NSF-Sponsored Workshop:

Robot Planning in the Real World: Research Challenges and Opportunities

Workshop Schedule & Slides

Slides of the presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the name of the presenter.

October 28

8:15 AM - 9:00 AMRegistration and breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:05 AMWelcome and organizer introductions
9:05 AM - 9:20 AMWorkshop goals and expected outcomes (S.K. Gupta, National Science Foundation)
9:20 AM - 9:30 AMParticipant introductions
9:30 AM - 10:00 AMInvited talk: Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania
10:00 AM - 10:20 AMSpotlight talks (Sachin Chitta, David Ferguson, Mike Stilman, Ron Alterovitz, Sven Koenig)
10:20 AM - 10:50 AMCoffee break/networking
10:50 AM - 11:15 AMSpotlight talks (Geoff Hollinger, Kostas Bekris, Hadas Kress-Gazit, Kris Hauser, Maxim Likhachev)
11:15 AM - 12:15 PMPanel on applications starting with spotlight talks (Panelists: Ronald Arkin, Jennifer Barry, Wes Huang, Kevin Lynch, Pete Wurman)
12:15 PM - 1:15 PMLunch buffet
1:15 PM - 1:45 PMInvited talk: Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon University
1:45 PM - 2:45 PMBreakout session on applications - the breakout topics are:
     (a) unmanned vehicles on the ground (Lead: David Ferguson)
     (b) unmanned vehicles in air and water (Lead: Geoff Hollinger)
     (c) healthcare and household assistance (Lead: Sachin Chitta)
     (d) manufacturing (Lead: Jennifer Barry)
2:45 PM - 3:15 PMCoffee break/networking
3:15 PM - 4:15 PMPanel on planning algorithms starting with spotlight talks (Panelists: Nancy Amato, Leslie Kaelbling, Subbarao Kambhampati, Dinesh Manocha, Manuela Veloso)
4:15 PM - 5:40 PMBreakout session on planning algorithms - the breakout topics are:
     (a) integration of task, motion, and control levels (Lead: Hadas Kress-Gazit)
     (b) human intention-aware planning (Lead: Mike Stilman)
     (c) integration of planning and learning (Lead: Kostas Bekris)
     (d) integration of planning and perception (Lead: Kris Hauser)
6:15 PM - 8:00 PMDinner (at Il Forno restaurant)

October 29

8:15 AM - 9:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AM - 9:30 AMInvited talk: Michael Beetz, Universität Bremen, Germany
9:30 AM - 10:50 AMGovernment programs: Current Research and Future Directions (short overview presentations followed by a panel)
     S.K. Gupta, National Science Foundation
     Jim Donlon, National Science Foundation
     Purush Iyer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
     Gary Gilbert, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center
     Jeremy Marvel, National Institute of Standards and Technology
10:50 AM - 11:20 AMCoffee break/networking
11:20 AM - 11:45 AMSummary and discussion of applications breakout session
11:45 AM - 12:10 PMSummary and discussion of algorithms breakout session
12:10 PM - 1:00 PMDiscussion on challenges, roadmap, and benchmark problems for planning
1:00 PMBoxed lunches provided

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