[robotics-worldwide] CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: ICRA2010 Workshop Best Practice in 3D Perception and Modeling for Mobile Manipulation

Alexey Zakharov zakharov at gps-stuttgart.de
Mon Jan 25 07:23:49 PST 2010


ICRA2010 Workshop: Best Practice in 3D Perception and Modeling for
Mobile Manipulation

When: May 3 or 7, 2010

Where: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
(ICRA2010) in Anchorage, Alaska


Submission deadline: March 7, 2010

Although robotics research and development has made significant progress
and reached outstanding results in the past 10 to 15 years, the
development of new robot systems and applications has remained a
challenge taking significant time and effort. This is not only due to
the complexity of these systems but also to the fact that new robot
systems or applications are typically highly specialized, unique, and
developed from scratch.

Little attention has been paid to the creation of easily configurable,
re-usable, interoperable components and solutions. Frequently, these
specialized developments elude any non-trivial performance evaluation
and comparison. The situation for the development of robotic control
software and also for development tools is not much different. This
leads to excessively high development costs and times, long innovation
and production cycles, moderate system robustness or short to a
significant waste of resources.

Together with interested people we would like to discuss a general
framework that can be applied to a hopefully large number of robotic
tasks and algorithms in 3D Perception and Modeling, and not only to one
or two. The challenge is to make such a framework sustainable, so that
it accommodates not only existing algorithms but also future
developments, and the key challenge is to make this framework really
appealing to the robotics community.

Our goal is to link the workshop to previous events held at prestigious
conferences in the mobile robotics field, including: IROS09 (St. Louis)
- Semantic Perception for Mobile Manipulation workshop organized by Radu
Bogdan Rusu, Gary Bradski, Kurt Konolige and Michael Beetz

The list of topics of interest includes, but are not necessary limited
*Best of 3D Perception and Modeling Algorithms for Mobile Manipulation:
  *semantic scene interpretation based on point clouds
  *object modeling for manipulation and grasping
  *accurate 3D collision models
  *surface reconstruction for close-range scenes
  *vision for manipulation
  *deformable objects
  *object classification based on manipulation experience/capabilities

*Harmonization and Benchmarking of 3D Perception and Modeling 
  *harmonization of operational context and conditions for algorithms
  *specification and harmonization of performance requirements
  *definition of (a language for) abstraction levels and generic 
   descriptions of robot algorithms including description of I/O 
   behavior, module dependencies, timing and hardware    
  *harmonization of data structures and external (and internal) models 
   referred to by an algorithm
  *harmonization of interfaces, and communication mechanisms
  *analysis of real-time requirements
  *definition of test condition and procedures and benchmarks for      
   comparative evaluation

We solicit paper submissions, optionally accompanied by a video, both of
which will be reviewed (not double-blind) by the program  committee. The
review criteria will be: technical quality, significance of system
demonstration, and topicality. We aim to accept 9--12 papers for oral
presentation at the meeting. Videos will be shown during an afternoon
session open to the public.

Accepted papers and videos will be assembled into proceedings and
distributed in CD format at the workshop. If there is sufficient 
interest, we will pursue publication of a special journal issue or a
book to include extended versions of the best papers.

Papers should be in PDF, conform to the IEEE requirements, and be
maximum of 8 pages in length (shorter papers are welcome). Videos 
should be in the MPEG format, 3-5 minutes in length, and easily viewed
with free video players (please try playing your video on a 
couple of different machines before submitting).

Email submissions to: info at best-of-robotics.org. Please do not attach
video files to email; include a URL instead.

Important dates:
Submission deadline: March 7, 2010
Notification of acceptance: April 7, 2010
Workshop: May 3 or 7, 2010

*Radu Bogdan Rusu – Willow Garage, Inc
*Andreas Nüchter – Jacobs University Bremen, gGmbH
*Gary Bradski – Stanford University / Willow Garage, Inc
*Alexey Zakharov – GPS Gesellschaft für Produktionssysteme GmbH

Program Committee: 
*Nico Blodow, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
*Matei Ciocarlie, Willow Garage, USA
*Joachim Hertzberg, University of Osnabrueck, Germany 
*Kurt Konolige, Willow Garage, USA
*Marius Muja, University of British Columbia, USA
*Daniel Munoz, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
*Min Sun, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA

Best regards,
Alexey Zakharov

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