[robotics-worldwide] Deadline Extension: RSS Workshop on Robotic Exploration, Monitoring, and Information Collection

Geoff Hollinger gahollin at usc.edu
Mon Apr 29 16:20:09 PDT 2013

                         Deadline Extended:
        Call for Papers for the RSS 2013 Workshop on

 Robotic Exploration, Monitoring, and Information Collection:
      Nonparametric Modeling, Information-based Control,
           and Planning under Uncertainty

                      Berlin, Germany
                     June 27-28, 2013



A fundamental problem in robotics is efficient exploration and
monitoring in uncertain environments. High-impact applications include
aerial surveillance, ocean monitoring, urban search and rescue, space
exploration, robotic surgery, and manipulation planning. Progress in
this area requires solving three major sub-problems: (1) modeling the
environment to maximize the accuracy of predictions based on limited
information, (2) controlling a robot so that its motion maximally
reduces its uncertainty about the environment, and (3) planning a
motion for a robot to accomplish a specified task in an uncertain
environment. These three problems are intimately linked, but research
in these topic areas has largely proceeded independently. Following
the success of our workshop on a subset of these topics at RSS12, this
expanded 2-day workshop will bring together leading researchers in
motion planning, information-based control, and nonparametric modeling
to fuel an exchange of ideas between these diverse communities.

We solicit contributed presentations in all areas of information-based
control, motion planning under uncertainty, and nonparametric
modeling, including, but not limited to: planning in unknown
environments, planning with uncertain motion and sensing models,
planning and control with Bayesian nonparametric models, control with
mutual information gradients, information surfing, informative path
planning, active sensing, modeling using Gaussian processes and
Dirichlet processes in the context of adaptive sampling and robust
planning, modeling of nonstationary spatio-temporal dependencies in
streaming sensor data, scalability in the face of large amounts of
data, and implementation challenges for fielded robotic systems.

Selected contributions will be nominated for inclusion in a special
issue in a major robotics journal.

Invited Speakers

Jonathan How, MIT
Andreas Krause, ETH Zurich
Bryan Low, National University of Singapore
Leslie Pack Kaelbing / Tomas Lozano-Perez, MIT
Sidd Srinivasa, CMU
Nicholas Roy, MIT
Brian Williams, MIT

Important Dates

Paper Submission: May 6, 2013
Paper Notification: May 15, 2013
Workshop Dates: June 27-28, 2013

Paper Format

RSS format, max. 8 pages (shorter papers also welcome), please use the
template available at:


A link to the paper submission may be found at:


Accepted contributions will be given an oral presentation or poster
(plus spotlight talk) at the workshop.


Geoffrey Hollinger, University of Southern California
Sertac Karaman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fabio Ramos, University of Sydney
Mac Schwager, Boston University
Cyrill Stachniss, University of Freiburg
Claire Tomlin, University of California at Berkeley
Michael Vitus, University of California at Berkeley
Stefan Williams, University of Sydney

For questions, please contact Geoffrey Hollinger (gahollin at usc.edu)
and Sertac Karaman (sertac at mit.edu)

Geoffrey A. Hollinger, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

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