The Seventeenth Annual AAAI Robot Exhibition and Manipulation and Mobility Workshop

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The AAAI 2008 Workshop on Mobility and Manipulation (held during the Twenty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence) showcased advances in mobility and manipulation through a half-day workshop and an exhibition.  The workshop focused on possible solutions to both technical and organizational challenges to mobility and manipulation research.  This article presents the highlights of that discussion along with the content of the accompanying exhibits.


Report on the AAAI 2010 Robot Exhibition

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In this article we give a summary of three components of the exhibition: the Small-Scale Manipulation Challenge: Robotic Chess; the Learning by Demonstration Challenge; and the Education Track. We also describe the participating teams, highlight the research questions they tackled, and briefly describe the systems they demonstrated. The program has a long tradition of demonstrating innovative research at the intersection of robotics and artificial intelligence. In both the workshop and exhibition portions of the event, we strive to have the robotics program be a venue that pushes the science of embodied AI forward. Over the past few years, a central point of the event has been the discussion of common robot platforms and software, with the primary goal of focusing the research community's energy toward common "challenge" tasks.


Report on the AAAI 2010 Robot Exhibition

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The 19th robotics program at the annual AAAI conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2010. In this article we give a summary of three components of the exhibition: small scale manipulation challenge: robotic chess; the learning by demonstration challenge, and the education track. In each section we detail the challenge task. We also describe the participating teams, highlight the research questions they tackled and briefly describe the systems they demonstrated.


The AAAI 2011 Robot Exhibition

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In this article we report on the exhibits and challenges shown at the AAAI 2011 Robotics Program in San Francisco. The event included a broad demonstration of innovative research at the intersection of robotics and artificial intelligence. Through these multiyear challenge events, our goal has been to focus the research community's energy toward common platforms and common problems to work toward the greater goal of embodied AI. The program has a long tradition of demonstrating innovative research at the intersection of robotics and artificial intelligence. In both the workshop and exhibition portions of the event, we strive to have the robotics program be a venue that pushes the science of embodied AI forward. Over the past few years, a central point of the event has been the discussion of common robot platforms and software, with the primary goal of focusing the research community's energy toward common "challenge" tasks. On the day before the exhibition the participants convened a workshop of 18 short talks. Each track's exhibitors presented a summary of their exhibit. In addition, four guest speakers provided a broader context for all of the exhibitors' efforts. The first guest speaker was the National Science Foundation's Sven Koenig, who highlighted several federal programs that support projects in embodied intelligence. Koenig also provided insights into some of these program's specific priorities, such as international collaborations and educational engagement. Guest speakers from Willow Garage and Bosch presented cutting-edge work with the PR2, Willow's mobile two-arm manipulator platform. Bosch detailed its Remote Lab, which provides researchers anywhere with full access to the sensing and mobile manipulation capabilities of a PR2. Willow Garage featured some of its most recent work, in which point clouds (Anderson et al. 2011) are parsed not only to build generic three-dimensional scene models but also task-specific structures such as cabinet and drawer handles. Those structures, in turn, seed the automatic creation of task sequences for object retrieval in unconstrained human environments. Nataniel Dukan of Nao Robotics presented the workshop's final guest talk, a broad overview of humanoid robotics's current resources, along with a compelling vision for where those technologies will be in the next three to five years. Without providing specifics of Aldebaran's unannounced plans, Dukan hinted that the actuation and sensing needed for com-


The AAAI 2011 Robot Exhibition

AI Magazine

In this article we report on the exhibits and challenges shown at the AAAI 2011 Robotics Program in San Francisco. The event included a broad demonstration of innovative research at the intersection of robotics and artificial intelligence. Through these multi-year challenge events, our goal has been to focus the research community’s energy toward common platforms and common problems to work toward the greater goal of embodied AI.