A Special Issue proposal by
T.Duckett, L. Kunze, M. Hanheide, G. Sibley, and N. Hawes

Topical Area

Autonomous systems have a long history in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics. However, only through recent advances in technology has it been possible to create autonomous systems capable of operating in long-term, real-world scenarios. Examples include autonomous robots that operate outdoors on land, air, water, and space, and indoors in offices, care homes, and factories. Designing, developing, and maintaining intelligent autonomous systems that operate in real-world environments over long periods of time, i.e. weeks, months, or years, poses many challenges. The proposed Special Issue will focus on such challenges and on ways to overcome them using methods from AI.

The size of this community is estimated as several hundred researchers. The proposal follows the successful organization of the ICRA 2016 Workshop on AI for Long-Term Autonomy, and previous events held at major robotics conferences (e.g. ICRA Workshops on Long-term Autonomy, 2011-2014) and events on AI and Robotics (http://ai-robotics.wikispaces.com/events).

Motivation and Endorsements

The proposal of this Special Issue is motivated by the success of the Workshop “AI for Long-Term Autonomy”, organized at the ICRA’16 conference on 16 May 2016 (https://sites.google.com/site/icra2016ailta/). The quality of the speakers and number of attendees (ca 200) were very encouraging. In the absence of published proceedings of the Workshop, the important contributions presented there could be missed by a wider public. The proposed Special Issue would also encourage participation by other attendees of the workshop and the wider scientific community working on related issues in AI for long-running robotic systems.

The ICRA’16 Workshop on AI for Long-Term Autonomy was endorsed by the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics (please see endorsement letter in attachment).

Timeline

 

  1. Special Issue Call Publication:November 8, 2017
  2. Special Issue Submission Opens: February 17,​ ​2018
  3. Special Issue Submission Closes: February​ ​24,​ ​2018 (same as RAL/IROS)
  4. First Decision Communicated to Authors: ​May​ ​21,​ ​2018
  5. Final Decision Communicated to Authors: July 25,​ ​2018
  6. Accepted RAL Papers appear on Xplore: August 23, ​2018

 

Conference Option

The​ ​Special​ ​Issue​ ​will​ ​be​ ​associated​ ​with​ ​the​ ​2018​ ​IEEE/RSJ​ ​International​ ​Conference​ ​on​ ​Intelligent Robots​ ​and​ ​Systems​ ​(IROS),​ ​October​ ​1-5,​ ​2018,​ ​Madrid,​ ​Spain​ ​and​ ​accepted​ ​articles​ ​will​ ​be​ ​presented​ ​at the​ ​conference.​ ​Authors​ ​of​ submissions commit that, if ​accepted​ by the IROS Program Committee, they ​will​ ​present the work ​at​ ​IROS. 

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University of Pisa,Pisa (PI), Italy
IIT Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy
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Stanford University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Robotics Laboratory POSTECH
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Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Mechanical Engineering
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Associate Editors

Alejandro Agostini, University of Göttingen

Sunil Agrawal, Columbia University

Arash Ajoudani, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Eren Erdal Aksoy, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Yacine Amirat, University Paris Est Créteil - UPEC

Henrik Andreasson, University of Örebro

Helder Araujo, University of Coimbra

Brenna Argall, Northwestern University

Antonis Argyros, FORTH

Minoru Asada, Osaka University

Devin J.  Balkcom, Dartmouth College;USA

Luca Bascetta, Politecnico di Milano

Aaron Becker, University of Houston

Sven Behnke, University of Bonn

Calin Belta, Boston University

Sprin Berman, Arizona State University, USA

Matteo Bianchi, University of Pisa

Lionel  Birglen, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal

Jose-Luis Blanco, University of Malaga

Jeannette Bohg, Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Julia Borras Sol, KIT and Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPCKarlsruhe Institute of Technology

Sébastien Briot, CNRS HDR - Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes (LS2N)

