference. All accepted papers will
be published in peer reviewed conference proceedings and cited in citation
index such as Scopus.

Please submit your abstract by April 29, 2011, and your full paper by May
27, 2011. For more details and to submit your abstract, please go online to
http://complexsystems.mst.edu
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Feel free to contact the Complex Adaptive Systems Office at 573-341-6576 or
by email at complexsystems@mst.edu
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conference organizer for further details.

I look forward to receiving your submissions and to seeing you Oct. 31 -
Nov. 2, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois USA.

Sincerely,

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Conference Chairman dagli@mst.edu?subject=Call%20for%20Papers>
dagli@mst.edu
(573) 647-9125

ICRA 2011 Workshop on Mobile Manipulation

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CALL FOR PAPERS for the ICRA 2011 Workshop on Mobile Manipulation:
Integrating Perception and Manipulation

When: Friday, May 13, 2011

Where: ICRA 2011 Shanghai, China.

Website: http://mobilemanipulation.org/icra2011

Submission deadline: March 21, 2011

The purpose of this full-day workshop is to provide a forum for
researchers across various fields to discuss methods for integrating
perception and manipulation in the context of a unified mobile
manipulation system. Recent years have seen tremendous progress toward
the goal of autonomous mobile robots that can interact with
unstructured, dynamic, and human-centered environments. Research in
mobile manipulation has gained momentum with the development of
integrated systems, (like Willow Garage's PR2 robot, Intel's HERB,
DLR's Justin, the iCub, HRP2, etc.) with the necessary onboard
sensing, computation, manipulation and mobility capabilities to start
tackling such environments. Mobile manipulation is a highly
integrative, interdisciplinary field. The workshop will bring together
researchers from academia and industry from diverse disciplines to
discuss innovations, applications, success stories, and future
prospects for mobile manipulation. While contributions in all the
relevant fields will be welcome, this workshop will focus on methods
of integrating perception with manipulation and how methods in one
field may inform another. The workshop aims to spark vibrant
discussion with speakers from a wide range of disciplines, as well as
lively panel discussions that address the current state of the art and
future directions.

The workshop will include invited talks on the state of the art in
different areas of mobile manipulation research. The list of invited
speakers includes:

* Matt Mason (CMU)
* Tamim Asfour (KIT)
* Stefano Soatto (UCLA)
* Katherine Kuchenbecker (Penn)
* Kurt Konolige (Willow Garage)
* Satoshi Kagami (AIST)
* Xiaofeng Ren (Intel)

The program committee includes:

* Aaron Edsinger
* Aaron Dollar
* Ashutosh Saxena
* Michael Beetz
* Danica Kragic
* Kei Okada
* Ravi Balasubramanian

This workshop is the most recent in a series of workshops at RSS, ICRA
and IROS centered on mobile manipulation.

Submissions
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We solicit paper submissions, optionally accompanied by a video, both
of which will be reviewed (not double-blind) by the program committee.
An optional interactive poster session will be organized if there is a
larger number of submissions. Accepted papers and videos will be
archived at the Internet Archive. If there is sufficient interest, we
will pursue publication of a special journal issue to include the best
papers.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* Mobile manipulation systems
* Perception of unstructured environments
* Modeling for mobile manipulation
* Task and motion planning, planning under uncertainty, planning for sensing
* Robust motion control
* Learning by demonstration, learning by instruction

Papers should be in PDF, conform to the ICRA regular paper style
guidelines, and be a maximum of 8 pages in length (shorter papers are
welcome). Videos should be in the MPEG format, 3-5 minutes in length,
and easily viewed with free video players (please try playing your
video on a couple of different machines before submitting).

Email submissions to: icra-mobile-manipulation-2011 at
willowgarage.com. Please do not attach video files to email; include a
URL instead.

Important Dates
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* Submission deadline: March 21, 2011
* Notification of acceptance: April 11, 2011

Organizers
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* Sachin Chitta, Willow Garage
* Siddhartha Srinivasa, Intel Labs
* Oliver Brock, TU Berlin
* Dmitry Berenson, CMU
* Dov Katz, TU Berlin

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Dmitry Berenson
PhD Candidate
Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dberenso

Post-Doc Position in coordinated control at University of Porto, Portugal

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The underwater systems and technological laboratory (LSTS) in the faculty of
engineering, University of Porto is looking to fill a Post-Doc position in the
area of coordinated control of underwater vehicles as part of FP7-ICT project -
NOPTILUS. (http://whale.fe.up.pt)

Description: The project involves designing coordinated control algorithms for
autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), integrating the algorithms into AUVs,
hardware integration, experimentally validating the results, and design of
planning software.


