FLAIRS 2008A Special Track at the 28-th International FLAIRS Conference (FLAIRS 2015)
Autonomous Robots and Agents

Hollywood, Florida, USA
May 18-20, 2015

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are closely related areas though their research interests and topics diverted in past. Recently, the progress in both areas brings robotics and artificial intelligence together again and higher-level deliberative functions such as action planning are being integrated into usually reactive robotics systems to increase their autonomy as well as to simplify their control. The special track addresses research results on the border between robotics (and general intelligent agents) and AI techniques with the aim to bridge the enlarging gap between the areas.

The goal of the track is bringing researchers for now diverted areas of robotics, intelligent agents, and artificial intelligence back together to work on novel integrated approaches for development of autonomous systems, both physical and virtual.

This track is intended to AI community that applies own results in real environments using physical (robots) and virtual agents as well as to researchers in related areas namely robotics, computer games, and intelligent agents to present own challenges and solutions and to grasp novel AI techniques applicable in real-life problems.

The Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS) hosts the conference in cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) since 1988 so FLAIRS is one of the oldest AI conferences. The 28-th conference is organized at Hollywoodh, Florida, USA in May 18-20, 2015.


Papers and contributions are encouraged for any work relating to increasing autonomy and reasoning capabilities of agents either physical (robots) or virtual (such as game characters). We in particular encourage submissions that are integrating approaches and methods from different areas and contribute to bridging more research areas such as robotics, computer games, and intelligent agents. Topics of interest may include (but are in no way limited to):

  • system architectures bridging sensory and action elements with reasoning capabilities
  • perception, processing and action: sensors, vision, motion systems
  • planning domain/world representation for real-life problems
  • automated extraction/acquisition of planning domain/world models
  • goal directed autonomy
  • motion, path, and action planning
  • planning and execution
  • robot control and behavior: localization, navigation, planning, simulation, visualization, virtual reality modeling
  • evolutionary and cognitive robotics
  • entertainment robotics
  • applications of autonomous intelligent robots: robots for exploration, service, hazardous environments, …
  • intelligent virtual agents, autonomous characters, and computer games
Publication and Paper Submission

Interested authors should format their papers according to AAAI formatting guidelines. The papers should be original work (i.e., not submitted, in submission, or submitted to another conference while in review). Papers should not exceed 6 pages (4 pages for a poster) and are due by November 17, 2014. For FLAIRS-28, the 2015 conference, the reviewing is a double blind process. Please do not disclose your name and affiliation in the paper. Papers must be submitted as PDF through the EasyChair conference system, which can also be accessed through the main conference web site. Note: do not use a fake name for your EasyChair login - your EasyChair account information is hidden from reviewers. Authors should indicate the Intelligent Autonomous Systems special track for submissions. The proceedings of FLAIRS will be published by the AAAI. Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign a form transferring copyright of their contribution to AAAI. FLAIRS requires that there be at least one full author registration per paper.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: 17th November 2014
Notification of paper decisions: 19th January 2015
Final version of papers due: 23th February 2015

Accepted Papers
  • Activity Monitoring and Prediction for Humans and NAO Humanoid Robots using Wearable Sensors
    Saminda Abeyruwan, Faisal Sikder, Ubbo Visser and Dilip Sarkar
  • Safety in Multi-Agent Systems: Reputation based on Dossier
    André Pinz Borges, Vanderson Botêlho, Osmar Dordal, Braulio Avila and Edson E. Scalabrin

  • An Ontology-based Domain Representation for Plan-based Controllers in a Reconfigurable Manufacturing System
    Stefano Borgo, Amedeo Cesta, Andrea Orlandini and Alessandro Umbrico.
  • Spanning Tree Partitioning Approach for Configuration Generation in Modular Robots
    Ayan Dutta, Prithviraj Dasgupta, Jose Baca and Carl Nelson
  • Recognizing Scenes by Simulating Implied Social Interaction Networks (short paper)
    Maryanne Fields and Craig Lennon
  • Coordinating Robot Teams for Disaster Relief
    Mark Roberts, Tom Apker, David Aha and Benjamin Johnso
  • Camera-Based Localization and Stabilization of a Flying Drone
    Jan Škoda and Roman Barták

Track organizers :

Roman Bartįk
Charles University, Prague
The Czech Republic

David Obdr¾álek
Charles University, Prague
The Czech Republic

Program Committee:
  • Dimitris Alimisis
    European Lab for Educational Technology - EDUMOTIVA, Greece
  • Richard Balogh
    Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Roman Barták
    Charles University, The Czech Republic (co-chair)
  • Julien Bidot
    Orebro University, Sweden
  • Stan Birchfield
    Clemson University, USA
  • Cyril Brom
    Charles University, Czech Republic
  • Joanna J. Bryson
    University of Bath, UK
  • Vadim Bulitko
    University of Alberta, Canada
  • Jean-Daniel Dessimoz
    West Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, (HESSO.heig-vd), Switzerland
  • Patrick Doherty
    Linköpings universitet, Sweden
  • Tara Estlin
  • Malik Ghallab
    LAAS-CNRS, France
  • Sven Koenig
    University of Southern California, USA
  • Miroslav Kulich
    Czech Technical University, The Czech Republic
  • Matteo Leonetti
    University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Maxim Likhachev
    Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • David Obdr¾álek
    Charles University, The Czech Republic (co-chair)
  • Andrea Orlandini
    ISTC-CNR, Italy
  • Libor Pųeučil
    Czech Technical University, The Czech Republic
  • Frederic Py
  • Kanna Rajan
    MBARI, Monterey, USA
  • Martin Saska
    Czech Technical University, The Czech Republic
  • Michael Zillich
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria