[robotics-worldwide] Deadline Extended - IEEE AFRICON 2013 - Special Session on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa

Gerald Steinbauer steinbauer at ist.tugraz.at
Thu Feb 28 07:34:21 PST 2013


Call for Papers for the
Special Session on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa

General Information

IEEE AFRICON is the premier biennial event of the IEEE in Africa. This
flagship conference provides a platform for academics and industry
professionals to share ideas and present their latest
research. Co-sponsored by the IEEE Region 8 and the IEEE South Africa
Section, Africon 2013 will be hosted in the wonderful island of
Mauritius from 9 – 12 September 2013. We are happy to announce the
Special Track on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence research in the African context
has not yet reached its full potential. Since the last edition of this
special track at 2011 AFRICON, the African researchers in the field of
AI and robotics are much better connected, for instance, through
initiatives such as the AFRON network. With this special track, we
intend to bring together the African Robotics and AI community and
discuss the various aspects of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in
the African context. Both cutting-edge fields may become drivers for
Africa industry and have a great potential for education and the
development of human resources. With this special session, besides
sharing actual research results, we are interested in building a
vibrant and sustainable research community by connecting people who
are active in both fields. Further, the focus of this special session
is on Robotics and AI in education. We are interested in robotics and
AI initiatives in Africa and want to invite interested researcher from
Africa and all over the world to contribute to this aspect.

In particular, we intend to address the following:

* Current research results from African researchers in the fields.
* Robotics and AI in education that could make an impact for Africa.
* Robotics competitions relevant in the African context (e.g. RoboCup
Junior or IEEE Robocomp).
* The role of open source in development of Robotics and AI in Africa.
* The role of Robotics and AI for the economic development in the context
of 21st century production and manufacturing in Africa (automation,
mining industries, etc.)
* Successful robotics and AI co-operation projects between African
institutions and institutions in the rest of the world

Important Dates

* Paper submission: March 31, 2013 (new)
* Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2013
* Camera-ready copy due: June 30, 2013
* Technical Session: September 9 – 13, 2013

Submission Details

Prospective authors are invited to electronically submit full papers
of their work in English (6 pages, ~4500 words, in pdf format),
following the instructions available on the web site. Accepted papers
will be published in an IEEE proceedings volume that will be indexed
by EI and IEEE Xplore, and will be available at the time of the

For further information visit main conference website at:
* http://africon2013.org.
Further detail about the RAIA Special Track will be made available soon.

Session Chairs

Alexander Ferrein, FH Aachen, Germany
Gerald Steinbauer, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Billy Okal, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

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