Academic background - Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer
Engineering or Computer Science, or a related field with preference to
candidates with expertise in the following areas:

1. Nonlinear control.
2. Coordination of vehicles.
3. Distributed systems.

How to apply: Interested candidates can send an email to jtasso@fe.up.pt with a
CV and a reference letter.

Further information is available in
http://www.eracareers.pt/opportunities/index.aspx?task=global&jobId=22695

Last date for application is 25th March, 2011.


Postpone of FSR 2011 to 2012

From Robotics and Automation


This is the quick 1st annoucement.

FSR 2011 will be postponed to 2012 because of the earthquake disaster.
The organizers will discuss tha new place and date of FSR 2012, and
announce them in a few months.

Robotic systems are strong countermeasure for disasters. Our research
and development shall contribute to mitigate damages.

From Sendai
Satoshi Tadokoro

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Satoshi Tadokoro <tadokoro@rm.is.tohoku.ac.jp>
IEEE Fellow, JSME Fellow
Professor, Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University
6-6-01 Aramaki Aza Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 Japan
Phone +81-22-795-7022 Fax +81-22-795-7023
http://www.rm.is.tohoku.ac.jp/en/

Open Position in HyQ Robot Project at Italian Institute of Technology, Dept. of Advanced Robotics

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The Department of Advanced Robotics (http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics.html) at the Italian Institute of Technology IIT (an English language Institute) placed in Genoa is seeking to appoint a well motivated full-time mechanical design engineer that will have a key role in the mechanical design of an autonomous all-terrain legged robot and other highly dynamic robots.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team to work on the *HyQ Robot* project at IIT. HyQ is a hydraulic fully torque-controlled quadruped robot, built for dynamic, all-terrain operation.

http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics/hyq.html

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Desired skills/background:

- strong background in mechanical design, preferably with experience in the field of robotics
- work experience of at least three years
- strong motivation to work towards the creation of high-performance robotic platforms for outdoor use
- creativity and strong problem solving skills
- team player with both oral and written communication skills
- independent and out-of-the-box thinking
- experience in ProEngineer Wildfire is preferable
- a good knowledge of English would be an advantage
- experience with hydraulic systems is a plus but not essential

The position is open for immediate appointment. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. This post will offer possible future career options and advancement on successful completion.

For further information contact: Dr. C. Semini (claudio.semini@iit.it)

ETH Summer Robotics Schools - 'Dynamic Walking and Running' & 'Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles'

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On behalf of the Autonomous Systems Lab, I have the pleasure to cordially invite you to the following two robotics schools which will be conducted this summer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH):

* July 4th - July 8th, 2011: 'Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles: Design, Perception, and Control'
* July 11th - July 15th, 2011: 'Dynamic Walking and Running with Robots'

Both schools are designed for graduate students of all levels. However, a solid background in engineering will enable you to profit most from the lectures and exercises. In the courses, we seek to take your existing engineering skills and extend them to the most important fundamentals in these two thrilling fields. We will show you the current state of the art in each area, and expose you to inspiring researchers from all over the world. To this end, both schools will feature four full days of tutorials, lectures and hands-on exercises, and one day of case studies which will be presented by internationally recognized experts in the field.

Detailed information to the individual school is given below in this email or accessible at http://www.roboticsschool.ethz.ch



'Dynamic Walking and Running with Robots'
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July 11th - July 15th, 2011

40 years after the first autonomous walking robot and 20 years after Mark Raibert's seminal work on robotic running, research on legged locomotion is renewing itself vibrantly and innovative as never before. With the problem of statically stable locomotion nearly solved, the commercialization of ZMP-controlled bipeds at hand, and the ongoing large-scale application of Raibert's principles, the robotics community now strives to close the performance gap that still separates robotic devices from their counterparts in nature. Energy efficiency, higher locomotion speeds, versatility, and robustness, are the key ingredients that will allow a wide-spread application of legged locomotion in autonomous systems. In this school, we want to prepare a new generation of engineers for these challenges, expose them to the current state of the art, and highlight fascinating areas of future research.
To this end, the school will give a compact introduction into the engineering fundamentals of legged locomotion. It will provide the participants with the necessary concepts, tools, and methods that allow them to extend their knowledge of design, simulation, and control to the thrilling field of legged robotics. Within this general scope, we will specifically focus on all forms of dynamic locomotion and thus include lectures and exercises on exciting issues such as under-actuation, hybrid dynamic modeling, limit cycle analysis, and optimal control. Stressing the importance of learning from nature, the engineering perspective will be complemented by an introduction to the basic concepts of walking and running in biological systems. Physiology, morphology, and the characteristics of different gaits will be discussed and set into perspective with respect to robotics and prosthetics. Finally, in a number of selected case studies presented by internationally recognized experts in the field, we will point to areas of stimulating research and allow you to see beyond the current state of the art.
This summer school is part of the Swiss National Competence Center for Research in Robotics.

