[robotics-worldwide] Deadline Approaching (March 5th): Search and Pursuit/Evasion Workshop (ICRA2010)

Geoff Hollinger gholling at andrew.cmu.edu
Wed Feb 24 10:41:24 PST 2010

Deadline Approaching for Contributed Papers:
ICRA10 Workshop
Search and Pursuit/Evasion in the Physical World: Efficiency,
Scalability, and Guarantees

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA10) Workshop
Anchorage, Alaska
May 3, 2010

Abstract (Full-Day Workshop)

This workshop will bring together researchers in all areas of
pursuit/evasion and search. This includes (but is not limited to)
geometric approaches, probabilistic optimization, graph theoretic
search, decision theoretic planning, and adversarial search. The
primary focus will be on single-robot and multi-robot search, which
includes unmanned ground (UGVs), aerial (UAVs), surface (USVs), and
underwater (UUVs) vehicles, as well as heterogeneous search teams in
both outdoor and indoor environments. Various sensors, including
cameras and laser scanners, will be examined, and search for both
adversarial and non-adversarial targets will be considered. The theme
of this workshop is to unify various formulations of the search
problem and move towards a common theoretical and applied framework
for search with autonomous robots. This workshop also will be of
interest to those working in the general areas of multi-agent systems,
distributed computation, and approximation algorithms.

Call for Papers

We invite contributions in areas of search and pursuit/evasion
applicable to mobile robotics. Both theoretical and applied papers are
encouraged. The common theme is the unification of various
formulations of the search and pursuit/evasion problems, which
includes papers spanning one or more of the following threads:

   * Graph search and theoretical foundations
   * Geometric approaches to search in polygonal environments
   * Adversarial search on discrete and continuous representations
   * Game theoretic approaches to search
   * Distributed planning and estimation for multiple searchers
   * The role of sensing and perception for search
   * Urban search and rescue and emergency response with mobile robots
   * Search with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and/or Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
   * Combining search and target tracking
   * Search systems and applications

Papers should be in IEEE format. Page limit is 6 pages (extended
abstracts, in addition to full papers, will also be considered). The
authors of selected papers will have the opportunity to present their
work during the workshop either as a regular presentation or with a
poster along with a short spotlight presentation.  Submission
instructions are available on the workshop website:


Expanded versions of selected original, previously unpublished
contributed papers will be considered for a special issue in the
Autonomous Robots journal (expected publication Summer 2011).

Important Dates

   * Contributed papers due: March 5, 2010
   * Notification of acceptance: March 26, 2010
   * Workshop commences at ICRA 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska: May 3, 2010

Confirmed Workshop Speakers

   * Prof. David Hsu, National Univ. of Singapore
   * Prof. Dinesh Manocha, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
   * Prof. Gaurav Sukhatme, Univ. of Southern California
   * Prof. Karl Hedrick, Univ. of California at Berkeley
   * Prof. Nick Roy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
   * Prof. Stefano Carpin, Univ. of California at Merced
   * Prof. Seth Hutchinson, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
   * Prof. Sven Koenig, Univ. of Southern California
   * Prof. Tomonari Furukawa, Virginia Tech

Workshop Organizers

Geoffrey Hollinger, Carnegie Mellon University, gholling at ri.cmu.edu
Volkan Isler, University of Minnesota, isler at cs.umn.edu
Timothy H. Chung, Naval Postgraduate School, tchung at nps.edu

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