[robotics-worldwide] 1st CFP - JFR Special Issue on Alternative Sensing Techniques for Robot Perception

Thierry Peynot thierry.peynot at gmail.com
Sun Jan 20 22:47:54 PST 2013



Journal of Field Robotics (JFR)
Special Issue on Alternative Sensing Techniques for Robot Perception


The ability to operate in challenging environments and conditions, e.g.
limited visibility due to dust or fog, is of great importance for field
In addition, increasingly complex and varied robotic applications require
richer environment models. While perception based on traditional sensing
(visual camera or laser range finder) has enabled important achievements in
robotics, these have been restricted by the intrinsic limitations of the
Alternative sensing modalities, which operate at various electromagnetic
frequencies outside the visible spectrum, have allowed many new
examples include: automatic geological analysis using hyperspectral
perception through smoke or at night with infrared imaging, road tracking
in a
dust storm using mm-wave radars. Furthermore, combining data from different
sensing modalities can provide enhanced discrimination power and higher
perception integrity.

The goal of this special issue is to publish outstanding results on novel
perception concepts motivated by the use of alternative sensing in
applications and environments. We also seek contributions that can
how alternative sensing may allow for long-term autonomous operation of
systems. This call for papers follows a successful workshop at RSS 2012:
"Beyond laser and vision: Alternative sensing techniques for robotic

We invite papers that exhibit theory and methods applied to field robotics
alternative sensing modalities. Topics of interest include:

  - Algorithms and techniques for modelling, learning, feature extraction,
  - Novel methods for fusing or combining multiple sensing modalities,
  - Combination of traditional and alternative sensing,
  - Perception in adverse environmental conditions,
  - Sensor data integrity,
  - New applications enabled by alternative sensing,
  - Empirical studies assessing performance and limitations.

The scope of this special issue covers the following alternative sensing
(but is not limited to):

  - Hyperspectral/multispectral cameras,
  - Infrared cameras,
  - Radars (e.g. mm-wave, UWB or SAR),
  - Flash Lidar,
  - Sonars and acoustic sensors,
  - Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID).

Submissions must include experimental results obtained in realistic
in the field. JFR encourages submission of multimedia attachments to the
e.g. videos or data sets. Authors interested in submitting to this issue
can contact
Thierry Peynot (tpeynot at acfr.usyd.edu.au) and Sildomar Monteiro (
sildomar at usyd.edu.au).

- May 17, 2013 - Manuscript submission
- July 17, 2013 - Decisions and author notification
- September 27, 2013 - Final manuscripts for publication

Guest Editors:
Thierry Peynot, University of Sydney
Sildomar Monteiro, University of Sydney
Alonzo Kelly, Carnegie Mellon University
Michel Devy, LAAS-CNRS

All articles for this Journal of Field Robotics special issue are to be
submitted through
Manuscript Central (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rob).  Submission
Manuscript Central is fairly simple and straightforward, and the process is

For complete instructions regarding the regular submission process, please
http://www.journalfieldrobotics.org/Info_For_Authors.html.  That page also
information about file types and reference formatting for final paper
versions.  There are
no page limits for publication in the Journal.

If you encounter any problems with the submission process, please email
managing editor
Sanae Minick (sminick at cs.cmu.edu).

Dr. Thierry Peynot
Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), J04
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, AUSTRALIA
Email: tpeynot at acfr.usyd.edu.au
Web: http://www-personal.acfr.usyd.edu.au/tpeynot
Phone: +61 (0)2 9036 9193
Fax:   +61 (0)2 9351 7474

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