Angel P. del Pobil pobil at icc.uji.es
Fri Jun 23 06:42:51 PDT 2006


Beijing, China
October 10, 2006

in conjunction with IROS'06, http://www.iros2006.org/

	CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - extended deadline

Current practice of publishing research results in robotics makes it 
extremely difficult not only to compare results of different 
approaches, but also to asses the quality of the research presented 
by the authors. Though for pure theoretical articles this may not be 
the case, typically when researchers claim that their particular 
algorithm or system is capable of achieving some performance, those 
claims are intrinsically unverifiable, either because it is their 
unique system or just because a lack of experimental details, 
including working hypothesis. This is, of course, partly due to the 
very nature of robotics research: reported results are tested by 
solving a limited set of specific examples on different types of 
scenarios, using different underlying software libraries, 
incompatible problem representations, and implemented by different 
people using different hardware, including computers, sensors, arms, 

This state of affairs cannot be changed in the short term, but some 
steps can be taken in the right direction by studying the ways in 
which research results in robotics can be assessed and compared. The 
main purpose of this workshop is to address these issues by providing 
an informal forum for participants to exchange their on-going work 
and ideas in this regard. It is intended as a forum for discussion, 
exchange of points of view, assessment of results and methods, and as 
a source of dissemination and promotion in the area of benchmarks in 
robotics research.

Workshop Format
The format of the workshop has been designed in accordance with the 
general goal of offering a structure for exchange. The program will 
include a number of presentations by the invitees representing 
several different aspects of benchmarks in robotics research, 
followed by breaking up into a few subgroups, each with a different 
subtheme. After the breakouts, group leaders will present the most 
important problems and conclusions discussed by their groups.

The workshop is open to all members of the Robotics community. 
Accepted papers will be included in the workshop working notes to be 
distributed at IROS. Screening will be based on reviews and relevance 
to the workshop goals.

Submission Requirements
Abstract submissions are solicited in PDF format (1-2 pages), 
starting with title, authors' names, affiliations, postal and email 
addresses. Selection of speakers will be based on relevance to the 
indicated focus of the workshop, clarity of the work submitted, and 
the strength of the research.

Once the abstract is accepted, authors will be invited to send final 
papers, also in PDF, starting with title, authors' names, 
affiliations, postal and email addresses, and concluding with 
relevant bibliographic references. Papers should fit on 4 to 10 
single-spaced typewritten A4 or 8.5 x 11 inch pages, in the form of 
an extended abstract or complete research, survey, or position paper.

Important dates
Extended Abstract deadline: June 28, 2006
Notification date: July 15, 2006
Final date for camera-ready paper: September 5, 2006
Submit to: Angel P. del Pobil, pobil AT icc.uji.es with [IROS] in the subject

Workshop Chair
Angel P. del Pobil
Robotic Intelligence Laboratory
Universitat Jaume I
pobil at icc.uji.es

Program Committee
To be announced
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