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KSBT 2014 : AAAI 2014 Fall Symposium on Knowledge, Skill, and Behavior Transfer in Autonomous Robots


When Nov 13, 2014 - Nov 15, 2014
Where Arlington, Virginia, USA
Submission Deadline Jun 20, 2014
Notification Due Jul 11, 2014
Final Version Due Sep 10, 2014
Categories    artificial intelligence   robotics   machine learning

Call For Papers


Autonomous robots have achieved high levels of performance and reliability at specific tasks. However, for them to be practical and effective at everyday tasks in our homes and offices, they must be able to learn to perform different tasks over time, and rapidly adapt to new situations.

Learning each task in isolation is an expensive process, requiring large amounts of both time and data. In robotics, this expensive learning process also has secondary costs, such as energy usage and joint fatigue. Furthermore, as robotic hardware evolves or new robots are acquired, these robots must be trained, which is extremely inefficient if performed tabula rasa.

Recent developments in knowledge representation, machine learning, and optimal control provide a potential solution to this problem, enabling robots to minimize the time and cost of learning new tasks by building upon knowledge acquired from other tasks or by other robots. This ability is essential to the development of versatile autonomous robots that can perform a wide variety of tasks and rapidly learn new abilities.

Various aspects of this problem have been addressed by different communities in artificial intelligence and robotics. This symposium will seek to draw together researchers from these different communities toward the goal of enabling autonomous robots to support a wide variety of tasks, rapidly and robustly learn new abilities, adapt quickly to changing contexts, and collaborate effectively with other robots and humans.


We are seeking broad participation from the areas including, but not limited to:

- Transfer in Autonomous Robots: inter-task transfer learning, transfer over long sequences of tasks, cross-domain transfer learning, long-term autonomy, autonomy in dynamic and noisy environments, lifelong learning, knowledge representation, transfer between simulated and real robots.

- Multi-Robot Systems: multi-robot knowledge transfer, task switching in multi-robot learning, distributed transfer learning, knowledge/skill transfer across heterogeneous robots.

- Human-Robot Interaction: human-robot knowledge/skill transfer, transfer in mixed human-robot teams, learning by demonstration, imitation learning.

- Cloud Networked Robotics: access to shared knowledge, reasoning, and skills in the cloud, cloud-based knowledge/skill transfer, cloud-based distributed transfer learning.

- Applications: testbeds and environments, data sets, evaluation methodology.


Contributions can be full-length papers (up to 8 pages), or extended abstracts, and late breaking results (2-4 pages). Submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated on both their technical merit along with their potential to generate discussion and promote collaboration within the community.

Authors should submit their contributions electronically in PDF (AAAI format) at:

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