Aims and Scope
The goal of AIRO 2015 is to present, discuss and assess recent advances in the use of Artificial Intelligence methods to build better Robotics systems.
When we say, “better”, what are we talking about? We believe that robot intelligence is a property of complex robot systems interacting with real world environments (including the robot itself). As a matter of fact, as we expect robots to leave lab settings and to take part to our everyday life, either at home or in public spaces, the notion of Artificial Intelligence as a separated and somewhat peculiar functionality of a robot’s architecture shows its intrinsic limitations.
We need to stress robot sensing, representation and action to distribute Artificial Intelligence principles and methods at various levels of robot architectures, with respect to both hardware and software components. It becomes evident that, in order to cope with the plethora of situations, events, objects, places and humans the world is full of, robot intelligence “as it is” is rather insufficient, both with respect to the scope of achievable performance and to actual techniques and tools for designing engineered robot behavior.
This motivates AIRO 2015, involving such different – yet intertwined – research areas as sensing and perception, human-robot interaction, intelligent control, cognition, behaviour and reasoning models, distributed knowledge representation and computational ontologies, engineering tools, software architectures, and fast-prototyping techniques, learning, real-time systems and robot morphology. Starting from these diverse research fields, and in continuity with the previous AIRO workshops, the need arises to design robots able to face complex challenges in real-world service tasks. Robot intelligence is expected to play major roles when interacting with humans and when dealing with everyday situations, like human assistance, housekeeping or autonomous driving, just to name three of the most common scenarios Robotics researchers like to play with.
The workshop seeks for extended abstracts presenting oral presentations, system demonstrations and posters related to the integration of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.