[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IROS 2011 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring

Lino Marques lino at isr.uc.pt
Sat Apr 23 08:16:00 PDT 2011

                     CALL FOR PAPERS

  IROS 2011 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring
                 Friday, September 30, 2011


Submission of extended abstracts: June 3rd, 2011
Notification of acceptance:              June 17th, 2011
Submission of final papers:             July 1st, 2011


In the past decades 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 of operating in natural 
Nowadays, robots are becoming fundamental data gathering tools for 
scientists studying the planet.
Some example applications include ocean floor sampling, tracking  water 
surface blooms and pollution spread, wide area monitoring of climate 
variables, and monitoring volcanoe activity.
Design and implementation of robotic systems for environmental research 
present significant challenges to  robotics researchers.
New findings to make robots capable of perceiving, moving and actuating 
in natural environments are necessary.
Further, robots in environmental applications require increased energy 
autonomy to allow for extended periods of operation.
Low energy design and energy harvesting must be investigated.
Additionally, the robots should be able to exchange information and 
cooperate with other agents which are necessary to cover large areas.

This full-day Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring intends 
to bring together researchers with various backgrounds 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 
algorithm design and energy harvesting.

1.    Sensors for environmental monitoring
2.    Sensor networks
3.    Spatio-temporal data processing and environment modeling
4.    Robotic systems able to operate in natural environments, being 
them ground surfaces, air, water surface, underwater, or underground
5.    Mobile robot olfaction
6.    Low energy design
7.    Energy harvesting
8.    Other subjects relevant to robotics for environmental monitoring

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.

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.
Of particular interest is results from field deployments.

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.

P. Corke, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
A. de Almeida, University of Coimbra, Portugal
T. Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan
V. Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, USA
A. Lilienthal, Orebro University, Sweden
A. Talukder, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, USA

Lino Marques
Institute of Systems and Robotics
University of Coimbra
3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal
Phone: +351 239 796 277
Email: lino at isr.uc.pt

Ryan N. Smith
School of Engineering Systems
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
Phone: +61 07 3138 2483
Email: ryan.smith at qut.edu.au

Ibrahim Volkan Isler
Department of Computer Science
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Phone: +1-612-625-1067
Email: isler at cs.umn.edu

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