[robotics-worldwide] Network Science and Systems Issues in Multi-Robot Autonomy, ICRA'10 Workshop

Sameera Poduri sameera at usc.edu
Wed Feb 10 12:03:43 PST 2010


Network Science and Systems Issues in Multi-Robot Autonomy
Full day workshop at ICRA 2010 (http://icra2010.grasp.upenn.edu/)


Friday, May 7 2010
Alaska, Anchorage

Important dates

Submission of extended abstracts: March 8, 2010
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2010
Workshop: May 7, 2010


    * Prof. Volkan Isler (University of Minnesota)
    * Prof. James McLurkin (Rice University)
    * Dr. Sameera Poduri (University of Southern California)
    * Prof. Daniela Rus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    * Dr. Mac Schwager (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    * Prof. Andreas Terzis (Johns Hopkins University)

Submission guidelines

Authors should submit extended abstracts (1-4 pages long in ICRA 2010
pdf format) on https://papers.isi.jhu.edu/NETSS-ICRA10 by March 8,


Networked mobile robots will have far reaching technological impact.
It is envisioned that groups of autonomous robots will collaborate
using wireless radios to allow large-scale sensing for environmental
monitoring, reconnaissance and surveillance. They will also provide
on-demand communication infrastructure for search and rescue and other
emergency response operations. A key challenge in realizing these
systems is maintaining network-wide communication as robots constantly
gain and lose links while moving. Further, the changing network
topology complicates distributed sensing and state-estimation. While
significant developments have been made in novel algorithm and control
designs, in practice, deploying robot networks has proven to be hard.
One important reason is that low-power wireless radios have an
irregular communication range that is difficult to model and predict.

This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners in
multi-robot control and ad hoc network design to discuss wireless
communication models, algorithms and controller designs that can lead
to practical deployments. We will survey hardware experiments and
compare their performance to theoretical predictions. We will discuss
advancements in algorithms and control theory trying to understand the
limits of global behavior achievable from specific local information
and control. Our goal is to identify research questions and methods
that can address the current gap between theory and practice. The
workshop will feature a combination of invited talks, oral and poster
presentations, and panel discussions. Selected papers will be
considered for publication in a special issue of the Autonomous Robots

List of topics

Research at the intersection of networking and multi-robot systems
including, but not limited to:

    * Control algorithms for preserving and augmenting connectivity
    * Design of delay tolerant robot networks with intermittent connectivity
    * Leveraging existing networking algorithms to enable new
multi-robot capabilities
    * Distributed observers and state estimation over changing networks
    * Models of wireless communication and exploiting mobility to build them
    * Compatibility of multi-robot controllers with existing ad hoc
routing protocols
    * Hardware implementations of controllers over ad hoc networks

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