[robotics-worldwide] NSF/CRA/CCC Roadmapping Workshop: Domestic and Professional Service Robotics

Oliver Brock oli at cs.umass.edu
Wed May 28 19:00:12 PDT 2008


Call for Participation

NSF/CRA/CCC Roadmapping for Robotics Workshop:
A Research Roadmap for Domestic and Professional Service Robotics

San Francisco, CA
August 7-8, 2008

Co-Chairs:
Oliver Brock, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
Bill Thomasmeyer, Tech Collaborative 
Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech

To participate, please submit 2-page proposals by June 20, 2008.
Expenses for approved participants will be covered by NSF/CCC/CRA.

This two-day workshop will:
1) identify a focused set of major U.S. research goals for Domestic
   and Professional Service Robotics, and
2) develop a roadmap for achieving these research goals in the coming
   decade.

The workshop will include leaders from the U.S.A. in academia, industry,
and government. Even though 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. The results of this workshop will culminate in a
report for the US Congress.

This workshop one of four 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/

Rationale

Already today the services sector makes up 80% of the US gross national
product. The need for professional services will continue to grow as the
economy becomes increasingly service-oriented in today's global market
place. There will also be an growing need for domestic services caused
by a growth of 50% in the elderly population over the next two decades.

Robotics will provide the technological foundation to support the
evolution in the domestic and professional service industry, thereby
enabling substantial economic growth. The development of the necessary
competencies in robotics therefore will become an important strategic
national objective to ensure global competitiveness of the US economy.

This workshop will bring together leading roboticists from industry and
academia as well as government representatives to explore strategies of
addressing the technological challenges associated with the emerging
service economy.

Format

In focused plenary discussions and break-out sessions we will explore
robotics for Domestic and Professional Service Robotics.  The
participants will identify
(a) new application areas that will maximize socio-economic impact;
(b) core competency areas for U.S. research and development; and
(c) formulation of the roadmap.

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

We encourage interested experts from industry, government, and academia
to submit short proposals via email by June 20, 2008. These proposal
should contain

1) Name, affiliation, and contact info
2) promising application areas, critical research challenges, viable
solution strategies

Proposals must be under 2 pages in plain text or PDF format. Please put
"Research Roadmap Proposal" in the subject line and email to
service-ws at us-robotics.us.  Applicants will be notified by July 7, 2008.

Due to funding limitations, we can accept only 30 participants. Anyone
who submits a proposal will receive a copy of the final workshop report
and information on how they might participate in the CCC robotics
effort. This workshop is being held as part of a group of CCC robotics
workshops examining the areas of manufacturing, service, healthcare, and
emerging topics in robotics.


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