[robotics-worldwide] FINAL CFP: Robotics for Environmental Monitoring Workshop at RSS

Ryan Smith ryan.smith at qut.edu.au
Wed May 16 15:57:32 PDT 2012


CALL FOR PAPERS

 RSS 2012 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring
                Wednesday, July 11, 2012
         http://www.isr.uc.pt/WREM2012/Home.html

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IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission of extended abstracts: 	May 20, 2012
Notification of acceptance:             June 7, 2012
Submission of final papers:             June 25, 2012
Workshop:				July 11, 2012

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ABSTRACT:
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.


MOTIVATION AND OBJECTIVES:
This half-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 Autonomous Robots or the Journal of Field Robotics. Extended versions of selected papers will be invited for submission following the completion of RSS 2012. 

LIST OF TOPICS:
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


INTENDED AUDIENCE:
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.


SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:
Participants are invited to submit an extended abstract of maximum 4 pages using IEEE format. In contrast to the conference we encourage submission of preliminary results and half-baked ideas. Of particular interest is results from field deployments. Submissions should be emailed to Ryan <ryan.smith at qut.edu.au>, or any of the other workshop organisers.

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


ORGANIZERS:
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
CSIRO ICT Centre
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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