This workshop will address a growing need in Task and Motion Planning (TMP) to tackle the uncertainty, non-determinism, and complex dynamics of real-world environments. TMP is an active research topic with related work proceeding in the robotics, AI, controls, and formal methods communities. The varying focus and assumptions between different communities has produced a proliferation of approaches addressing different aspects of the problem space. This workshop will bring together researchers from these different communities to discuss the challenges and contrasting approaches for robust TMP. We hope to build on past RSS workshops on formal methods and benchmarks for TMP to now identify connections among robust TMP approaches and to better define the scenarios and motivating problems on which the community should focus.
This workshop is intended for researchers in robotics, AI planning, motion planning, and controls who are interested in improving the autonomy of robots for complex, real-world tasks such as mobile manipulation.
The two main target audiences for the workshop are: (1) members actively researching new methods, future trends and open questions in task and motion planning (2) people who are interested in learning about the current state-of-the-art in order to incorporate these methods into their own projects. We strongly encourage the participation of graduate students.
This workshop follows the previous workshops on Task and Motion Planning at RSS 2016, RSS 2017, and RSS 2017, from the same organizers. Past workshops received excellent participation with approximately 50 attendees, 10 presented posters, and engaging group discussions. During the previous workshops, numerous questions were raised regarding handling uncertainty and operating in real-world environments. This workshop aims to address these needs with specific focus on robust TMP for real-world uncertainty and complex dynamics.
Bio (LPK): Leslie Pack Kaelbling is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MIT. She has previously held positions at Brown University, the Artificial Intelligence Center of SRI International, and at Teleos Research. Prof. Kaelbling has done substantial research on designing situated agents, mobile robotics, reinforcement learning, and decision-theoretic planning. In 2000, she founded the Journal of Machine Learning Research, a high-quality journal that is both freely available electronically as well as published in archival form; she currently serves as editor-in-chief. She is an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow, a former member of the AAAI Executive Council, the 1997 recipient of the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, a trustee of IJCAII and a fellow of the AAAI. She received an A. B. in Philosophy in 1983 and a Ph. D. in Computer Science in 1990, both from Stanford University.
Bio (TLP): Tomas Lozano-Perez is currently the School of Engineering Professor in Teaching Excellence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, where he is a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He has been Associate Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Associate Head for Computer Science of MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was a recipient of the 2011 IEEE Robotics Pioneer Award and a 1985 Presidential Young Investigator Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAI, a Fellow of the ACM, and a Fellow of the IEEE. His research has been in robotics (configuration-space a pproach to motion planning), computer vision (interpretation-tree approach to object recognition), machine learning (multiple-instance learning), medical imaging (computer-assisted surgery) and computational chemistry (drug activity prediction and protein structure determination from NMR & X-ray data). His current research is aimed at integrating task, motion and decision-theoretic planning for robotic manipulation.
Bio: Taskin Padir is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. His research interests involve humanoid robots, dexterous manipulation, model-based robot design, human-supervised robot autonomy, and medical cyber-physical systems. He was won the Kalenian Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit, the HEART: Humans Empowered with Assistive Robot Technologies award, and the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education.
Bio: Volkan Patoğlu is an Associate Professor of Mechatronics at Sabancı University. His research is in the area of physical human-machine interaction, in particular, design and control of force feedback robotic systems with applications to rehabilitation and skill training. His research extends to cognitive robotics. Dr. Patoglu has been honored with Career Award by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (2008), Meritorious Service Award by IEEE Transactions of Haptics (2011 and 2018), Best Application Paper Award by IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2013), Best Conference Paper Nomination by IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2015), and Young Scientist Award by Science Academy (2015). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and worked as a post doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan and as a post doctoral research associate at Rice University.
Bio: Luis Sentis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and a contractor for NASA Johnson Space Center. He leads the Human Centered Robotics Laboratory, an experimental laboratory focusing on control and embodiment of humanoid robots. He was the UT Austin's Lead for DARPA's Robotics Challenge with NASA Johnson Space Center where he helped to design and test the Valkyrie humanoid robot. His research has been funded by NASA, the Office of Naval Research, NSF, DARPA, and private companies. He was awarded the NASA Elite Team Award for his contributions to NASA’s Johnson Space Center Software Robotics and Simulation Division, and is also co-founder and scientific advisor of Apptronik Systems Inc., a company focusing on human-centered robotic augmentation systems and educational robotic laboratories.
Bio: Elisa Tosello is a Post-Doc and Contract Professor in the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova. She received her Ph.D. (2017), M.Sc. (2012), and B.Sc. (2009) in Computer Engineering at the University of Padova. Her research focuses on the Hardware and Software reuse for the resolution of the Motion Planning problem for multi-Degrees of Freedom robots. She focuses her attention on the resolution of the Navigation Among Movable Obstacles and Task and Motion Planning problem.
Bio: Marc Toussaint is a professor for Machine Learning & Robotics at the University of Stuttgart and a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. His research focuses on the combination of decision theory and machine learning, motivated by applications in robotics. The goals are learning systems able to reason about their own state of knowledge (e.g., in a Bayesian way), to decide which actions might yield the most informative future data, and to make these systems learn even better and eventually solve problems. His work takes the form of Reinforcement Learning, Planning, and Active Learning in probabilistic relational domains. Furthermore, a growing focus of his lab is real-world robotic systems and joint symbolic and geometric planning, including trajectory optimization and optimal control methods.
|Manipulation and Uncertainty Session|
|11:00-11:30||Tomás Lozano-Pérez and Leslie Pack Kaelbling|
|12:15-13:45||Group Lunch and Discussion|
|Learning and Optimization Session|
|14:45-15:00||Learning and Optimization Discussion|
|15:30-16:00||Poster Lightning Talks|
|16:45-17:15||Panel Discussion and Wrap-Up|