[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation : ICRA 2011 Workshop on Automated Diagnosis, Repair and Re-Configuration of Robot Systems

Gerald Steinbauer steinbauer at ist.tugraz.at
Thu Mar 31 23:42:08 PDT 2011

Call for Participation

ICRA Workshop on Automated Diagnosis, Repair and Re-Configuration
of Robot Systems

2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
(ICRA 2011)

9 - 13 May 2011

Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai, China



The workshop will consist of a selected list of contributed talks,
an introduction talk and an open panel discussion.

Introduction Talk

* Model-Based Diagnosis - Challenges and Techniques, Franz Wotawa, Graz
University of Technology, Austria

Contributed Talks

* Fault reasoning based on Naive Physics, Naveed Akhtar, Anastassia
Kuestenmacher and Erwin Prassler, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg Univ. of Applied
Sciences, Germany (to be confirmed)

* Using Situation Analysis Techniques with Bayesian Networks for
Recognizing Hardware Errors on Mobile Robots, Oliver Zweigle, Kai
Häussermann, Björn Schiessle and Paul Levi, University of Stuttgart,

* Discrete Fault Tolerance Measures for Redundant Manipulators, Hamid
Abdi, Saeid Nahavandi and Zoran Najdovski, Deakin University, Australia,

* Autonomous Reconfiguration of a Multi-Modal Mobile Robot, Thierry
Peynot, Robert Fitch, Rowan McAllister and Alen Alempijevic, Australian
Centre for Field Robotics and University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

* A Survey on the Nature of Faults of Autonomous Robot Systems, Gerald
Steinbauer, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Panel Discussion

* with all presenters



Technical systems in particular robot systems get more complex as they
work on more advanced tasks in more realistic environments. The increase
of complexity is true for the hardware and software of the robot systems
as well as for the algorithms and methods uses in the system. This
complexity is hard to control and lead to unexpected behaviors, faults
and mission failures. These characteristics are diametrical to the goal
of reliable, dependable, autonomous robot systems.

In the last two decades a lot of research had been conducted in the
field of fault-tolerant, self-aware and robust autonomous systems. The
attempts to develop such intelligent systems can roughly be divided into
two directions. One direction is basically driven by the development and
application of robust robot systems while the other direction followed
the development of intelligent monitoring, reasoning and diagnosis
algorithms in general.

The main objective of the workshop is to bring together practitioners
and researcher dealing with techniques for robust dependable systems in
the context of one of the largest Robotics and Automation conferences.
We expect an intense exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas
between these groups. This exchange will lead to an stimulating
cross-fertilization of these areas. In particular researchers which
develop and build intelligent robot systems will learn new methods to
cope with unexpected situations and researchers from the  diagnosis
community will see new potential application domains and learn where are
real problems in an autonomous system acting in a real-world


The list of topics includes (but is not limited to):

    * autonomous robots and systems
    * automated diagnosis
    * automated repair
    * automated re-configuration and adaptation
    * fault-tolerance
    * self-healing systems
    * self-aware systems
    * modeling of robot systems
    * verification and validation
    * faults in hardware, software and algorithms in robot systems
    * dependability
    * trust
    * automated reasoning
    * case studies
    * successful applications


    * Gerald Steinbauer, Institute for Software Technology,
      Graz University of Technology, Austria
    * Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
      California Institute of Technology, USA
    * Franz Wotawa Institute for Software Technology,
      Graz University of Technology, Austria

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