ADELPHI, Md. -- A workshop on robot teammates operating in dynamic, unstructured environments is being co-organized by researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, the Army's corporate research laboratory, for the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Robotics and Automation set to take place later this month in Montreal, Canada.
Dr. Stuart Young, David Baran, Dr. Ethan Stump, and Dr. Christopher Reardon, along with academic partners from the University of California, San Diego, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Pennsylvania, collaborated to bring this workshop to fruition.
The workshop is the second workshop on this topic and builds upon last year's workshop at ICRA 2018, also co-organized by ARL researchers.
"This workshop represents continuing efforts by ARL to motivate and define unsolved problems in artificial intelligence robotics research by engaging academic researchers on an evolving set of themes," Reardon said. "This year, the workshop will specifically focus on the problem of human-robot teaming beyond human operational speeds."
The May 23 full-day workshop will feature keynote talks from world-leading researchers, industry and academic panels, two poster sessions and selected spotlight talks.
According to the researchers, the goals of this workshop are to understand what advances are required for robots to operate as teammates to humans and at and beyond human speeds in dynamic, unstructured environments and to share and discuss novel research that will enable solutions to this problem.
"The expected outcomes of this workshop will help drive research enabling Soldier teaming with autonomous mobile systems for multi-domain operations in austere and complex environments at high operational tempo," Reardon said.
For information, visit Human-Robot Teaming Beyond Human Operational Speeds (see related links below).
In addition, ARL researchers will lead a discussion and tutorial on innovative underground robotics research at the same conference.
The tutorial, "Subterranean Autonomy: Open Challenges, Resilient Design, and Virtual Benchmarking," introduces the unique subterranean robotics problem domain and a concrete simulation-based framework for initiating and carrying out research into complex systems-oriented solutions, and will be supported by collaborators from the Open Source Robotics Foundation, the University of Southern California and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
For information on the tutorial, visit Army robotics experts innovate underground operations (see related links below).
The CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our Nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.