[robotics-worldwide] Special issue on Multiple Heterogeneous Field Robots Systems - Call for Papers

M. Ani Hsieh mhsieh1 at drexel.edu
Tue Jan 19 07:31:17 PST 2010


Call for Papers

SPECIAL ISSUE on Multiple Heterogeneous Field Robots Systems

Guest editors : Jonathan How (MIT), Ani Hsieh (Dexel University), and
Simon Lacroix (LAAS/CNRS)

Submission of Manuscripts: 4/31/2010
Acceptance notification: 8/21/2010
Final manuscripts due for publications: 10/31/2010

The deployment of heterogeneous robots can lead to important
operational benefits in many field application contexts. By exploiting
the perception and action complementarities of heterogeneous robots,
innovative cooperation and assistance schemes can be defined, and lead
to more efficient and robust operations. Typical applications include
military (cooperative search and track using air/ground robots) and
civilian (ocean sampling using submarines and surface sea vehicles,
and weather/plume tracking using multiple air vehicles). The
heterogeneity of the systems can also reside in their autonomy level,
e.g. teams of ground or aerial vehicles in which piloted and
autonomous systems cooperate.

The cooperation between heterogeneous robots brings forth several
challenges, mainly related to perception and decision, that are not
considered in classical homogeneous multi-robots systems. For
instance, the achievement of cooperating schemes require that the
robots build and share common environment representations: within
heterogeneous robot teams, this calls for the development of
environment modeling processes that are able to fuse data acquired by
various sensor types in very different conditions. From a decisional
point of view, the complementarities of the robot yields the
definition of non-symmetric cooperation schemes to achieve tasks that
can not be handled by a single robot, e.g. in which one robot assists
the other to localize it or to communicate with others: the
heterogeneous capacities of the robots enrich the problems of
mission/task planning and of supervision.

The goal of this special issue is to gather the current state of the
art on the issues raised by heterogeneous field robot teams. We invite
papers that exhibits theory, methods and experiments for the
deployment of heterogeneous field robots. A non-exclusive list of
possible topics is:

- Mapping and localization issues among heterogeneous robots
- Self-organization, reconfiguration, cooperation strategies and
decision making in heterogeneous robots teams
- Marsupial robotics and associated cooperation strategies
- Cooperation between robots with different levels of autonomy
- Planning architectures (hierarchical and distributed) and algorithms
for multi-agent teams
- Distributed estimation and sensor/information fusion with
communication constraints
- Resource allocation and management, including sensor tasking,
control, and actuation for mobile sensor networks
- Unique applications and testbeds/experiments for heterogeneous robot teams
- Effective integration of human operators and robots, and manned and
unmanned assets
- Papers containing large data sets collected by a heterogeneous team of robots

Papers should also provide description and analyses of actual field
experiments. Lessons learned in development and operation are also
pertinent. JFR encourages multimedia content and this special issue in
particular encourages the submission of papers/field reports
containing large data sets, illustrative videos of demonstrations and

Manuscript Submission
Upload manuscripts to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rob.
Instructions for authors, with information about ‘Multimedia
Extensions’, are available on-line at:

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