[robotics-worldwide] REMINDER: RSS'06 workshop on self-reconfigurable modular robots

Mark Moll moll at ISI.EDU
Wed Jun 14 09:32:31 PDT 2006


Just a reminder; the deadline is coming up soon!

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Robotics: Science & Systems Workshop on

SELF-RECONFIGURABLE MODULAR ROBOTS

Call for Papers


The organizers invite you to submit an extended abstract for review  
to the
RSS 2006 Workshop on Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robots. The workshop  
will
take place on Saturday, August 19th at the University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After the workshop authors will be  
invited
to submit journal length papers for a special issue of the International
Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) on Self-Reconfigurable Modular  
Robots.


Important Dates:

* 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


Description

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  
manipulation
capabilities based on the mission and the environment at hand.  
Because of
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  
suited
for applications such as search and rescue, reconnaissance, self- 
assembly,
inspections in hazardous environments, and exploration in space and  
oceans.
They also pose fundamental research challenges for robotics and other  
major
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  
themes:

Self-repair and self-replication:  modular robots have the unique
   capability to recover from damage and replicate structures. One of  
the
   biggest challenges is to create practical algorithms that take  
advantage
   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  
battery
   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  
brilliant
   and novel ideas. We will address the general hardware issues  
(including
   power, connectors, structural strength) that will lead to real and
   compelling applications.


Submission

All accepted work will be published in a citable digital archive of the
proceedings. After the workshop authors will be invited to submit  
journal
length papers for a special issue of the International Journal of  
Robotics
Research (IJRR) on Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robots.

All submissions should be in PDF format and should be between 1 and 2  
pages.
Submissions should be emailed to RSS06 at markmoll.net by June 22nd.
Notification of acceptance will be given by July 3rd.

Contact

General questions can be sent to RSS06 at markmoll.net. More information  
will
be made available on the web at http://www.isi.edu/~moll/RSS06.


Organizers

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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