[robotics-worldwide] Reminder: MMART-LoG - Workshop on Metrics and Methodologies for Autonomous Robot Teams in Logistics @IROS 2011

Alexander Kleiner kleiner at informatik.uni-freiburg.de
Tue Jul 5 00:59:02 PDT 2011

Dear colleagues,

Please consider to contribute to the attached IROS'11 workshop.

My apologies for any multiple posting that you may have received.


Alexander Kleiner, Rolf Lakaemper and Raj Madhaven 
Call for Papers

MMART-LoG - Metrics and Methodologies for Autonomous Robot Teams in Logistics
Friday, September 30, 2011

in conjunction with:
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2011)
San Francisco, USA
September 25-30, 2011 


Recent trends in logistics and manufacturing clearly indicate an increasing demand 
for flexibility, modularity, and re-configurability of material flow systems. Whereas 
in the past plant installations have been used for decades without change, nowadays 
product life cycles and the demand for product variety rely on innovative technologies 
that allow to flexibly reconfigure automation processes without reducing their 
availability. Therefore, distributed and self-organized systems, such as teams of 
robots which autonomously organize transportation tasks, are playing an increasingly 
important role in present logistics centers and manufacturing plants. Enabling 
technologies for mapping, navigation, planning, and task allocation in large heterogeneous 
robot teams have to guarantee safety, robustness, and reliability. In order to meet 
these requirements, scientifically sound and statistically significant metrics, measurement, 
and evaluation methodologies are of utmost importance. Since all aspects of industrial 
mobile robots’ (IMRs’) handling, from navigation to task allocation to the evaluation 
thereof are closely intertwined, it is necessary to provide a forum for experts to exchange 
and discuss the different facets of applying robot technologies to industrial environments. 
The MMART-LOG workshop will provide a forum for discussing robust IMR- technology solutions 
for industrial environments and their performance metrics to satisfy industrial standards. 

We welcome suitable topics relevant to autonomous robot teams and performance evaluation 
in the context of problems of logistics and manufacturing, such as:
- Robot Motion Planning 
- Decentralized Task Allocation 
- Multi-Robot Planning and Scheduling 
- Distributed Constraint Optimization (DCOP) 
- Team Formation 
- Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) in Industry
- Localization in Dynamically Changing Environments 
- Evaluation and Benchmarking methodologies for IMR technologies 
- Experiences, Applications, Use Cases

The workshop will consist of four invited presentations (30 min. each) and ten regular 
presentations (30 min. each). These will be included in the IROS 2011 Tutorials and Workshops DVD. 
You can register for the workshop via the IROS’11 website at http://www.iros2011.org/. 
Admission to the workshop is included in the IROS’11 conference registration fee. 
The full-day workshop is scheduled to be held on Friday, September 30, 2011.


MMART-LOG is an opportunity for researchers from different disciplines, industry 
experts, vendors and end-users of IMRs to share and discuss experiences and ideas. 
The primary audience of MMART-LOG is intended to be researchers and practitioners 
both from academia and industry with an interest in robotic solutions for logistics 
and manufacturing. The workshop is also aimed at benchmarking and objectively evaluating 
performance of such systems.


We solicit paper submissions, optionally accompanied by a video, which will be reviewed by the 
program committee under the following review criteria: technical quality, significance, and quality 
of system demonstration. Papers should be up to 6 pages in length and be formatted according to 
the IEEE IROS style. Please submit your contribution with EasyChair by following this LINK:


Accepted papers and videos will be included into proceedings and distributed in CD format at the workshop 
and will also be made available under http://kaspar.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/~mmartlog/. If there is 
sufficient interest, we will pursue publication of a journal Issue to include the best papers.

IMPORTANT DATES (Extended deadline)

8 July 2011: Paper submission
12 August 2011: Notification of acceptance
26 August 2011: Camera ready submission


Dr. Alexander Kleiner, 
University of Freiburg
kleiner at informatik.uni-freiburg.de

Dr. Rolf Lakaemper, 
Temple University
lakamper at temple.edu

Dr. Raj Madhavan, 
raj.madhavan at nist.gov

Dr. Alexander Kleiner
Phone: +49-761-203-8234
Fax: +49-761-203-8222
Web: www.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/~kleiner
Email: kleiner at informatik.uni-freiburg.de

Georges-Koehler-Allee 52
79110 Freiburg

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