[robotics-worldwide] CFP: JFR Special Issue on "Ground robots operating in dynamic, unstructured and large-scale outdoor environments"

Simon Lacroix simon.lacroix at laas.fr
Thu May 2 23:44:16 PDT 2013

2nd CALL FOR PAPER -- deadline in one month !

Journal of Field Robotics (JFR) special issue on "Ground robots operating in dynamic, unstructured and large-scale outdoor environments"

Applications in real environments demand many different capabilities of robotic systems: from autonomy, decision making and sensing to robustness, reliability and limitations on communication and power. Outdoor robotic contests like the European Land Robot Trial (ELROB) or the newly created Eurathlon competition present challenges in which participants compete on real world scenarios under realistic conditions and in real terrains, not specifically prepared neither known beforehand. Examples are several kilometers autonomous navigation, camp surveillance or mule missions in terrains with dense forests, hilly landscapes with scattered and varied vegetation and water ponds.

We encourage submissions that present system(s) deployed on the field in such robotic contests or similar realistic challenges. Papers can focus on any particular aspect of robotic systems, from vehicle design to the overall system architecture and control, via terrain mapping, localization, mission planning and execution. Our emphasis is on systems that fulfill a specific real world task.

All the presented developments must be assessed by extensive field results, obtained either in the scope of a robotic contest or in other contexts. However, field tests must be under realistic and challenging conditions with respect to the terrain type, the scenario to be achieved, and/or the conditions within which the scenarios must be achieved. Additional multimedia contents will also be considered: datasets, videos of the system trials or during the challenge.

- June 1, 2013: Submission deadline
- July 31, 2013: Author notification
- October 15, 2013: Final manuscripts for publication

Guest editors:
Frank Schneider, Organizer of ELROB since 2006, University of Bonn, frank.schneider at fkie.fraunhofer.de
Simon Lacroix, LAAS/CNRS, simon.lacroix at laas.fr
Alan Winfield, University of the West of England, Bristol, Alan.Winfield at uwe.ac.uk

All articles for this Journal of Field Robotics special issue are to be submitted through ManuscriptCentralhttp://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rob. 

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

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