[robotics-worldwide] Call for papers for IROS Workshop on Visual Control of Mobile Robots (ViCoMoR)

Youcef MEZOUAR Youcef.MEZOUAR at lasmea.univ-bpclermont.fr
Tue Apr 26 03:14:07 PDT 2011

Call for papers for
IROS Workshop on Visual Control of Mobile Robots (ViCoMoR)
September 26th, 2011, San Francisco, California, in conjunction with the
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Web: http://vicomor.unizar.es

Aims and Scope
Autonomous navigation of mobile robots is a complex problem that has  
attracted the attention of the research community during the last  
decades. Systems capable of performing efficient and robust autonomous  
navigation are of interest in many robotic applications: automation  
industry, material transportation, assistance to disabled people,  
surveillance, etc. In order to perform navigation, the mobile robots  
need to interact with the environment, and for this purpose different  
types of sensors are nowadays available. From all of them, vision  
systems stand out because they provide very rich information and  
because of their versatility and low cost. The purpose of this  
workshop is to discuss topics related to the challenging problems of  
visual control of mobile robots.

Visual control refers to the capability of a robot to visually  
perceive the environment and use this information for autonomous  
navigation. The visual control is a multidisciplinary field of  
research that requires the collaboration of computer vision and  
robotics control experts. Nowadays, there is still a gap between  
computer vision and robotics communities that prevents more profitable  
results from jointly research. Thus, one of the goals of this workshop  
is to provide a forum for the communication of new ideas between these  
communities. Moreover, different fields of research can promote new  
methods, for example from biological inspiration, or taking advantage  
of known methods applied in different areas, such as robotic  
manipulation or UAV. We propose a half-day workshop to enhance active  
collaboration of computer vision and robotic researchers, discuss  
formal methods for visual control and identify current trends of the  
field. Achievements, challenges and open questions related with the  
visual control of mobile robots are welcome.

Topics of interest include:
-Autonomous navigation and visual servoing techniques for mobile robots.
-Visual perception for visual control, visual sensors and integration  
of image information in the control loop.
-Visual control with constraints: nonholonomic constraints, motion in  
formation, coordination, distributed visual control, obstacle  
avoidance, motion planning, etc.
-New trends in visual control, innovative solutions or proposals in  
the framework of computer vision and control theory.

Instructions for Authors
Submission of preliminary title and abstract is due before 20 May  
2011. Papers submissions are due on 10 June 2011. All submissions  
should be in PDF format using the IROS template. Papers should be 4-6  
pages in length, optionally accompanied by a video. All submissions  
will be reviewed for relevance to the topic of the workshop as well as  
scientific merit. Submissions should be emailed to  
youcef.mezouar at lasmea.univ-bpclermont.fr, gonlopez at unizar.es

Invited speakers
Francois Chaumette (INRIA - IRISA, Rennes, France)
Nicholas R. Gans (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

Important Dates
20 May, 2011: Title of paper and abstract submissions
10 June, 2011: Paper submissions
25 June, 2011 : Acceptance notification
1 July, 2011: Final submission of accepted papers
26 September, 2011: Workshop date

Youcef Mezouar
LASMEA - 24 avenue des landais, 63 177 Aubière Cedex, France
youcef.mezouar at lasmea.univ-bpclermont.fr

Gonzalo Lopez-Nicolas
Instituto de Investigacion en Ingenieria de Aragon - Universidad de  
Zaragoza, Spain
gonlopez at unizar.es

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