Speakers:
* Roland Siegwart, ETH - ASL
* C. David Remy, ETH - ASL
* Marco Hutter, ETH - ASL
* Mark Hoepflinger, ETH - ASL
* Katja Mombaur, U-HEIDELBERG
* Jonas Buchli, IIT
* Claudio Semini, IIT
* Fumiya Iida, ETH - BIRL
* Hartmut Geyer, CMU
* Shuuji Kajita, AIST
* Stefano Stramigioli, U-TWENTE
* Russ Tedrake, MIT
* Art Kuo, U-MICH
* Auke Ijspeert, EPFL



'Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles: Design, Perception, and Control'
________________________
July 4th - July 8th, 2011
Autonomous aerial vehicles are about to play major roles in tasks like reconnaissance for search and rescue, environment monitoring, security surveillance. Their mobility and sensing capabilities - unavailable ground robots - make them the ideal platform for exploration, mapping, and monitoring tasks, and for transport/delivery of payloads in complex 3-dimensional environments. If they are further realized in small scale, they can also be used in narrow outdoor and indoor environments, and they represent only a limited risk for the environment and people living in it. However, for such operations today's systems navigating only on GPS information are no longer sufficient. Fully autonomous operation in cities or other dense environments requires the micro aerial vehicle (MAV) to fly at low altitude or indoors - where GPS signals are often shadowed - and to explore actively unknown environments while avoiding collisions and creating maps. This involves a number of challenges on all levels: helicopter design, power supply, perception, actuation, navigation, and control.
In this summer school we will give a compact introduction into the engineering fundamentals of micro aerial vehicles, from design to perception and control. Within this scope, we will first provide the participants with knowledge on design and simulation of different configurations of micro aerial vehicles. We will specifically focus on the design of micro helicopters, namely coaxial and quadrocopters. Second, we will provide the state of the art on sensors for MAVs, both proprioceptive and exteroceptive sensors and we will focus in particular on inertial (IMU) and vision sensors as alternative to the more standard laser and GPS. Within this scope, we will include lectures and exercises on fusion of vision and IMU, visual SLAM, and visual place recognition. Emphasis will be given to the design of computationally inexpensive algorithms for low-power, lightweight processors. Finally, we provide the participants with knowledge on control strategies and navigation algorithms for MAVs, stressing the importance of learning from nature.

Speakers:
* Roland Siegwart, ETH - ASL
* Davide Scaramuzza, ETH - ASL
* Samir Bouabdallah, ETH - ASL
* Stefan Leutenegger, ETH - ASL
* Margarita Chli, ETH - ASL
* Friedrich Fraundorfer, ETH - CVG
* Marc Pollefeys, ETH - CVG
* Nathan Michael, U-PENN
* Vijay Kumar, U-PENN
* Raffaello D'Andrea, ETH - IDSC
* Sergei Lupashin, ETH - IDSC
* Angela Schöllig, ETH - IDSC
* Markus Hehn, ETH - IDSC
* Markus Achtelik, ETH - ASL
* Laurent Kneip, ETH - ASL



Application
________________________

Participation is limited to 60 students for each school. Candidates will be selected based on the quality of their application. Please state on one single page (11pt font):
* your scientific background and degree
* your motivation to come to this school
* the topic of your thesis
* any prior knowledge in the field
Please include a current academic transcript with your application (and optionally a CV with a list of publications) and send it to
leggedlocomotion@mavt.ethz.ch, for 'Dynamic Walking and Running'
sfly-summerschool@mavt.ethz.ch
, for 'Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles'
If you seek to apply to both schools, please submit individual applications to both addresses

Deadline for the application is April 15th, 2011. Successful candidates will be notified by April 22th and need to register and pay the course-fee by May 6.



Logistics
________________________

Cost:
The cost for the summer school is 300 CHF.
This will cover all course materials, as well as breakfast, coffee-breaks, and two dinners during the school.
Lunch and dinner is available at the ETH-Cafeterias and in nearby venues from ~15 CHF (including a drink). For the whole week, we put the additional living expenses at around CHF 200.

