[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers -Cloud Robotics workshop at IROS 2013

Javier Civera jcivera at unizar.es
Wed Jun 26 14:29:00 PDT 2013


IROS’13 Workshop on
Cloud Robotics:
Online Knowledge Bases,
Web Services, and Cloud Computing for Robots

Tokyo, Japan
Full day workshop, in conjunction with the
2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 31 July 2013
Notification of acceptance: 7 September 2013
Camera-ready submission deadline: 30 September 2013
Workshop: 3 November 2013

Dr. Markus Waibel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, mwaibel –at– ethz.ch
Prof. Ken Goldberg, University of California Berkeley, CA, USA
Prof. Javier Civera, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Dr. Alper Aydemir, NASA – JPL, CA, USA
Dr. Matei Ciocarlie, Willow Garage Inc., CA, USA
Mohanarajah Gajamohan, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Aims and Scope
Cloud Robotics is an emerging field of robotics rooted in cloud computing,
cloud storage, and other Internet technologies centered around the benefits
of converged infrastructure and shared services. Driven by the rapid
progress of wireless technology and availability of data centers, recent
years have seen the rapid development of software frameworks and services
that allow robots to leverage the powerful computational, storage, and
communications infrastructure of modern data centers – the giant server
farms behind the likes of Google, Facebook, and Amazon – for robotics tasks
and robot learning.
This two-part workshop will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art,
provide a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas, and allow
researchers to gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art Cloud
Robotics tools.

Part 1 (Talks): Invited talks and contributed paper presentations.
Confirmed invited speakers (barring changes in travel plans):
* Michael Beetz, TU Bremen, Germany
* Johnny Lee, Google Inc., USA
* Larry Matthies, NASA – JPL, USA
* Matei Ciocarlie/Kaijen Hsiao, Willow Garage, USA
* Sarah Osentoski, Bosch, USA/Germany

Part 2 (Live demos): Live demonstrations, hands-on session, posters, and
This part will provide an opportunity to see state-of-the-art Robot Cloud
Computing platforms and services in action. It will also include
opportunities to try out and experiment with cloud services yourself (bring
your own ROS-installed laptop) and a poster session. We’ll also set aside
some time for discussions on both technical aspects and on where this
research field is headed in the near future.

List of topics
* Cloud Computing for Robots. E.g., how can robots take advantage of the
rapid increase in data transfer rates to offload tasks without hard real
time requirements?
* Leveraging existing resources. E.g., How can robots use the powerful
computational, storage, and communications infrastructure of modern data
centers – the giant server farms behind the likes of Google, Facebook, and
Amazon – for robotics tasks and robot learning. To what extent can existing
IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS resources be used for robotics?
* Online Knowledge Bases. E.g., How will/should online knowledge bases
grow? What are the processes leading to creation of a substantial knowledge
base useful in real applications, i.e. the bootstrapping of the KB?
* Reuse of knowledge. E.g., How can a robot decide which knowledge (e.g.,
map or skill) to reuse in a new situation?
* Massive data for robots. E.g., How can robots exploit the vast amounts of
data that general-purpose repositories (e.g., Google or Youtube) and
robotic-specific ones (e.g., RoboEarth) offer?
* Web Services for robots. E.g., Can we create services for things like
reasoning in an uncertain world or semantic knowledge? What existing cloud
services for humans can be leveraged for robotics?
* Cloud Robotics design choices. E.g., What architectures provide the
optimal trade- offs between content aggregation and caching vs.
accessibility and scalability vs. response time for robotics applications?
What are useful metrics and optimal trade-offs between on-board computation
and the use of cloud services?

List of topics (Summarized version)
* Cloud computing and web services for robots
* Online knowledge bases and storage technologies
* Knowledge representation, reuse, and interoperability
* Cloud robotics platform design
* Leveraging existing cloud technologies and resources
* Leveraging existing big data

Submission and review process will follow the standard IROS main conference
submissions. The page limit is 6 pages. Papers should be prepared in the
IROS format detailed both in the workshop and main conference websites.
Papers violating the paper length and formatting requirements may be
rejected without review.

Extended versions of select papers may be included in an upcoming Special
Issue on Cloud Robotics (currently under negotiation).

Papers should be submitted through the following site:

Live demonstrations are also welcomed, simply contact the organizers.

For questions, please contact:
Markus Waibel
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
mwaibel –at– ethz.ch
+41 44 632 3192

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