[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Want to build snake robots?... Call for contributions and participation, ICRA2014 Tutorial on Modular Snake Robot Platforms.

kamilo.melo at km-robota.com kamilo.melo at km-robota.com
Tue Apr 15 13:07:03 PDT 2014

Dear roboticists, 

It is our pleasure to invite all of you to participate and submit contributions to the "Full day tutorial on Low-cost, Fast-development, Modular Snake Robot Open Platforms" which will be held in Hong Kong on June 1, during ICRA 2014 (http://km-robota.com/km-robota/icra2014_tutorial/home.html). 

Many of us have been delighted with demonstrations of the locomotion capabilities of such robots while we imagine their potential application. However, a full comprehension of the underlying unique aspects of their development and the study of this promising technology is out of the grasp of many. In response to that, this tutorial will bring to ICRA the opportunity to get close to the concepts and techniques that are employed in the design and control of snake robots. 

As core of this tutorial, the participants will be able to construct from scratch a Modular Snake Robot, operate it and move it all over the place. Attendees will be provided with materials, tools, robot parts and instructions to make it happen. A scientific context, by the hand of experts will frame the tutorial in four talks along the day: 

→ Modular/Snake Robot Basics. Chaohui Gong , Biorobotics Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, USA. 
→ Quick Assembly of Modular Robots, Mark Yim , University of Pennsylvanya, USA. 
→ The Modular Snake Robot Open Project, Kamilo Melo , KM-RoBoTa, Colombia. 
→ Control of Bio-inspired Snake Robots for Real S&R Scenarios, Fumitoshi Matsuno , Kyoto University, Japan. 

Following the presentations, there will be a session for attendees to show/demonstrate/explain their contributions on the topic. The call for contributions, with a suggested list of topics, is available online (see http://km-robota.com/km-robota/icra2014_tutorial/cfc.html). By April 27th, authors of the contributions should submit to (tutorial at km-robota.com) their contributions in any format: video, poster, a couple of slides (max size 5Mbytes). High quality and relevant selected contributions will be presented by the authors in 3-5 minutes the day of the tutorial and will be available in the tutorial website after the conference. 

The agenda of the tutorial is available in (http://km-robota.com/km-robota/icra2014_tutorial/program.html) 

Important dates: 
Submission deadline: April 27 
Notification of acceptance: April 30 
Final submission: May 15 
Tutorial: June 1 

Kamilo Melo, KM-RoBoTa s.a.s 
Laura Paez, KM-RoBoTa s.a.s. 

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