[robotics-worldwide] Call for papers: Special Issue of the Jorunal of Field Robotics

José Neira jneira at unizar.es
Thu Jun 11 10:29:47 PDT 2009

Journal of Field Robotics

Special issue on Visual Mapping and Navigation Outdoors

Guest editors:

Cyrill Stachniss, University of Freiburg
Stefan Williams, Australian Centre for Field Robotics
José Neira, University of Zaragoza

Mapping and navigation, the successful modeling and traversal of unknown 
environments using vehicles equipped with sensors, has been an extremely 
active research area in robotics recently. Researchers have reported 
impressive results in this area, to the point that building 2D maps of 
indoor planar environments using laser sensors is considered a solved 
problem. For this reason, research has moved to addressing larger, non 
planar, less-structured and dynamic outdoor environments. Information 
rich visual sensors are being incorporated into these new systems 
because cameras have become inexpensive, light weight, and offer high 
performance in resolution and speed. Visual sensors offer much more 
detailed environmental information, but pose new challenges such as 
robust feature detection and tracking, data association, and 3D 
computation. Also, computationally efficient large-scale estimation is 
much harder using cameras than using a laser scanner.

The goal of the special issue of the Journal of Field Robotics is to 
publish outstanding results on the use of visual sensors for mapping and 
navigation in challenging outdoor environments: urban, suburban, 
off-road, underwater, and airborne, in applications that include but are 
not limited to surveying, virtual and augmented reality, surveillance 
and search and rescue operations. This call for papers follows a very 
successful workshop on Visual Mapping and Navigation Outdoors at ICRA 2009.

List of topics

• Bearing only/monocular systems, multi-camera systems, mapping with 
omni-directional cameras, active/passive cameras
• Vision + other sensors
• Environment representations: metric, topological
• Visual loop closing techniques
• Place recognition
• Large scale visual navigation and mapping
• Urban, suburban and off-road mapping
• Underwater applications
• Airborne navigation and mapping
Important dates

September 1, 2009 - Submission of manuscripts
December 1, 2009 - Reviews sent to the authors
March 1, 2010 - Final manuscripts due for publication

Journal of Field Robotics

ICRA 2009 workshop page

For comments, suggestions, or requests, please send email to Cyrill 
Stachniss <stachnis at informatik.uni-freiburg.de>, Stefan Williams 
<s.williams at cas.edu.au>, or Jose Neira <jneira at unizar.es>.

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