December 13th: The Return of the Light
The First Örebro Winter School on "Artificial Intelligence and Robotics"

The Lucia-2013 Research Forum

The "Lucia-2013" event will take place on December 13, 2013, at the "Conventum" convention center in Örebro, Sweden. This is the final event of the Winter School on AI and Robotics.

Background

The "Lucia-2013" event is a follow-up of the Lucia-2012 foundational event on AI and Robotics held in Örebro, Sweden, on December 11-13, 2013. The Lucia-2012 event has marked an important beginning for a joint community of researchers working across the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Some of the (direct and indirect) outcomes of that event were:

Objectives

Continuing the tradition of Lucia-2012, the main aim of this event is to gather a group of people who, while possibly coming from different communities, have long felt the need to combine the AI and Robotics traditions, and to discuss how this need can lead to a better defined and recognized research field. In order to focus the discussion, this year we will consider the following specific goal:

To understand what are the main research questions that need to be addressed, both in AI and in robotics, if AI techniques have to be used in real robots.

To make this goal concrete, we will aim at the production of three tangible outputs:

  1. A list of problem statements for AI and Robotics;
  2. A list of teaching topics and methodologies that would form the ideal curriculum of the future researcher able to address those problems; and
  3. Short term plans for the dissemination of the problems statements, and for the implementation of the curriculum.

Format

The event will mostly be a guided brainstorming. Guidance will be provided by the set of target outputs above. We will start with a round-robin of bottom-up contributions, in the form of initial problem statements proposed by each participant. We will then proceed with a joint discussion of these statements, and of how they can be used to better define our field, to inspire a suitable PhD curriculum, and to steer the funding policies. We will also discuss the overall status and plans of our "AI and Robotics" community.

Discussants

Schedule

9:00 Introduction to the Lucia's research forum
-> Alessandro Saffiotti
9:15 Flash Presentations: problem statements on "AI and Robotics"
-> All discussants
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Discussion on the problem statements
-> Herman Bruyninckx and Joachim Hertzberg
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Flash Presentations: the students' point of view
-> Andreas Persson, Jochen Sprickerhof, Lenka Mudrova
14:00 Discussion on the exploitation of the problem statements
-> All
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 The Lucia's Assembly
-> Alessandro Saffiotti
17:00 Summary notes and Farewell

 

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