Accommodation:
We will provide basic accommodation for all participants in a remodeled former air-raid shelter in the basement of the Computer Science building (no windows). This is right next door to the course venue, and will feature dormitory style rooms with shared bathrooms. Pillows, blankets, and sheets will be provided. This accommodation will be free of charge for all participants. It will be open from Sunday evening to Saturday morning, to accommodate travel that requires an additional night in Zurich.
If more privacy and comfort is desired, students must organize alternative accommodation on their own responsibility and expense (double rooms in Zurich start at around 65 CHF per night and person).



Organizers
________________________

The schools are organized by the Autonomous Systems Lab (http://www.asl.ethz.ch/) in collaboration with:
* The ETH Master program in Robotics, Systems and Control http://www.mavt.ethz.ch/education/master/rob_sys_contr
* The Swiss NCCR Robotics http://www.nccr-robotics.ch/
* The EU-Project sFly http://www.sfly.org
* The International Alliance of Research Universities http://www.iaruni.org/index
* The Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control http://www.idsc.ethz.ch/

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
leggedlocomotion@mavt.ethz.ch, for 'Dynamic Walking and Running'
sfly-summerschool@mavt.ethz.ch, for 'Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles'

with best regards

C. David Remy

____________________________________________
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ)
Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL)
CLA E 32.1
Tannenstrasse 3
8092 Zürich, Switzerland
+41 44 63 23231
cremy@ethz.ch
http://www.asl.ethz.ch

Postdoc researcher, persistent navigation, QUT Brisbane (Corke/Wyeth)

From Robotics and Automation


We are embarking on a new three year project into Persistent Robotic Navigation that seeks to create robotic systems that map and navigate autonomously in real world, dynamic environments throughout the robot’s entire lifetime – the problem of lifelong navigation. Using predominantly visual sensing we propose to develop and demonstrate navigation algorithms that cope with change by building maps that explicitly incorporate not only space, but also time.

Closing date April 4 2011
Details and application via the QUT recruitment site https://qut.nga.net.au and use position number 11112

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Peter Corke | Professor | School of Engineering Systems
Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering | Queensland University of Technology
phone: + 61 7 3138 1794 | fax: + 61 7 3138 1469 | email: peter.corke@qut.edu.au
Gardens Point, S Block 1107 | 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000 | CRICOS No. 00213J
https://wiki.qut.edu.au/display/cyphy

NIPS 2011 Call For Papers

From Robotics and Automation


Submissions are solicited for the Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference on Neural
Information Processing Systems, an interdisciplinary conference that brings
together researchers in all aspects of neural and statistical information
processing and computation, and their applications. The conference is a
highly selective, single track meeting that includes invited talks as well
as oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. Submissions by authors
who are new to NIPS are encouraged. In a switch from its previous Vancouver
venue, the 2011 conference will be held on December 13-15 in Granada,
Spain. One day of tutorials (December 12) will precede the main conference,
and two days of workshops (December 16-17) will follow it at the Sierra
Nevada ski resort.

Deadline for Paper Submissions: Thursday June 2, 2011, 23:59 Universal Time
(4:59pm Pacific Daylight Time). Submit at:
https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/NIPS2011/

Technical Areas: Papers are solicited in all areas of neural information
processing and statistical learning, including, but not limited to:

*Algorithms and Architectures: statistical learning algorithms, kernel
methods, graphical models, Gaussian processes, neural networks,
dimensionality reduction and manifold learning, model selection,
combinatorial optimization, relational and structured learning.

*Applications: innovative applications that use machine learning, including
systems for time series prediction, bioinformatics, systems biology,
text/web analysis, multimedia processing, and robotics.

*Brain Imaging: neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, EEG
(electroencephalogram), ERP (event related potentials), MEG
(magnetoencephalogram), fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), brain
mapping, brain segmentation, brain computer interfaces.

*Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence: theoretical, computational,
or experimental studies of perception, psychophysics, human or animal
learning, memory, reasoning, problem solving, natural language processing,
and neuropsychology.

*Control and Reinforcement Learning: decision and control, exploration,
planning, navigation, Markov decision processes, game playing, multi-agent
coordination, computational models of classical and operant conditioning.

*Hardware Technologies: analog and digital VLSI, neuromorphic engineering,
computational sensors and actuators, microrobotics, bioMEMS, neural
prostheses, photonics, molecular and quantum computing.

