International Workshop on Actionable Knowledge Representation and Reasoning for Robots (AKR³) at ESWC 2024

The International Workshop on Actionable Knowledge Representation and Reasoning for Robots (AKR³) and the Tutorial on Contextualizing and Executing Robot Manipulation Plans Using Web Knowledge was held on May 27 as part of the ESWC conference with the participation of SAIL. Organized by Philip Cimiano, the workshop focused on Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KRR) in the area of cognitive robotics, with the focus on acquiring knowledge from the Web and making it actionable for robotic applications. With the workshop, we aim to bring together the European communities specializing in KRR and robotics to increase collaboration and accelerate advancements in the field, whereas the tutorial is focused on demonstrating our previous work on the specification of action parameters for contextualizing generalized manipulation plans using different types of web knowledge.

Household robots are still not able to autonomously prepare meals, set or clean the table or do other chores besides vacuum cleaning. Much of the knowledge needed to refine vague task instructions and transfer them to new task variations is contained in instruction web sites like WikiHow, encyclopedic web sites like Wikipedia, and many other web-based information sources. We argue that such knowledge can be used to teach robots to perform new task variations.

Given the availability of a plethora of sources and datasets of common sense knowledge on the Web (e.g. ConceptNet, OMICS, CSKG) as well as recent advances in language modeling, it is a timely research question to investigate which methods and approaches can enable robots to take advantage of this existing common sense knowledge to reason on how to perform tasks in the real world. The main issue to be addressed in particular is how to allow robots to perform tasks flexibly and adaptively, gracefully handling contextually determined variance in task execution. We expect this line of research to contribute to better generalizability and robustness of robots performing in everyday environments.

The topics of interest to the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge Representation for cognitive robotics: The importance of linking object to action and environment information
  • Approaches to leverage common sense knowledge from the Web
  • Linking common sense knowledge to perception and execution
  • Translation of task requests to body movements and parametrisation of such body movements with Web knowledge
  • Novel formalisms and approaches to represent and encode knowledge for robots
  • Novel cognitive architectures and paradigms supporting reasoning with Web knowledge
  • Use of large language models and prompting to infer action-relevant knowledge
  • Natural language processing applied to common sense knowledge extraction from unstructured sources

More information about the workshop and the program can be found here: