[robotics-worldwide] Call for Contributions - ALONE Workshop @ RSS 2011: Autonomous Long-term Operation in Novel Environments

Jonathan Kelly jonathan.kelly at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 13:33:22 PDT 2011

Call for Contributions

ALONE Workshop @ RSS 2011
Autonomous Long-term Operation in Novel Environments

Important Dates:

* Submission deadline:  May 11, 2011
* Notification of acceptance:  May 23, 2011
* Workshop:  June 27, 2011 at USC in Los Angeles, CA

Workshop Website:



The majority of future robots will operate outside of the laboratory
or the factory, performing tasks in challenging, dynamic
environments. In many situations, removal from service for maintenance
or adjustment may be infeasible or impossible. As such, these robots
will need to function reliably and autonomously on time scales ranging
from days to years. Developing adaptive and flexible systems capable
of this level of independence will require significant technical

The aim of the ALONE workshop is to bring together researchers from a
diverse range of sub-disciplines, to identify and discuss fundamental
challenges related to long-term autonomous operation; focus will be
given to robots working in particularly demanding locations, e.g.,
busy homes and offices, on existing road networks, underground,
underwater, in space, and on remote planetary surfaces. The program
will include invited and short talks, panel discussions, and a
lunchtime video session. We hope that the workshop will foster
opportunities for collaboration, with the goal of developing robust,
integrated autonomous systems.


The workshop will address a broad range of topics, including, but not
limited to:

  - long-horizon planning,
  - long-term learning and adaptation,
  - estimation in dynamic environments,
  - perceptual representations incorporating space and time,
  - fault tolerance and failure prediction,
  - novel sensors, actuators, and power sources,
  - resource-constrained operation,
  - online calibration.

Submission Format:

We invite submissions of two-page extended abstracts (three pages
maximum) describing new and ongoing work, or proposing future research
directions, in areas related to long-term autonomy.  The authors of
accepted abstracts will have the opportunity to give a brief (15
minute) talk at the workshop, followed by open discussion among
participants.  Optionally and additionally, attendees are invited to
submit videos of existing and future autonomous systems - videos will
be shown during the lunch period.

To encourage debate and the exchange of ideas, each abstract
submission should include a short section listing two questions that
the authors would like to discuss after their talk.  Submit by
emailing your extended abstract, in RSS format, as a PDF file to:

  alone.workshop at gmail.com

Submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee.  Specific
instructions for video contributions will be posted on the workshop
website shortly.

Invited Speakers:

  Andrew Howard (SpaceX)
  Salah Sukkarieh (ACFR)
  Chris Urmson (CMU/Google)


  Jonathan Kelly (USC)
  Paul Newman (Oxford)
  Sebastian Thrun (Stanford/Google)


For questions, please contact Jonathan Kelly (jonathsk at usc.edu).


Jonathan, Paul and Sebastian

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