RSS Workshop on Social Robot Navigation

Event to be held in conjunction with Robotics: Science and Systems 2021 (RSS 2021)

Focus Topics

Our goal is to organize a truly interactive workshop that will convene small, interdisciplinary working group sessions around each of the workshop’s focus topics. We will run a sequential set of three workshopping sessions, each focused on one of the key topics. Each session will start with a set of talks from our invited speakers, designed to provoke the audience with controversial ideas, stories, and/or arguments that lead to challenging questions. Then the organizers will divide up the workshop attendees into small, interdisciplinary working groups. Using the challenge questions as a prompt, we will task each small group to share their perspectives with each other and brainstorm answers. One team member in each small group will be tasked with capturing the ideas, which will then be shared with the full set of workshop participants. Together, the small groups will brainstorm, summarize, and present their key findings to the full workshop group at the end of each of the three working sessions.

Focus topic 1: What are some important tradeoffs in selecting representations for perception, planning, and control in social robot navigation?

Speakers: Reid Simmons, Jon How, Aleksandra Faust
Moderator: Chris Mavrogiannis, Marynel Vázquez

Focus topic 2: How should we collect (or generate) and use data for social robot navigation?

Speakers: Anca Dragan, Todd Murphey
Moderator: Pete Trautman, Francesca Baldini

Focus topic 3. What are the most important variables that influence social robot navigation performance? In other words, what levers should we be exploring?

Speakers: Takayuki Kanda, Wendy Ju
Moderator: Leila Takayama