AAAI97 Workshop on
ROBOTS, SOFTBOTS, IMMOBOTS: Theories of Action,
Planning and Control
July 28, 1997.
The workshop will bring together theoretical and applied researchers
in the area of automated agents. We are particularly interested in
robots; "softbots" that operate in software environments; and
"immobots," immobile, sensor-rich agents like automated factories,
concerned mostly with internal regulation and control.
We welcome researchers in theoretical aspects of reasoning about
actions, planning algorithms and control architectures. Discussions
will focus on the interaction between representation, planning and
Some specific topics are:
- Features of theories of actions
that make it possible to develop efficient planning algorithms.
- Representational needs of robots, softbots, immobots.
- Formalization of plan execution by robot, softbot and immobot agents.
- Correctness of control programs with respective to
underlying theories of actions.
- Planning algorithms for various theories of action.
- Incorporating control into theories of actions and planning
One and half day workshop.
We will begin the workshop with tutorials covering the state of the
art in action representation and planning, followed by introductions
to robots, softbots and immobots.
Individual talks and panel discussions will follow the tutorials.
Speakers will be challenged to address the needs of automated agency.
A paper of up to 10 pages, or a position statement of up to 2 pages.
The submission should take care to address both components of the
topic: interested researchers of a theoretical bent should identify
how their work would support automated agency; researchers in
automated agency should identify their representational and
inferential needs and (ideally) how they perceive available
(Email submission of postscript file prefereed.)
Submission deadline: March 11, 1997
Notification date: April 1, 1997
Final date for camera-ready copies to organizers: April 22, 1997
Submission address: Chitta Baral, Dept of Computer Science,
University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968, USA.
Email and phone#s : firstname.lastname@example.org, 915-747-6952/5030 (ph/fax)
Co-chairs: Chitta Baral (UT, El Paso) and Robert Goldman
(Honeywell Technology Center, MN 65-2200,3660
Technology Drive,Minneapolis, MN 55418, (612)951-7336, FAX
- J. Blythe, Carnegie Mellon University,
- K. Erol, Intelligent Automation Inc.,
- G. De Giacomo, Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza",
- M. Gelfond, University of Texas at El Paso,
- K. Golden, University of Washington,
- P. Haddaway, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee,
- F. Kabanza, University of Sherbroke, Quebec,
- R. Kambhampati, Arizona State University,
- K. Konolige, SRI,
- F. Lin, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
- L. Pryor, Harlequin Software,
- R. Scherl, New Jersey Institute of Technology,
- S. Steel, University of Essex, UK,
- P. Traverso, IRST, Italy,