[robotics-worldwide] CFP ICRA 2012 Workshop on "Software Development and Integration in Robotics"

brugali brugali at unibg.it
Fri Feb 10 08:58:03 PST 2012

VII Edition of the Full Day Workshop on
Software Development and Integration in Robotics (SDIR-VII)

to be held in conjunction with ICRA 2012, Minneapolis, USA, Monday May 
14, 2012

Call for Contributions/Participation

Important Dates:

      * March15^th , 2012: Submission deadline for Extended Abstracts

      * March30^th , 2012: Notification of acceptance.

      * May 14^th , 2012: Workshop date.


The specific them of the seventh edition of the ICRA SDIR workshop 
is"Programming Languages in Robotics."

Nowadays, a plethora of general-purpose and domain-specific languages 
support multiple programming paradigms, such as functional, 
procedural,declarative, event-based and visual programming.  As 
programming languages evolve and new languages emerge, the prevalence of 
specific languages shifts. In some cases, such changes are impacted by 
non-technical factors.  As a result, some capabilities are re-introduced 
in future languages.  While a large number of robotic systems today use 
the C and C++ programming languages, a growing number of researchers are 
investigating the use of other general-purpose languages, such as 
Python, Lua, and Java, as well as robotic-specific languages, such as 
URBI and KRL. There is also the question of using multiple languages to 
meet, sometimes, conflicting requirements such as performance and 

The workshop will focus on the following topics:

* Analyses, motivations, requirements or trade-offs for the selection of 
programming languages for robotic applications (such as C++, Python, 
Java, Lua, etc.)

* Comparison of general and specific programming languages and 
evaluation of robotic-specific languages (e.g. Kuka-KRL, URBI, V+)

* Design principles for combining different programming paradigms 
(procedural, declarative, visual)

* Arguments for or against the suitability of specific language features 
for programming robotic platforms and their impact on performance, time 
guarantees, and safety critical systems.

* Application scenarios where multiple programming languages are used in 
a single deployment (e.g. C++ and Lua)

* Tools and approaches for automatic generation of source code from 
high-level robotic software models

* Experiences in cross-language code refactoring of robotic software 

* Description of state-of-the-art research projects, innovative ideas, 
andfield-based studies

The full-day workshop is structured in three sessions.

1. Presentation Session: will include a keynote presentation by an 
invited expert and a set of talks that represent a selected set of 
accepted contributions.

2. Poster Session: will give the opportunity for all authors of accepted 
contributions to discuss/demonstrate their work.

3. Group Discussion Session: will be organized as a working group 
session that maximizes participation from individuals.


We invite you to submit an extended abstract of your contribution for 
both talks and posters.Extended abstracts may be around 1000 words and 
may include figures and references.

Extended abstracts should be submitted in pdf format by email to Davide 
Brugali(brugali at unibg.it <mailto:brugali at unibg.it>) by March 15h, 2012.

Contributions will be reviewed for quality and relevance to the 
workshop's theme. Theoretical and applied papers, as well as papers that 
capture best practices and lessons learned from field studies are 
encouraged. Submission of preliminary results would also be considered.

Submitting a contribution is not a prerequisite to participation in the 
workshop and the discussion sessions.


An editorial project on the workshop theme (Springer STAR book / JOSER 
Special Issue) will be planned with the participants during the workshop.


DavideBrugali (point of contact), Università degli Studi di 
Bergamo,Italy, brugali at unibg.it <mailto:brugali at unibg.it>

Bruce MacDonald, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 
b.macdonald at auckland.ac.nz <mailto:b.macdonald at auckland.ac.nz>

Issa A.D. Nesnas, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of 
Technology, U.S.A., issa.a.nesnas at jpl.nasa.gov 
<mailto:issa.a.nesnas at jpl.nasa.gov>

Davide Brugali, PhD
Chair IEEE RAS TCSOFT, http://robotics.unibg.it/tcsoft/
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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