[robotics-worldwide] Deadline Extension: Special Issue "Towards a WWW for Robots" (IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM))

Markus Waibel mwaibel at ethz.ch
Wed Oct 27 12:18:22 PDT 2010

                    DEADLINE EXTENDED:
            CALL FOR PAPERS - Special Issue
       IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM):
                  Towards a WWW for Robots

Important Dates:
- Deadline for submissions:		1 December 2010 (extended)
- First review:			1 February 2011
- Final review:			1 March 2011
- Publication:			  June 2011

Motivation and Objectives:

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM) seeks articles for a Special 
Issue, scheduled for publication in June 2011.

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.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
   - Distributed world modeling
   - Action recognition and action labeling
   - Learning of actions
   - Language for knowledge representation
   - Standardization of data formats for knowledge exchange

For submission instructions, please see the RAM website: 

Guest Editors:
   - Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan
   - Michael Beetz, Technische Universität München, Germany
   - Rene van de Molengraft, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

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

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