[robotics-worldwide] CFP - Towards a World Wide Web for Robots (IROS 2010)

Markus Waibel markus.waibel at gmail.com
Thu Jun 3 14:36:19 PDT 2010

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                  Towards a WWW for Robots
              Taipei, Taiwan, October 18, 2010

Important Dates:
   - Deadline for submissions:       15 July 2010
   - Notification of acceptance:     15 August 2010
   - Final contributions due:         1 September 2010

Motivation and Objectives:
The autonomous robotics community is starting to tackle more and more 
complex manipulation activities, such as doing household chores, in more 
and more realistic operating environments such as human working and 
living environments. One of the biggest challenges in such applications 
is the open-endedness of the task domains and the enormous amount of 
knowledge needed to achieve reliable task success. Luckily almost every 
robot has access to the World Wide Web, the world's largest knowledge 
and information source.

While up to now robots have only made limited use of the web as an 
information and knowledge source, the opportunities are obvious and 
manifold. Robots can use search engines such as Google images, video, or 
3D warehouse. They can also ask for the help from humans using tools 
such as the Amazon Mechanical Turk. Or, robots could perhaps form 
communities to build up huge common knowledge bases, much in the same 
spirit as people work on Wikipedia. Or, robots could reproduce the 
situations they cannot handle in web games and observe how the players 
deal with the situations and what the consequences might be.

This workshop aims at bringing robotics researchers together that 
investigate the ways that robots can make good use of the Internet 
infrastructure. The workshop will provide a state-of-the-art overview of 
the field and will offer ample room for discussion to jointly identify 
new challenges and opportunities for future research.


We invite authors to submit papers on the following topics:
   - Distributed world modeling
   - Action recognition and action labeling
   - Learning of actions
   - Language for knowledge representation
   - Standardization of data formats for knowledge exchange

Papers should be up to 4 pages in length, formatted according to IEEE 
IROS style. Submitted papers will be reviewed by the program committee. 
Papers will be published and distributed in CD format at the workshop. 
Four selected papers will be accepted for oral presentation at the workshop.

The best papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of 
the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (details under negotiation).

All submissions should be emailed to Heico Sandee, 
<mailto:j.h.sandee at tue.nl>

Program Committee:
   - Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan
   - Michael Beetz, Technische Universität München, Germany
   - Rüdiger Dillmann, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
   - Paul Levi, University of Stuttgart, Germany
   - Raffaello d'Andrea, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
   - Maarten Steinbuch, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
   - Alois Knoll, Technische Universität München, Germany
   - Luis Montano Gella, University of Zaragoza, Spain

   - René van de Molengraft, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
   - Heico Sandee, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
   - Oliver Zweigle, University of Stuttgart, Germany
   - Markus Waibel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

mailto: j.h.sandee at tue.nl

Dr. Markus Waibel
Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
+41 44 632 3192

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