IJCAI 2017 Workshop on AI in the Oceans and Space

Artificial Intelligence is making significant inroads in the space sector. AI systems are contributing to numerous space missions such as Hubble Space Telescope, Mars Exploration Rovers, the International Space Station, and Mars Express. Simultaneously, AI systems are increasing usage in Marine systems - surface vehicles, submersibles, gliders and sensor networks.

The workshop is co-organized by several entities:

    • The Artificial Intelligence Group (http://ai.jpl.nasa.gov/) of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
    • The MIT Model-based Embedded and Robotic Systems Group (MERS) Group (http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mers/), and
    • the Advanced Concepts Team (www.esa.int/act) of the European Space Agency

The workshop examines the most recent applications and research related to artificial intelligence, space, and marine, reviewing the current state of the dialogue between these areas.

The workshop is part of the larger IJCAI conference (http://ijcai17.org/). The workshop continues the series of prior workshops held in Hyderabad, India (at IJCAI 2007), Pasadena, CA (at IJCAI 2009), Barcelona, Catalonia (at IJCAI 2011), Beijing, China (at IJCAI 2013), and Buenos Aires, Argentina (at IJCAI 2015).

In order to achieve these goals, the workshop will place emphasis on AI topics, which already are, or may be of particular interest in the future from the space applications point of view, that is:

  • Intelligent search and optimization methods in aerospace applications
  • All forms of instrument data processing for ground-based and onboard science analysis
  • Image analysis for Guidance Navigation and Control
  • Autonomous exploration of interplanetary and planetary environments
  • Implications of emerging AI fields such as Artificial Life or Swarm Intelligence on future space research
  • Intelligent algorithms for fault identification, diagnosis and repair
  • Multi-agent systems approach and bio-inspired solutions for system design and control
  • Advances in machine learning for space applications
  • Intelligent interfaces for human-machine interaction
  • Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining and presentation of large data sets

Special this year: Artificial Intelligence in the Oceans: In recognition of the significant overlap between space and marine autonomy/artificial intelligence, this year we are inviting presentation and participation from researchers in the area of marine artificial intelligence. As such we are inviting submissions in all of the above listed areas and all listed areas relating to Artificial Intelligence in marine robotics including but not limited to:

  • Extended duration autonomy for marine applications
  • Path planning, mission planning, and execution
  • Coordination of multiple assets
  • Intelligent sensing, data interpretation, onboard data analysis, and fusing and interpretation of data from multiple sources

The topics are intended to cover all areas of Artificial Intelligence, excepting Planning, Scheduling, and Execution, for Space which is covered in the Sister Workshop, International Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Space (IWPSS, held co-located with ICAPS 2017 https://sites.google.com/site/iwpss2017/home ).

The topics covered in this workshop will be of particular interest to scientists involved in space and marine engineering, in Artificial Intelligence, and also to those who work in other, non space- and non-marine related disciplines, which intersect with the AI. The intention of the workshop organizers is to stimulate the exchange of ideas between these groups, providing the former with new tools, and the latter two with incentive for continuing their research with space and marine applications in mind.