Robot Learning: Committee Information
IEEE Robotics and Automation's Technical Committee
Robot Learning

There is an increasing interest in machine learning and statistics within the robotics community. At the same time, there has been a growth in the learning community in using robots as motivating applications for new algorithms and formalisms. Considerable evidence of this exists in the use of learning in high-profile competitions such as RoboCup and the DARPA Challenges, and the growing number of research programs funded by governments around the world. Additionally, the volume of research is increasing, as shown by the number of learning papers accepted to IROS and ICRA, and the corresponding number of learning sessions.

The primary vision of our technical committee is as a focus for widely distributing technically rigorous results in shared areas of interest. Without being exclusive, such areas of research interest include

* learning models of robots, task or environments
* learning deep hierarchies or levels of representations from sensor & motor representations to task abstractions
* learning of plans and control policies by imitation and reinforcement learning
* integrating learning with control architectures
* methods for probabilistic inference from multi-modal sensory information (e.g., proprioceptive, tactile, vison)
* structured spatio-temporal representations designed for robot learning such as low-dimensional embedding of movements


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  • Founding Date: May 22, 2008
  • Member Count: 227
  • Fall 2011 Committee Chairs:
    • Tedrake, Russ (russt at mit dot edu)
      • MIT
    • Morimoto, Jun (xmorimo at atr dot jp)
      • ATR
    • Peters, Jan (jan dot peters at tuebingen dot mpg dot de)
      • Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
      • corresponding chair - send email to join committee
    • Roy, Nicholas (nickroy at mit dot edu)
      • MIT
      • corresponding chair - send email to join committee
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