IROBOT 2009     
4th International Workshop on Intelligent Robotics









A Workshop held at EPIA 2009 – 12-15 October 2009, Aveiro, Portugal



4th International Workshop on Intelligent Robotics


To be held at EPIA 2009 – 12-15 October 2009, Aveiro, Portugal
Thematic Track Description

Robotics, from the point of view of AI, has been an important application field, from which AI has also gained. Namely the dynamic and unforeseen nature of the environment, especially for mobile robots, has fostered research in these aspects of AI. A continued point of discussion has been the cognitive versus reactive approaches which has contributed to the generation of interesting hybrid models, by combining the two approaches. This will constitute the focal theme of the IROBOT'2009 thematic track. IROBOT'2009 poses itself as a follow-up on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd International Workshops on Intelligent Robotics – IROBOT'’2005 (held at EPIA’2005), IROBOT'’2007 (held at EPIA’2007) and IROBOT’2008 (held at IBERAMIA’2008). As in previous editions, its main purpose is to bring together researchers, engineers and other professionals interested in the application of AI techniques in real/simulated robotics to discuss current work and future directions. Each edition tries to promote a focal debate theme.

This year’s edition will target the above referred “Cognitive versus Reactive approaches – hybridization is the solution?”. A related aspect will be explored, consisting on analyzing these models from the point of view of stringent applications of mobile robots, in particular in robotic competitions. “Are the theoretical models of any use when real time competition is the goal?” These topics will be the subject of panel discussions led by well known researchers with vast experience in robotics and their different applications, in particular, mobile robot competitions. Nevertheless a non exhaustive list of topics that may be addressed is suggested next.

Topics of Interest

·         AI Planning for robotics

·         Autonomous vehicles

·         Cognitive Robotics

·         Computer vision and object recognition

·         Coordination in robotics

·         Evolutionary robotics and reactive intelligence

·         Human-robots interfaces

·         Intelligent buildings and warehouses

·         Intelligent transportation systems

·         Learning and adaptation in robotics

·         Mobile robot performance measures

·         Modelling and simulating complex robots

·         Multi-Robot systems

·         Field Robots

·         Real-time reactivity

·         Robot behaviour engineering

·         Robot Expressiveness and Emotional Awareness

·         Robotic surveillance

·         Sensor fusion

·         Simulation and virtual reality systems in robotics

Organising Committee

·         Luís Paulo Reis, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

·         Luís Correia, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

·         António J. R. Neves, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal



Program Committee

·         António José Neves, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

·         António Paulo Moreira, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

·         Armando J. Pinho, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

·         Armando Sousa, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

·         Augusto Loureiro da Costa, UFBA, Salvador, Brazil

·         Carlos Carreto, Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, Portugal

·         Cesar Analide, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

·         Eduardo Silva, Instituto Sup. Engenharia do Porto, Portugal

·         Enrico Pagello, University of Padua, Italy

·         Fernando Lobo Pereira, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

·         Fernando Osório, Universidade São Paulo/SC, Brazil

·         Fernando Ribeiro, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

·         Flavio Tonidandel, Centro Univ. FEI, São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil

·         Gabriella Sanniti Di Baja, Istituto di Cibernetica CNR, Italy

·         Guy Theraulaz, CRCA, University of Toulouse III: Paul Sabatier, France

·         Hans-Dieter Burkhard, Humboldt-Universität, Germany

·         Huosheng Hu, University of Essex, UK

·         Jacky Baltes, University of Manitoba, Canada

·         Jorge Dias, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

·         Jose Miguel Sanchiz, University Jaume I, Spain

·         Luís Correia, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

·         Luís Paulo Reis, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

·         Luis Seabra Lopes, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

·         Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

·         Maria Isabel Ribeiro, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

·         Martin Riedmiller, University of Osnabrueck, Germany

·         Mikhail Prokopenko, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia

·         Nuno Lau, Universidade de Aveiro

·         Paulo Gonçalves, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal

·         Paulo Oliveira, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

·         Paulo Urbano, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

·         Reinaldo Bianchi, IIIA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

·         Stephen Balakirsky, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA

·         Urbano Nunes, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

·         Xiaoping Chen, University of Science and Technology, China


EPIA 2009

Fourteenth Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence

The 14th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, EPIA'2009, will take place at the University of Aveiro in October 12-15, 2009. As in previous years, this international conference is hosted with the patronage of the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence (APPIA). The purpose of this conference is to promote research in all areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), covering both theoretical/foundational issues and applications, and the scientific exchange among researchers, engineers and practitioners in related disciplines.

Conference Format

To promote discussions among participants, the coming conference will be structured as a set of thematic tracks. In addition to the parallel sessions for the different tracks, there will be plenary sessions with invited lectures given by leading scientists. Depending on the number of tracks, up to 3 parallel sessions may be scheduled.

A selection of high quality full papers presented in the different tracks is expected to appear in a book published by Springer, in the LNAI series. All remaining papers presented at the conference will be published in a conference proceedings book.