ERF 2017 - Workshop "Towards Fully Autonomous Robots: Challenges for AI Planning in Robotics"

22 Mar 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
EICC. The Exchange. Edinburgh. U.K.

The 22nd of March 2017, the Workshop "Towards Fully Autonomous Robots: Challenges for AI Planning in Robotics" will be held within the European Robotics Forum 2017 (ERF 2017). Andrea Orlandini is one of the organizers of the Workshop.

This ERF Workshop constitutes a follow up of a scientific initiative, named PlanRob, started within the Planning and Scheduling (P&S) research community with the twofold aim of creating a common long-term forum where researchers from both P&S and Robotics communities can discuss about common interests and efforts, figure out shared challenges and discuss expectations about future developments. In this perspective, the aim of this ERF workshop is to bridge the gap between researchers and practitioners in P&S and Robotics, pushing recent technological advancements out of the laboratories for deploying a new generation of Intelligent Robots endowed with flexible, adaptive and goal-oriented behaviors, long-term autonomy, advanced interaction with humans in structured collaborative activities. 

The ERF 2017 is the meeting point for robotics in Europe, bringing together over 700 researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs and business people from all over Europe. ERF 2017 will be from Wednesday 22 March 2017 to Friday 24 March 2017. The objectives of the forum are to: Identify the potential of robotics applications for business, the creation of jobs, and meeting societal needs; Discuss the state of the art and most recent breakthroughs in applications; Learn about new robotic business opportunities, including those arising through establishment of spin-offs, and ongoing initiatives in robotics within Europe; Influence decision makers and strengthen collaboration between stakeholders in the robotics community.


14:00-14:15 Session presentation

= Invited talks =

14:10-14:20 Alessandro Saffiotti, Orebro University, Sweden - Planning
for robots: case studies from some EU projects

14:20-14:30 Daniele Nardi, Sapienza University, Italy - Symbiotic Human
Robot Planning

14:30-14:40 Michael Beetz, Bremen University, Germany - Cognition
enabled control for everyday manipulation

14:40-14:50 Amit Kumar Pandey, SoftBank Robotics, France - Planning in
Social Human-Robot Interaction: an Industrial Perspective through some
commercial use cases

= Projects showcase =

14:55-15:00 Nick Hawes, Birmingham University, UK - STRANDS (FP7 - ICT) 
15:00-15:05 Ron Petrick, Heriot-Watt University, UK - STAMINA (FP7 - ICT)
15:05-15:10 Alberto Finzi, Naples University "Federico II", Italy – SHERPA (H2020 – ICT)
15:10-15:15 Daniele Magazzeni, King's College London, UK – SQUIRREL (FP7 – ICT)
15:15-15:20 Andrea Orlandini, National Research Council, Italy – FourByThree (H2020 – FoF)

15:20-15:30 Concluding remarks 



AndreA Orlandini, CNR-ISTC, Italy (contact person)

Alberto Finzi, Naples University "Federico II", Italy

Michael Hofbaur, Johanneum Research, Austria

Daniele Magazzeni, King's College London, U.K.