[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Participation - 4th International Workshop on Domain-Specific Languages and models for ROBotic systems (DSLRob-13)

Serge Stinckwich serge.stinckwich at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 00:09:58 PST 2013


Call for Participation

4th International Workshop on Domain-Specific Languages and models for
ROBotic systems (DSLRob-13)

Website: http://www.doesnotunderstand.org/public/DSLRob2013

November 8th 2013 at Tokyo University (Japan), after the IROS 2013 conference.


The Fourth International Workshop on Domain-Specific Languages and
Models for Robotic Systems (DSLRob'13) will be held November 8th 2013
at Tokyo (Japan), just after the IROS 2013 conference.

For the workshop venue, please have a look to website for more information.

Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) and Model-driven Software Development
(MDSD) are emerging areas of interest in the robotics research
community. Both have been instrumental for resolving complex issues in
a wide range of domains, including e.g. distributed and modular
robotics, control, and vision. The goal of this workshop is to bring
together robotics researchers working with DSLs and models in
different aspects of robotics.

# Description

A domain-specific language (DSL) is a programming language dedicated
to a particular problem domain that offers specific notations and
abstractions that increase programmer productivity within that domain.
Models offer a high-level way for domain users to specify the
functionality of their system at the right level of abstraction. DSLs
and models have historically been used for programming complex
systems. However recently they have garnered interest as a separate
field of study. Robotic systems blend hardware and software in a
holistic way that intrinsically raises many crosscutting concerns
(concurrency, uncertainty, time constraints, ...), for which reason,
traditional general-purpose languages often lead to a poor fit between
the language features and the implementation requirements. DSLs and
models offer a powerful, systematic way to overcome this problem,
enabling the programmer to quickly and precisely implement novel
software solutions to complex problems within the robotics domain.

The main objective of this workshop is a cross-pollination of ideas
between robotics researchers in DSLs and models from different
domains. DSLs and models are key elements in many robotic systems
presented at leading conferences such as IROS and ICRA, but the
domain-centric structure of the typical robotics conference does not
offer a natural venue for exchange of ideas regarding DSLs and models.

This workshop will focus on the use of Domain-Specific Languages and
Models for Robotic Systems. Topics that are of special interest

- domain-specific languages to express reactive behaviors, composition
of behaviors, motion description languages (MDL),
- domain-specific languages to express uncertainty, modelling of
physical system, real-time constraints,
- domain-specific languages to describe cooperative robotics and
modular robotics systems,
- tools support and frameworks for describing and manipulating DSLs,
models and meta-models for robotic systems,
- code generation and code transformation for robotics systems,
variability in robotic systems,
- meta-models to express robotic specific structures and best practices,
- frameworks to combine DSLs in an uniform manner,
- benchmarks to compare use of DSL vs general-purpose programming, and
programming languages in the context of robotic systems, visual
languages for robots, languages to teach robotics.

The intended audience is those robotics researchers throughout the
entire robotics community who use DSLs and models as a key component
of their robotics software infrastructure. In addition, robotics
researchers with an interest in modern approaches to solving complex
software-related issues will find the workshop inspirational.

# Relation to previous workshops organized

This is the fourth installment of this workshop: the first edition
DSLRob 2010 was held at IROS 2010, the second edition DSLRob 2011
collocated with IROS 2011 and third edition DSLRob 2012 was organized
during SIMPAR 2012.

The proceedings of the previous editions are freely available on arXiv:
- DSLRob 2010 proceedings: http://arxiv.org/abs/1102.4563
- DSLRob 2011 proceedings: http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.3308
- DSLRob 2012 proceedings: http://arxiv.org/abs/1302.5082

# Program
Preliminary proceedings will be available to workshop participants
prior to the workshop in electronic form; final proceedings after the
workshop at arXiv.

- 9:45 - 10:00 Welcome and Opening / Christian Schlegel, Serge Stinckwich
- 10:00 - 10:30 Selma Kchir, Tewfik Ziadi, Mika Ziane, Serge
Stinckwich, **A Top-Down Approach to Managing Variability in Robotics
- 10:30 - 11:00 Md. Abdullah Al Mamun, Christian Berger and Jorgen
Hansson. ***Engineering the Hardware/Software Interface for Robotic
Platforms – A Comparison of Applied Model Checking with Prolog and
- 11:00 - 11:30 Yingfu Zeng, Chad Rose, Paul Brauner, Walid Taha,
Jawad Masood, Roland Philippsen, Marcia O'Malley and Robert
Cartwright. ***Modeling Basic Aspects of Cyber-Physical Systems, Part
- 11:30 - 13:15 LUNCH BREAK
- 13:15 - 13:45 Thomas Buchmann, Johannes Baumgartl, Dominik Henrich
and Bernhard Westfechtel. ***Towards A Domain-specific Language For
Pick-And-Place Applications***
- 13:45 - 14:15 Nico Hochgeschwender, Sven Schneider, Holger Voos and
Gerhard K. Kraetzschmar. ***Towards a Robot Perception Specification
- 14:15 - 14:45 Anders Lange, Anders Sorensen and Ulrik Schultz.
***Towards Automatic Migration of ROS Components from Software to
- 14:45 - 15:15 Sebastian Blumenthal and Herman Bruyninckx. ***Towards
a Domain Specific Language for a Scene Graph based Robotic World
- 15:15 - 15:30 COFFEE BREAK
- 15:30 - 17:00 DISCUSSION - roadmap (hot topics, priorities,
benefits) of issues related to the WS topics

# Organization committee

- Christian Schlegel, Fakultät Informatik, Hochschule Ulm, Germany
- Ulrik P. Schultz, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
- Serge Stinckwich, UMI UMMISCO (IRD/UPMC), France

# Program committee

- Alexandre Bergel, University of Chile, Chile
- Geoffrey Biggs, AIST, Japan
- Mirko Bordignon, Digipack Industrial Automation, Sanovo Technology Group
- Herman Bruyninckx, University of Leuven, Belgium
- Saadia Dhouib, CEA LIST, France
- Hugo A. Garcia, University of Leuven, Belgium
- Issa Nesnas, JPL Robotics, USA
- Cyril Novales, PRISME, France
- Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
- Henrik Nilsson, University of Nottingham, UK
- Patrick Martin, York College of Pennsylvania, USA
- Walid Taha, Halmstad University, Sweden
- Cristina Vicente-Chicote, University of Cartagena, Spain
- Mikal Ziane, LIP6, France

Serge Stinckwich
Every DSL ends up being Smalltalk

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