[robotics-worldwide] CFP: ICRA 2008 Workshop on Cooperative Control of Multiple Heterogeneous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Coverage and Surveillance

Peng Cheng chpeng at grasp.upenn.edu
Thu Dec 13 15:47:15 PST 2007

********** CALL FOR PARTICIPATION **********

Workshop on Cooperative Control of Multiple Heterogeneous Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles for Coverage and Surveillance


At the IEEE 2008 International Conference on Robotics and Automation 19 May
2008, Pasadena, CA, USA http://www.icra2008.org/

********** Important Dates **********

Jan. 31, 2008: Deadline for submission of all contributions for the workshop

Feb. 20, 2008: Notifications

Mar 1, 2008: Final copies due

May 20, 2008: Workshop

********** Motivation and Objectives **********

There are many technical barriers to the deployment of teams of cooperating,
heterogeneous UAVs. The assignment of multiple tasks to multiple
heterogeneous assets is an unsolved problem and is further complicated by
the presence of differential constraints in dynamically-changing
environments. The command and control of individual UAVs require real-time
solutions to motion planning problems with spatio-temporal differential
constraints. The tracking and mapping of geographically-distributed, dynamic
sources of information require novel approaches to the solution of
cooperative pursuit-evasion problems. Many of these underlying problems are
known to be NP-complete. However, there is a need to develop clever
heuristics to solve these problems. Further there is a need to design
appropriate interfaces for human operator(s) to interact with and command
the heterogeneous team.

The objective of the workshop is to bring together several experts in
different disciplines interested in this problem, but who normally do not
interact with each other. This will help create a new sub community in
robotics that will open up new avenues for research and education. For
example, group behaviors in biology may offer several directions of
investigation as a starting point. Bio-inspired approaches to heterogeneity
may offer insight that traditional, optimization-based approaches to control
may not provide. On the other hand, new techniques in optimization and
systems theory may offer practitioners new sub-optimal but efficient
approaches to deployment. This workshop will feature a keynote talk,
research presentations, panel discussions in these areas to report on the
state-of-the-art in different related areas and to identify new directions
for research.

The workshop will include but not be limited to the following

    1. Flight planning for multiple, cooperating UAVs in a
dynamically-changing environment with constraints on communication;
    2. Formation of small sub teams and coalitions and adaptation of teams
to changing conditions;
    3. Heterogeneous task allocation in teams of UAVs;
    4. Bio-inspired approaches to task allocation, motion planning and
    5. Novel optimization-based approaches to control of UAVs;
    6. Challenges in designing open experimental platforms for testing
multi-UAV theories and algorithms;
    7. Cooperative pursuit by multiple UAVs; and
    8. Design of interfaces for deployment of multiple UAVs.

********** Confirmed Speakers ******************

    George Pappas, University of Pennsylvania;
    Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Tech;
    John Clark, Lockheed Martin;
    Ali Jadbabaie, University of Pennsylvania;
    Gaurav Sukhatme, University of Southern California;
    Hugh Durrant-Whyte, ACFR, Sydney;
    Randy Beard, Brigham Young University;
    Karl Hedrick, U. California, Berkeley;
    Marc Steinberg, Office of Naval Research.

********** Submissions ****************

We solicit submissions of material reporting significant research results.
These materials may be in the form of new papers (abstract, short paper or
full paper), previously published papers (where inclusion will not violate
copyright considerations), or slides for a talk. Submitted papers should
follow the ICRA-2008 paper format instructions available at
http://www.icra2008.org/ Submissions must be sent by e-mail to Peng Cheng
(chpeng at seas.upenn.edu) as a PDF file. In the body of the e-mail message you
must specify the following:

1. Submission title name, affiliation, and email of all authors name, email,
and postal address of corresponding author

2. Phone and fax of corresponding author

3. Keywords (max 5)

4. Abstract (maximum 200 words)

5. Indicate type of submission: Abstract, Short Paper, Full Paper, or Slides

All submissions will be acknowledged within a few days. New papers will be
reviewed for quality and relevance and the decision of acceptance will be
mailed to the corresponding author. Depending on the level of interest, we
will pursue a special issue in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. Accepted
papers will be included in the workshop notes, distributed at the workshop,
and published on the workshop's web site.

Please note you must register in ICRA-2008 in order to attend the workshop.

********** Organizers ***************

Ronald Arkin, Georgia Tech, arkin at cc.gatech.edu

Peng Cheng, University of Pennsylvania, chpeng at seas.upenn.edu

Karl Hedrick, U. California, Berkeley, khedrick at me.berkeley.edu

Vijay Kumar University of Pennsylvania kumar at grasp.upenn.edu

Marc Steinberg, Office of Naval Research, marc.steinberg at navy.mil

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