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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] 2nd CFP: RSS 2017 Workshop: The What without the How: Specifying Planning Problems in Robotics

Cristian-Ioan Vasile
*Call for Lightning Talks and Participation*

Workshop date: July 15th 2017 (during RSS 2017)

Website: *hyness.bu.edu/rss-tlzoo*
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__hyness.bu.edu_rss-2Dtlzoo&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=Imy9OUgYdLiVZGbDHA0XVxY0dEIy-pE3UWN4K-ifhS8&e=>


Abstract submission deadline: May 19th 2017

Notification date: June 5th 2017

Final presentation submission: July 10th 2017


*Workshop overview*

Every new graduate student is told that when it comes to research, a good
problem formulation is half the battle won. As the responsibilities we give
to robots and autonomous vehicles become more complex by the day, the time
is ripe to step back and redefine the basic blocks that define the planning
problems we solve when creating “autonomy”. The classical piano-mover’s
problem has dominated the motion planning literature for decades, and is
still unsolved for many domains, but increasingly, planning problems
involve responding to uncertainty, stochasticity, partial observability,
unwieldy dynamics, and other challenges. Moreover, the “what” itself is
evolving. Planning for long-term autonomy, collaborative and surveillance
tasks have all motivated unique reformulations of the classical planning
problem, including novel means of specifying desired behavior such as
temporal logics and domain-specific languages, as well as natural language
instructions. This workshop is an attempt to wrangle these disparate
approaches and make some sense of the zoo of options. Participants will be
treated to a breadth of current approaches from area experts, and
encouraged to be critical of new modes of specification and the utility of
the planning approaches that go therewith.


*Format*

The first half of the workshop will feature a series of warm-up talks to
expose attendees to the wide variety of problem formulations that are
currently used to solve planning problems in robotics. Each speaker will
have ~20 minutes (including questions) to describe a problem and its
solution, with a focus on how the specification was crucial to the
approach. Our invited speakers will speak to various aspects and flavors of
the planning problem.

For the second half of the workshop, we are soliciting contributed
lightning talks of ~5 min of the following format: propose two formulations
of the same planning problem (i.e. with different specification
languages/modes) and argue for one.

In the final 1.5 hours of the workshop, we will play an interactive game
designed to demonstrate the non-triviality of well-specified planning
problems. We will wrap up with an open discussion of lessons learned, via
the game, as well as throughout the day.


*Call for lightning talks*

We solicit abstracts (~ 1 page) on specification of planning problems, the
relationship between specification and planning, design choices, and
challenges. To foster critical discussions, abstracts should consider a
problem that can be formulated and solved in two different ways. Moreover,
you should chose one formulation and argue for it. You should focus on what
was specified, what was planned for, and the advantages and disadvantages.
We ask that the abstract have the following format: 1) informal problem
description; 2) formulation 1 and solution; 3) formulation 2 and solution;
4) argument for either design choice.

Abstracts should be send by email to [hidden email] and are due by May
15th 2017. The emails *must* have the subject "[RSS2017-SPR] Abstract
submission".

Selected abstracts will be presented at the workshop PechaKucha-style: 15
slides over 5 minutes (20 seconds per slide). Final presentations must be
submitted by July 10th 2017 in Powerpoint with normal (9:6) format.

*Invited speakers*

Prof. Calin Belta
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__hyness.bu.edu_calin_Home.html&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=QGFxBdWkxb0Z7XGxuHxclTkG3cmjCY72O4Rx5kYaRJs&e=>,
Boston University, USA

Prof. Hadas Kress-Gazit
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__verifiablerobotics.com_&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=f71pUZjoUqn3JTxS1rDNsYNRmk1XgRMfNG6Z737lbes&e=>,
Cornell University, USA

Prof. Daniele Magazzeni
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__nms.kcl.ac.uk_daniele.magazzeni_&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=-bRIVe0rkWX7vIBoYqa6Opd62xitvIicojv8WdQtpLA&e=>,
King’s College London, UK

Prof. Leslie Kaelbling
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__people.csail.mit.edu_lpk_&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=474QJCMSMe3oB0mPCyhxA-Jeft5YMDONhPTowZqn0bI&e=>,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Stefanie Tellex
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__cs.brown.edu_-257Estefie10_&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=UyEywfD7fgQaZR1Gqfmrl4BQbwmTCTdtTMUF8VnO_OU&e=>,
Brown University, USA

Dr. Andrea Censi
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__censi.science_&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=3Btv6SI2k7L21FKcYYbRKrMd_E-IXVOn8MjSaputWHc&e=>,
ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Prof. George Konidaris
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__cs.brown.edu_people_gdk_&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=kW7bD7TubeyhfNyho1WOR7bI_kFQr7IKKUn5IcUoKTA&e=>,
Brown University, USA

Prof. Mac Schwager
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__web.stanford.edu_-257Eschwager_&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=1AQLqLa8kWDl-xA_-wUW7Bal1oBmyomulMUNS8bjsUM&e=>,
Stanford, USA
Prof. Amy LaViers
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.amylaviers.com_&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=l6-QGDjiGsz532pyWVh8Pm8UDfQuSye1WWMaUCBYJ98&e=>,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


*Organizers*

Cristian-Ioan Vasile
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__cristianvasile.com_&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=gIf9vauHHrgxxivucfIJ8q6fTNfzUuXe3diUqzyu9X4&e=>,
MIT, USA

Vasu Raman
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__vraman.github.io_&d=DwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z3eXypdAO2bAwcls-cxU_ddFpNqnU_-0i49SOE4pn3E&s=JDhFGBhXaQgH-hbiGGdaseVoylxTZAFBtKYKHVWbzaw&e=>,
USA

Contact the organizers: [hidden email], [hidden email]


*Important Dates*

Workshop Date: Saturday July 15th 2017, Location: TBD

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 15th 2017

Acceptance Notifications: June 5th 2017

Presentation Submission Deadline: July 10th 2017


*Schedule:*

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome and Overview

9:00 – 10:30 Session 1: 4 talks

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 12:15 Session 2: 4 talks

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 14:45 Session 3: 2 talks

14:45 – 15:30 Lightning session:  8 talks

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Interactive game


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Cristian-Ioan Vasile, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS)
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 32-D566
Cambridge, MA 02139

www.cristianvasile.com
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