Combined Robot Motion Planning and AI Planning for
Practical Applications

Objectives

Planning plays a crucial role as robots are deployed into less and less structured environments and are expected to complete sophisticated tasks autonomously. The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers from Robotics and AI communities, who have generally approached the planning problem from very different perspectives. On the one hand, AI has emphasized symbolic abstractions to allow for sophisticated tasks composed of discrete sub-tasks. On the other hand, robotics has emphasized the continuous aspects of planning to compute feasible motions. This workshop will discuss current progress and open challenges in unifying these approaches with an emphasis on both practical applications and theoretical issues. The workshop will include invited speakers and presentations from authors of accepted papers. It follows up on successful workshops at AAAI 2010, ICAPS 2011, ICAPS 2012, ICRA 2013 on bridging task and motion planning.

The workshop aims to spark vibrant discussion with talks from invited speakers, presentations from authors of accepted papers, and a poster session.

Invited Speakers

Stefan Edelkamp
University of Bremen
Gerhard Lakemeyer
Aachen University of Technology
Alessandro Saffiotti
Örebro University, Sweden
Siddhartha Srinivasa
Carnegie Mellon University

Program and Schedule

Workshop Organizers

Erion Plaku
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Catholic University of America
email: plaku/AT/cua.edu
Kris Hauser
Assistant Professor
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University at Bloomington
email: hauserk/AT/indiana.edu
Esra Erdem
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
Sabanci University, Turkey
email: esraerdem/AT/sabanciuniv.edu