[robotics-worldwide] NSF/CCC/CRA Roadmapping for Robotics in Mfg and Automation Workshop

Ken Goldberg goldberg at ieor.berkeley.edu
Mon Apr 7 17:28:02 PDT 2008


Call for Participation, 2-page proposals due by 23 April:

NSF / CCC / CRA Roadmapping for Robotics Workshop:

A Research Roadmap for Robotics in Manufacturing and Automation

Co-Chairs:
Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech
Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley
Vijay Kumar, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Jeff Trinkle, RPI

9am - 5pm, June 17, 2008
Arlington/Washington DC area
(All travel expenses for accepted participants will be covered.)

This one-day workshop will 1) identify a focused set of major
U.S. research goals for robotics related to manufacturing and
automation, and 2) develop a roadmap for achieving these research
goals in the coming decade. The workshop will include American leaders
in academia, industry and government. Although the American robotics
research community is highly diversified, analogous efforts in Europe
and Japan to reach consensus and develop unified research roadmaps for
their regions have been extremely successful in creating new
partnerships and attracting major research funding.  Highlights of the
workshop will be discussed at the U.S. Congressional Caucus on
Robotics in Washington, DC on June 18, 2008.

This workshop one of four planned under the project: "From Internet to
Robotics: The Next Transformative Technology", accepted by the
Computing Community Consortium (CCC) with the goal of ensuring that
basic research addresses the key problems that will allow American
companies to have a leading role in the deployment of future
generations of robots: http://www.us-robotics.us/

With the signing of the America Competes Act on August 9, 2007,
Congress is authorized to appropriate $33.6 billion into new science
and technology programs.  This is a major opportunity to revitalize
America's attitude toward manufacturing. Investing a small portion of
our national resources into a science of cost-effective,
resource-efficient manufacturing would benefit American consumers and
support the millions of workers in this vital sector of the US
economy. A new research roadmap could benefit health care,
agriculture, and transportation, and strengthen our national resources
in defense, energy, and security.

The robotics industry in the manufacturing and service sectors is over
$10B worldwide with a growth rate estimated to be around 8%
annually. While the manufacturing sector, which accounts for 11% of
employment in the U.S., continues to be an important part of our
economy, the U.S. balance of trade in manufactured goods is dropping
at an alarming $50 billion per decade. Robotics and automation science
and technology have the potential to reverse the downward spiral.  The
U.S. has the potential to again be at the forefront of global
innovation and manufacturing.

In the past decade, advances in computing and information science have
transformed the service sector. During this period, robotics science
and technology has matured to the point where it can have a similar
effect on manufacturing and automation. What is needed is a focused
set of research goals for applying robotics science and technology to
design, manufacturing and automation.  This workshop will identify
research goals that benefit nascent companies, markets, and industries
based on emerging technology that enable robots to operate in new
environments, in new application areas, and in new paradigms.   Basic
research and development are needed to develop the mathematical
frameworks, scientific methodologies, and rigorous modeling and
algorithmic approaches for design and manufacturing, and new
technologies must be developed for new processes.

Format

In this highly focused meeting, brainstorming sessions will focus on
robotics for manufacturing and automation and will identify (a) core
competency areas for U.S. research and development; (b) new
application areas that will maximize socio-economic impact; and (c)
formulation of the roadmap.

Travel, meals, and lodging expenses for up to 30 accepted participants
will be reimbursed by the CCC.

We encourage interested experts from industry, government, and
academia to submit a short proposal via email by 23 April:

1) name, affiliation, and contact info
2) 2-3 broad research ideas relevant to the goals above.

Proposals must be under 2 pages in plain text or .pdf format.  Please
put "CCC Roadmapping Proposal" on the subject line.  Please email
to:

CCC Roadmapping Workshop <rob-man-aut at us-robotics.us>

Please check back if you do not receive a confirmation within one week.  

Due to funding limitations, we can accept only 30 participants.

Accepted proposals will be distributed to all workshop participants by
1 June.  Anyone that submits a proposal will receive a copy of the
final workshop report and additional information on how they can
participate in the CCC robotics initiative.


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