[robotics-worldwide] deadline approaching: 6th International Symposium on Autonomous Minirobots for Research and Edutainment (AMiRE)

Felix Werner fwerner at cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de
Thu Dec 9 00:28:12 PST 2010

Call for Papers:
6th International Symposium on Autonomous Minirobots for
Research and Edutainment (AMiRE)
May 23-25 2011 in Bielefeld, Germany

Dear Colleagues,

the 6th International Symposium on Autonomous Minirobots for Research 
and Edutainment (AMiRE) is to be held on 23-25 May 2011 at the Centre 
for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld, Germany, under 
the patronage of the Centre of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction 
Technology. The leading theme of the AMiRE series of symposia is that 
small and inexpensive research, educational and entertainment robots 
have been and continue to be an important driving force for advancing 
autonomous robot technology. Thanks to the advances in microelectronic 
technology such as high performance and low power microprocessors, 
FPGAs, wireless communications and low cost CMOS cameras,  such robots 
are capable of serving as test beds for animal behaviour cognitive 
research, prototypes of large robotics systems such as service or field 
robots, and as general research tools for  autonomous robotics.

Reminiscent of how desktop computers made computing accessible to almost 
everyone, autonomous minirobots make robotics research accessible to a 
much broader research community than was possible before. Autonomous 
minirobots also are an unique educational tool, not only because 
students from primary to tertiary level  find it  fun to play with them, 
   but also because autonomous minirobots are a microcosm of advanced 
embedded systems technology that permeates our technological culture.

Based on the success of its predecessors, the sixth AMiRE Symposium 
provides a forum for autonomous robotics research and technology 
development that, besides of small size and/or low cost, focuses on 
effective and ingenious ways of endowing resource constrained autonomous 
robots  with advanced cognitive abilities.
Efficient use of energy is an ongoing design goal for all types of 
mobile devices, and even more so in autonomous robots where available 
energy is a primary limiting factor to robot capabilities. Therefore 
achieving more with less energy is highly relevant.
Within this context AMiRE 2011 welcomes contributions on the 
fundamentals of minirobotic science and design, and application of 
minirobots in research, education and entertainment.
Submission on the following topics are especially encouraged:
Embedded Cognition
Bio-inspired Mechatronics
Minirobotic Platforms
Minirobot Competitions

To give the participants greater opportunity for collegial discussions 
AMiRE 2011, like  previous AMiRE symposia, will run as a single track 
symposium. All accepted papers will be Published by Springer Verlag in 
book form and will indexed in  SpringerLink.

The first robot soccer tournament according to the AMiREsot rules will 
be held during the symposium. AMiREsot is a robot soccer league for 
small size fully autonomous robots on a playfield that makes few special 
concession to the robots sensors (e.g. there is no global vision 
system). The AMiREsot rule are available for download from the AMiRE 

Important Dates:
15.01.11	Deadline for Submissions
21.02.11	Notification of Acceptance
14.03.11	Camera Ready Version, Early Registration

Contact and Information
support at amiresymposia.org

Best Regards,
Ulrich Rückert and Joaquin Sitte

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