[robotics-worldwide] CFP : ICRA 2013 8th Workshop on Software Development and Integration in Robotics

Davide Brugali brugali at unibg.it
Mon Jan 21 01:28:54 PST 2013

8th Edition of the Full Day Workshop on
Software Development and Integration in Robotics (SDIR-VIII)


to be held in conjunction with ICRA 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany

Call for Contributions/Participation

Important Dates:

      * March 15^th , 2013: Submission deadline for Extended Abstracts

      * March 30^th , 2013: Notification of acceptance.

      * May 6^th or 10^th , 2013: Workshop date (please check at 


The specific theme of the eigth edition of the ICRA SDIR workshop is 
"Robot Software Architectures"

Designing the software architecture of a robot control system is the 
process of maximizing internal cohesion of components in such a way that 
their responsibilities are fulfilled effectively and minimizing coupling 
between components in order to enhance system modularity. Better 
modularity is a prerequisite for better reusability.
The race towards performance pushes robotic engineers to neglect 
software quality attributes of a robot control system, such as 
maintainability, interoperability, scalability, and reusability. 
Software that is nicely encapsulated often simply runs slower than 
software that breaks encapsulation. Experience in software architecture 
design is about knowing when to break encapsulation to make the code run 
faster, and when not to do that.

This workshop focuses on several topics closely related to robot 
software architectures, which include:


    Analysis of issues and challenges in robotic software development


    Architectural models that lead to reusable robotic software design


    Application of metrics to measure nun-functional properties (e.g.,
    robustness, availability, etc.)


    Identification and description of structural and behavioral patterns
    and design principles in robot software architectures


    Description of lessons learned in the development and deployment of
    large-scale, real-world integrated robot software architectures


    Description and analysis of design principles promoting quality of
    service (e.g., performance) attributes


    Tools and approaches for automatic validation and verification of
    robot software architectures


    Description of state-of-the-art research projects, innovative ideas,
    and field-based studies


We invite you to submit an extended abstract of your contribution for 
both talks and posters. Extended abstracts may be around 1000 words and 
may include figures and references. Extended abstracts should be 
submitted in pdf format by email to Davide Brugali 
<mailto:brugali at unibg.it> by March 15h, 2013. Contributions will be 
reviewed for quality and relevance to the workshop's theme. Theoretical 
and applied papers, as well as papers that capture best practices and 
lessons learned from field studies are encouraged. Submission of 
preliminary results would also be considered.
Authors of accepted abstracts will present their work at the workshop 
and will be invited to submit the full paper to a special issue of the 
Journal of Software Engineering for Robotics (JOSER <http://www.joser.org>)
Submitting a contribution is not a prerequisite to participation in the 
workshop and the discussion sessions.


Davide Brugali (point of contact), Università degli Studi di Bergamo, 
Italy, brugali at unibg.it

Nico Hochgeschwender, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University, Germany, 
nico.hochgeschwender at h-brs.de

Roland Philippsen, Halmstad University, Sweden, roland.philippsen at gmx.net

Davide Brugali, PhD
Chair IEEE RAS TCSOFT, http://robotics.unibg.it/tcsoft/
Editor-in-Chief, JOSER, http://www.joser.org/
Associate Professor at University of Bergamo - DIIMM
  V.le Marconi, 5 - 24044 Dalmine, Italy
  Tel. ++39 035 2052-354 (008)  Fax ++39 035 2052-310

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