[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers: 2nd ICRA Workshop on Semantic Perception, Mapping and Exploration (SPME)

Dirk Holz holz at ais.uni-bonn.de
Mon Feb 13 01:08:59 PST 2012

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                       CALL FOR PAPERS
                  2nd IEEE ICRA WORKSHOP on
     Semantic Perception, Mapping and Exploration (SPME)
                St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, May 14th, 2012

Important Dates:
* Submissions Due:             April 01, 2012
* Notification of Acceptance:  April 16, 2012
* Final Papers Due:            May 01, 2012
* Workshop at ICRA:            May 14, 2012

Motivation and objectives:
As robots and autonomous systems move away from laboratory setups
towards complex real-world scenarios, both the perception capabilities
of these systems and their abilities to acquire and model semantic
information must become more powerful. The autonomous acquisition of
information, the extraction of semantic models, and exploration
strategies for deciding where and how to acquire the most relevant
information pertinent to a specific semantic model are the research foci
of an annual series of workshops at ICRA, called Semantic Perception,
Mapping and Exploration (SPME).

Semantic perception for intelligent systems such as robots has seen a
lot of progress recently, with many new and interesting techniques being
developed in parallel by different research groups. Moreover, with the
advent of inexpensive and accurate 3D imaging sensors, there has been an
explosion of interest in 3D point clouds across a broad range of people.
Not neglecting this trend, this edition of the workshop series puts a
special focus on (3D) Semantic Perception. 

While there is a lot of work on 3D perception that is freely available,
and initiatives as PCL and 3DTK are enabling the community to build on
previous results in order to push the frontiers for researchers further,
there are some open questions left to be answered. There is no consensus
yet emerging on the standard solutions, features and algorithms needed
for semantic perception, mapping and exploration, and if the current
approaches are viable on the long run. This workshop provides the venue
for discussing the definition and uses of semantic information for and
by perception, and to identify the most important directions of future
research and development of new tools that would aid it.

We solicit paper submissions, optionally accompanied by a video, both of
which will be reviewed (not double-blind) by the program committee. The
review criteria will be: technical quality, significance of system
demonstration, and topicality. We aim to accept 9 to 12 papers for oral
presentation at the meeting. Papers should be up to 6 pages in length,
and formatted according to the IEEE ICRA style. Videos will be shown
during an afternoon session open to the public.

Accepted papers and videos will be assembled into proceedings that are
going to be published online, and distributed in CD format at the
In addition, we will pursue publication of a special journal issue to
include the best papers.

This edition of the annual workshop series focuses on (3D) semantic
Topics of interest include, but are not necessarily limited to:
* Extracting semantic information from visual sensors, 3D sensors, or
different sensor modalities
* Semantic scene interpretation (and decomposition into parts of
* Semantic object perception (incl. localization, identification,
* Categorization or classification of objects, rooms, and environments
* Modeling (of objects and environments), registration using semantic
information etc.
* Specifying and exploiting background knowledge for semantic perception
and mapping

All papers must be submitted electronically as PDF files through the
easychair submission system using:

In case of problems or larger video attachments, contact the organizers:
mailto:spme at spme.ws

Program Committee:
* Francesco Amigoni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
* Michael Beetz, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
* Sven Behnke, University of Bonn, Germany
* Wolfram Burgard, University of Freiburg, Germany
* Henrik Christensen, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
* Tom Duckett, University of Lincoln, UK
* Joachim Hertzberg, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
* Patric Jensfelt, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
* Kurt Konolige, Willow Garage, USA
* Jim Little, University of British Columbia, Canada
* Bhaskara Marthi, Willow Garage, USA
* Alessandro Saffiotti, Oerebro University, Sweden
* Markus Vincze, TU Vienna, Austria

Invited Talks:
The workshop will feature several invited talks from key researchers in
the field:
* Gary Bradski, Willow Garage, Inc / Stanford University, USA
* Wolfram Burgard, University of Freiburg, Germany
* Trevor Darrell, UC Berkeley, USA
* Dieter Fox, University of Washington, USA
* Patric Jensfelt, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
* Jim Little, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dirk Holz, University of Bonn, Germany
Zoltan-Csaba Marton, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
Andreas Nuechter, Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH Germany
Andrzej Pronobis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Radu Bogdan Rusu, Willow Garage Inc., Stanford University, USA

mailto:spme at spme.ws

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