[CFP] AAAI Symposium on Anchoring Symbols to Sensor Data

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Date: Sat Dec 30 2000 - 12:31:43 MET

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    Dear Collegue,

    Below please find the abstract of a Symposium which might be of interest
    to the people in this group. The full Call for Participation, including
    submission instructions, is available at the web site indicated.

    Sincerely,

      Alessandro Saffiotti

    [apologies for cross-posting]
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     AAAI Fall Symposium on
     Anchoring Symbols to Sensor Data in Single and Multiple Robot Systems

    The focus of this symposium is on the connection between abstract- and
    physical-level representations of objects in autonomous robotic systems.
    We call "anchoring" the process of creating, and maintaining in time,
    this connection. Anchoring can thus be seen as a special case of symbol
    grounding where the symbols denote physical objects.

    Anchoring is required in any robot that uses a symbolic representation.
    A typical example is to identify and track a specific person in a crowd
    given a linguistic description. Anchoring must also occur in multiple
    robot systems whenever the robots exchange information via symbolic
    representations. We talk in this case of "grounded communication."
    Grounded communication is also needed for efficient human-robot
    cooperation.

    Our main preoccupation is a practical one. All existing robotics
    systems that comprise a symbolic reasoning component implicitly
    incorporate a solution to the anchoring problem. However, this solution
    is typical developed on a system by system basis on a restricted domain.
    The ambition of this symposium is to create an interdisciplinary
    community that will develop a general theory of anchoring. The emphasis
    will be on the computational aspects of anchoring, including the
    functionalities and representations needed to perform it.

    - Submission deadline: March 30, 2001
    - Symposium days: November 2-4, 2001, MA, USA (exact location TBA)
    - Detailed information: http://www.aass.oru.se/Living/FSS01/

    --
    Alessandro Saffiotti
    Dept of Technology                Tel: +46 19 30 3794
    University of Írebro, Sweden      Fax: +46 19 30 3463
    

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