[robotics-worldwide] ICRA 2013 Crossing the Reality Gap Workshop: Call for Contributions to the Interactive Session

M. Ani Hsieh mhsieh1 at drexel.edu
Wed Apr 10 10:13:04 PDT 2013

Apologies for multiple posts.


A gentle reminder that the deadline for submission is April 14, 2013.

- Abstract submission deadline: April 14, 2013
- Notification of acceptance: April 21st, 2013
- Conference and Workshop Registration: Now Open (please, see:
http://www.icra2013.org/ <http://www.icra2012.org/>)

Advances in embedded processor and sensor technology in the last thirty
years have accelerated interest in many robot systems and distributed
sensor networks for applications such as exploration and mapping of unknown
environments, large scale environmental monitoring and surveillance, and
search and rescue. The advances that have made individual robots more
practical have enabled the research and development of teams of robots,
where capabilities are expressed by the team rather than by a super-capable
individual. This is especially relevant in complex tasks or missions where
it is difficult to provide robots with specific instructions a priori due
to incomplete knowledge of the environment or where mission criteria
require capabilities that are varied in both quantity and difficulty, such
as interplanetary exploration and search and rescue operations.

Despite the many worldwide R&D efforts focused on many robot systems, there
are few examples of successful full-scale deployments of these systems in
real-world application environments. The goal of this workshop is to bring
together leading experts in many-robot systems from academia, government
research labs, and industry to “cross the reality gap”. The objectives are
to identify and discuss solutions towards moving many-robot systems out of
the research laboratories and into the real world.

This half-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".

This is the second “Crossing the Reality Gap” workshop held at ICRA. The first
workshop <https://sites.google.com/site/icra2012manyrobotsystems/> held at
ICRA 2012 and was organized by the same organizers. For ICRA 2013, we have
included significant industry participation to help balance the various
perspectives and further the discussions.


   - 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
   - Information sharing and cooperative sensing
   - Mobile sensor swarms
   - 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 interactive 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
manyrobotsystems at googlegroups.com by April 14, 2013. All contributions will
be refereed.

*Please, refer to the conference web-page:

*Frank Ehlers, Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Ships and Naval Weapons,
Lorenzo Sabattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italia
M. Ani Hsieh, Drexel University, USA
Volkan Isler, University of Minnesota, USA
Donald Sofge, Naval Research Laboratory, USA

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