Robotics: Science and Systems 2015 Workshop

Combining AI Reasoning and Cognitive Science with Robotics

July 16, 2015

Successful deployment of robots in our society requires these systems to deal with high complexity and wide variability of their surroundings to perform typical everyday tasks in public spaces. As interaction with humans increases, so does the demand for sophisticated robotic capabilities associated with high-level cognitive functions. Combining results from the traditional robotics discipline (e.g., related to navigation, manipulation, perception, motion planning) with those from AI and cognitive science (e.g., planning, spatial/temporal reasoning, diagnosis, learning, natural language understanding) is thus essential for robotics. These synergies also benefit AI (e.g., as observed in recent advances in hybrid planning and spatial reasoning) and cognitive science (e.g., as observed in recent studies combining human and robot participants and the ongoing discussion in the HRI community on how humans perceive robots).

With these motivations, the workshop aims to provide an informal platform for researchers

  • to discuss the challenges and benefits of combining AI reasoning and cognitive science with robotics in various application areas such as service robotics, industrial robotics, medical robotics, etc. and
  • to exchange ideas about the future research directions that involve such synergies, considering all aspects of the theory and implementation of robotic systems in these applications.

Invited Speakers

Tentative Schedule

08:45 – 09:00 Welcome
09:00 – 09:45 Invited talk: Benjamin Kuipers – How Can Robots Behave Well in Society?
09:45 – 10:30 Invited talk: Nancy Amato – Using Learning to Improve Sampling-Based Planners
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Invited talk: Jan PetersMotor Skill Learning
11:45 – 12:05 Alexander Perzylo, Nikhil Somani, Stefan Profanter, Markus Rickert and Alois Knoll – Toward Efficient Robot Teach-In and Semantic Process Descriptions for Small Lot Sizes
12:05 – 12:15 Esra Erdem, Volkan Patoglu and Zeynep Gozen Saribatur – Integrating Diagnostic Reasoning in Plan Execution Monitoring for Cognitive Factories
12:15 – 12:25 Johannes Kulick, Stefan Otte and Marc Toussaint – Robots Solving Serial Means-Means-End Problems
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 – 15:15 Invited talk: Fredrik Heintz – Semantically Grounded Spatio – Temporal Stream Reasoning for Autonomous Systems
15:15 – 16:00 Invited talk: Helge Ritter – Grounding robot cognition in manual interaction
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30 Poster session
Francesca Stival, Stefano Michieletto and Enrico Pagello – Subject-Independent Modeling of sEMG Signals for the Motion of a Single Robot Joint

Emanuele Bastianelli, Domenico Bloisi, Roberto Capobianco, Guglielmo Gemignani, Luca Iocchi and Daniele Nardi – Semantic Mapping with Human-Robot Interaction

Ron Petrick and Andre Gaschler – Knowledge-Level Planning for Robot Task Planning and Human-Robot Interaction

Michael Spranger – Grounded Spatial Language Processing, Learning and Evolution

17:30 Closing remarks

Program Committee