[robotics-worldwide] last CfP: ICAR 2009 - extended deadline: March 23, 2009

Monica Reggiani monica.reggiani at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 02:32:45 PDT 2009

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** Please send to interested colleagues and students.**

Due to the IROS09 deadline extension, and to several requests,
the submission deadline has been extended by 10 days until
      ********* Monday, March 23, 2009. *********



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

Theme: Able Robots


****** NEW PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 23, 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 products.

We solicit original high-quality contributions particularly, but
not exclusively addressing the following scientific and
technological issues:
* 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.

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


Paper Submission Deadline: March 23, 2009 (EXTENDED)
Notification of Acceptance: April 25, 2009
Camera-ready Paper Submission: May 1, 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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