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IROS 2012 Workshop on Metrics of sensory motor integration in robots and animals


Dear All,

this is an invitation to submit to the IROS 2012 Workshop on Metrics
of sensory motor integration in robots and animals. during IROS
October 7-12, 2012

Bioinspiration, in various forms, is a popular trend in robotics research.
How to measure the success of bioinspired solutions with respect to
their natural models, and against more ‘artificial’ solutions?
The methodologies adopted in Robotics are sometimes coarser than those
used by natural sciences such as neurophysiology/neurosciences and
biology to quantitatively evaluate the performance in similar classes
of functions. Also for those kinds of considerations, the interest in
experimental methodologies increased dramatically within the robotics
community, both from researchers, aiming at more grounded and fast
research advancement, and from public funding agencies, according to
the idea that good experimental activities could reduce the gap
between research and industrial applications.
Some projects have been funded by the European Commission and a series
of workshops (see below) have been held in the latest years. Indeed,
the definition of proper benchmarking procedures has become a key
requisite of European project funding application.
The aim of this workshop is to discuss these fundamental issues in the
context of a specific subset of problems: namely, the metrics for
sensory motor coordination in Robotics/AI and Cognitive Science (also
with respect to the role of experiments) in artificial and natural
intelligent/cognitive systems, and the way the same or similar
functions are evaluated in biology, neuroscience/neurophysiology and
psychology.
We also aim to lay some foundations toward a replicable robotics
research publishing thread based on the publication of fully
replicable experiments. This will reduce the distance from disciplines
studying artificial and natural autonomous systems.
The best contributions will be invited to submit to a refereed edited book.

This workshop is a joint initiative of the IEEE-TC on Performance
Evaluation and Benchmarking of Robotic and Automation Systems (PEBRAS)
and the EURON Special Interest Group on Good Experimental Methodology
for Robotics (SIG GEM). The proposers are co-chairs of IEEE-TC PEBRAS
and/or EURON SIG GEM and have jointly co-organized over 10 successful
related events in the last 5 years, such as 5-in-a-row workshops on
Benchmarking and Performance Metrics at IROS (2006-2010), three
workshops at RSS (2008-2010) and the Performance Metrics for
Intelligent Systems Workshop (PERMIS) series (2006-2012) and two
organized at ICRA 2010  and 2011 on replication of experiment in
robotics research. One has been organized at ICRA 2012. John Hallam
has been involved in the organization of  many conferences on the
Simulation of Adaptive Behavior and he is the president of
International Society for the Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour.

This workshop is supported by IEEE RAS TC-Pebras and the Euron GEM Sig


Submission info:

Key Dates:

July, 16th, 2012 (23:59 CET): Paper Submission Deadline
August,1st, 2012: Notification of Acceptance
August, 31th, 2012: Final version


Paper Format:

Paper should be submitted as PDF files (from 2 to a maximum 6 pages)
in IROS regular paper format.

All the best
Fabio, Angel, Elena and John


DETAILS

IROS 2012 Workshop Metrics of sensory motor integration in robots and animals

October 7-12, 2012
Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

1. Title: Metrics of sensory motor integration in robots and animals
2. Format: (half-day workshop)
3. Main Organizer:

Fabio Bonsignorio
IEEE Senior Member
Board Member European Robotics Network EURON
Co-Chair IEEE-TC PEBRAS
Co-Chair Euron SIG on Good Experimental Methodologies and Benchmarking
Professor, Banco de Santander Chair of Excellence in Robotics
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Avda. Universidad, 30
28911 Leganés, Spain
Tel: +34 916246014
fabio.bonsignorio@uc3m.es
CEO
Heron Robots srl
V.R.Ceccardi 1/18, 16121 Genova, Italy,
Tel: +39-339-8406011,
fabio.bonsignorio@heronrobots.com

4. Co-organizers:
Elena Messina
Co-Chair IEEE-TC PEBRAS
Acting Chief Intelligent Systems Division  National Institute of
Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8230
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8230, USA
Tel: +1 301-975-3510
elena.messina@nist.gov

Angel P. del Pobil, Ph.D,
Board Member European Robotics Network EURON
Co-Chair IEEE-TC PEBRAS
Co-Chair Euron SIG on  Good Experimental Methodologies and Benchmarking
Professor, Department of Engineering and Computer Science, Universitat Jaume I
Director, UJI Robotic Intelligence Laboratory
12071 Castellon, Spain,
Tel:+34-964-728293,
pobil@icc.uji.es

John Hallam,
Board Member European Robotics Network EURON
President International Society of Adaptive Behavior ISAB
Co-Chair  Euron SIG on Good Experimental Methodologies and Benchmarking
Mærsk-McKinney Møller Institute, University of Southern
Denmark,
Odense, Denmark,
Tel: +45-65503546,
john@mmmi.sdu.dk

5. Abstract:

This workshop will focus on the definition and application of
quantitative measures of performance in sensory-motor coordination in
robots and animals, mainly in visual grasping and manipulation, but in
general in any intelligent physical agent artificial or natural, e.g.
in mobile robots with odor plume orientation capabilities. This aims
is to allow doing informed comparisons between the bio inspired
solutions and their natural models on the one hand; and between
bioinspired and not (obviously) bioinspired solutions on the other
hand. Moreover measures of autonomy, efficiency and effectiveness of
fully autonomous, scalable autonomy and of shared control systems are
of special interest.

