[robotics-worldwide] REMINDER: RSS'06 workshop on
self-reconfigurable modular robots
moll at ISI.EDU
Wed Jun 14 09:32:31 PDT 2006
Just a reminder; the deadline is coming up soon!
Robotics: Science & Systems Workshop on
SELF-RECONFIGURABLE MODULAR ROBOTS
Call for Papers
The organizers invite you to submit an extended abstract for review
RSS 2006 Workshop on Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robots. The workshop
take place on Saturday, August 19th at the University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After the workshop authors will be
to submit journal length papers for a special issue of the International
Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) on Self-Reconfigurable Modular
* submission deadline for extended abstracts: June 22nd, 2006
* notification of abstract acceptance: July 5th, 2006
* workshop: August 19th, 2006
* submission deadline for full journal paper: October 30th, 2006
* notification of paper acceptance: January 31st, 2007
* publication of special issue: early Fall 2007
Self-reconfigurable modular robots are metamorphic systems that can
autonomously change their logical or physical configurations (such as
shapes, sizes, or formations), as well as their locomotion and
capabilities based on the mission and the environment at hand.
their modularity, versatility, self-healing ability and low cost
reproducibility, such robots provide a flexible approach for achieving
complex tasks in unstructured and dynamic environments. They are well
for applications such as search and rescue, reconnaissance, self-
inspections in hazardous environments, and exploration in space and
They also pose fundamental research challenges for robotics and other
branches of computer science, mechatronics and control theory.
This workshop will discuss the grand challenges for self-reconfigurable
modular robots and possible approaches to tackle these challenges. These
challenges can be organized into the following partially overlapping
Self-repair and self-replication: modular robots have the unique
capability to recover from damage and replicate structures. One of
biggest challenges is to create practical algorithms that take
of this capability.
Limited resources: modular robots are limited by power, size, torque
and other resources. One of the main challenges here is to improve
density and fuel storage for modules.
Scale: algorithmic and physical limitations make it difficult to
scale to a large number of modules and to very small modules.
Reliability also becomes an important issue as the number of modules
increases or the size decreases. We can define milestones along these
scales, such as:
o Build a self-reconfigurable machine with >100 modules
o Build a self-reconfigurable machine with <1cm modules
o Build a machine that can operate unattended for X days or recover
from Y% damage
o Develop planning algorithm that will work on >1E6 units in real
time (assuming realistic physical, computational, and communication
capacity of modules)
Hardware: the planning and control side of self-reconfigurable
modular robots are far ahead of the hardware side, despite many
and novel ideas. We will address the general hardware issues
power, connectors, structural strength) that will lead to real and
All accepted work will be published in a citable digital archive of the
proceedings. After the workshop authors will be invited to submit
length papers for a special issue of the International Journal of
Research (IJRR) on Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robots.
All submissions should be in PDF format and should be between 1 and 2
Submissions should be emailed to RSS06 at markmoll.net by June 22nd.
Notification of acceptance will be given by July 3rd.
General questions can be sent to RSS06 at markmoll.net. More information
be made available on the web at http://www.isi.edu/~moll/RSS06.
Mark Moll (lead), moll at isi.edu
Greg Chirikjian, gregc at jhu.edu
Eric Klavins, klavins at ee.washington.edu
Hod Lipson, hod.lipson at cornell.edu
Daniela Rus, rus at csail.mit.edu
Behnam Salemi, salemi at isi.edu
Wei-Min Shen, shen at isi.edu
Mark Yim, yim at grasp.upenn.edu
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