[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers: 2012 Workshop on Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR 2012)

Daniela Rus rus at csail.mit.edu
Fri Jan 20 08:25:41 PST 2012

10th International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR)
June 13-15, 2012


The International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics
(WAFR) is a single-track workshop devoted to recent advances on
algorithmic problems in robotics. The workshop proceedings will be
published in a hardcover volume in the Springer STAR series, and
selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of
the International Journal of Robotics Research. 

Robot algorithms are a fundamental component of robotic systems. These
algorithms process inputs from sensors that provide noisy and partial
data, build geometric and physical models of the world, plan high-and
low-level actions at different time horizons, and execute these
actions on actuators with limited precision.  The design and analysis
of robot algorithms raise a unique combination of questions from many
fields, including control theory, computational geometry and topology,
geometrical and physical modeling, reasoning under uncertainty,
probabilistic algorithms, game theory, and theoretical computer


The focus of WAFR is on the design and analysis of robot algorithms
from both theoretical and practical angles. The topics of interest are
very broad. We encourage papers on fundamental algorithmic issues,
such as complexity, completeness, machine learning, probabilistic
reasoning, and new programming paradigms, to name a few. We also
encourage papers on applications of robot algorithms to important or
new domains, such as manufacturing, legged locomotion, distributed
robotics, human-robot interaction, surgical robots, intelligent
prosthetics, and brain-controlled robots. Furthermore, robot
algorithms are being applied in domains beyond the traditional scope
of robotics, e.g., computational biology, computer animation, sensor
networks, etc. Papers on these topics are also welcomed.


WAFR 2012 will place strong emphasis on interactions and
discussions among participants. Each presentation will be followed by
ample time for discussions. There will also be time dedicated for
discussions at the end of sessions. To facilitate discussions, all
papers will be made available on-line prior to the workshop. The goal
will be to encourage interesting and constructive discussions
throughout the workshop.

The accepted papers will be published in a Springer book after
the meeting.


* Paper submission deadline February 15, 2012
* Notification of acceptance April 15, 2012          
* Workshop at MIT June 13-15, 2012
* Final Manuscript July 1, 2012 

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