[robotics-worldwide] JFR Special Issue on Calibration for Field Robotics

Tim Barfoot tim.barfoot at utoronto.ca
Thu Aug 8 13:13:31 PDT 2013

Special Issue on Calibration for Field Robotics

Special Issue Guest Editors:

Tim Barfoot (tim.barfoot at utoronto.ca), University of Toronto
Paul Furgale (paul.furgale at mavt.ethz.ch), ETH Zurich
Cédric Pradalier (cedric.pradalier at georgiatech-metz.fr), GeorgiaTech

Every robotic system has some set of calibration parameters -- scale
factors, sensor locations, link lengths, etc. -- that are needed for state
estimation, planning, and control.  Some parameters are difficult to
measure by hand (e.g., due to the presence of sensor enclosures).  Other
parameters, despite best efforts during construction, will change over the
lifetime of a robot due to normal wear and tear. It is often thought that
autonomous systems will require many complementary sensors operating in
concert, but this also means more calibration parameters to determine and
manage.  In the best case, incorrect parameter values degrade performance.
In the worst case, they cause critical safety issues.

Currently we are seeing a push by researchers to tackle questions of
long-term autonomy with the goal of widely deploying robotic systems into
the service of non-experts, as driver assistance systems, as personal
assistants, and in a host of other roles. To achieve these goals,
calibration parameters will have to be determined efficiently and
maintained over the lifetime of a robot.  Moreover, for the sake of safety
and security, robots will require a certain degree of introspection in
order to know when calibration parameters are no longer viable or correct.

This special issue aims to publish outstanding results focusing on the
calibration challenge in robotics, from the design of calibration tools and
systems to the long-term deployment of robotic systems with lifelong
calibration and parameter learning, for one or many sensors, from theoretic
foundations of calibration techniques to field reports on their
application. Submissions should include significant field testing on
robotic systems in real-world environments. Papers with only simulation or
laboratory results will not be considered.

Topics of interest include:
-multi-sensor calibration
-online calibration and system identification
-power-on-and-go systems
-fault detection
-observability of calibration methods
-field reports of long-term calibration
-uncertainty-aware calibration
-time synchronization

JFR encourages multimedia attachments to submissions, including media and

-first CFP:  5 August 2013
-initial submission deadline:  1 December 2013
-reviews due:  1 March 2014
-author notification:  1 April 2014
-final manuscripts for publication:  1 June 2014

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