This workshop aims to bring together AI Planning & Scheduling and robotics researchers to share research and development progress in the area of robot planning and scheduling as well as discuss future directions and open challenges that the combined community should address. This initiative follows similar workshops, started in 2013 within the ICAPS Conference with the PlanRob WS series (http://pst.istc.cnr.it/planrob/), which established a sub-community of P&S and Robotics researchers interested and involved in robot planning. PlanRob approached community building from the P&S perspective. Our proposed workshop will now start building a bridge back to the robotics community. The robotics community’s appetite for the application of AI techniques has already been demonstrated by the success of the ICRA’16 WS on AI for Long-Term Autonomy, which attracted over 100 attendees.

This workshop is envisaged as a full-day workshop consisting of invited talks, paper presentations, poster sessions, and a panel discussion. Several invited talks and a tutorial from experts in P&S and Robotics will provide the main structure of the day. Between invited talks, presentations of accepted papers will be scheduled. Moreover, authors of accepted papers will present their work during interactive poster sessions. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion featuring the invited speakers.

J. Christopher Beck
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto, Canada.

Alberto Finzi
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e delle Tecnologie dell’Informazione
University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy

Nick Hawes
School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Goldie Nejat
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto, Canada.

AndreA Orlandini
Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology,
National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISTC), Rome, Italy.