[robotics-worldwide] CFP - IROS 2010 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring

Lino Marques lino at isr.uc.pt
Tue Jun 22 03:55:08 PDT 2010


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CALL FOR PAPERS - IROS 2010 WORKSHOP
ROBOTICS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
Taipei, Taiwan, October 22, 2010
http://www.isr.uc.pt/WREM2010
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Important Dates:
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- Submission of extended abstracts: Jul 7, 2010
- Notification of acceptance: Jul 23, 2010
- Final submission: Aug 10, 2010
- Workshop date: Oct 22, 2010


Abstract:
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In the past decades a huge progress in robotics have been achieved, with 
robots moving from the common manipulator, fixed on the factory floor to 
more flexible and autonomous devices, capable to operate in natural 
environments.
Nowadays, robots are fundamental data gathering tools to scientists 
studying the Earth environment. Robots can be seen in areas ranging from 
the study of deep oceans, the track of water surface blooms and 
pollution spread, the wide area monitoring of climate variables, or even 
in the study of volcanoes activity.
 From the robotics community point of view, the utilization of robots in 
the environmental research also presents significant challenges to the 
field robotics research, stimulating new findings in the direction of 
robots more capable to perceive, move and actuate in natural 
environments. These Environmental Monitoring Robots require increased 
energy autonomy to allow for extended periods of operation. Low energy 
design and energy harvesting can be used for that purpose. Additionally, 
they should be able to exchange information and to cooperate with other 
agents of a large data gathering network.


Motivation and objectives:
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This full-day Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring intends 
to bring together researchers with different backgrounds in at least one 
of the areas relevant to this new multidisciplinary field of research, 
namely researchers from field robotics, sensors for environmental 
variables, sensor networks, environmental data processing, low energy 
robot design, low energy design and energy harvesting.


List of topics:
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• Sensors for environmental monitoring
• Sensor networks
• Spatio-temporal data processing and environment modeling
• Robotic systems able to operate in natural environments, being them 
ground surfaces, air, water surface, underwater, or underground
• Mobile robot olfaction
• Low energy design
• Energy harvesting
• Other subjects relevant to robotics for environmental monitoring


Intended audience:
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Researchers with interests in field robotics, namely: outdoor robotics, 
water surface and underwater robotics, air vehicles for environmental 
monitoring, and supporting technologies for field robotics, and 
environmental scientists interested in the employment of robotics 
technologies to support their studies.


Program committee:
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T. Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan
V. Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, USA
A. Lilienthal, Orebro University, Sweden
A. Martinoli, EPFL, Switzerland
G. Sukhatme, University of Southern California, USA


Organizers:
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Lino Marques and Anibal de Almeida
Institute of Systems and Robotics
University of Coimbra
3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal
Phone: +351 239 796 277
Email: {lino,adealmeida}@isr.uc.pt


Submission Procedure:
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Participants are invited to submit an extended abstract of maximum 4 
pages using IEEE format. In contrast to the conference we encourage 
submission of preliminary results and half-baked ideas.

Accepted papers, together with the data and code will be available 
online at the workshop website.

In case of a sufficient number of high quality submissions, extended 
versions of the selected contributions will be considered for 
publication as a Special Issue in a robotics journal.

For questions/submissions, please contact: Lino Marques (lino at isr.uc.pt)


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