[robotics-worldwide] CFP Special Issue on Multi-Robot Coverage, Search, and Exploration

Gal Kaminka galk at cs.biu.ac.il
Fri Mar 23 00:28:42 PDT 2007

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Dear Colleague.

We are happy to announce a call for papers, for a special issue of the
Annals of Math and Artificial Intelligence (AMAI) journal on
Multi-Robot Coverage, Search, and Exploration. Please see below for


Research in multi robot area coverage, search, and exploration has
been receiving consistent attention in recent years, due to the
increasing number of real-world applications, such as vacuuming, lawn
mowing, demining, surveillance, search and rescue operations, mapping,
planetary exploration, etc. All of these applications require that the
area of interest be covered by the robots sensors or end-effectors for
various purposes. The use of multiple robots potentially provides
redundancy and offers opportunities for increasing efficiency. 

The problem of multi robot area coverage imposes great challenges to
researchers in robotics and AI area. This special issue will explore
the new research frontiers that emerge as new applications are
identified and new technologies in robots are introduced.  The special
issue follows in the footsteps of the highly successful 2001 AMAI
special issue on coverage.

We seek high-quality papers reporting on innovative work on coverage,
search, and exploration and related areas of research. Our focus is on
algorithmic and analytical approaches. Heuristic approaches should be
supported by analysis and empirical evidence. Submissions extending
previously published conference papers are acceptable, as long as the
extensions are clearly explained. The following potential topics are
of interest:

Complete-coverage path planning for a group of robots in known and
unknown environments Multiple robot coordination in area coverage,
exploration, and/or search; Issues in trade-off of tasks between teams
members; how team members decide who performs which task
Fault-tolerance and robustness in multi robot area coverage
Performance metrics for coverage, exploration, and search. of the use
of heterogeneous teams (combining different vehicles/ end-effectors/
sensors) Novel applications of coverage, exploration, and search The
effect of the task complexity and of the environment on the design of
the cooperative capabilities of multi-robot systems Communications
aspects between the robots during multi robot area coverage Repeated
coverage and patrolling On-line search for a path, navigation

Important Dates
August 15, 2007:   Deadline for Paper Submission
November 15, 2007: Completion of First Review
February 15, 2008: Completion of Final Review

Submission of papers
All manuscripts should include a title page containing the title of
the paper, full names and affiliations, complete postal and electronic
addresses, phone and fax numbers, an abstract, and keywords. The
contacting author should be clearly identified.

Electronic submissions in PDF, postscript, or zipped postscript form
are strongly encouraged, and will expedite the review and publication
process. Please email the guest editors (addresses below).  The
submission message should use the subject  $-1òüAMAI Submissionòý.

Guest Editors
Dr. Gal A. Kaminka
Computer Science Department
Bar Ilan University 
Ramat Gan 52900, Israel
Phone: +972 3 531 7607
Fax:   +972 3 736 0498
Email: galk at cs.biu.ac.il

Dr. Amir Shapiro
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
P.O.Box 653 Beer Sheva 84105, Israel
Phone: +972 8 647 7165
Fax: +972 8 647 2813
Email: ashapiro at bgu.ac.il

Gal A. Kaminka, Ph.D.                     http://www.cs.biu.ac.il/~galk
Assistant Professor     Computer Science Dept.      Bar Ilan University
        Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible
   "Death is an engineering problem." -- Bart Kosko, "Fuzzy Thinking"
        "But life is not an engineering task." -- Gal A. Kaminka

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