[robotics-worldwide] Call for Posters: ICRA 2012 Workshop on Many-Robot Systems: Crossing the Reality Gap on May 14

M. Ani Hsieh mhsieh1 at drexel.edu
Tue Feb 21 12:36:56 PST 2012

Apologies for the multiple postings.


International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012)

Workshop on: Many-Robot Systems:  Crossing the Reality Gap

May 14th, 2012. St. Paul -- Minnesota -- USA


- Abstract submission deadline: April 14th, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: April 21st, 2012
- Conference and Workshop Registration: Now Open (please,


Significant advances in software development environments and cost
reductions of vehicle and sensor platforms have resulted in tremendous
growth of R&D for many-robot systems and distributed sensor networks
worldwide.  These efforts have yielded a plethora of theoretical
results and online videos of many-robot systems achieving remarkable
feats, but few of these systems are finding their way into the real
world beyond prototype demonstrations.

This full-day workshop will bring together experts in many-robot
systems (including multi-robot teams, swarms, mobile sensor and
communication networks, other networked mobile robots) to investigate
the gap between theory (including research prototyping and
demonstrations) and real world applications of many-robot systems.  We
will seek to identify “killer apps” along with key technical issues
hampering the deployment of many robot systems, and discuss solutions
towards moving these systems out of the laboratories and into
real-world application environments.  We refer to this process as
"Crossing the Reality Gap".

We solicit submissions of posters from researchers working on crossing
the reality gap for many-robot systems. The workshop will feature a
combination of invited talks, oral and poster presentations, and a
panel discussion on the topic "What government organizations need from
researchers to transition many-robot systems to operational use".


- Architectures for many-robot systems
- Biology and nature-inspired solutions
- Collective decision-making
- Communication reliability
- Distributed multi-agent control
- Field applications
- Heterogeneous vs. homogeneous platforms
- Human/robot interactions
- Mobile sensor swarms
- Physics of synchronization
- Planning with physical (e.g. communication or mobility) constraints
- Robot-network interface
- Robustness and reliability in planning and control
- Robustness to hardware/system failure
- Robust distributed navigation
- Scalability
- Situational awareness
- Stability in unknown/uncertain environments


Submissions for the poster session must be made in the PDF format and
follow the standard ICRA style for the layout
(https://ras.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl).  Abstracts
are limited to one (1) letter size paper. Papers should be sent to
Frank Ehlers (drfrank.ehlers at gmail.com), M. Ani Hsieh
(mhsieh1 at drexel.edu), Volkan Isler (isler at cs.umn.edu), and Don Sofge
(donald.sofge at nrl.navy.mil) by April 14th.  All contributions will be


Please, refer to the conference web-page:


Donald Sofge, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Volkan Isler, University of Minnesota, USA
M. Ani Hsieh, Drexel University, USA
Frank Ehlers, Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Ships and Naval Weapons, Germany

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