|AI meets Robotics... in Europe!|
|A workshop at the European Robotics Forum 2013|
|Lyon, France, March 19|
The fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics were strongly connected in the early days of AI, but became mostly disconnected later on. While there are several attempts at tackling them together, these attempts remain isolated points in a landscape whose overall structure and extent is not clear. Recently, it was suggested that even the otherwise successful EC program "Cognitive systems and robotics" was not entirely effective in putting together the two sides of cognitive systems and of robotics.
We believe that there is a great added value for both the AI and the Robotic field to reinforce the contact and the synergies between them. The first "AI meets Robotics" event has been organized last December in Örebro, Sweden, with the aim to foster and better organize the convergence between these two fields. This workshop aims at continuing that work, with an emphasis on the European context.
The discussion will be focused on the added value, both for AI and robotics researchers, on creating a stronger link between the two fields. In particular: (1) what are the new scientific questions that can be generated in each field, (2) what is the mature knowledge and tool that can be transferred between fields, (3) how can we educate the next generation of researchers able to truly put AI and robotics together, and (4) what are the new opportunities in terms of innovation created by this merger.