Jonas Buchli, ETH

Darius Burschka , Technical University Munich

Cesar  Cadena Lerma, University of Adelaide

Sylvain Calinon, IDIAP

David Cappelleri, Purdue University

Barbara Caputo, University of Rome La Sapienza

Stefano Carpin, University of California;Merced;USA

Manuel Catalano, Uni Pisa;Centro E. Piaggio

Nilanjan Chakraborty,, Stony Brook University 

Suman Chakravorty, Texas A&M University

Jessie Chen, Army Research Lab

Han-Lim Choi, KAIST;Korea

Hongsoo Choi, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology

Seungmoon Choi, PosTech

Youngjin Choi, Hanyang University

Matei Ciocarlie, Columbia University;USA

Luca Citi, University of Essex

Javier Civera, University of  Zaragoza

Juan Cortes, LAAS - CNRS, France

Neil T.  Dantam  , Rice University

Alexander Dietrich, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Eric Diller, University of Toronto

Mehmet Remzi Dogar, University of Leeds

Mariagrazia Dotoli, Politecnico di Bari

Zoe Doulgeri, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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Alberto Elfes, CSIRO

Cornelia Fermuller, University of Maryland

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Udo Frese, Bremen Univ.

Antonio Frisoli, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

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Markus Grebenstein, DLR

Giorgio Grisetti, La Sapienza University, Rome

Roderich Gross, University of Sheffield;UK

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Koh Hosoda, Osaka University

Matthew Howard, Kings college London;UK

Hesuan Hu,  Xidian University

Ningjian Huang, GM Research & Development Center

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Marco Hutter, ETH Zurich

Tetsunari Inamura, National Institute of Informatics

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Serena Ivaldi, Inria

Amir Jafari, University of Texas at San Antonio 

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Min Jun Kim, DLR, Germany

Minjun Kim, Southern Methodist University

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Cecilia Laschi, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Darwin Lau, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dongjun Lee, Seoul National University, Korea

Ales Leonardis, University of Birmingham

Zhibin  Li, University of Edinburgh 

Hongen Liao, Tsinghua University

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Hong Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology;China

Huaping Liu, Department of Computer Science and Technology;Tsinghua University

Ming Liu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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Barbara Mazzolai, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

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Fumin Zhang, Georgia Institute of Technology;USA

Liang Zhang, University of Connecticut

Yu Zheng, University of Michigen-Dearborn;USA

Every year, the Editorial Board selects papers appeared in the previous year for an IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Best Paper Awards.

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University of Pisa,Pisa (PI), Italy
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A Special Issue proposal by
F. Ficuciello, P. Falco and S. Calinon

The special issue presents a hot topic in robotic manipulation that is how to merge learning and control strategies to provide autonomy to robotic systems. This is a fundamental problem for robotic manipulation and it touches different functional system levels based on both visual and tactile perception and also affects the mechanical design of the robot parts that move and interact with the environment. The anthropomorphism contemplated in the mechanical design encourages the inspiration of learning techniques and control from the functioning of the human being. This implies the involvement of a large research community not only in the field of robotics but also the community of neuroscientists. The problem is highly multi-disciplinary, and different approaches from control theory, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, will be compared and possibly combined. 

Motivation

The topic of this Special Issue was the subject of a full-day workshop “Learning and control for autonomous manipulation systems: the role of dimensionality reduction”, organized at ICRA 2017. The large attendance (among 80-100 participants), the quality of the speakers, and the relevance of the addressed topics of research have been key elements for the success of the workshop. The Special Issue wants to collect an even broader scope of contributions, and make them available in archival format.

Topics of Interest

  • Dimensionality reduction in anthropomorphic design
  • Mechanical and motor synergies
  • Perceptual and sensorimotor synergies
  • The role of dimensionality reduction in learning strategies
  • The role of dimensionality reduction in control strategies

Important Dates

Special Issue Call Publication: August 1, 2017
Special Issue Submission Opens: November 11, 2017
Special Issue Submission Closes: November 21, 2017
First Decision Communicated to Authors: February 15, 2018
Final Decision Communicated to Authors: April 21, 2018
Accepted RAL Papers appear on Xplore: May 10, 2018

Guest Editors            

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Sylvain Calinon
Special Issue: Learning and Control for Autonomous Manipulation Systems
Idiap Research Institute
Martigny, Switzerland
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Pietro Falco
Special Issue: Learning and Control for Autonomous Manipulation Systems
Technical University of Munich
Munich, Germany
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Fanny Ficuciello
Special Issue: Learning and Control for Autonomous Manipulation Systems
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IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Robotic Hands, Grasping, and Manipulation

 

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