[robotics-worldwide] CFP - Autonomous Robots - Special Issue on Guaranteeing Motion Safety for Robots

Thierry Fraichard thierry.fraichard at inrialpes.fr
Fri Sep 10 00:17:11 PDT 2010

Autonomous Robots - Special Issue Call for Papers


Main submission deadline: January 15, 2011.



In the near future, it is expected that robotic systems will share the 
human living and working spaces: service robots and cybernetic transport 
systems are examples of two primary application areas. The technology is 
now mature; we have already witnessed autonomous mobile robots guiding 
people in museums and automated cars driving on the road network.

While moving (especially at high speed), automated vehicles, mobile 
manipulators and humanoid robots can be potentially dangerous should a 
collision occur. Before letting such robotic systems transport or share 
space with people in a truly autonomous way, it is critical to assert 
and characterize their motion safety, i.e. their guaranteed ability to 
avoid collision.

Roboticists have long been aware of the motion safety issue; there is a 
rich literature on collision avoidance schemes. However, motion safety 
in the real world remains an open problem. Demonstrating that a robotic 
system is working properly on a limited set of experiments is not 
enough. If autonomous robotic systems are ever to be deployed among 
human beings on a large scale, there is a need to characterize the level 
of motion safety that can be achieved and/or to specify the conditions 
under which it can be guaranteed.

The purpose of this special issue of Autonomous Robots is to disseminate 
recent research advances in guaranteed motion safety for robotic systems 
operating in challenging situations, such as uncertain and dynamic 
environments and high-speed robotic systems. The focus of the special 
issue is on motion safety in dynamic environments; topics include, but 
are not limited to:

- Collision avoidance for mobile robots, manipulator arms or humanoids.
- Multi-robot / reciprocal collision avoidance.
- Multi-robot coordination, e.g. air or shipping traffic control.
- Safe reactive motion planning / dynamic replanning approaches.
- Safe motion for robotic systems with kinematic or dynamic constraints.
- Control theoretic approaches to motion safety.
- Deterministic and probabilistic approaches to motion safety.

The special issue will focus on papers based on sound theoretical 
frameworks that specifically address motion safety in a formal way.


- Thierry Fraichard
   INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes, France
   thierry.fraichard at inria.fr

- James J. Kuffner, Jr.
   The Robotics Institute
   Carnegie Mellon University, US
   kuffner at cs.cmu.edu


- January 15, 2011: Submission of manuscripts
- April 15, 2011: Notification to authors.
- July 15, 2011: Submission of camera-ready papers.
- Fall 2011: Publication of the special issue.


Manuscripts should be submitted to: http://AURO.edmgr.com. This online 
system offers easy and straightforward log-in and submission procedures, 
and supports a wide range of submission file formats.

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