*Learning Theory: generalization, regularization and model selection,
Bayesian learning, spaces of functions and kernels, statistical physics of
learning, online learning and competitive analysis, hardness of learning
and approximations, statistical theory, large deviations and asymptotic
analysis, information theory.

*Neuroscience: theoretical and experimental studies of processing and
transmission of information in biological neurons and networks, including
spike train generation, synaptic modulation, plasticity and adaptation.

*Speech and Signal Processing: recognition, coding, synthesis, denoising,
segmentation, source separation, auditory perception, psychoacoustics,
dynamical systems, recurrent networks, language models, dynamic and
temporal models.

*Visual Processing: biological and machine vision, image processing and
coding, segmentation, object detection and recognition, motion detection
and tracking, visual psychophysics, visual scene analysis and
interpretation.

Evaluation Criteria: Submissions will be refereed on the basis of technical
quality, novelty, potential impact, and clarity.

Submission Instructions: All submissions will be made electronically, in
PDF format. As in previous years, reviewing will be double-blind -- the
reviewers will not know the identities of the authors. Papers are limited
to eight pages, including figures and tables, in the NIPS style. An
additional ninth page containing only cited references is allowed. Complete
submission and formatting instructions, including style files, are
available from the NIPS website, http://nips.cc.

Supplementary Material: Authors can submit up to 10 MB of material,
containing proofs, audio, images, video, or even data or source code. Note
that the reviewers and the program committee reserve the right to judge the
paper solely on the basis of the 9 pages of the paper; looking at any extra
material is up to the discretion of the reviewers and is not required.

Electronic submissions will be accepted until Thursday June 2, 2011, 23:59
Universal Time (4:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time). As was the case last year,
final papers will be due in advance of the conference.

Dual Submissions Policy: Submissions that are identical (or substantially
similar) to versions that have been previously published, or accepted for
publication, or during the NIPS review period are in submission to another
peer-reviewed and published venue are not appropriate for NIPS, with three
exceptions listed below. These exceptions, which have been approved by the
NIPS Foundation board in the interests of speeding up scientific
communication and improving the efficiency of peer review, are as follows:

1. Concurrent submission to other venues is acceptable provided that: (a) The
concurrent submission or intention to submit to other venues is declared to
all venues, (b) NIPS and the concurrent venues are given permission by the
author(s) to coordinate reviewing, and (c) acceptance to one venue imposes
withdrawal from all other venues with the exception stated in 2 below.

2. NIPS submissions that summarize a longer journal paper, whether published,
accepted, or in submission, are acceptable if the authors inform NIPS and
the journal and give them permission to coordinate reviewing.

3. It is acceptable to submit to NIPS 2011 work that has been made available
as a technical report (or similar, e.g. in arXiv) as long as the conditions
above are satisfied.

None of the above should be construed as overriding the requirements of
other publishing venues. In addition, keep in mind that author anonymity to
NIPS reviewers might be compromised for authors availing themselves of
exceptions 2 and 3.

Authors’ Responsibilities: If there are papers that may appear to violate
any of these conditions, it is the authors' responsibility to (1) cite
these papers (preserving anonymity), (2) argue in the body of your paper
why your NIPS paper is non-trivially different from these concurrent
submissions, and (3) include anonymized versions of those papers in the
supplemental material.

Demonstrations and Workshops: There is a separate Demonstration track at
NIPS. Authors wishing to submit to the Demonstration track should consult
the Call for Demonstrations. The workshops will be held at the Sierra
Nevada ski resort December 16-17. The upcoming call for workshop proposals
will provide details.

Web URL: http://nips.cc/Conferences/2011/CallForPapers

IJRR OnlineFirst articles for the period 7 Mar 2011 to 14 Mar 2011

From Robotics and Automation


The UTIAS multi-robot cooperative localization and mapping dataset
Keith YK Leung, Yoni Halpern, Timothy Barfoot, and Hugh HT Liu
The International Journal of Robotics Research published 11 March 2011, 10.1177/0278364911398404
http://ijr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0278364911398404v1

Ford campus vision and lidar data set
Gaurav Pandey, James R McBride, and Ryan M Eustice
The International Journal of Robotics Research published 11 March 2011, 10.1177/0278364911400640
http://ijr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0278364911400640v1

Stochastic modeling and identification of emergent behaviors of an Endothelial Cell Population in angiogenic pattern formation
Levi Wood, Roger Kamm, and Harry Asada
The International Journal of Robotics Research published 11 March 2011, 10.1177/0278364910394690
http://ijr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0278364910394690v1

