Special Session on
Intelligent Robotics
The 2nd Indian International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IICAI-05)
December 20-22 2005, Pune, India


A Special Session on Intelligent Robotics will be held during the 2nd Indian International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IICAI-05). The session focuses on all areas related to Intelligent Robotics.

The advent of agents on the web has unleashed a plethora of both intelligent and mundane applications. While the concept of embedding intelligence into soft bots has been tackled to a great deal, applying them to the world of real robots still remains a far cry. Processing a string of characters in the soft world to mimic intelligence has always been a relatively easy task when compared to dealing with a similar problem in the real physical world of robotic agents. The field of robotics remains the ultimate test bed for assessing real world real time intelligence. In recent years there has been a definite paradigm shift in the manner in which intelligence is embedded into robots. The age-old hierarchical control strategies are now being replaced by novel hybrid techniques inspired by nature's own simple and complex behaviors. Behavior based robotics assimilates a set of naïve behaviors exhibited by animals to culminate in complex learning mechanisms.

Artificial Immune Systems, yet another less treaded emerging field, use the principles of the biological immune theory to arbitrate robot behavior. Interaction with bots - both soft and hard ones - is another hot and challenging area. Apart from merely deploying such agents, issues into providing interfaces to communicate with them are of vital importance in the realization of the much sought after concept of human-robot communities. In addition to the hardware and software aspects, it entails both speech and natural language processing. Extending such interfaces to cater to the physically challenged will greatly help enhance their lives and facilitate greater flexibility in the use of such agents.

The topics covered by the session include but certainly not limited to:


Adaptive and Robust Mechanisms of Control
Artificial Immune Systems
Autonomous Navigation
Behaviour Based Bio-inspired Robotic Systems
Game Playing Robots
Multi-sensor Fusion
Multi-robot Systems

Networked Robots
Novel Learning Methodologies
Path and Trajectory Planning
Real-time Reactivity
Real-world Applications of Robots
Robot Colonies and Swarm Intelligence

Interfaces for Agents and Robots:
Environments for Embedding Intelligence into Networked Robots
Human-Computer (robot) Interface
Intelligent Rooms and Buildings
Natural Language Processing (including Speech and gesture recognition and generation systems)
Robotic Interfaces for the Physically Challenged

The session will give priority to papers that describe work carried out using real robots. Authors are encouraged to include video material of experimental systems in their presentations.

Paper Submission and Publication:

Prospective authors may send electronic (PDF, PS, or MS-Word) versions of their papers in the above (or closely related) areas to iicai@iitg.ernet.in & iicai@sify.com with "IICAI-IR" as the Subject in the email. Authors should use the style files or MS-Word templates as provided by the Springer Lecture Notes to format their papers. The paper should not exceed 20 pages. Short papers may also be considered. The first page of the paper should contain: Title, Name(s) of Authors, affiliations, postal and email addresses along with at least 3 keywords appropriate to the content. Authors should mention in their email whether they would be presenting any video material on their work. For further queries on the formats for submission, registration, etc. please contact the Conference Chair or access the Conference website.

Each paper will be peer reviewed by at least two experts in the topical area. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under the title of the session.



Last dtae for submission of papers
(Electronically/by Post)
June 1st 2005
Notification of acceptance 15th July 2005
Camera ready copies of accepted papers due on August 15th, 2005

Electronic submissions are encouraged. Authors not in a position to do so may send four copies of their paper by post to either the Session Chair or the Session Coordinator.
Session Chair
Session Coordinator
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Guwahati - 781039 Assam, INDIA

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