[robotics-worldwide] CFP: ICRA 07 Workshop - Robotics in Challenging and Hazardous Environments

Ayanna Howard ayanna.howard at ece.gatech.edu
Fri Nov 17 13:35:24 PST 2006


ICRA 2007 Workshop on "Robotics in Challenging and Hazardous Environments"
Rome,  Italy -  April 2007
 
CALL FOR PAPERS
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ABSTRACT:
In recent years, much progress has been made in the area of developing
robotic systems for challenging and dangerous environments.  Examples of
such environments include rough terrain, air, water, space, planetary
surfaces, surveillance and unstable or dynamic environments (for example,
mines, search and rescue, hazardous cleanup).  These environments present
serious issues for research in autonomy, mobility, manipulation, sensing,
hardware, computing, and electronics.  Although humans are superior to
robots due to their ability to think critically, their resilience in the
face of unexpected situations, and their adaptation to new scenarios, it may
be dangerous or impractical to send humans into these environments.  As
such, it is frequently more feasible to advance robot technology than to
send humans.  In other cases, when a human presence is necessary, it may
significantly reduce risk to humans by developing a robotic system to serve
cooperatively with humans.  With or without a direct human presence, human
assistance in these challenging environments is limited or impossible due to
distance or the need for quick response to unknown or changing
circumstances.  This leads to high performance requirements and additional
constraints on the physical hardware and software systems ­ which are still
unsolved research areas.
 
Technologies that are developed for particular hazardous or challenging
environments may often be equally suited for analogous environments.  To
understand current problems, in-development solutions, and potential methods
that arise during operations in these challenging environments, this
workshop will bring together researchers involved or interested in fielded
robotic systems that operate in various challenging and hazardous
environments.  Researchers will explore issues and difficulties faced when
fielding robotics in hazardous environments. Techniques that provide
promising results to address these problems will also be discussed,
including an overview of state-of-the-art technology for fielded robotic
systems that address operations in unstructured environments. This workshop
will provide a venue for researchers to bring together expertise and
experience from different challenging environments and share approaches,
ideas, solutions, and results.  The primary focus of this workshop will be
on physical systems in development or currently being tested or fielded.
 
 
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS:
Paper contributions are solicited from researchers in academia, industry, or
government agencies that are involved in fielded robotic systems that
operate in various challenging and hazardous environments. The objective of
this full-day workshop is to explore common issues and difficulties, as well
as provide a venue to bring together expertise and experience from different
challenging environments and share approaches, ideas, solutions, and
results.  The focus is on robotic systems currently in development or
operation in the field.  Topics may include all aspects of robotic
technology related to these systems, including mechanical design, autonomous
operations, sensing and data analysis, human-robot interaction, and
operational systems in challenging environments.
 
ORGANIZERS:
Ashley Stroupe, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ashley.W.Stroupe at jpl.nasa.gov
Ayanna Howard, Georgia Institute of Technology, ayanna.howard at ece.gatech.edu
 
IMPORTANT DATES:
December 31, 2006: Initial submissions, 3-6 page paper.
January 5, 2007: Notification of participation.
January 20, 2007: Final camera-ready submissions due.
April 10 or 14, 2007: Workshop (full-day)
 
Further Information:
http://humanslab.ece.gatech.edu/ICRAWorkshop.html
 




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