[robotics-worldwide] CfP: ICAR 2009 (14th International Conference on Advanced Robotics) (2nd call)

Monica Reggiani monica.reggiani at unipd.it
Wed Feb 4 12:25:55 PST 2009

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14th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2009)
Munich, Germany, June 22nd to 26th, 2009

Theme: Able Robots


Paper submission deadline: March 13, 2009

Sponsored by the German Robotics Society (DGR)
Technically Co-sponsored by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS)


The theme of ICAR 2009 will be "able robots", where "able" is the
lexical intersection of "cap-able", "depend-able", "measur-able",
"afford-able". These adjectives stand as synonyms for four rather
fundamental and important features of robots which are supposed to
deliver useful and economically competitive services in everyday
environments under everyday conditions. Robots need to be "cap-able"
of performing functions, which are considered to be of real use to a
customer. These functions and capabilities have to be shown in a
"depend-able" manner 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and 52 weeks
per year. Service robots, which have become products, have become
"measur-able" because their price performance ratio determines their
competitiveness. Measurability of functions, components, system
designs is needed to develop competitive service robot products.
Finally, attention must be paid not only to the development of high
technology but also to "afford-able" technology, which leads to a
competitive price performance ratio of the eventual service robotics

We solicit original high-quality contributions particularly, but not
exclusively addressing the following scientific and technological
* cap-able *
motion planning and navigation, reactive and sensor-based planning,
visual navigation, mapping and localization, robot control, kinematics
and dynamics, behavior based systems, robot architectures, distributed
robot systems, sensing and perception, scene understanding, situation
awareness, force and tactile sensing, haptics, sensor fusion, visual
servoing, tracking, manipulation, mobile manipulation, grasping,
reasoning, learning, interaction, service robotics, domestic robotics,
home automation, field and service robotics
* afford-able *
low-cost localization, low-cost sensing and 3D perception, low-cost
wide-area navigation, low-cost collision detection and obstacle
avoidance, low-cost manipulation and grasping, low-cost actuation,
low-cost coverage, low-cost robot design
* measur-able *
performance measures and procedures, benchmarks, experimental
robotics, standards
* depend-able *
robust autonomy, error recovery, remote diagnosis and monitoring,
self-modeling, self-monitoring, self-repair

Special sessions will be organized for the following topics (amongst others):
* disposable robots
* robotic learning by experimentation


Authors are encouraged to submit their papers electronically in PDF
format through
The page limit for submission is six pages in the double-column
publication format (including figures, tables, and references). A
maximum of two additional pages are permitted at an extra charge
payable at the time of submitting the final, camera ready version of
the paper.  At least one author of each accepted paper should attend
the conference to present the paper.

ICAR 2009 is also currently inviting workshop and tutorial proposals
for the Workshop Program. A proposal with title, a brief description
of the workshop/tentative call for papers, and organizers' names and
affiliations should be submitted to the Workshop Chair by February 15,

For detailed up-to-date information and step-by-step instructions,
please visit the official ICAR website:


Workshop/Tutorial Submission Deadline: February 15, 2009
Paper Submission Deadline: March 13, 2009
Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2009
Camera-ready Paper Submission: April 30, 2009


* Honorary Chairs
Rolf Dieter Schraft, Fraunhofer IPA
Gerd Hirzinger, DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics

* General Chair
Erwin Prassler, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg Univ. of Applied Sciences

* Program Chair
Paolo Fiorini, Univ. of Verona

* Workshop and Tutorial Chair
Gerhard Kraetzschmar, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg Univ. of Applied Sciences

* Publicity Chair
Monica Reggiani, Univ. of Padua

* Financial Chair
Rainer Bischoff, KUKA Roboter GmbH

* Publication Chair
Martin Hägele, Fraunhofer IPA

* Industrial Liaison Chair
Gisbert Lawitzky, Siemens AG

* Local Organizer
Corinna Noltenius, GPS Gesellschaft für Produktionssysteme GmbH

* International Steering Committee
J. Angeles (Canada)
A.K. Bejczy (USA)
A. Casals (Spain)
P. Dario (Italy)
B. Espiau (France)
G. Giralt (France)
J.O. Gray (UK)
G. Hirzinger (Gemany)
O. Khatib (USA)
G. Sandini (Italy)
R.D. Schraft (Gemany)
J. Trevelyan (Australia)
Y. Umetani (Japan)


All sessions and activities of the ICAR 2009 conference will be held
at the Munich Marriott Hotel, Berliner Strasse 93, Munich, Germany.


Inquiries may be sent by e-mail message to the general chair:
Erwin Prassler,
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
E-Mail: erwin.prassler at fh-brs.de

Detailed information on the Conference is available at the Conference web page:

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