6. Statement of objectives:

Bioinspiration, in various forms, is a popular trend in robotics research.
How to measure the success of bioinspired solutions with respect to
their natural models, and against more ‘artificial’ solutions?
The methodologies adopted in Robotics are sometimes coarser than those
used by natural sciences such as neurophysiology/neurosciences and
biology to quantitatively evaluate the performance in similar classes
of functions. Also for those kinds of considerations, the interest in
experimental methodologies increased dramatically within the robotics
community, both from researchers, aiming at more grounded and fast
research advancement, and from public funding agencies, according to
the idea that good experimental activities could reduce the gap
between research and industrial applications.
Some projects have been funded by the European Commission and a series
of workshops (see below) have been held in the latest years. Indeed,
the definition of proper benchmarking procedures has become a key
requisite of European project funding application.
The aim of this workshop is to discuss these fundamental issues in the
context of a specific subset of problems: namely, the metrics for
sensory motor coordination in Robotics/AI and Cognitive Science (also
with respect to the role of experiments) in artificial and natural
intelligent/cognitive systems, and the way the same or similar
functions are evaluated in biology, neuroscience/neurophysiology and
psychology.
We also aim to lay some foundations toward a replicable robotics
research publishing thread based on the publication of fully
replicable experiments. This will reduce the distance from disciplines
studying artificial and natural autonomous systems.
The best contributions will be invited to submit to a refereed edited book.

Relation to previous ICRA or IROS workshops

This workshop is a joint initiative of the IEEE-TC on Performance
Evaluation and Benchmarking of Robotic and Automation Systems (PEBRAS)
and the EURON Special Interest Group on Good Experimental Methodology
for Robotics (SIG GEM). The proposers are co-chairs of IEEE-TC PEBRAS
and/or EURON SIG GEM and have jointly co-organized over 10 successful
related events in the last 5 years, such as 5-in-a-row workshops on
Benchmarking and Performance Metrics at IROS (2006-2010), three
workshops at RSS (2008-2010) and the Performance Metrics for
Intelligent Systems Workshop (PERMIS) series (2006-2012) and two
organized at ICRA 2010  and 2011 on replication of experiment in
robotics research. One will be organized at ICRA 2012. John Hallam has
been involved in the organization of  many conferences on the
Simulation of Adaptive Behavior and he is the president of
International Society for the Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour.
  Support
This workshop is supported by IEEE RAS TC-Pebras and the Euron GEM Sig

7. Intended audience:
Robotics researchers from any subfield of the discipline from both
academia and industry. Researchers active in neurorobotics,
bioinspired robotics, and in biology. Industry members interested in
the exploitation of research results, others interested in
methodologies in scientific and engineering disciplines.

8. List of topics:
* Metrics for sensory motor coordination and visual servoing
effectiveness and efficiency; * Metrics for shared control
effectiveness and efficiency; *Benchmarking autonomy and robustness to
changes in the environment/task; *Scalable autonomy measurements;
*Design of Experiments in Robotics/AI; * Execution of Experiments in
Robotics; *Comparison of experimental methodology in
neurosciences/neurophysiology and in Robotics; *Comparison of
experimental methodology in neurosciences/neurophysiology and in AI;
*Comparison of experimental methodology in Biology and in Robotics;
*Comparison of experimental methodology in Biology and in AI; *Success
metrics in bioinspired Robotics; * Experimental scenarios to evaluate
performance, demonstrate generality, and measure robustness in robots
and animals; * Well grounded experimental methods to compare
artificial and natural cognitive systems; *Performance metrics based
on Shannon entropy related measures; *Performance metrics based on
dynamical systems methods; * Performance modeling of the relationship
between a task and the environment where it is performed *
Relationship between benchmarking and replication of experiments with
robots; * Reporting experiments in Robotics; * Epistemological issues;
* Examples of Good Practice; * Evaluation of Experimental Robotics
Work; * Proposals for Promotion of Good Experimental Work;









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CONFIDENTIAL AND PRE-DECISIONAL INFORMATION


Fabio P. Bonsignorio

IEEE Senior Member

Ceo
Heron Robots s.r.l.
Via R.Ceccardi 1/18
I-16121 Genova
Italy
www.heronrobots.com

Professor
Banco de Santander Chair of Excellence in Robotics
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Edificio Agustín de Betancourt, Despacho 1.3B01
Avda. Universidad, 30
28911 Leganés
Spain
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