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2nd Workshop on Intelligent Robotics

Research in robotics has traditionally emphasized low-level sensing and control tasks, path planning, and actuator design and control. In contrast, several Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers are more concerned with providing real/simulated robots with higher-level cognitive functions that enable them to reason, act and perceive in an autonomous way in dynamic, inaccessible, continuous and non deterministic environments. Combining results from traditional robotics with those from AI and cognitive science will be thus essential for the future of intelligent robotics.

The purpose of the 2nd International Workshop on Intelligent Robotics IROBOT'07 is to bring together researchers, engineers and other professionals interested in the application of AI techniques in real/simulated robotics to discuss current work and future directions. 

Topics of Interest

- AI Planning for robotics
- Autonomous vehicles
- Cognitive Robotics
- Computer vision and object recognition
- Coordination in robotics
- Evolutionary robotics and reactive intelligence
- Human-robots interfaces
- Intelligent buildings and warehouses
- Intelligent transportation technologies and systems
- Learning and adaptation in robotics
- Mobile robot performance measures
- Modelling and simulating complex robots
- Multi-Robot systems
- Real Robots
- Real-time reactivity
- Robot behaviour engineering
- Robot Expressiveness and Emotional Awareness
- Robotic surveillance
- Sensor fusion
- Simulation and virtual reality systems in robotics


Although Robotics is an area of Artificial Intelligence that combines most of the other AI areas in some fashion, it has not been present in EPIA conference Workshops until 2005 (besides the RoboCup Tutorial – The RoboCup International Initiative: AI Meets Robotics to Create RoboSoccer Teams, EPIA 2001 -, contrarily to most of the other International AI conferences. However, in comparison with other countries, Portugal has a very large and successful robotics community. For example, Portugal won three World and six European championships in RoboCup (simulation 2d, simulation 3d, coach, rescue and small-size leagues) and also an important research award. In the last years, Portugal also organized several important Robotic conferences, including: RoboCup 2004: International Competitions and Conferences, 5th IFAC Symposium on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles, IAV 2004, Int. Conf. on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics, ICINCO 2004, ICINCO 2006, among others. Additionally, there are several Portuguese national robotic competitions with increasing success: Portuguese Robotics Open (Festival Nacional de ROBÓTICA) - with 10 different robotic events and an associated scientific meeting, Micro-Mouse/Ciber-Mouse (since 1995 in the University of Aveiro), Robotic Firefighting, etc. IROBOT’07 workshop intends to approach the Portuguese AI and Robotics communities and to bridge the gap between the development of AI methodologies and its application into real robotic platforms. In its first edition (IROBOT’05), the workshop interest in the context of EPIA was confirmed. The workshop was a very busy one with 22 submissions, enabling a rigorous reviewing process and an acceptance rate of only 32% for the main proceedings. Attendance was quite high during the entire workshop. In the second edition, with standards set, the number and quality of the submissions is expected to increase significantly, establishing definitely Robotics as a main area in the context of EPIA.

Organising Committee

Luís Paulo Reis (contact person)
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Laboratório de Inteligência Artificial e Ciência de Computadores
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200-465, Porto, Portugal
Tel. +351 22 5081829, Fax. +351 22 5081443
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Nuno Lau
Universidade de Aveiro
Departamento de Electrónica, Telecomunicações e Informática
Campo Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Phone: +351 234 370524, Fax: +351 234 370545
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Cesar Analide
Universidade do Minho, Departamento de Informática
Grupo de Inteligência Artificial
Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Phone: +351 253 604 470 (ext. 604 437), Fax: +351 253 604 471
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Luís Correia
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Artificial Life Group - LabMAg Research Center
Campo Grande, 1749 - 016 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 217 500 238, (ext. 26307) Fax: +351 217 500 084
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Program Committee

Alan Winfield, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
Alexander Kleiner, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
Anna Helena Costa, EPUSP, São Paulo, Brazil
Ansgar Bredenfeld, Fraunhofer Inst.Auton.Intelligent Systems (AIS), Germany
António Paulo Moreira, Universidade do Porto – FEUP, Portugal
Armando Sousa, Universidade do Porto – FEUP, Portugal
Carlos Carreto, Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, Portugal
Cesar Analide, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Daniel Polani, University of Hertfordshire, Department of Computer Science, United Kingdom
Eduardo Silva, Instituto Sup. Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
Enrico Pagello, The University of Padua, Italy
Fernando Lobo Pereira, Universidade do Porto – FEUP, Portugal
Fernando Ribeiro, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Guy Theraulaz, CRCA, Toulouse, France
Hans-Dieter Burkhard, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
J. Norberto Pires, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Jacky Baltes, University of Manitoba, Canada
Javier Ruiz-del-Solar, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Jorge Dias, Universidade de Coimbra, ISR, Portugal
Junji Nishino, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Luís Correia, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Luís Paulo Reis, Universidade do Porto – FEUP/LIACC, Portugal
Luis Seabra Lopes, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Maria Isabel Ribeiro, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Martin Riedmiller, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
Mikhail Prokopenko, CSIRO ICT Centre, Sidney, Australia
Nuno Lau, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Paulo Urbano, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Raul Rojas, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Richard Vaughan, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Stephen Balakirsky, National Institute of Standards & Technology, United States
Vijay Kumar, Eng. & App. Sciences Univ. Pennsylvania, United States
Xiaoping Chen, University of Science and Technology, China

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