[robotics-worldwide] CFP RSS 2013 Workshop on Robotics Challenges and Vision (RCV2013)

Hamidreza Chitsaz chitsaz at wayne.edu
Sun Apr 21 12:05:51 PDT 2013

RSS Workshop on Robotics Challenges and Vision (RCV2013):
Fundamentally novel research directions and bold approaches to tackle 
difficult challenges in robotics

June 27, 2013
Berlin, Germany


* Objectives

With the advent of corobots acting in direct support of individuals and 
groups, fostered by the industry and also the National Robotics 
Initiative, we are now at the dawn of a new era in which semiautonomous 
robots intimately enter our lives. In such a symbiotic human-robot and 
bionic world, corobotic systems with critical missions will emerge as 
human mates for medical, educational, entertainment, and military 
applications. The paradigm shift induced by this change in the range of 
deployment of robots necessitates opening a front to discuss new 
problems that do not fit into the conventional frameworks as well as 
novel directions expected to help solve existing unresolved problems. 
The main objective of this workshop is to discuss new fundamental 
research directions and their applications for the next generation of 
robots. Specific topics include but are not limited to

- Planning and Geometry Algorithms: complexity and completeness of 
motion planning, computational geometry and algebra, and simulation, 
particularly for flexible objects, high dimensional problems, and 
minimalist sensing.
- Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control: nonlinear control and optimization, 
visual servoing, and mobile manipulation, particularly for systems with 
uncertainty, and nonholonomic systems.
- Manipulation: contact modeling, grasp synthesis, assembly, force 
control, manipulation planning.
- Bionics: biomimetic robotics, neurobotics, synthetic biological 
systems for computation, communication, control, sensing, and 
locomotion, bio-electronics interfaces.
- Human-Robot Interaction: brain-machine interfaces, haptics and 
telerobotics, human augmentation, assistive robots, and safety.
- Field Robotics: underwater robotics, aerial/space robotics, 
agricultural and mining robotics.
- Distributed Systems: system of robotic systems, networked robots, and 
- Biomedical Robotics: wireless health, smart surgical tools, 
rehabilitation robotics, interventional therapy, surgical simulation, 
soft-tissue modeling, telesurgery, prosthetics, and molecular biology.
- Mechanisms: humanoids, hands, legged systems, snakes, novel actuators 
and designs, reconfigurable robots, MEMS/NEMS, and micro/nanobots.
- Robot Perception: vision, tactile and force perception, range sensing, 
inertial and propreoceptive sensing, and sensor fusion.
- Mobile Systems and Mobility: mapping, localization, navigation, SLAM, 
collision avoidance, and exploration.
- Estimation and Learning: reinforcement learning, Bayesian techniques, 
graphical models, and diagnostics.

* Program Committee

     Nancy Amato, Texas A&M
     Hamidreza Chitsaz, Wayne State University
     Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon University
     Kamal K. Gupta, Simon Fraser University
     Seth Hutchinson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
     Lydia Kavraki, Rice University
     Moslem Kazemi, Carnegie Mellon University
     Dinesh Manocha, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

* Organizers

     Hamidreza Chitsaz, Wayne State University
     Moslem Kazemi, Carnegie Mellon University

* Call for Papers

The RCV2013 submission site is available at 

In cooperation with the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), we invite 
submissions to our special Challenges and Vision workshop. The emphasis 
of this workshop will be on visionary ideas, long term challenges, and 
opportunities in research that are outside of the current mainstream 
topics of the field. Submissions will be judged on the extent to which 
they expand the possibilities and horizons of the field or challenge 
existing assumptions prevalent in the field.

Submissions to this workshop should follow the same formatting 
guidelines as submissions to the research track, but are limited to at 
most 4 pages in length for both submission and final publication. A 
paper template is available in Latex and Word. Authors should take care 
not to reveal their identity in their papers since the reviewing is 
double-blind. Accepted papers will be published in the conference 
proceedings and on the web only if they are presented at the conference. 
Presenters must register for this workshop at the rates announced on the 
RSS website. A summary of the topics discussed in the workshop will also 
be published alongside regular papers.

* Best Paper Awards

To encourage researchers to present truly visionary concepts, the CCC is 
offering prizes for up to 3 top papers in this special workshop: first 
prize $1000, second prize $750, and third prize $500 to be awarded in 
the form of travel reimbursements subject to the National Science 
Foundation travel reimbursement policies. For more detailed information 
regarding such policies, contact Kenneth Hines. The CCC awards can be 
used for travel to any computing conference, not only RSS 2013. 
Selection of award winning papers will be done by the program committee 
after the conference, based on the novelty of proposed ideas, written 
and oral presentations, and potentially votes from the audience. Awards 
will be given in a ceremony after the workshop.

* Important Dates

Announcement of Call for Papers: March 15, 2013
Full Paper Submission Due: May 1, 2013
Acceptance Notification: May 14, 2013
Workshop: June 27, 2013

For all enquiries, please email: chitsaz at wayne.edu or moslemk at cmu.edu

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