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1st Workshop on Autonomy, Robotics and Cognition October 2-3
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Stamp Student Union Colony Ballroom (Room 2203)
For More Information:
Kimberly Edwards
301 405 6602

You are invited to a two-day international workshop on Autonomy, Robotics and Cognition. The workshop will consist of invited presentations and panels.

The need for Autonomy, Robotics and Cognition Research
It has been repeatedly argued that the mind, or an intelligent autonomous system, is an amalgam of several competences—computational capabilities related to perception, planning, control and reasoning. Thus, the design of an autonomous system depends on the integration of algorithms and data structures in computer vision, computer audition, tactile processing, control theory, planning and reasoning (artificial intelligence). As these fields are practiced mostly in silos by experts who cannot know the details of the other disciplines, it becomes hard to achieve the integration that may give rise to autonomy.

Motivation for the workshop
This workshop, the first of its kind, gathers experts from all these disciplines surrounding intelligent behavior, to address a number of basic questions: what kinds of description should an autonomous system extract about the world? Should it be a general purpose description that then different processes will utilize, or should an autonomous system directly produce a plethora of different representations about the world? Could autonomy be accomplished with one sense, or is a sensor fusion a necessary ingredient for autonomy and intelligence? How much prediction is required to achieve autonomy and how does this constrain the planning sub-system as it needs to be integrated with sensing? How much of the system’s time should be devoted to computation and how much to communication? Does autonomy require some sort of language, like natural language?

Format of the workshop
These and other related questions will be addressed by international experts during a two-day workshop at the University of Maryland. The format of the workshop consists of half-hour talks and panels examining specific questions. The workshop is free of charge but participants should register so that breakfast and lunch can be provided during the workshop days.

Topics include
Perception and Planning
Language and Cognition

This workshop is supported in part by the National Science Foundation, DARPA and ONR.

Please register at the workshop's web page: NOTE: You must use Google Chrome as your browser. The workshop is free of charge, but we would like to encourage you to register so that you can have a badge with your name and affiliation and access to breakfast and lunch both days.

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