Panel Discussion on the Relationship of AI & Robotics (Partial)

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Unfortunately there was a technical problem and the first part of the panel wasn’t recorded. Our deep apologies!

Panel Discussion on the Relationship of AI & Robotics
The views of Peter Hart and James Kuffner will differ in many regards. These differences will serve as the starting point for a high-caliber panel discussion. In addition to the two keynote speakers, the panel includes the greats of robotics, vision, and AI:
Nils Nilsson, together with Peter Hart, was part of the Shakey project and has an early leader in AI; he continues to write monographs, including some of the earliest textbooks on AI.
Ruzena Bajcsy is one of the early visionaries at the intersection of robotics and vision, having pioneered the active vision paradigm, among many other things.
Rodney Brooks, the inventor of the subsumption architecture, has caused shifts of tectonic proportions in robotics, both in academia and in industry. He has greatly affected the development of robotics over the last thirty years.
Manuela Veloso and
Ben Kuipers both are current prolific and recognized leaders who successfully run research endeavors at the intersection of robotics and AI; they will be able to provide today’s perspective on both fields.
The panel will be moderated by the IEEE RAS president, Raja Chatila.

The year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Shakey project. Conducted at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI), this project in many ways paved the way for today’s research in robotics and AI. Many accomplishments of this project are still today considered seminal in our community.
Interestingly, in 1965 there was no significant distinction between research in AI, robotics, computer vision, and machine learning. Relevant activities were conducted within a single project, by researchers collaborating very closely. Over the past decades, there has been a trend in this area toward specialization, leading to a significant separation of the subfields: we now have separate conferences for AI, robotics, vision, and machine learning. Recently, many prominent researchers have voiced the belief that we need to reverse this separation to make progress towards artificial intelligent robotic systems.
We hope that the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Shakey will mark the beginning of a new era; an era in which robotics and AI continuously move closer together and mutually benefit from this development. We hope that you will come and participate and build relationships that lead to joint research efforts. We hope you will join us to learn about the past and to shape the future!
The afternoon will feature two keynotes connecting historical perspectives with visions about the future of robotics and AI in two keynote presentations and a panel discussion on the relationship between AI and robotics and how it should evolve to make progress towards the goals shared by these communities. In an attempt to bring the robotics and AI communities closer together, the celebration will include presentations of papers from ICRA 2015 and papers from AAAI 2015, the flagship AI conference.


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