[robotics-worldwide] CFP: RSS 2013 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring (WREM)

Ryan Smith ryan.smith at qut.edu.au
Wed Apr 10 19:24:34 PDT 2013


 RSS 2013 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring
                Friday, June 28, 2013


Submission of extended abstracts: 	May 6, 2013
Notification of acceptance:                      May 17, 2013
Submission of final papers:                     June 7, 2013
Workshop:				                June 28, 2013


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. A goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on energy and communication-constrained control problems in the context of environmental monitoring, to share and explore compelling real-world applications, and to assess how advances within network-based control can project onto operational systems. Design and implementation of robotic systems for environmental research presents significant challenges to robotics researchers. Static sensor networks have a major role in environmental monitoring, but in the air and in the ocean, observing systems are increasingly likely to include groups of widely-spaced mobile agents. Additionally, vehicles must be able to traverse through complex and unstructured environments easily with minimal energy consumption and limited communication. Optimally, a team of robots should be able to exchange information and cooperate with other agents which are necessary to cover large areas. Thus the motivation to study cooperative teams and coordination for large-scale sampling missions.

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, communication-constrained control, sensor networks, environmental data processing, low energy robot design, low energy algorithm design and energy harvesting.

High-quality submissions will be selected for inclusion in an upcoming Special Issue in Autonomous Robots. 

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.    Communication-constrained control
5.    Spatio-temporal data processing and environment modeling    
6.    Mobile robot olfaction
7.    Navigation in unstructured environments
8.    Low energy design
9.    Energy harvesting
10.  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.

Franz Hover (MIT) "The Use of Limited Communications for Dynamic Sampling and Monitoring Tasks"
Greg Dudek (McGill University) "Multi-robot and human coordination to Monitor Coral Reef Environments"

Participants are invited to submit an extended abstract of maximum 4 pages using IEEE format. Please submit to: ryan.smith at qut.edu with "WREM submission" in the subject line. 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

John Leonard
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Phone: +1-617-253-5305
Email: jleonard at mit.edu

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