FLAIRS 2017A Special Track at the 30-th International FLAIRS Conference (FLAIRS 2017)
Autonomous Robots and Agents

Marco Island, Florida, USA
May 22-24, 2017

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 30-th conference is organized at Marco Island, Florida, USA in May 22-24, 2017.

This is already fourth edition of the special track, the previous editions were organized at 2014, 2015, and 2016.


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 21, 2016. For FLAIRS-30, the 2017 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 Autonomous Robots and Agents 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: 21st November 2016
Notification of paper decisions: 23rd January 2017
Poster abstract submission: 6th February, 2017
Poster abstract notification: 13th February, 2017
AUTHOR registration: 20th February, 2017

Final version of papers due: 27th February 2017

All dates are assumed as midnight HST.

Accepted Papers
  • Utilitarian Approach to Privacy in Distributed Constraint Optimization Problems
    Julien Savaux, Julien Vion, Sylvain Piechowiak, Rene Mandiau, Katsutoshi Hirayama, Toshihiro Matsui, Makoto Yokoo, Shakre Elmane and Marius Silaghi.
  • Enhancing Multi-Objective Reinforcement Learning with Concept Drift
    Frederick C. Webber and Gilbert Peterson. Enhancing Multi-Objective
  • Listen to my body: Does making friends help influence people?
    Ron Artstein, David Traum, Jill Boberg, Alesia Gainer, Jonathan Gratch, Emmanuel Johnson, Anton Leuski and Mikio Nakano
  • Modeling Temporally Dynamic Environments for Persistent Autonomous Agents
    Matthew O'Brien and Ronald Arkin. Modeling
  • Towards Joint Human-Robotic Solutions to Surveillance Problems(short)
    Christopher Reardon and Jonathan Fink
  • DTMF Audio Communication for NAO Robots
    Kyle Poore, Joseph Masterjohn, Andreas Seekircher, Pedro Pena and Ubbo Visser
  • Effects of task consideration order on decentralized task allocation using time-variant response thresholds
    Annie Wu and Vera Kazakova
  • Using Machine Learning to Identify Activities of a Flying Drone from Sensor Readings
    Roman Bartak and Marta Vomlelová

Track organizers :

Roman Barták
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
  • Jean-Daniel Dessimoz
    West Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, (HESSO.heig-vd), Switzerland
  • Patrick Doherty
    Linkoping University, Sweden
  • Sven Koenig
    University of Southern California, USA
  • Miroslav Kulich
    Czech Technical University, The Czech Republic
  • Daniele Magazzeni
    King's College London, UK
  • Suruz Miah
    Bradley University, USA
  • Andrea Orlandini
    ISTC-CNR, Italy
  • Christopher Reardon
    US Army Research Lab, USA
  • Mark Roberts
    Naval Research Laboratory, USA
  • Martin Saska
  • Czech Technical University, The Czech Republic
  • Marius Silaghi
    Florida Institute of Technology, USA
  • Ubbo Visser
    University of Miami, USA