Recent progress in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has revealed great opportunities for use of small-scale UAVs in disaster response, environment monitoring, security and inspection. While reliable GPS-denied localization and safe, aggressive maneuvering have been successfully demonstrated, closing the loop between scene understanding and action planning remains an open problem. Deep learning has emerged as an especially promising way of extracting semantic meaning suitable for high-level autonomy. Learning techniques achieve the state-of-the-art performance in object recognition and natural language processing by replacing hand-engineered features with features that get automatically extracted from training data. Learning perception and control for autonomous flight can be approached in much the same way -- by replacing hand-engineered map representations with raw sensor observations and learning appropriate responses.

The workshop will bring together researchers from robot planning and control, reinforcement learning and deep learning, and formal methods to examine the challenges and opportunities in learning perception and control for safe high-speed flight in unknown environments. Of particular interest is to investigate i) how to theoretically analyze the data and structure of learning systems to provide guarantees on safety and task success, and ii) what is the effect of long-term memory and, in particular, can recurrent connections or dynamic external memory replace global map information. The goal is to report on state-of-the-art approaches, identify open problems, and devise new principles to meet the challenges faced when applying deep learning to safety-critical planning tasks that incorporate timing and memory aspects.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts related to key challenges in learning control for autonomous high-speed robotic flight. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

We invite submissions in the form of extended abstracts (up to 2 pages) following RSS formatting guidelines. The abstracts will be reviewed by the organizers. Accepted contributions will be featured in a poster session or through spotlight presentations, and will be included in the workshop proceedings which will become available at the workshop website. We encourage work-in-progress to be submitted and will take this into account in the review process. Submissions and questions should be directed to by June 15th 2017. Please include "RSS 2017 Abstract Submission" in the subject of the email. Notifications of acceptance will be given by June 30th 2017.

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Time Program Item
8:45 - 9:00 Registration, welcome, and opening remarks
9:00 - 9:30 Ashish Kapoor
9:30 - 10:00 Dan Lee
10:00 - 10:30 Angela Schoellig
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break & Poster Session
11:00 - 11:30 Ingmar Posner
11:30 - 12:00 Rene Vidal
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch break
2:00 - 2:30 Jianxiong Xiao
2:30 - 3:00 Jan Peters
3:00 - 3:30 Coffee break & Poster Session
3:30 - 5:30 Posters, Panel discussion & Closing remarks
Kostas Karydis
Nikolay Atanasov
Sergey Levine
Nick Roy
Claire Tomlin
Vijay Kumar
Through the generous support of the National Science Foundation, we are happy to announce that the workshop will be able to offer travel mini-awards to U.S.-based workshop contributors to partially cover travel expenses. All workshop contributors are eligible, and are strongly encouraged to apply for a travel mini-award. The number of mini-awards to be made available is, however, limited. Priority will be given to workshop contributors from communities underrepresented in STEM, and/or HBCU/MSI-accredited Universities. More information will be added soon, please stay tuned! Should you have any questions please contact the organizers via email.