ExCAPE Robotics Workshop is designed for the robotics groups to get together, share their tools, and have a more focused discussion. The purpose of the workshop is threefold: (1) hands-on tutorial on robotics tools, (2) group updates through presentations, and (3) discussions on the possible future directions and collaborations. The tentative schedule is below.
The first day of the workshop will be hands-on tools and tutorials. Participants will be asked to pre-install the tools to the extent possible and come ready with their laptop running the software so that they can follow the demos. The second day is designed for project updates, discussions, and comments from all. Roughly one person from each group will give an overview of all on-going work in the group. The last day schedule will be planned at the end of the second day. The idea is that the discussions of Thursday will help us identify themes and subgroups who will work together on Friday.
We ask the tutorial session participants to install OMPL, LTLMoP, and PESSOA on their laptops before the first day of the workshop. It is important for everybody to get started on the installations as early as possible since these tools require some dependencies. Please find the installation information for each tool here and refer your questions/problems to the corresponding person.
We have made a room-block reservation with Hilton Houston Plaza at a discounted rate of $119/night. Please call the 24 HR Central Reservations Department at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) to reserve your room. All reservations need to be completed by 10/29/13. You may ask for the Group Code: ERW or ask for the group by name ExCAPE Robotics Workshop when making your reservation.
Airports: There are two major airports in the city of Houston, Hobby (HOU) and George Bush Intercontinental (IAH). Hobby airport is closer to Rice University campus and is the hub of southwest airline. IAH is farther away but is the larger airport that serves most of the airlines.
8:30 - 9:30am Breakfast
9:30 - noon OMPL Tutorial [Slides] [Demo materials]
1:00-3:00pm LTLMoP Tutorial
3:00-3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30-5:00pm PESSOA Tutorial
Dinner: Bombay Brasserie restaurant in Rice Village at 6pm
Note: The order of the tutorials can change, and other tools may be added to the schedule.
8:00 - 8:45am Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00am Opening Remarks
9:00 - 9:50am Morteza Lahijanian (Rice U.) [SLIDES]
9:50 - 10:30am Kuldeep Meel (Rice U.) [SLIDES]
10:30-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00-11:40am Garvit Juniwal (UCB)
11:40-12:40pm Jonathan DeCastro (Cornell U.) [SLIDES]
1:30-2:30pm Eric Dallal (U. of Michigan) [SLIDES]
2:30-3:30pm Ayca Balkan (UCLA) [SLIDES]
3:30-4:00pm Coffee Break
4:00-5:00pm Indranil Saha (UCB/U. Penn)
Dinner for PIs ONLY – discussion of future directions / emerging themes
Note: The idea here is that we have detailed presentations from different groups and that constructive comments are offered. The goal is to generate a lively discussion that will highlight connections among the works of the groups. We can fit up to 5-6 presentations - ideally one (max two) from each group. The schedule is tentative.
9:30-10:30 Discussion of emerging themes with all present
10:30-noon Subgroup meetings
1:00-3:00pm Subgroup meetings
Note: The exact subgroups will be decided the day before and will depend on the emerging interests and discussions. The participation of all is essential for the success of these meetings.