[robotics-worldwide] CFP ICRA 2011 Workshop on "Software Development and Integration in Robotics"

Davide Brugali brugali at unibg.it
Wed Feb 9 02:16:53 PST 2011

VI Edition of the Full Day Workshop on
Software Development and Integration in Robotics (SDIR-IV)
to be held in conjunction with ICRA 2011, Shanghai, China,
Monday May 9, 2011

                  Call for Papers/Participation
The sixth edition of the ICRA SDIR workshop reflects an increased 
awareness within the Robotics community for the importance of adopting 
best practice software engineering techniques and approaches in the 
development of robotics systems. In software-intensive domains like 
robotics, systematic engineering requires the step from code-driven to 
model-driven software development. Software models can represent 
relevant properties of robotic resources, their usage constraints, and 
their mutual dependencies and enable the development of tools that 
support the system engineering process. Software models are 
computational, that is they can be executed, simulate the system 
evolution and even represent the system evolution at run-time. They also 
allow to separate robotics knowledge from short-cycled implementation 
technologies. Since recently, tools like Eclipse are matured enough to 
be applied in and tailored to robotics. Design patterns, best practices, 
sophisticated and optimized software structures and approved solutions 
can be made available to experts in robotics within highly optimized 
code generators.

The workshop will be organized in three parts:

    * In Part I, a tutorial on Model-Driven Engineering will be given by
      an expert in software engineering. The tutorial will be an
      opportunity for the participants to assess the best practice
      technologies and approaches and to discuss strategic research
      directions for their exploitation in robotics.
    * In Part II, a set of talks will be given by authors of submitted
      papers. All the submissions undergo a peer review process. Papers
      passing the review process and not being selected for oral
      presentation can be presented as posters. Submitting a
      contribution is not a prerequisite to participate to the workshop
    * In Part III, we stimulate dialogue with the participants on some
      hot topics based on their similar or different opinions, exchange
      ideas and help identify research opportunities.

The tangible results of the workshop will be a practical program of 
research and public relations focused on the way that software 
development techniques are actually practiced in Robotics and a roadmap 
that indicates the strategic directions to pursue the synergy between 
Robotics and Software Engineering.

We invite contributions to the following topics:

    * Analysis of issues and challenges in robotic software development,
    * Recurrent robotic software concepts, aspects, and requirements,
    * Architectural models that lead to reusable robotic software design,
    * Models of reusable building-blocks for robot software systems,
    * Description of state-of-the-art research projects, innovative
      ideas, field-based studies.

Contributions will be selected by the workshop organizers, based on 
their quality and relevance to the workshop theme. Both, theoretical and 
applied papers as well as examples of best practices are encouraged. 
Submission of preliminary and informal work is also encouraged.

    Important Dates:

    * March, 9th 2011: Submission Deadline
          o All submissions should be in pdf format and prepared
            following the ICRA 2011 final camera ready format with a
            length of 2 to 8 pages. Paper contributions should be
            submitted by email to _Davide Brugali_
            <mailto:brugali at unibg.it>.
    * March, 23th 2011:
          o Notification of Acceptance.
    * May, 9th 2011:
          o Workshop date.
          o A tentative schedule and agenda will be published on the
            workshop web page.

Davide Brugali, PhD
Chair IEEE RAS TCSOFT, http://robotics.unibg.it/tcsoft/
Associate Editor IEEE RAM, http://www.ieee-ras.org/ram/editors/
Editor-in-Chief, JOSER, http://www.joser.org/
Associate Professor at University of Bergamo - DIIMM
  V.le Marconi, 5 - 24044 Dalmine, Italy
  Tel. ++39 035 2052-354 (008)  Fax ++39 035 2052-310

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