ICAPS-ICRA Summer School on Plan-Based Control for Robotic Agents

This joint school of ICAPS and ICRA is aimed at graduate students and young researchers in topics relevant to both conferences. The school will be held in Paris, France, in June 2020 directly between ICRA and ICAPS. The school continues the series of International Summer Schools on Planning and Scheduling, leveraging the proximity of ICAPS and ICRA in 2020. The learning outcomes of the school will help the students understand better how to apply AI methods to robotic systems, and provide experience in both the theoretical background and practical application of AI Planning in the control of robots. Given the strong synergy that exists between Automated Planning and Robotics, this summer school presents a unique opportunity for junior researchers who are attending either conference to also attend a cross-over event that will foster the collaboration between these communities.

The Summer School will consist of both lectures and hands-on sessions across 5 days hosted by Softbank Robotics, providing the opportunity to engage in practical experience with robotic systems. The lecture topics provide the foundations of AI Planning, task and motion planning, and many of the key challenges that are encountered in systems that seek to integrate planning and execution on-board robots.

General information

OrganizersMichael Beetz, Michael Cashmore, Alexandre Mazel, and Jörn Syrbe
LocationParis, France
VenueSoftbank Robotics and Paris 5 Malakoff
AccommodationDetails will follow soon.

Important dates

IMPORTANT: Summer School postponed due to COVID-19.
The Summer School will be postponed to conincide with the dates of ICAPS. The exact dates of the school, and deadline for application are still to be determined. Until then, the application page remains open.

Application and grant requestTBD
Notification of admission TBD
Notification of grant allocation TBD
Payment of registration fees TBD
Summer school TBD

School Program and Speakers

The 2020 ICAPS-ICRA Summer School on Plan-Based Control for Robotic Agents will provide students with the opportunity to learn about both the foundations and recent developments in exciting research areas in AI Planning and Scheduling and Robotics. There are planned lectures as well as hands-on sessions. The courses will cover planning basics, task and motion planning, planning with robotic uncertainty, time-constrained planning, and complete robot planning systems.

Following the success of the previous editions of the summer school, the aim of this edition is to bring together the fields of AI and Robotics. Lectures will be given by top subject experts from the Planning, Scheduling, and Robotics research communities.

The summer school will start on June 8, around 10:00 CET and last until June 12, around 16:30 CET.

More information will be added here as it becomes available.


The school will be held in:
– Softbank Robotics (2 days) https://www.softbankrobotics.com
– Paris 5 (3 days) https://www.droit.univ-paris5.fr

Image credits: https://www.droit.univ-paris5.fr (Paris 5) and M.Rolland/SBRE (Softbank Robotics)

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following documents, merged into one PDF and in this order:

  • Completed ICAPS Summer School application form (LINK).
  • A letter describing how the applicant’s research topic is connected to the school. This can be light-weight. The purpose of the letter is for the school chairs to be able to confirm, at a high level, that the school content is in principle suited to your background and research.
  • CV.
  • A recommendation letter from the applicant’s research advisor(s), required only if the applicant is applying for a grant – see below. This is a light-weight letter, that should merely say a few words (max 1/2 page) regarding the student’s status, promise, and benefits from the school. It can be either attached or emailed directly to the contact email below.
  • Applications are submitted through EasyChair (upload the PDF application as a paper with title ‘application’) https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icapsicrass2020

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.
The deadline for applications is TBD.

You can contact the Summer School chairs in case of questions:

Registration Fee and Grants

The registration fee will be less than 350 EUR (confirmed soon). It covers admission to all school lectures, coffee breaks, and lunch. Accommodation expenses are not included in this fee.

A number of grants will be offered for supporting travel, registration and accommodation. Request for such financial support should be indicated on the application form (see above).

Travel directions

More information will be added here soon.

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