CFP: Using Fuzzy Logic in Autonomous Robotics

Alessandro Saffiotti (
Thu, 4 Jul 1996 13:55:47 +0200

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The goal of autonomous robotics is to build physical systems that
accomplish useful tasks without human intervention in unmodified
environments. Applications of these systems range from service robots
in offices, hospitals and factory floors, to maintenance robots in
hazardous environments, or rescue robots in disaster areas. The
requirements for an autonomous robot include the ability to:

1. Produce robust task-achieving behavior in partially unknown, dynamic
environments; problems here include coping with limited perception,
unexpected events, execution errors, and incomplete prior knowledge.

2. Take several simultaneous goals into consideration; problems here
include planning under uncertainty, and coordination of concurrent

3. Integrate mechanisms and representations at different levels of
abstraction; problems here include integrating symbolic reasoning
and numeric control, and registering local perception to a global map.

Fuzzy logic has features that make it particularly geared to addressing
these problems. Fuzzy logic can be used to model different types of
uncertainty; it allows to build robust controllers based on heuristic
and qualitative knowledge; and it provides a natural framework to
integrate logical resoning and numerical computation.

The aim of this special session is to bring together researchers who are
actively involved in applying fuzzy logic to autonomous robotics. The
goal is to get an updated view of the existing work in this domain, and
to provide a forum to critically assess the value of fuzzy logic based
techniques to address the technological gaps mentioned above. We welcome
contributions discussing the use of fuzzy logic in the following non
exclusive areas:

o Robot motion control
o Planning under uncertainty
o Integration of planning and control
o Behavior-based approaches
o Coordination of behaviors
o Perception
o Sensor fusion
o State estimation
o Map building and updating
o Human-robot communication

Contributions for this special session can take the form of:

a) an original paper of 6 pages maximum, to be published in the workshop
b) an already published paper of 6 pages maximum;
c) a pointer to an on-line paper, together with an abstract of 200 words
d) your participation in the discussion during the workshop.

Contributions should be sent by August 5, 1996, to the WSC1 organizers
in Japan. A cover letter should mention the name of the session, the
full address of the author(s), and the status of the paper (original or
published). You should also notify the session organizer (A. Saffiotti)
by sending e-mail to Please refer to the original
call for papers reported below for further details about the workshop
and the submission procedure.

Please check the web page

for the latest news about this session. You can address any query about
this session (only) to:

Alessandro Saffiotti
IRIDIA, Universite Libre de Bruxelles
50 av. F. Roosevelt, CP 194/6
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium


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The 1st Online Workshop on Soft Computing (WSC1)

Aug. 19 (Mon) - Aug. 30 (Fri)

On Internet (WWW (World Wide Web) ) Served by Nagoya University

We call for your papers for online discussions using the Internet.
The purpose of this workshop is to give its attendees opportunities to
exchange informaiton and ideas on various aspects of Soft Computing
and "save travel expenses" without having to visit foreign countries.
We aim to have ample discussion time between the authors and attendees
make them visible to everyone on the Internet.

This is the 3rd workshop of On-line Workshop series on Internet. The
first on-line workshop(WEC1) was held on Oct. 9 - 20, 1995. In spite
of the very short preparation time ( 2 weeks ) for the workshop, 22
papers were submitted and great many people visited the home page:


Encouraged by the unprecedented repercussions, we held the second on-
line workshop(WEC2) on March 4 - 22, 1996. More people showed great
interest into the workshop. You can still visit the home page at:

The scope of the 3rd on-line workshop is expanded from those of the
preceding workshops. We call for your papers on Soft Computing. The
great merit of this workshop series is that you can save travel
expenses without having to visit and attendees and make them visible
to everyone on the Internet.

The WSC1 will welcome original contributions. The proceedings is
planned to be published. We all look forward to your active

Fuzzy Logic
Neuro - Computing
Genetic Computing
Probabilistic Reasoning
Chaos Computing
Hybrid Systems

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts and Main Text: Aug. 5, 1996
Opening the papers to the public: Aug. 12, 1996
Workshop Weeks: Aug. 19-30, 1996

Send an abstract and main text to the address below.

mail address is :

The abstract should be in text file. The main text should be in
text file or in ps ( PostScript ) file. The size of the paper should
be either A4 ( metric ) or letter size. Papers should be written in
Times or similar font style, 10 points or larger with 2.5 cm margins
on all four sides. If you write your paper with LaTeX, you can use
"IEEEtran.sty" and "wscsample.tex" which is available from

Another alternative is that if you prepare a WWW page for your
main text, please send us only the abstract and tell us the Internet
address ( URL ), and yours will be linked to our WWW page.

The steering committee will make your abstracts visible on the
Internet. The home page address is:


This workshop will accept papers both original and already
published. If your paper is not original, please clarify the
source of your paper. Your paper will not be included in the

If your paper is an original one, you need to send ps file or
camera - ready manuscript of your main text. The paper should not
exceed 6 pages in length. Please also send us the copyright form by
postal mail or facsimile. The proceedings including your original
contribution will be published. The copyright form is available
also from

1. Read the abstracts.
2. Copy the main texts ( ps files ) of interested papers.
3. Send questions and comments to
(The steering committee will send the questions to the authors and
receive answers from the authors, and make the Q&A visible on the
4. Read the answers from the authors on
5. Repeat the above steps 3 and 4 until you are satisfied.

(Notice should be made that the main texts in ps files should not
include any fonts other than English.)

Steering committee would appreciate your contribution as a session
organizer. Your job will be to call your colleagues and friends to
submit papers and organize a session. If you need further
information, please mail to

For further information, contact:
Takeshi Furuhashi
Dept. of Information Electronics
Nagoya University,
Furo-cho, Chikusaku
Nagoya 464-01, Japan
Tel. +81-52-789-2792
Fax. +81-52-789-3166

Paper Submission Form
Title :
Authors :
Affiliation :
Address :
Phone :
Fax :
e-mail :
Source(if your paper is already published):
Keywords :
Link(if you have a WWW home page of the paper) :
Abstract :