On-line assembly planning for stochastically reconfigurable systems
Michael T Tolley and Hod Lipson
The International Journal of Robotics Research published 11 March 2011, 10.1177/0278364911398160
http://ijr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0278364911398160v1

Control methodologies for a heterogeneous group of untethered magnetic micro-robots
Steven Floyd, Eric Diller, Chytra Pawashe, and Metin Sitti
The International Journal of Robotics Research published 11 March 2011, 10.1177/0278364911399525
http://ijr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0278364911399525v1

A fingerprint method for variability and robustness analysis of stochastically controlled cellular actuator arrays
David L MacNair and Jun Ueda
The International Journal of Robotics Research published 14 March 2011, 10.1177/0278364910397678
http://ijr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0278364910397678v1

Macroscopic modeling of stochastic deployment policies with time delays for robot ensembles
T William Mather and M Ani Hsieh
The International Journal of Robotics Research published 14 March 2011, 10.1177/0278364911401442
http://ijr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0278364911401442v1

Shared control architectures for haptic training: Performance and coupled stability analysis
Behzad Khademian and Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad
The International Journal of Robotics Research published 11 March 2011, 10.1177/0278364910397559
http://ijr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0278364910397559v1

3 PhD Positions at the AASS Learning Systems Lab

From Robotics and Automation


We are looking for three PhD candidates at the AASS Learning Systems Lab
of Örebro University, Sweden. The respective positions will address the
following topics:


(1) Active 3D Perception for a Robot Unloading Containers

Research in this project can include fusion of visual and 3D range
information (RGB-D sensing), feature-based object detection, concepts
for active sensing, modelling shape deformations, and integration into a
compact, semantic 3D world model. State-of-the-art range sensors are
available for the work, including novel TOF cameras and, of course, the
Kinect sensor.

[Full call at
http://aass.oru.se/Research/Learning/announcements/PhD_Position-Roblog_3D.pdf]


(2) Hybrid Automatic Planning for a Robot Unloading Containers

The aim of this PhD project will be on fast generation of safe and
reliable sequences of actions to unload objects of different types,
shapes, and weights from a container using a specialized robotic arm.
Specific research questions may include exploration of suitable
representations for symbolic and sub-symbolic constraints in a unified
framework, fast planning of trajectories based on the hybrid
representation, and reasoning about uncertainty in the perceptual
knowledge about the objects to manipulate.

[Full call at
http://aass.oru.se/Research/Learning/announcements/PhD_Position-Roblog_HP.pdf]


(3) Safe and Flexible Navigation for Long-Term Operation of Professional
Service Robots in Dynamic Environments

Research in this project can address new self-localization methods for
robust long-term operation of autonomous vehicles in dynamic
environments; methods for smooth, collision-free navigation at high
speeds in the presence of static and moving objects; detection and
tracking humans; efficient path planning using traffic rule information;
and execution monitoring under consideration of traffic rules.

[Full call at
http://aass.oru.se/Research/Learning/announcements/PhD_Position-SAVIE.pdf]


In addition to interest in the topic, a strong theoretical background
and solid programming skills, applicants should have the equivalent of a
Masters degree in an appropriate field (including Computer Science,
Robotics, Electrical Engineering, Physics and Applied Mathematics, for
example). Proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory.


Detailed information can be found at

http://aass.oru.se/Research/Learning/positions.html

Application deadline is April 15, 2011.


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About the working place:
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Örebro University (www.oru.se <http://www.oru.se>) currently enrolls
about 18,000 students. It is located in Örebro, a city of 130,000
inhabitants situated in central Sweden (www.orebro.se
<http://www.orebro.se>).

The Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems at Orebro University
(AASS) carries out multi-disciplinary research at the intersection of
robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision,
computer science, and measurement technology. The research and human
environment at AASS is young and enthusiastic. Researchers come from a
dozen different countries and have different scientific and cultural
backgrounds. AASS also frequently hosts international researchers and is
involved in several international projects. This means that enrolled PhD
students will have the opportunity to travel and to cooperate with
people in other countries.

