[robotics-worldwide] Self-Reconfigurable Robots Workshop at
shen at ISI.EDU
Fri May 16 10:03:56 PDT 2008
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATIONS
IROS-2008 workshop on Self-Reconfigurable Robots and Applications
Nice France, September 22, 2008
Self-reconfigurable modular robots is an exciting research area that
attracts more and more attentions. This full-day workshop is to bring
together all active researchers in this area and exchange the newest
results, the latest ideas, and the coolest applications, even if they
only preliminary. A similar workshop was held in IROS-2007 in San
Diego USA, and it had more than 40 participants and 14 presentations.
We expect this will be another exciting event because many new
research groups for self-reconfigurable robots are emerging around the
Self-reconfigurable modular robots are metamorphic systems that can
autonomously change their logical or physical configurations (such as
shapes, sizes, or formations), as well as their locomotion and
manipulation, based on the mission and the environment in hand.
Because of their modularity, versatility, self-healing ability and low
cost reproducibility, such robots provide a flexible approach for
achieving complex tasks in unstructured and dynamic environments. They
are well suited for applications such as search and rescue,
reconnaissance, self-assembly, inspections in hazardous environments,
and exploration in space and ocean. They also pose fundamental
research challenges for robotics and other major branches of computer
science, mechatronics and control theory.
Research in self-reconfigurable robots have been active in academic
for many years, but it is only recently that the results of these
research are beginning to be used and applied to serious real-world
applications such as sustainable space exploration, homeland security,
and others. This workshop comes at the right time because many
researchers are seeing the values of the field, and many companies are
beginning to investigate their resources, and because it has become
ever convincing that modularity and reconfiguration are the keys to
construct large systems reliably and economically.
Specific research challenges for self-reconfigurable robots include
the dynamic topology of the network of modules, the limited resource
(power, size, torque, precisions, etc.) of individual modules, the
difficulties in global synchronization, the preclusion of centralized
decision makers, and the unreliability of communication among modules.
This workshop will present the recent progress in the research
community for these challenging tasks and their real-world
applications in space and other related fields. We will present and
discuss the latest hardware progress, distributed control software,
plug-and-play mechatronics, topology-triggered behaviors, and theories
of self-reconfiguration. The outcome of the workshop will be a set of
papers and a list of new hardware/software challenges for the future
of this exciting research area.
We welcome all participants from universities, research labs,
industrial companies, and government agencies, who are interested in
either research such as modular robots, embedded systems, distributed
control, sensor networks, robot swarms, coupling mechanisms, and
mechatronics, or applications such as space, underwater, or other
complex and difficult environments.
Interested parties please submit your papers before July 25 2008 and
the length of the paper should be 3 pages or more. For more
information please visit the workshop's website or email to Dr. Wei-
Min Shen at shen at isi.edu.
Wei-Min Shen, USC Information Sciences Institute, shen at isi.edu
Hod Lipson, Cornell University, Hod.Lipson at cornell.edu
Kasper Stoy, University of Southern Denmark, kaspers at mmmi.sdu.dk
Mark Yim, University of Pennsylvania , yim at grasp.cis.upenn.edu
Greg Chirikjian, John Hopkins University, gregc at jhu.edu
Behnam Salemi, USC Information Sciences Institute, salemi at isi.edu
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