[robotics-worldwide] NSF/AUVS/FAA/DHS Workshop on UAS Research Directions

Robin Murphy murphy at cse.usf.edu
Wed Apr 30 18:50:36 PDT 2008

Call for Participation, Proposals Due May 9

UAS Research Directions for the National Air Space
June 10, 2008 San Diego (AUVSI North America)

Chairs: Robin Murphy, Univ. of S. Florida, and Brian Argrow, Univ. of
Colorado Boulder

This 1-day, invitation-only workshop co-sponsored by NSF and AUVSI will
bring together key members of the FAA, NSF, DHS, and other agencies with
leaders of the national science community in order to: i) identify new basic
research directions for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in areas such as
artificial intelligence, computer vision, and human-robot interaction and
catalog computational issues such as software verification and secure
wireless communications that will allow safe operations in the NAS, ii)
identify requirements for safe operations of UAS in the NAS and translate
those needs into basic research objectives for academic research, and iii)
clarify and identify new mechanisms to facilitate timely academic research,
especially in small UAS. The workshop will involve the larger computational
sciences into the UAS community and generate a statement of research needs
for UAS operations specifically for the NAS.  The close interaction of the
FAA with the academic research community is expected to lead to safe
operation of UAS in the NAS. A list of mechanisms or programs by which
researchers can apply their research to UAS or FAA problems will be created
and a statement of clarification of regulations and procedures for
university researchers will be prepared and distributed through the AUVSI
Unmanned Systems Magazine.

While speakers have been selected, the workshop has space for 10 additional
researchers to participate in the discussions; registration is waived but
travel funds are not available. Travel funds for 3 graduate students who
would serve as note-takers are available.

If you are interested, we encourage you to submit a short application via
email by May 9, 2008:

1) Name, affiliation, and contact info
2) A short, 1 paragraph bio, and if you a graduate student, whether you are
requesting a travel scholarship
3) A 1 paragraph statement of the open research questions that you believe
must be addressed in order to permit the safe operation of UAS in the
National Air Space

Please put "UAS Research Directions" in the subject line. Selected
applicants will be notified by May 12, 2008.

We hope that you will join us!

Robin Murphy & Brian Argrow, co-chairs

Prof. Robin R. Murphy, PhD
Institute for Safety Security Rescue Technology, home center for CRASAR and
the National Testbed for SSRT
University of South Florida
murphy at cse.usf.edu office: 813.974.4756
profile in Time Magazine:
"Let's put the fun back in dysfunctional!"
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