[robotics-worldwide] Reminder: CFP: 2009 Robotics: Science and Systems Workshop on GOOD EXPERIMENTAL METHODOLOGY IN ROBOTICS

Fabio Bonsignorio fabio.bonsignorio at heronrobots.com
Mon Apr 20 11:23:35 PDT 2009

Apologies for multiple postings

Dear All,
this is to remind you the cfp for the RSS2009 Workshop on GOOD
EXPERIMENTAL METHODOLOGY IN ROBOTICS. If you are interested to submit
an abstract drop an email by the below dates to me or one of the other
All the best


2009 Robotics: Science and Systems Workshop on

Full-day workshop to be held in conjuntion with the 2009 Robotics:
Science and Systems Conference in Seattle, WA, USA  on June 28.

Important dates:

- April 25 - Submission of a 1-2 page extended abstract
- May 2 - Notification of acceptance
- June 10 - Full papers due

Rationale and goals

 As the complexity of current robotic and embodied intelligent systems
grows, it is more and more necessary to define proper experimental
approaches and benchmarking procedures. The Special interest group on
Good Experimental Methodology was formed by EURON in response to a
wide perception — evidenced by some 90 responses to an email call for
interest — that roboticists could do much better at performing and,
particularly, reporting experimental work. A major output of the
Special Interest Group is a set of guidelines for good experimental
(reporting) practice, which we believe supports the community’s wish
to produce better experimental work. Equally significant is a series
of workshops on Benchmarking and Good Experimental Methodology held at
major Robotics conferences. Good experimental work is not novel in
robotics: there are many good experimental scientists in our
community. However, uniformly good experimental work and reporting has
not yet been achieved. The evidence of community interest in the topic
mentioned above suggests that the community is willing to take steps
to improve in this area. Thus we propose to take the work of good
experimental robotics groups and use it to illustrate high-quality
experimental work and reporting

The workshop will  draw out the strengths (and weaknesses) of
presented work and encourage sharing and adoption of good practices.
It will mix invited and regular presentations and will encourage the
discussion and interaction between the participants

List of topics

- Design of Experiments in Robotics
- Execution of Experiments in Robotics
- Reporting Experiments in Robotics
- Examples of Good Practice
- Evaluation of Experimental Robotics Work
- Proposals for Promotion of Good Experimental Work

The workshop will consist of presentations interleaved with a
significant amount of additional time for discussions between the
presentations and at the end of the full day single track sessions.

 The workshop will generate proceedings; selected contributions may be
invited to submit to a journal special issue on good experimental

Previous workshops:
Previous workshops on the related topic of Benchmarking have been
organized successfully at IROS  and RSS conferences.

Workshop Organizers:

Fabio Bonsignorio, Heron Robots, Italy, <fabio.bonsignorio at heronrobots.com>
Angel P. del Pobil, Universitat  Jaume I, Spain, <pobil at icc.uji.es>
John Hallam, University of Southern Denmark, <john at mmmi.sdu.dk>

Fabio P. Bonsignorio
Heron Robots s.r.l.
Via R.Ceccardi 1/18
I-16121 Genova

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