[robotics-worldwide] APPROACHING DEADLINE: Journal of Field Robotics, Special Issue on Three-Dimensional Mapping

Pfaff Patrick PatrickPfaff at kuka-roboter.de
Wed Dec 24 01:48:18 PST 2008

                Call for Papers on 


           Three-Dimensional Mapping


for a special issue of the Journal of Field Robotics


Special Issue Guest Editors: Patrick Pfaff, Kuka Roboter GmbH, Wolfram
Burgard, University of Freiburg.

Recently, three-dimensional representations of environments have gained
substantial interest in the robotics community as such maps provide
better support for a wide variety of tasks including navigation,
localization, and perception.  For example, robots that know about the
three-dimensional structure of the environment can better avoid
obstacles, can more reliably localize themselves, and can more robustly
detect objects.  Accordingly, three-dimensional representations provide
benefits in all applications in which robots are deployed in real-world
scenarios. Additionally, three-dimensional models of environments are
envisioned to be useful in a wide area of applications, which goes far
beyond robotics, like architecture, emergency planning, interaction, and
visualization. In all of these application domains, there is a need for
methods that can automatically construct 3D-models. The goal of this
special issue of the Journal of Field Robotics is to collect recent
advances and state-of-the-art results in the area of learning
three-dimensional maps with mobile robots with a particular emphasis on
fielded systems and systems that operate in unstructured and dynamic

We particularly seek papers that both cover fundamental aspects of
mapping along with those that describe the acquisition or maintenance of
three-dimensional representations in natural, unstructured environments.

Authors are invited to submit papers that cover relevant areas of
three-dimensional mapping for field robotic systems including (but not
limited to) stereo vision, autonomous cars, navigation, dynamic objects,
cooperative systems, approximation and reconstruction techniques, and

Important Dates: 

January   5 , 2009 - Submission of manuscripts
April 5, 2009 - Reviews sent to the authors
July 5 , 2009 - Final manuscripts due for publication

For comments, suggestions, or requests, please send email to Pfaff
Patrick <PatrickPfaff at kuka-roboter.de
<mailto:PatrickPfaff at kuka-roboter.de> > or Wolfram Burgard
<burgard at informatik.uni-freiburg.de
<mailto:burgard at informatik.uni-freiburg.de> >


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