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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 effective human-robot
Our main preoccupation is a practical one. All existing robotic 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 (North Falmouth, MA, USA)
- Detailed information: http://www.aass.oru.se/Agora/FSS01/
Alessandro Saffiotti, Orebro University, Sweden
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