AAAI 2016 Fall Symposium: Cross-Disciplinary Challenges for Autonomous Systems

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AAAI 2016 Fall Symposium - Cross Disciplinary Challenges for Autonomous Systems

Future concepts for technology envision highly autonomous systems that are fast, efficient, and adaptive, yet also human-friendly and provably safe. However, no single field is capable of addressing all the challenges that face practical fielding of such systems. Contributions from a variety of disciplines – including but not limited to artificial intelligence, control theory, formal methods, cognitive modeling, and human-machine interaction – will need to be combined to effectively meet these challenges. Toward this end, the goal of this symposium is to bring together experts from different disciplines that contribute to the development of autonomy – especially experts whose research spans two or more traditionally distinct disciplines – to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each discipline, where cross-disciplinary research is currently making strides, where collaboration needs to be improved, and how cross-disciplinary research for autonomous systems should move forward.

The symposium format will include two major components - the first is a "research" component consisting of presentations and posters generated by accepted authors, and the second is a "guidance" component that will consist of a series of working groups focused on characterizing the current and future landscape of research in autonomy through a series of exercises that will dissect current guidance – e.g. from government organizations such as the DoD, the FDA, and the FAA – in order to identify areas of agreement and disagreement and generate new recommendations for cross-disciplinary research

Paper Submissions

Short 2-6 page papers are requested on topics including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • New research results for autonomous systems that span two or more traditionally distinct disciplines
  • Tools that are easily accessible to researchers in other disciplines
  • Reviews of past trends and/or predictions of future trends in cross-disciplinary research for autonomous systems
  • Experiences and perspectives on succeeding in cross-disciplinary research for autonomous systems
  • Challenges or challenge problems for cross-disciplinary research for autonomous systems

Thought papers, position papers, abstracts, and works in progress are all welcome. Submissions should be polished and complete enough for review, but may include references to results that will be available in a final version. Novel data, however, is not required, and position papers, summaries of past results or experiences, etc. will be welcome if they fit the theme of the symposium. Submissions should be in the AAAI format

Submission website:

Papers can be submitted through the CDCAS-2016 EasyChair website

Presentations and Posters

Authors of accepted papers will be invited at the symposium to either give a 15-20 minute oral presentation or participate in a poster session.

Important Dates

  • July 22 August 3 - Papers due
  • August 12 - Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • September 8 - Final camera-ready papers due
  • September 23 - Invited participants registration deadline
  • October 21 - Final (open) registration timeline
  • November 17-19 - Symposium, Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia

Keynote Speakers

Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday, November 17
Time Activity Presenters Topic
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome Laura Humphrey Symposium Introduction
09:15 - 10:30 Keynote Speakers Katia Sycara and Michael Lewis Perspectives on "Marrying" Disciplines
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Paper Dongkyu Choi ActorSim, A Toolkit for Studying Cross-Disciplinary Challenges in Autonomy
11:30 - 12:30 Keynote Speaker Moshe Vardi The Siren Song of Temporal Synthesis
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 Paper Masataka Nishi Reduction of the State Observation Problem to an Identifiability Problem
14:30 - 15:00 Paper Hai Lin Combined Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches to Performance-Guaranteed Design of Cooperative Multi-Agent Systems
15:00 - 15:30 Paper John Reeder Mixing Formal Methods, Machine Learning, and Human Interaction Through an Autonomics Framework
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 Working Group Kerianne Gross Small Group Discussions – Research Landscape, Collaboration Challenges, and the Way Forward
18:00 - 19:00 Social
Day 2 - Friday, November 18
Time Activity Presenters Topic
09:00 - 09:45 Working Group Kerianne Gross Small Group Discussions – Research Landscape, Collaboration Challenges, and the Way Forward
09:45 - 10:30 Working Group Laura Humphrey Large Group Discussion - Dissecting Government Guidance
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Working Group Laura Humphrey Large Group Discussion - Dissecting Government Guidance
11:30 - 12:00 Paper Shu-Chieh Wu Seeking Human-Centered Autonomous Systems Capabilities in a Machine-Centered Development Environment
12:00 - 12:30 Paper Michael Hansen Courses of Action Display for Multi-Unmanned Vehicle Control: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 Paper Nils Jansen Probabilistic Verification for Cognitive Models
14:30 - 15:00 Paper Yue Wang Trust-Based Symbolic Robot Motion Planning with a Human-in-the-Loop
15:00 - 15:30 Paper Morteza Lahijanian Social Trust: a Major Challenge for the Future of Autonomous Systems
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 Panel Discussion Chris Miller, Benjamin Knott, Peter Trautman, et al Ethics in Encouraging Trust in Autonomous Systems
18:00 - 19:00 Plenary Session Four CDCAS Attendees Working Together - Perspectives from Four Disparate Disciplines
Day 3 - Saturday, November 19
Time Activity Presenters Topic
09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Speaker David Gunning Benefits of Interdisciplinary Approaches for Human-Automation Systems
10:00- 10:30 Working Group Laura Humphrey Large Group Discussion - Dissecting Government Guidance
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Working Group Laura Humphrey Large Group Discussion - Dissecting Government Guidance

Supplementary Materials

TBD

Main Contact

For questions and comments, please contact Laura Humphrey at laura.humphrey@us.af.mil

Organizers

Laura Humphrey (Air Force Research Laboratory), Ufuk Topcu (University of Texas at Austin), Satinder Singh (University of Michigan), Chris Miller (Smart Information Flow Technologies), and Moshe Vardi (Rice University)