The AASS Learning Systems Lab (www.aass.oru.se/Research/Learning
<http://www.aass.oru.se/Research/Learning>) is a research group within
AASS. Our research is generally focussed on the development of
algorithms and robotic/sensor systems for real-world tasks. Major
directions are Professional Service Robots for Autonomous
Transportation, 3D Vision, Mobile Robot Olfaction, and Tactile
Exploration. Further information can be found at
http://aass.oru.se/Research/Learning/. Currently, the Learning Systems
Lab has a staff of 8 PhD students, 9 post-docs and one associate professor.
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--
Achim J. Lilienthal
Head of AASS Learning Systems Lab

School of Science and Technology,
Örebro University,
70182 Örebro, Sweden

Email: achim.lilienthal@oru.se
Tel: +46 19 30 3602
Fax: +46 19 30 3463
WWW: www.aass.oru.se/Research/Learning/amll.html
<http://www.aass.oru.se/Research/Learning/amll.html>

IEEE ICRA 2011 Call for Participants

From Robotics and Automation


May 5-19, 2011, Shanghai, China
http://www.icra2011.org/

Advance Registration Deadline: March 31, 2011


The 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA
2011) will take place from May 9 to 13, 2011 at the Shanghai
International Conference Center and the Shangri-La Hotel Shanghai Pudong
in Shanghai, China. The theme of the conference is "Better Robots,
Better Life", an expectation that the ever growing technology in
robotics and automation will help build a better human society. The
conference will provide a unique opportunity for the academic and
industrial communities to address new challenges, share solutions, and
discuss research directions for the future.


--Keynote Speech and Plenary Talks
Keynote Speech: “China's Lunar Exploration Program: Status and Future”
Prof. Ziyuan OUYANG, Chief Scientist,
The China’s first Lunar Exploration Program

Plenary Speech I: “Paving the Road to Autonomous Driving:
a New Challenge in Vehicular Robotics”
Prof. Alberto Broggi, the University of Parma, Italy

Plenary Speech II: “Ultra Automation: Challenges and Opportunities”
Prof. Ning Xi, Michigan State University, USA
& The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong,
China

Plenary Speech III: “On Legs, Tracks and Wheels –
Mobile Robots for Unstructured Environment
Dr. Martin Buehler, Director, Research, iRobot, USA


--Program at a Glance
http://www.icra2011.org/show.asp?id=66

--Advance Technical Program
https://ras.papercept.net/conferences/conferences/ICRA11/program/


Conference Technical Program includes
15 Tracks, 168 Oral Sessions, 2 Interactive Sessions,
2 Video Sessions
5 Communications Paper Sessions
30+ Workshops and Tutorials
4 Special Forums
Robotic Challenge
Exhibitions
3 Technical Tours


Detailed information could be found in the conference web site:
http://www.icra2011.org/


Advance Registration Deadline: March 31, 2011


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--
Zhidong WANG, Ph.D, Professor
Dept. of Advanced Robotics
Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan
Tel/Fax: +81-47-478-0142

Postdoctoral Researchers in Robotics, CSIR, South Africa

From Robotics and Automation


Postdoctoral Researchers in Robotics, CSIR, South Africa

The CSIR Modelling and Digital Science (MDS) unit has temporary one-year
positions for
Postdoctoral Researchers in the Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems
(MIAS) Emerging
Research Area (ERA).

The MIAS group undertakes innovative research in field robotics. The
main MIAS research
areas are perception (including computer vision), navigation, planning
and machine learning.

The group offers the opportunity to work on exciting research projects,
in a dedicated lab
with state-of-the-art robotics platforms, sensors and equipment.

The successful candidates will work on one or more MIAS projects. Group
projects are in:
- Mining robotics – development of a platform for performing autonomous
safety
inspections in underground mines;
- Intelligent manipulation – planning, control, learning and active
vision for
development of an intelligent manipulator;
- Mule robotics.

Information on the MIAS group can be found at:
http://www.csir.co.za/mias/

To apply, please see
http://www.csir.co.za/vacancies/pdf/2011/Postdoctoral_research_4945_updated.PDF
Closing date: 31 March 2011

Call For Papers - Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ICAI'11: July 18-21, 2011)

From Robotics and Automation


CALL FOR PAPERS
Paper Submission Deadline: March 31, 2011

ICAI'11
The 2011 International Conference on
Artificial Intelligence

July 18-21, 2011, Las Vegas, USA
http://www.world-academy-of-science.org/

This is the 13th annual offering of ICAI conference.
You are invited to submit a full paper for consideration. All accepted
papers will be published in the respective conference proceedings. The
proceedings will be indexed in Inspec / IET / The Institute for
Engineering & Technology, DBLP / Computer Science Bibliography, and
others.) In the past, all tracks of this federated conference have
also been included in EI Compendex/Elsevier. Like prior years, extended
versions of selected papers will appear in journals and edited research
books (a large number of book projects and journal special issues are
in the pipeline: Springer, Elsevier, BMC journals, ...)

