[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: 2015 TePRA: IEEE Int. Conf. on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications

Taskin Padir tpadir at WPI.EDU
Wed Aug 13 19:09:50 PDT 2014

2015 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications (TePRA)

May 11-12, 2015, Greater Boston Area, USA


Important Dates
November 15, 2014: Submission of full-length papers
January 15, 2015: Notification of acceptance
March 1, 2015: Submission of final papers
May 11-12, 2015: 7th Annual TePRA

Call for Papers
The 7th Annual IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications (TePRA) will be held in the Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts, USA on May 11 – 12, 2015. With an emphasis on practical applications and industrial participation, TePRA provides researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and robotics professionals with a balanced forum in robotics science, engineering and technology. The presentations selected through IEEE's rigorous peer-review process highlights foundational science and technology contributions towards realizing practical robots, new uses of algorithms, components, and whole systems design in practical robot applications.

Past TePRA conferences featured leaders in the field as keynote speakers including Colin Angle (iRobot), Kevin Blankespoor (Boston Dynamics), Henrik Christensen (Georgia Tech), Richard Erb (Robotics Trends), Helen Greiner (CyPhy Works), Joe Jones (Harvest Automation), Mathieu Kemp (Bluefin Robotics), Rob Maline (JGRE), Mark Micire (DARPA), Mick Mountz (Kiva), Jorgen Pedersen (RE2), Gill Pratt (DARPA), Hanu Singh (WHOI), Mike Rufo (Boston Engineering), Tom Ryden (VGo Comm.), Eddie Tunstel (John Hopkins), Holly Yanco (UMass Lowell). As an emerging robotics conference, past TePRA programs included more than 200 technical paper and poster presentations combined, robot demonstrations, student competitions, panel sessions, exhibits, and strong industry participation. Recently, Springer Journal of Service Robotics, Special Issue on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications featured eight extended papers selected from TePRA 2013 program.

Conference Tracks:
The conference theme is the new scientific findings and technological developments in robotics and automation leading to practical robots. While papers are solicited in all related areas of robotics and automation, the conference tracks include:

Robot Applications
 * Medical & Rehabilitation
 * Military & Security
 * Actuation & Manipulation
 * Consumer & Industrial
 * Field Reports

Robot Technologies
 * Robust Robotics Technologies
 * Resource Aware Algorithms
 * Power & Communications
 * Sensing
 * Software Development Tools

The TePRA Conference Committee invites robotics researchers, developers, engineers, scientists and industry representatives to submit their contributions. Detailed instructions for submissions as well as past TePRA programs can be found on the conference website. Exhibit and demonstration opportunities are available.


Conference Chair:
 Michael Gennert, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Technical Program Chair: 
 Taskin Padir, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Conference Secretary: 
 William Agassounon, Textron Systems

Sponsored by:
 IEEE Boston Section

Technical Co-Sponsor:
 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
 IEEE Women in Engineering
 Textron Systems

Industry Partners:
 BAE Systems 
 Bluefin Robotics 
 Brooks Automation 
 Textron Systems 
 The MathWorks 
 Ultra Electronics MSI

All inquiries can be directed to:
Taskin Padir, PhD
Assistant Professor
Robotics Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
E-mail: tpadir at wpi.edu,
Office: Atwater Kent Labs 229,
RIVeR Lab: Atwater Kent Labs 123,
RIVeR Lab: http://robot.wpi.edu
Office Phone: +(508) 831-6427
Fax: +(508) 831-5491,
Mailing Address: 100 Institute Rd., Worcester, MA 01609

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