[ESIP-all] Please circulate - [EXTENDED DEADLINE] The IJCAI-09 Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Space - Call for Abstracts

Moe, Karen (GSFC-4070) karen.moe at nasa.gov
Tue Mar 17 19:21:49 EDT 2009

Please  circulate this call for papers to the IJCAI-09 Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Space .
The IJCAI conference will be held this year in sunny Pasadena.

Apologies for multiple postings.
The Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency and the Artificial Intelligence Group of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will be organising a workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Space at IJCAI-09 in Pasadena, California. We invite your high quality submissions to this workshop.
The IJCAI-09 Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Space
Twenty-first International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-09)
Pasadena, California, U.S.A., 17-18 July 2009
Workshop website: http://www.congrex.nl/09c17/
Conference website: http://ijcai-09.org/
Important Dates - UPDATED
* Submission deadline: 01.04.09
* Notification of acceptance: 30.04.09
* Full paper submission: 06.07.09
* Workshop: 17-18.07.09
Brief description
Intelligent machines, programs, or agents, are systems that adapt, learn or perceive their environment and take actions which maximize their chances of success. The design of intelligent systems for operation in known and predictable environments or under a well-defined set of conditions is a demanding task that has been widely addressed in the past decades. However, existing machine intelligence has not been extensively tried and tested in highly unpredictable and hazardous environments, as space. Arguably, successful operation in space is a far more challenging endeavour than operation in, e.g., controlled robotic arenas. Similarly, space applications may need novel programming paradigms, far more flexible and adaptive than conventional computing.

Two keywords in our quest for designing artificially intelligent entities are autonomy and adaptivity. Spacecrafts, satellites, rovers and other machines need to be able to autonomously make decisions, to quickly process and categorise vast amounts of incoming data, monitor their health status, detect and self-heal faults. Machines need to learn to adapt fast to growing user demands, to interact in more complex ways with other machines and humans, and new algorithms need to emerge to tackle the complexity of real-world problems. The research field of Artificial Intelligence with its many flavours can significantly contribute to this goal. From solutions inspired by the behaviour of social animals, to imitating how the human brain functions during decision-making; from robust optimisation algorithms to natural language interfaces for human-computer interactions; from efficient control algorithms to data mining and knowledge discovery, advances in AI research can be applied to space related problems.

In order to briefly summarize the up-to-date contributions from different fields of AI to space science and applications, to indicate how recent AI findings can be utilized and to identify new areas of AI which could be of use in space exploration, the Advanced Concepts Team of ESA and the Artificial Intelligence Group of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab will be organising a workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Space at IJCAI-09 in Pasadena, California, on July 17-18, 2009. IJCAI is the largest AI conference in the world.

Submission to the workshop is encouraged for scientists involved in both space-related and non-space related research. The topics covered in this workshop will be of particular interest to scientists involved in space engineering and in the various fields related to Artificial Intelligence research. The aim of the workshop is to bring together AI experts and space engineers, stimulating the exchange of ideas between the two groups. The former can provide with new tools, and the latter with expertise and hands-on experience on space applications.

This workshop is the follow-up to the workshop "Artificial Intelligence In Space", held at IJCAI-07, Hyderabad, India, which was co-organised by the Advanced Concepts Team, together with the Artificial Intelligence group of JPL and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Texas at El Paso.

Call for Abstracts
The workshop will place emphasis on AI topics, which already are, or may be of particular interest in the future from the space applications point of view. Suggested topics include the following, but should not be viewed as being exclusive:
    * Emerging AI fields such as Artificial Life or Swarm Intelligence;
    * AI methods for intelligent interfaces and presentation of data;
    * Autonomous decision making and control;
    * AI methods for data analysis;
    * AI methods for design automation and support;
    * AI search and optimization methods;
    * AI methods for monitoring and diagnosis.

Submission Instructions
Abstracts will be accepted electronically through the official online submission form (http://www.congrex.nl/09c17/submission.asp).
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is April 1, 2009. The workshop organisers will announce acceptance/rejection decision by April 30, 2009, including recommendation for oral or poster presentation. Authors of all poster papers will be invited to present a five-minute overview presentation during the regular session.
Accepted papers should be then developed into full-length papers to be submitted by July 6, 2009. (exact format and instructions will appear on the conference website).
Official ESA Proceedings will be published in electronic format and delivered to the participants in the weeks following the workshop event. ESA proceedings are diffused to libraries and databases for scientific dissemination.
Organising Committee
* Steve Chien, Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA (steve.chien at jpl.nasa.gov)
* Christos Ampatzis, Advanced Concepts Team, ESA (christos.ampatzis at esa.int)
* Marek Rucinski, Advanced Concepts Team, ESA (marek.rucinski at esa.int)
* Dario Izzo, Advanced Concepts Team, ESA (dario.izzo at esa.int)
Programme Committee
* Anders Lyhne Christensen
Departamento de Ciências e Tecnologias da Informação, Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, Lisbon
* Iain D. Couzin
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
* Roderich Gross
Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
*Michèle R. Lavagna
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Aerospaziale, Politecnico di Milano
* Slawomir Jaroslaw Nasuto
Cybernetic Intelligence Research Group, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading
* Jason Noble
School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton
* Georgios Yannakakis
IT-University of Copenhagen, Center for Computer Games Research
* Alessandro Donati
European Space Operations Centre, ESA
* Robert Morris
Ames Research Center, NASA
* Nicola Policella
European Space Operations Centre, ESA
* Debra Schreckenghost
NASA Johnson Space Center/Metrica/TRACLabs
*Ashit Talukder
Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA
* David Thompson
Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA


Dr. Ashit Talukder
Senior Researcher, Level A
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
California Institute of Technology
4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 300-123
Pasadena, CA 91109

Ph: 818 354 1000
Fax: 818 393 3302
Email: Ashit.Talukder at jpl.nasa.gov
Web:  http://eis.jpl.nasa.gov/~atalukde/
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