Next summer, AAAI 2010 will be coming to Atlanta. I’m co-chairing the Robotics Exhibit with Monica Anderson. This is both an open exhibit for demonstrations of robotics research that intersects with AAAI, and demonstrations focused on specific challenge problems.
Each challenge is intended to be an experiment designed to motivate and evaluate an individual function of artificial intelligence for robotics, similar to the Semantic Robot Vision Challenge at AAAI-07.
This is the second year that Learning by Demonstration will be one of the topics. Last year we had open demonstrations of LbD systems. This year’s LbD event is being organized by Sonia Chernova, and folks are invited to optionally participate in a LbD challenge problem:
Optional challenge event in which all participants will perform an object relocation task that involves teaching the robot to move an object from one place to another. Each participating team will be provided with sample objects for practice in the weeks before the event. Due to differences in embodiment and learning algorithms, we expect to see a wide variety of approaches for performing the target behavior. A video showcasing the results will be compiled by the event organizers.
Applications for exhibitors aren’t due until later in the Spring, so plenty of time to get your learning robots ready for Atlanta!