[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation - ICRA 2013 Workshop on Long-Term Autonomy: Navigation and Mapping for Real-World Applications

Jonathan Kelly jonathsk at usc.edu
Mon Apr 29 22:27:25 PDT 2013

Call for Participation

The ICRA 2013 Workshop on 'Long-Term Autonomy: Navigation and
Mapping for Real-World Applications' is a full-day workshop held 
in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics
and Automation, at the Kongresszentrum Karlsruhe, May 10, 2013.

Workshop Date:

May 10, 2013, 8:45 AM - 5 PM

Workshop Website:


Invited Speakers:

- Prof. Peter Corke, Queensland University of Technology
- Prof. Wolfram Burgard, University of Freiburg
- Dr. Tom Duckett, University of Lincoln
- Dr. Michael Kaess, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Dr. Fabio Ramos, University of Sydney
- Gajamohan Mohanarajah, ETH Zurich


Dr. Jonathan Kelly - MIT
Dr. Paul Furgale   - ETH Zurich
Prof. Gabe Sibley  - George Washington University
Prof. Tim Barfoot  - University of Toronto


Many future robots will be required to operate outside of the
traditional, highly structured laboratory and factory domains. The
full potential of robotics will only be realized if machines are
able to function without continuous 'human-in-the-loop' assistance.
Navigation and mapping are two basic tasks that will need to be
carried out by robots working in any human environment. Further,
robots will have to perform these tasks autonomously over time scales
ranging from days to years. Researchers have only recently begun to
consider operation over these durations, and many important questions
remain to be answered. Developing adaptive and flexible systems
capable of this level of independence will require significant
technical advances.

This focused, full-day workshop will concentrate on problems related
to the development of long-term navigation and mapping technologies,
for use in unstructured and highly dynamic environments. How can we
enable consistent state estimation over very long time periods? What
types of representations are most suitable for capturing both static
and dynamic aspects of the environment? What role should online
learning play? We invite researchers to share their experiences and


The objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers from a
diverse range of sub-disciplines, to identify and discuss fundamental
challenges related to long-term robot navigation and mapping. While
several previous workshops have dealt with the broad topic of
long-term autonomy, this workshop will narrow the focus to
navigation, as a principal capability and building block for more
sophisticated behaviors. Specific attention will be given to robots
operating in particularly demanding locations, e.g., busy homes and
offices, on existing road networks, underground, underwater, in space,
and on remote planetary surfaces. Our intention is to quantify
progress to date and to outline future research directions.


The workshop will address a broad range of topics, including, but not
limited to:

- Persistent state estimation in dynamic environments
- Suitable data representations for long-term mapping
- Place recognition over extended periods of time
- Reasoning about environmental change
- Lifelong learning for navigation and mapping
- Long-term planning and exploration strategies
- Use of semantic information to improve performance
- Resource-efficient navigation methods


For questions, please contact Jonathan Kelly (jskelly at csail.mit.edu).


Jonathan, Paul, Gabe, and Tim

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