SCOPE: Topics of interest (as they relate to Robotics):

O Brain models / cognitive science (cognitive robotics)
O Anthrobotics
O Behavior-based robotics
O Epigenetic robotics
O Human robot interaction
O Microrobotics / Nanorobotics
O Robotic surgery (remote / assisted)
O Software tools for development phase of robot systems
O Expert systems
O Decision support systems
O Automated problem solving
O Knowledge discovery
O Intelligent agents and robotics
O Reasoning strategies
O Distributed AI systems and architectures for handling teams/groups
of robots (including Intelligent information fusion)
O Learning and adaptive sensor fusion
O Emerging technologies
O Applications (including: computer vision, signal processing,
military, surveillance, medicine, pattern recognition,
education, emerging applications, ...)

O Workshop on Machine Learning; Models, Technologies and Applications:

- General Machine Learning Theory
. Statistical learning theory
. Unsupervised and Supervised Learning
. Hierarchical learning models
. Neural networks
. Reinforcement learning
. Decision making
. Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods
. Non-parametric methods
. Ant colony optimization
. Time series prediction
. Fuzzy logic and learning
. Inductive learning and applications

- Machine Learning Applications
. Computational Intelligence
. Knowledge acquisition and discovery techniques
. Computational vision
. Biostatistics
. Graph-based models in biostatistics
. Computational Neuroscience
. emerging ML technologies for robotics applications


USEFUL WEB LINKS:

The DBLP list of accepted papers of ICAI 2010 is at:
http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/conf/icai/icai2010.html
The main web site of ICAI'11 is at:
http://www.worldacademyofscience.org/worldcomp11/ws/conferences/icai11


IMPORTANT DATES:

March 31, 2011: Submission of papers (about 5 to 7 pages)
April 20, 2011: Notification of acceptance (+/- 6 days)
May 7, 2011: Final papers + Copyright/Consent + Registration
July 18-21, 2011: The 2011 International Conference on Artificial
Intelligence (ICAI'11)


ACADEMIC CO-SPONSORS:

Currently being prepared - The Academic sponsors of the last offering
of ICAI (2010) included research labs and centers affiliated
with (a partial list): University of California, Berkeley; University
of Southern California; University of Texas at Austin; Harvard
University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Georgia Institute of Technology,
Georgia; Emory University, Georgia; University of Minnesota;
University of Iowa; University of North Dakota; NDSU-CIIT Green
Computing & Comm. Lab.; University of Siegen, Germany; UMIT, Austria;
SECLAB (University of Naples Federico II + University of Naples
Parthenope + Second University of Naples, Italy); National Institute
for Health Research; World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and
Technologies; Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia; International
Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine (ISIBM); The International
Council on Medical and Care Compunetics; Eastern Virginia Medical
School & the American College of Surgeons, USA.


SUBMISSION OF PAPERS:

Prospective authors are invited to submit their papers by uploading
them to the evaluation web site at: http://world-comp.org
Submissions must be uploaded by March 31, 2011 and they must be
in either MS doc (but not docx) or pdf formats (about 5 to 7
pages - single space, font size of 10 to 12). All reasonable
typesetting formats are acceptable (later, the authors of accepted
papers will be asked to follow a particular typesetting format to
prepare their final papers for publication.) Papers must not have
been previously published or currently submitted for publication
elsewhere.
The first page of the paper should include: title of the paper,
name, affiliation, postal address, and email address for each
author. The first page should also identify the name of the Contact
Author and a maximum of 5 topical keywords that would best
represent the content of the paper. Finally, the name of the
conference (ie, ICAI) that the paper is being submitted for
consideration must be stated on the first page.

The length of the final/Camera-Ready papers (if accepted) will be
limited to 7 (two-column IEEE style) pages.

Each paper will be peer-reviewed by two experts in the field for
originality, significance, clarity, impact, and soundness. In cases
of contradictory recommendations, a member of the conference
program committee will be charged to make the final decision
(accept/reject) - often, this would involve seeking help from
additional referees by using a double-blinded review process. In
addition, all papers whose authors included a member of the
conference program committee will be evaluated using the
double-blinded review process. (Essay/philosophical papers will
not be refereed but may be considered for discussion/panels).


2011 PUBLICITY CHAIR:

Ashu M. G. Solo
BCS Fellow (British Computer Society)
Principal/R&D Engineer, Maverick Technologies America Inc.
Intelligent Systems Instructor, Trailblazer Intelligent Systems, Inc.
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