AnSWeR 2018 is a half-day workshop about the deployment of Semantic Web formalisms and technologies in robotic applications. The workshop aims to create an opportunity to trigger and strengthen the dialogue between the Semantic Web and the Robotics communities. It will allow addressing and debating on problems that have been tackled so far by two communities that worked on overlapping topics.
AnSWeR 2018 is co-located with the 17th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC)
Autonomous mobile agents and robotics in general are experiencing a growing interest due to a number of factors, e.g. the advancements in Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Management, Computer Vision; the amount of new efficient techniques for basic robotic tasks (perception, manipulation, navigation etc.); and the increasing number of cost-accessible robotic platforms in the market. As a consequence, robots will be required to achieve more and more complex tasks, hence exposing the ability of dealing with different sources of knowledge about the world in order to improve their behaviours.
Robotics community has started considering the problem of enabling robots to use sources of heterogeneous knowledge rather recently (see projects as KnowRob and Robobrain). As a consequence, it can be argued that semantic technologies should also have a role to play, as they allow to model, mine, manage and exploit knowledge from and for the Web.
It is therefore important to understand how the Semantic Web community is interfacing with Robotics, and whether it can be actually beneficial. The first edition of AnSWeR in 2017 has promoted and triggered the dialogue between the two communities that are working on such connected topics. Although a large attention has been obtained, encouraging us to maintain and evolve the conversation, a further effort is needed. The goal of the second edition of the AnSWeR workshop is thus to strengthen this dialogue, giving researchers and practitioners the opportunity to compare and debate on common problems, bridging the gap between these overlapping, but mostly isolated communities.
We expect original, high-quality contributions embracing both the general topics of semantic technologies and Robotics. Researchers whose work have reached a certain level of maturity or have already developed impactful applications are invited to submit full papers. Initial works, ongoing challenges, or not yet fully evaluated systems are also welcome, and can be submitted in the form of short papers, position papers and demos.
Authors are encouraged, but not limited, to consider the following set of topics:
Submissions in all the categories mentioned above (full, short, position, demo papers) will be peer-reviewed by researchers familiar with both scientific communities.
Assuming a sufficient number of submissions, accepted contributions will be published as online proceedings courtesy of CEUR-WS.org. Moreover, workshop chairs will award the best paper to be published as part of the proceedings of the ISWC 2018 conference.
All papers must present original and unpublished work that is not currently under review. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop.
We welcome the following types of contributions:
All submissions must be PDF documents written in English and formatted according to LNCS instructions for authors.
Papers are to be submitted through the Easychair Conference Management System. Page limits are inclusive of references and appendices, if any.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The shared document where to write all the questions and/or ideas about Semantic Web and Robotics can be found at this link.