Special Session: KR And Robotics

last modified: 10 Jun 2021

  • Submission of title and abstract: March 24, 2021
  • Paper submission deadline: March 31, 2021
  • Author response period: May 24-26, 2021
  • Notification: June 15, 2021
  • Camera-ready papers: July 14, 2021
  • Conference dates: November 6-12, 2021 November 3-12, 2021


Much progress has been made in robotics through the introduction of machine learning, often leading to autonomous systems that are effective but opaque with inexplicable behaviours.

Many applications, however, require robots to explicitly capture knowledge and reason with it in order to achieve high-level cognitive skills. This special session is devoted to exploring the intersection of Knowledge Representation and Robotics.

Papers are solicited in all areas of this intersection. In particular, we welcome papers that extend knowledge representation techniques to cope with the challenges posed by interacting with the physical world, such as:

  • dealing with uncertain, incomplete or contradictory information;
  • reasoning with time, space and perceptions;
  • grounding representations in the physical world;
  • combining discrete and continuous representations;
  • reasoning with bounded computational resources;
  • trustworthy and accountable robot behaviours; and
  • social intelligence for robots in human-centric environments.

Robots are the archetypical integrated cognitive systems. Thus, we also welcome papers that address the integration of knowledge representation into whole robotic systems, such as:

  • integrating knowledge representation and machine learning;
  • integrating symbolic and sub-symbolic approaches;
  • integrating reasoning about actions and control; or
  • cognitive robot architectures.

Finally, we welcome papers that show concrete examples where real robotic systems benefit from knowledge representation, for instance in:

  • sensor interpretation and understanding;
  • human-robot interaction;
  • multi-robot planning and coordination; or
  • dealing with errors and unexpected situations.

Information for Authors

The Special Session on KR & Robotics will allow contributions of both regular papers (9 pages) and short papers (4 pages), excluding references, prepared and submitted according to the authors guidelines detailed on the submission page .

The special session emphasizes KR & Robotics, and welcomes contributions that extend the state of the art at the intersection of KR & Robotics. Therefore, KR-only or Robotics-only submissions will not be accepted for evaluation in this special session.

Submissions will be rigorously peer reviewed by PC members who are active in KR & Robotics. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of the overall quality of their technical contribution, including criteria such as originality, soundness, relevance, significance, quality of presentation, and understanding of the state of the art.


Alessandro Saffiotti (University of Orebro, Sweden)
Mary-Anne Williams (University of New South Wales, Australia)