[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IROS 2008 Workshop: Network Robot Systems (Extended deadline 7-July)

Zoran Zivkovic palindromoroz at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 23 02:39:52 PDT 2008

NRS - IEEE/RSJ IROS 2008 Workshop
Network Robot Systems: 
Human concepts of space and activity, integration and applications
September 26, 2008, Nice, France
(Submission deadline extended to 7-July!
 in accordance to other IROS workshops)

This workshop combines the ninth 'Network Robot Systems' workshop with the third 'From Sensors to Human Concepts' workshop. Building on the success of our previous workshops, it will cover all aspects of the use of robots as apart of a sensor network (Network Robot Systems) for the co-existence of robots and humans in everyday environments. 

The workshop will place special emphasis on 'platform, integration, and application'. Five years have passed since the inception of many network robot system research projects, and we believe it is important to showcase the variety of successful network robot system applications which have been developed. People will be invited to share their firsthand experiences and lessons learned from these projects. 
The workshop will also focus on 'human concepts of space and activity'. The information obtained from the sensor network and robot sensors can be used to interact intelligently and naturally with a human-inhabited environment. The aim of the workshop is also to bring together researchers that work on representations appropriate for communicating with humans and on developing algorithms for relating the sensory network data to the human concepts. There will also be a session in which the results of field trials will be reported, including the human-robot interaction (HRI) aspect of network robot systems. 
In addition, as the field of network robot systems research grows, interpretations of the definition of "network(ed) robot" tend to diverge. Thus, it is important to coordinate this definition for the purpose of community building. We plan to extend previous discussions to bring together traditional robotics technology issues with user interaction considerations, a cross-disciplinary focus essential to the design of other user-oriented technologies such as software agents and mobile phones. Finally, we aim to discuss requirements for a common testbed for network robot systems, as well as benchmarks for evaluating several aspects of the performance of network robot systems, including human-robot interaction. 
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to the following areas:
- sensor network and sensing devices for network robot systems 
- distributed networked environment sensing/actuation 
- representations of space and human activities from sensor networks 
- space and human activity representations appropriate for communicating with humans 
- comparison and/or combination of the different sensor modalities 
- socially situated sensor networks and robots 
- human's interaction with sensor network and networked robot system 
- coordination and cooperation among multiple types of robots 
- ubiquitous robotics 
- network robot platform 
- security for network robot systems 
- common testbed, common research platform, and performance metrics 
- applications of network robot systems 

Dr. Norihiro Hagita (hagita at atr.jp)
ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Japan
Prof. Alberto Sanfeliu  (sanfeliu at iri.upc.es)
Institute of Robotics, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain
Dr. Young-Jo Cho (youngjo at etri.re.kr)
Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI), Korea
Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro (ishiguro at ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp)
Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Osaka University, Japan
Ben Kröse (krose at science.uva.nl)
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
Zoran Zivkovic (zoran.zivkovic at nxp.com)
NXP Semiconductors Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands,
Hideki Hashimoto (hashimoto at iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp) 
Intelligent Control System Laboratory, University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Takayuki Kanda (kanda at atr.jp)
ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Japan

Important dates:
Paper submission---- July  7, 2008
Notification-------- July 17, 2008
Camera ready copy--- July 23, 2008
Preliminary list of invited speakers:
Dr. Norihiro Hagita (ATR)
Prof. Alberto Sanfeliu (Technical University of Catalonia)
Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka Univ.) 
Dr. Nobuto Matsuhira (JST, Toshiba Corporation) 
Dr. Young-Jo Cho (ETRI) 
Prof. Paolo Dario 
Prof. Tsutomu Hasegawa (Kyushu Univ.) 
Dr. Miwako Doi (Toshiba Corporation) 
Dr. Shuichi Nishio (ATR) 
Dr. Dieter Fox (University of Washington) 
Dr. Alessandro Saffiotti (Örebro University)


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