2nd Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (AIRO 2015)

The goal of AIRO 2015 is to present, discuss and assess recent advances in the use of Artificial Intelligence methods to build better Robotics systems.

When we say, “better”, what are we talking about? We believe that robot intelligence is a property of complex robot systems interacting with real world environments (including the robot itself). As a matter of fact, as we expect robots to leave lab settings and to take part to our everyday life, either at home or in public spaces, the notion of Artificial Intelligence as a separated and somewhat peculiar functionality of a robot’s architecture shows its intrinsic limitations.

We need to stress robot sensing, representation and action to distribute Artificial Intelligence principles and methods at various levels of robot architectures, with respect to both hardware and software components. It becomes evident that, in order to cope with the plethora of situations, events, objects, places and humans the world is full of, robot intelligence “as it is” is rather insufficient, both with respect to the scope of achievable performance and to actual techniques and tools for designing engineered robot behavior.

This motivates AIRO 2015, involving such different - yet intertwined - research areas as sensing and perception, human-robot interaction, intelligent control, cognition, behaviour and reasoning models, distributed knowledge representation and computational ontologies, engineering tools, software architectures, and fast-prototyping techniques, learning, real-time systems and robot morphology. Starting from these diverse research fields, and in continuity with the previous AIRO workshops, the need arises to design robots able to face complex challenges in real-world service tasks. Robot intelligence is expected to play major roles when interacting with humans and when dealing with everyday situations, like human assistance, housekeeping or autonomous driving, just to name three of the most common scenarios Robotics researchers like to play with.

Official Web Page: http://airo2015.istc.cnr.it/

For general information about paper submission instructions, please refer to the Call for Papers page.


AIRO will be held in Room 3 - Ground Floor, Palazzo Trotti Mosti (Trotti Mosti Palace): Corso Ercole I d'Este, 37 - Building Plan

The program is downloadable here.

  22 September 2015  
08.50-09.00 Opening
09.00-09.10 Welcome
Session I AI aspects in Human-Robot Interaction (Chair: Alberto Finzi)
09.10-09.30 An Open Source Robotic Platform for Ambient Assisted Living M. Carraro, M. Antonello, L. Tonin, E. Menegatti
09.30-09.50 Explicit Representation of Social Norms for Social Robots F. M. Carlucci, L. Nardi, L. Iocchi, Daniele Nardi
09.50-10.10 Attentional Plan Execution for Human-Robot Interaction J. Cacace, R. Caccavale, M. Fiore, R. Alami, A. Finzi
10.10-10.30 Automated Prediction of Extraversion During Human-Robot interaction S. Anzalone, G. Varni, E. Zibetti, S. Ivalid, M. Chetouani
Coffee break
Session II Learning and Cooperation (Chair: Fulvio Mastrogiovanni)
10.50-11.10 UAV Teams in Emergency Scenarios: A Summary of the Work Within the Project PRISMA C. Recchiuto, A. Sgorbissa, F. Wanderlingh, R. Zaccaria
11.10-11.30 Self-Supervised Approach for Tool Affordance Learning on Humanoid Robots T. Mar, V. Tikhanoff, L. Natale
11.30-11.50 Multi-Modal interaction with Co-Located Drones for Search and Rescue J. Cacace, A. Finzi, V. Lippiello
11.50-12.10 Learning Object Affordances for Tool Use and Problem Solving in Cognitive Robotics L. Jamone, G. Saponaro, A. Antunes, R. Ventura, A. Bernardino, J. Santos-Victor
12.10-12.30 Focused Exploration for Cooperative Robotic Watercraft A. Jeradi, M. Raeissi, A. Farinelli, N. Brooks, P. Scerri
Lunch break
14.00-15.00 Plenary talk:
- M. Menegatti
Coffee break
Session III Architectural Aspects (Chair: Alberto Finzi)
15.30-15.50 ROSPlan: Planning with Robots M. Cashmore, M. Fox, D. Long, D. Mazzoleni, B. Ridder
15.50-16.10 A Case for Robust AI S. Pathak, L. Pulina, A. Tacchella
16.10-16.30 The Organization of Cortex-Ganglia-Thalamus to Generate Movements from Motor Primitives: A Model for Developmental Robotics A. M. Franchi, D. Attuario, G. Gini
16.30-16.50 A Software Architecture for Object Perception and Semantic Representation L. Buoncompagni, F. Mastrogiovanni
16.50-17.10 A Multi-Modal Sensing Framework for Human-Activity Recognition B. Bruno, J. Grosinger, F. Mastrogiovanni, F. Pecora, A. Saffiotti, S. Sathyakeerthy, A. Sgorbissa
17.10-17.20 Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Organising Committee

Alberto Finzi
University of Napoli "Federico II"

Fulvio Mastrogiovanni
University of Genova

Antonio Sgorbissa
University of Genova

Andrea Orlandini