[robotics-worldwide] Extended deadline - RSS 2012 Workshop - Beyond Laser and Vision: Alternative Sensing Techniques for Robotic Perception

Thierry Peynot thierry.peynot at gmail.com
Thu May 10 02:25:09 PDT 2012

Please note that the deadline for submission of extended abstracts has been
*extended to 20 May 2012*.



RSS 2012 Workshop:
Beyond Laser and Vision - Alternative Sensing Techniques for Robotic

When: 11-12 July 2012
Where: Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), Sydney, Australia
*Submission deadline (EXTENDED): 20 May 2012, 11.59pm PST*

URL: http://rss-workshop.acfr.usyd.edu.au/


Workshop Description
Perception based on traditional sensing (visual camera or laser range
finder) has enabled significant robotic achievements, albeit in
relatively restricted conditions. However, it has also shown important
limitations in challenging environments (e.g. limited visibility in the
presence of dust or smoke). The future of robotic perception lies in
two key elements: "alternative sensing" and intelligent combination of
multiple sensing modalities. Operating at various electromagnetic
frequencies outside the visible spectrum, alternative sensing
modalities have recently opened many new possibilities. Examples
include: automatic geological analysis using hyperspectral cameras,
perception through smoke with infrared imaging, obstacle detection in
dust storm using mm-wave radars. Furthermore, by combining data from
different sensing modalities, richer environment models can be
obtained and higher perception integrity may be achieved. This
workshop aims at exploring and discussing how alternative sensing and
original combinations of sensor data induce new perspectives and
challenges, yield rethinking conventional perception and data
fusion algorithms, and put the next great robotic achievements within

Main Topics of Interest
The topics of interest of the workshop include, but are not limited

* Applications of the following alternative sensing technologies to
  - Hyperspectral/multispectral cameras
  - Infrared cameras
  - Radars (e.g. mm-wave, UWB or SAR)
  - Flash Lidar
  - Sonars and acoustic sensors
  - Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID)

* Challenges, methods and lessons learned:
  - Algorithms and techniques for alternative sensing: modelling,
     learning, feature extraction etc.
  - Novel and state-of-the-art algorithms for multimodal sensor data
     fusion or combination
  - Perception in adverse environmental conditions (using alternative
  - Sensor data integrity
  - New applications for alternative sensing techniques
  - Limitations of traditional visual cameras and lasers (motivating
     the use of alternative sensing)
  - Empirical studies of performance and limitations of alternative
     sensors (e.g. benchmarking)

We invite submissions of extended abstracts (2-4 pages) in PDF,
conform to the standard RSS paper format. Optionally, short supporting
videos can be submitted; the url to the video should be cited in the
paper.  Please send your PDF submission by email to
rss.alternative.sensing at gmail.com by 20 May 2012.

Submissions will be reviewed by the technical committee. Accepted
contributions will be presented at the workshop as talks or posters
(with spotlights) and will be archived on the workshop website. After
the workshop, the organising committee will consider pursuing
publication of a special issue in a journal or book to include
extended versions of the best papers. More details can be found on the
workshop website.

Best Paper Award
The Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation and the Australian Centre for
Field Robotics are sponsoring a Best Paper Award. All submissions to
the workshop will be considered. The organising committee will
attribute the award according to originality, clarity and potential
impact. A certificate and a prize will be awarded to the winning
author(s), who will have the opportunity to present the best paper in
a special oral session at the workshop.

Important Dates:
* Submission deadline (EXTENDED): 20 May 2012, 11.59pm PST (Pacific
Standard Time)
* Notification of acceptance: 6 June 2012
* Final paper due: 27 June 2012

Invited Speakers:
Larry Matthies (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA)
Kurt Konolige (Willow Garage)
Paul Gader (University of Florida)
Graham Brooker (ACFR, University of Sydney)

Thierry Peynot (ACFR, University of Sydney)
Sildomar Monteiro (ACFR, University of Sydney)
Michel Devy (LAAS-CNRS, University of Toulouse)
Alonzo Kelly (NREC, Carnegie Mellon University)

Dr. Thierry Peynot
Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), J04
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, AUSTRALIA
Email:tpeynot at acfr.usyd.edu.au
Phone: +61 (0)2 9036 9193
Fax:   +61 (0)2 9351 7474

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