[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IROS 2012 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring

Lino Marques lino at isr.uc.pt
Thu Jun 14 08:04:31 PDT 2012


IROS 2012 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring
                 Sunday, October 7th, 2012


Submission of extended abstracts: August 3, 2012
Notification of acceptance:       August 24, 2012
Submission of final papers:      September 14, 2012
Workshop:                                  October 7, 2012


Major advances in robotics have been achieved in recent decades, with 
robots moving from the common manipulator, fixed on the factory floor, 
to more flexible and autonomous devices, capable of operating in natural 
and unstructured environments. Today, robots play a fundamental role as 
data acquisition tools for studying our planet. Some example 
applications include ocean floor sampling, tracking of plumes, tracking 
pollution, and monitoring volcanic activity. Design and implementation 
of robotic systems for environmental research presents significant 
challenges to robotics researchers. This workshop will bring together 
researchers with various backgrounds relevant to this multidisciplinary 
field of research with the intention of creating collaborative links 
between these communities through sharing recent results and discussing 
research directions. Presentations will come from researchers in field 
robotics, environmental sensing, sensor networks, environmental data 
processing, low-energy robot design, algorithm design, telemetry, energy 
harvesting, environmentally constrained path planning, multi-scale 
sampling, and coordination of heterogeneous systems.

This full-day Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring intends 
to bring together researchers with various backgrounds relevant to this 
new multidisciplinary field of research, namely researchers from field 
robotics, sensors for environmental variables, sensor networks, 
environmental data processing, low energy robot design, low energy 
algorithm design and energy harvesting.

One intended outcome of this workshop is to gather a sufficient number 
of high-quality submissions that will compose a Special Issue in a 
robotics journal.
Extended versions of selected papers will be invited for submission 
following the completion of IROS 2012.

1.    Robotic systems able to operate in natural environments, being 
them ground surfaces, air, water surface, underwater, or underground
2.    Sensors for environmental monitoring
3.    Sensor networks
4.    Spatio-temporal data processing and environment modeling
5.    Mobile robot olfaction
6.    Low energy design
7.    Energy harvesting
8.    Other subjects relevant to robotics for environmental monitoring

Researchers with interests in field robotics, namely: outdoor robotics, 
water surface and underwater robotics, air vehicles for environmental 
monitoring, and supporting technologies for field robotics, and 
environmental scientists interested in the employment of robotics 
technologies to support their studies.

Participants are invited to submit an extended abstract / paper as a PDF 
of maximum 4 pages using IEEE format.
Please email submissions to one of the organisers below, including "WREM 
2012" in the subject line of the email.

In contrast to the conference we encourage submission of preliminary 
results and half-baked ideas.
Of particular interest is results from field deployments.

Accepted papers, together with the data and code will be made available 
in an online proceedings on the workshop website.

Lino Marques
Institute of Systems and Robotics
University of Coimbra
3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal
Phone: +351 239 796 277
Email: lino at isr.uc.pt

Ryan N. Smith
School of Engineering Systems
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
Phone: +61 07 3138 2483
Email: ryan.smith at qut.edu.au

Ibrahim Volkan Isler
Department of Computer Science
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Phone: +1-612-625-1067
Email: isler at cs.umn.edu

Matthew Dunbabin
Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT)
Kenmore QLD 4069 Australia
Phone: + 61 7 3327 4754
Email: Matthew.Dunbabin at csiro.au

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