[PlanetKR] Final Call for Papers: CogRob 2018

Gerald Steinbauer steinbauer at ist.tugraz.at
Thu Jul 19 22:58:28 EST 2018

Call For Papers

The 11th International Cognitive Robotics Workshop (CogRob-2018)


October 27 or 28 or 29 (TBA), 2018
Tempe, Arizona, USA
(held in conjunction with KR 2018)

Important Dates (tentative)

Submission deadline: August 4, 2018
Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2018
Submission of camera ready copies: TBA

Workshop Description

The biennial International Cognitive Robotics Workshop (CogRob) is an 
established workshop with an active and loyal community. The first 
edition of CogRob was held in 1998 as a AAAI Fall Symposium in Orlando. 
Given the interest in this topic, the workshop continued as a bi-annual 
event and was held in Berlin (2000), Edmonton (2002), Valencia (2004), 
Boston (2006), and Patras (2008), Dagstuhl (2010), Toronto (2012), 
Prague (2014), Daejeon (2016) mostly co-locating with the artificial 
intelligence (AI) conferences AAAI and ECAI or major robotics 
conferences such IROS. The CogRob 2018 edition will be held in Tempe, 
Arizona, USA, as part of the KR 2018 workshop program.

Workshop Aims

In the 2018 edition the workshop will focus on the limitations of quite 
complementary approaches such as machine learning and classical AI in 
the context of high level control and the question how these approaches 
can be combined to overcome the limitations.

Research in robotics has traditionally emphasized low-level sensing and 
control tasks including sensory processing, path planning, and 
manipulator design and control. In contrast, research in cognitive 
robotics is concerned with endowing robots and software agents with 
higher level cognitive functions that enable them to reason, act and 
perceive in changing, incompletely known, and unpredictable 
environments. Such robots must, for example, be able to reason about 
goals, actions, when to perceive and what to look for, the cognitive 
states of other agents, time, collaborative task execution, etc. In 
short, cognitive robotics is concerned with integrating reasoning, 
perception and action with a uniform theoretical and implementation 

The use of both software robots (softbots) and robotic artifacts in 
everyday life is on the upswing and we are seeing increasingly more 
examples of their use in society with commercial products around the 
corner and some already on the market. As interaction with humans 
increases, so does the demand for sophisticated robotic capabilities 
associated with deliberation and high-level cognitive functions. 
Combining results from the traditional robotics discipline with those 
from AI and cognitive science has and will continue to be central to 
research in cognitive robotics.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers involved in all aspects 
of the theory and implementation of cognitive robots, to discuss current 
work and future directions. The workshop is concerned with foundational 
research questions on cognitive robotics, as well as robotic system 
design and robotic applications that utilize AI and related methods.


We invite submissions of research papers from all researchers and 
practitioners interested in AI, machine learning, multi-agent systems 
and robotics, and their integration.

Topics of interests include (but are not limited to) cognitive robotics, 
system architectures, knowledge representation and reasoning, planning, 
scheduling, reasoning under uncertainty, execution monitoring, 
combination of logical and probabilistic reasoning, cooperative 
decision-making, spatio-temporal reasoning, diagnostic reasoning, 
commonsense reasoning, machine learning, symbol grounding, cognitive 
science, cognitive vision, perception, motion planning, human-robot 
interaction, natural language understanding, speech recognition, and AI 
for robotics.

We especially welcome discussions and demonstrations of robotic 
applications and implemented robotic systems that utilize AI and related 

Submission Instructions

Potential participants are invited to submit either a full length 
regular paper (i.e., a technical paper for describing technically sound, 
innovative ideas that can advance the state of cognitive robotics; an 
application paper, where the emphasis is on its impact on the robotic 
application domain; a system/tool paper, where the emphasis is on its 
novelty, practicality, usability and availability), or a short paper 
(i.e., a position paper describing specific questions and issues that 
the participants feel should be addressed; a demo paper describing a 
demonstration of a robotic application, system or tool; a technical 
communication aimed at describing recent developments, and new projects 
that are not ready for publication as regular papers).

Papers accepted at the main conferences (technical sessions) should not 
be submitted to the workshop unless they are substantially extended or 
revised; in that case the submission should state how the final version 
will differ from the original paper.


Submissions are accepted in PDF format only, using the AAAI formatting 
guidelines at: http://reasoning.eas.asu.edu/kr2018/

Author names should be included.

Regular papers must not exceed six (9) and short papers must not exceed 
two (4) pages, excluding references. Over-length submissions will be 
rejected without review.

Papers must be submitted by the due date at the following EasyChair 
submission site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cogrob18


The workshop contributions will be published electronically.

Organizing Committee

Gerald Steinbauer, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria
Alexander Ferrein, Aachen University of Applied Science, Aachen, Germany

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