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

Youcef Mezouar mezouar at univ-bpclermont.fr
Wed May 25 02:36:28 PDT 2011

Last Call for Papers

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
15 June, 2011: Paper submissions (The call of papers is open to authors 
that did not submit  preliminary title and abstract)
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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