[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IEEE Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications (TePRA), Boston, Nov. 2008.

P.J. Meyer p.j.meyer at philips.com
Sun Nov 4 22:11:40 PST 2007


November 10 - 12, 2008
Holiday Inn Select Hotel, Woburn, MA (Greater Boston) USA

You are cordially invited to submit a paper or a proposal for an exhibit or
tutorial to the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for
Practical Robot Applications conference to be held November 10 - 12, 2008
in the Greater Boston area.

What is TePRA?

TePRA is a new conference aimed at catalyzing the development of enabling
technologies and encouraging their adoption by robot designers.

How does it differ compared to other robotics conferences?

TePRA is positioned mid-way between an academic conference and a trade
show. More so than academic conferences, TePRA emphasizes practical
applications and industrial participation. More so than trade shows, TePRA
has a serious review process, and is targeted at future applications.

Why should I participate?

The practical application of robots to real world problems has been made
possible by a number of enabling technologies, from high speed computation
(which enabled the first CNC machines) to LIDAR (which enables most of
today's autonomous vehicles).

TePRA's goals are:

1. to expose robot designers to new enabling tools, techniques, and

2. to expose tool, technique, and technology developers to the needs of
robot designers

TePRA invites you to come and share:

1. new tools, techniques and technologies that may be of use in the
robotics field

2. new practical applications of robots that could benefit from a
technical/technology breakthrough

Papers and Posters:

Participants interested in presenting a paper for either an oral or poster
presentation, should submit an abstract (500 words maximum) by February 15,
2008. Authors should emphasize either the utility of particular tools,
techniques, or technology to enable practical robot applications, or the
need of particular practical robot applications for tools, techniques, or
technology. Abstract submission instructions can be found below.


We invite interested companies to participate in the Technology Exhibits on
robotics and related components and technologies relevant to the robotics
field. The exhibits will be featured prominently for all attendees during
breaks. Interested parties must submit an exhibit registration form,
available on the conference web site.

The call for exhibits is open to any organization involved in the robotics
and related manufacturing, research and development areas. The exhibits
should present products/prototypes of robotic devices and/or robotic
related technologies of reasonable physical sizes. See web site for


There will be an opportunity for robot demonstration at the conference. The
demonstrations will be limited to those who have accepted papers at the
conference. Full details will be posted on the conference web site after
January 1, 2008.


We invite interested participants to submit a proposal to give a tutorial
on robotics and related components and technologies relevant to the
robotics field. Interested parties must submit an abstract of the tutorial.
Further details are available on the conference web site.


The conference is seeking companies interested in sponsorship
opportunities. In addition, the conference will offer a limited number of
supporting organization sponsorships to non-profit, industry and other
affiliate organizations who can make a significant contribution to the
promotion of this conference. See the conference website for details.

Abstract Submission Procedure

2-page, MS Word with maximum 500 words + author(s) title, name, address,
phone, fax, email and organization affiliation must be submitted. In the
same file, but on a separate page, principal presenting author biography
{max 100 words}.

Submission will be acknowledged via email.

Email to: abstractsubmit at ieeerobot-tepra.org

Abstract Deadline: February 15, 2008
Speaker Notification: April 15, 2008
Final Paper Deadline: August 15, 2008

Publishing Information

All papers and posters will be published on the conference CD-ROM and
distributed to conference attendees. Selected full technical papers that
meet the publishing requirements will be published in IEEE Xplore as part
of the IEEE Conference Publication Program.

Conference Chair: Helen Greiner, iRobot
Technical Program Chair: Gill Pratt, Olin College

For more information on the IEEE Conference on Technologies for Practical
Robot Applications, please refer to web site: www.ieeerobot-tepra.org or
contact Bob Alongi at phone 781-245-5405 or email:
information at ieeerobot-tepra.org

Peter J. Meyer (M.Sc., El.Eng.)
2008 IEEE TePRA Conference Publicity Chair
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Chairman, Robotics and Automation Society (RAS)
Central New England Chapter, http://www.robotics-boston.org/
20 Lakeview Avenue, Lynnfield, MA 01940-1920, U.S.A.
Tel. +1 (781) 334 0052, Cell. +1 (617) 852 2403
Email: chair at robotics-boston.org
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