[robotics-worldwide] CALL FOR POSTERS: ICRA 2013 Workshop Crossing the Reality Gap – From Single to Multi- to Many Robot Systems

M. Ani Hsieh mhsieh1 at drexel.edu
Tue Mar 12 10:28:26 PDT 2013

Apologies for the multiple postings.


ICRA 2013 Workshop Crossing the Reality Gap – From Single to Multi- to
Many Robot Systems


- Abstract submission deadline: April 14, 2013
- Notification of acceptance: April 21st, 2013
- Conference and Workshop Registration: Now Open (please,

Advances in embedded processor and sensor technology in the last
thirty years have accelerated interest in many robot systems and
distributed sensor networks for applications such as exploration and
mapping of unknown environments, large scale environmental monitoring
and surveillance, and search and rescue. The advances that have made
individual robots more practical have enabled the research and
development of teams of robots, where capabilities are expressed by
the team rather than by a super-capable individual. This is especially
relevant in complex tasks or missions where it is difficult to provide
robots with specific instructions a priori due to incomplete knowledge
of the environment or where mission criteria require capabilities that
are varied in both quantity and difficulty, such as interplanetary
exploration and search and rescue operations.

Despite the many worldwide R&D efforts focused on many robot systems,
there are few examples of successful full-scale deployments of these
systems in real-world application environments. The goal of this
workshop is to bring together leading experts in many-robot systems
from academia, government research labs, and industry to “cross the
reality gap”. The objectives are to identify and discuss solutions
towards moving many-robot systems out of the research laboratories and
into the real world.

This half-day workshop will bring together experts in many-robot
systems (including multi-robot teams, swarms, mobile sensor and
communication networks, other networked mobile robots) to investigate
the gap between theory (including research prototyping and
demonstrations) and real world applications of many-robot systems. We
will seek to identify “killer apps” along with key technical issues
hampering the deployment of many robot systems, and discuss solutions
towards moving these systems out of the laboratories and into
real-world application environments. We refer to this process as
"Crossing the Reality Gap".

This is the second “Crossing the Reality Gap” workshop held at ICRA.
The first workshop held at ICRA 2012 and was organized by the same
organizers. For ICRA 2013, we have included significant industry
participation to help balance the various perspectives and further the


    - Architectures for many-robot systems
    - Biology and nature-inspired solutions
    - Collective decision-making
    - Communication reliability
    - Distributed multi-agent control
    - Field applications
    - Heterogeneous vs. homogeneous platforms
    - Human/robot interactions
    - Information sharing and cooperative sensing
    - Mobile sensor swarms
    - Planning with physical (e.g. communication or mobility) constraints
    - Robot-network interface
    - Robustness and reliability in planning and control
    - Robustness to hardware/system failure
    - Robust distributed navigation
    - Scalability
    - Situational awareness
    - Stability in unknown/uncertain environments

Submissions for the poster session must be made in the PDF format and
follow the standard ICRA style for the layout
(https://ras.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl). Abstracts
are limited to one (1) letter size paper. Papers should be sent to
manyrobotsystems at googlegroups.com by April 14, 2013. All contributions
will be refereed.

Please, refer to the conference web-page: http://www.icra2013.org/

Frank Ehlers, Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Ships and Naval Weapons, Germany
Lorenzo Sabattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italia
M. Ani Hsieh, Drexel University, USA
Volkan Isler, University of Minnesota, USA
Donald Sofge, Naval Research Laboratory, USA

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