[robotics-worldwide] Call for Paper - ICRA 2013 Workshop on "Unconventional Approaches to Robotics, Automation and Control Inspired by Nature"

Ioannis Georgilas giannis.georgilas at brl.ac.uk
Wed Jan 23 02:04:28 PST 2013

Classical approaches in control cannot cope with real world conditions and the need for 
massive parallelism; hence novel control methods are needed. Good candidates are the so-
called unconventional computing methods, where biological and biologically-inspired 
methods, primarily from the cellular/bacterial level, are exploited for their natural parallelism 
to tackle computational complexity, while unconventional hardware, i.e. slime mold, 
biological computers, BZ reactions, is used as a novel physical layer exploring the same 
natural features.

Natural biological and chemical systems offer a wealth of ideas for how to solve such 
problems, as do unconventional approaches that have been proven to model biological 
systems well, such as memristors and cellular automata. Recent success in biomimetics using 
unconventional approaches could revolutionise robotic hardware and control. This workshop 
will present the current state of the art in unconventional computing approaches: i.e. 
memristors, biological and neuromorphic systems, excitable media and cellular automata, 
and demonstrate how these can be implemented for robot control.

The workshop will bring together researchers from around the world who are working with 
alternative computational methods and are applying their results in the context of robotics 
and automation. Also, researchers not involved with unconventional computing will benefit by 
having the opportunity to come in contact with the most exciting results on the field that can 
be applied to their own research. The aim would be to establish a common understanding 
about the state of the field and draw a road map on where the research is heading, highlight 
the issues and discuss the possible solutions.

- Memristor / memristive systems
- Chemical inspired / chemical systems
- Bioinspired / biological systems including neuromorphic architectures
- Cellular automata architectures
- Other areas of unconventional computing applied to control, robotics and automation

Original Submission: Midnight, UK time, of 25th February, 2013
Notification of acceptance: 6th March 2013
Final versions for inclusion in proceedings: 13th March 2013.
Workshop at ICRA: 10th of May, 2013

The submitted manuscripts must focus on launching a constructive discussion about 
Unconventional Computing in the context of Robotics, Automation and Control. For this 
reason the submissions should be 2-3 pages in length.
The papers must be prepared according to the IEEE RAS conference standard and submitted 
through the EasyChair conference management system.
Some papers will be considered also for publication in a special issue of of the the 
International Journal of Unconventional Computing.
For further questions and information email: uaracin at brl.ac.uk 

Workshop web-site: http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/UARACIN

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