Robotics: Science and Systems 2018

Workshop on Models and Representations for Natural Human-Robot Communication

Overview


A long-standing goal is the realization of robots that can easily join and effectively work alongside people within our homes, manufacturing centers, and healthcare facilities. In order to achieve this vision, we need to develop robots that people are able to command, control, and communicate with in ways that are intuitive, expressive, and flexible. Recognizing this need, much attention has been paid of late to natural language speech as an effective medium for humans and robots to communicate. A primary challenge to language understanding is to relate free-form language to a robot's world model --- its understanding of our unstructured environments and the ways in which it can act in these environments. This problem dates back to the earliest days of artificial intelligence and has witnessed renewed interest with advances in machine learning and probabilistic inference.

Call for Papers


We welcome contributions from a broad range of areas related to the development of models and algorithms that enable natural communication between humans and robots. We particularly encourage recent and ongoing research at the intersection of robotics and fields that include natural language processing, machine learning, and computer vision.

The workshop is intended for a broad audience working on problems related to representations of environments across a variety of domains. We anticipate participation by researchers whose interests draw from robotics, machine learning, perception, mapping, motion planning, and human-robot interaction, among others.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Robot knowledge representations
  • Spatial-semantic mapping
  • Semantic perception
  • Spatial-semantic representations for planning
  • Spatial language modeling and interpretation
  • Common datasets for training and benchmarking
  • Grounded language acquisition/learning
  • Spatial language modeling and interpretation
  • Robot knowledge representations
  • Interactive and active learning
  • Learning from demonstration
  • Natural language dialog

We invite participants to submit extended abstracts or full papers that describe recent or ongoing research. We encourage authors to accompany their submissions with a video that describes or demonstrates their work. Authors of accepted abstracts/papers will have the opportunity to disseminate their work through an oral presentation and/or interactive poster session.

Papers (max eight pages, excluding references) and abstracts (max two pages, excluding references) should be in PDF format and adhere to the RSS paper format. Note that reviews will not be double blind and submissions should include the author names and affiliations.

Papers, abstracts, and supplementary materials can be submitted by logging in to the conference management website located at https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/MRHRC2018.

Invited Talks


Mohit Bansal
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Dhruv Batra
Georgia Institute of Technology

Joyce Chai
Michigan State University

Anca Dragan
University of California, Berkeley

Maya Cakmak
University of Washington

Cynthia Matuszek
University of Maryland, Baltimore Country

Rohan Paul
Masssachusetts Institute of Technology

Zhou Yu
University of California Davis

Program


Location: The workshop will be held over two days during RSS 2018

The Workshop on Models and Representations for Natual Human-Robot Communication is a two day workshop composed of invited talks, contributed papers, and poster presentations. The detailed program is listed below.

Friday, June 29

09:00am–09:15am Introduction/Welcome
09:15am–09:45am Invited Talk #1
Title: TBD
09:45am–10:00am Contributed Talk #1
TBD
10:00am–10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am–10:45am Contributed Talk #2
TBD
10:45am–11:00am Contributed Talk #3
TBD
11:00am–11:30am Invited Talk #2
Title: TBD
11:30am–11:45am Contributed Talk #4
TBD
11:45am–12:00pm Contributed Talk #5
TBD
12:00pm–01:30pm Lunch
01:30pm–01:45pm Contributed Talk #6
TBD
01:45pm–02:00pm Contributed Talk #7
TBD
02:00pm–02:30pm Poster Session
02:30pm–03:00pm Coffee Break
03:00pm–03:30pm Poster Session (cont.)
03:30pm–04:00pm Invited Talk #3
Title: TBD
04:00pm–04:30pm Invited Talk #4
Title: TBD
04:30pm–05:30pm Discussion

Saturday, June 30

09:00am–09:15am Introduction/Welcome
09:15am–09:45am Invited Talk #5
Title: TBD
09:45am–10:00am Contributed Talk #8
TBD
10:00am–10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am–10:45am Contributed Talk #9
TBD
10:45am–11:00am Contributed Talk #10
TBD
11:00am–11:30am Invited Talk #6
Title: TBD
11:30am–11:45am Contributed Talk #11
TBD
11:45am–12:00pm Contributed Talk #12
TBD
12:00pm–01:30pm Lunch
01:30pm–01:45pm Contributed Talk #13
TBD
01:45pm–02:00pm Contributed Talk #14
TBD
02:00pm–02:30pm Poster Session
02:30pm–03:00pm Coffee Break
03:00pm–03:30pm Poster Session (cont.)
03:30pm–04:00pm Invited Talk #7
Title: TBD
04:00pm–04:30pm Invited Talk #8
Title: TBD
04:30pm–05:30pm Discussion/Closing

Organizers


Jacob Arkin
University of Rochester
j.arkin@rochester.edu

Andrea F. Daniele
Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
afdaniele@ttic.edu

Nakul Gopalan
Brown University
ngopalan@cs.brown.edu

Thomas M. Howard
University of Rochester
thomas.howard@rochester.edu

Jesse Thomason
University of Washington
thomason.jesse@gmail.com

Matthew R. Walter
Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
mwalter@ttic.edu

Lawson L.S. Wong
Brown University
lsw@brown.edu