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1st CFP: HYCAS 2009 @ IJCAI-09: Hybrid Control of Autonomous Systems

HYCAS 2009



Integrating Learning, Deliberation and Reactive Control

Held in conjunction with IJCAI-09 in Pasadena, California in July 2009


Call for Papers


High-level control for Autonomous Systems (e.g. robots) is concerned with

selecting the next action the system should perform.  Known paradigms for

this action selection problem are learning, deliberation, reactive control

schemes or combinations of these, i.e. hybrid approaches.

These paradigms have been known for over two decades, and in today's

applications often combinations of learning, deliberation, and reactive

control are used.  Usually these combinations are used in an ad-hoc or

even unconscious fashion.  Although there is a number of proposed

architectures and huge body of literature, the issue of combining

learning, reactive and deliberative control never has been intensively


With this workshop we wish to bring together researchers from different

areas who concentrate on combinations of learning, planning, and/or

reactive schemes for decision making and the control of autonomous

systems.  The workshop is open to all members of the AI and Robotics

community.  We would specifically like to encourage students to


Relevant Topics

The questions to be addressed in this workshop are:

* How can learning, deliberation and/or reactive control be combined such

  that the methods can benefit from each other  e.g. by using a common


* What are the challenging domains demanding for hybrid control?

* What are its successful applications?

Papers are invited on all aspects of hybrid methods for the control of

autonomous systems, including, but not limited to:

* Decision Making

* Modelling of Domains, Capabilities/Affordances and Robot Behaviours

* Agent Learning

* Cognitive Robotics

* Behaviour-based Robotics and Emergent Control

* Developmental and Epigenetic Robotics

* Architectures and Architectural Patterns

Important Dates

* March 6 2009: Paper Submission

* April 17 2009: Notification of paper acceptance

* May 8 2009: Camera ready paper submission

* May 15 2009: Early registration deadline

* July 11, 12 or 13 2009 (tba): Workshop

Authors of selected articles will be invited to submit an extended version

of their workshop paper to a special issue of an international journal on

robotics and automation.

Workshop Chairs

Nils T Siebel

Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany

Gerald Steinbauer

Graz University of Technology, Austria

Alexander Ferrein

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Josef Pauli

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Programme Committee

Alexander Ferrein

Alfredo Gabaldon

Fredrik Heintz

Christian Igel

Yohannes Kassahun

Tim Kovacs

Gerhard K Kraetzschmar

Gerhard Lakemeyer

Ales Leonardis

Pedro U Lima

Daniele Nardi

Josef Pauli

Jan Peters

Daniel Polani

Martin Riedmiller

Juergen Schmidhuber

Nils T Siebel

Gerald Steinbauer

Ron Sun

Marc Toussaint

Hans Utz

Markus Vincze


More information on the workshop website: