[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CALL FOR PAPERS - ICRA 2014 Workshop on Modular Robot Systems

pdasgupta pdasgupta at unomaha.edu
Mon Feb 10 11:42:13 PST 2014


CALL FOR PAPERS

ICRA 2014 Workshop on RESEARCH CHALLENGES AND CROSS-CUTTING APPLICATIONS OF
MODULAR ROBOT SYSTEMS

Date: June 5, 2014 (Thursday) – Half-day workshop
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (co-located with ICRA)
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/icra2014workshopmodularrobots/

IMPORTANT DATES
Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: March 31, 2014
Camera ready Paper due: April 12, 2014 

Modular robotic systems have been shown to be very useful for performing
tasks in highly unstructured and initially unknown environments which demand
a high level of dexterity and maneuverability from the robot. Modular robots
are being increasingly used in several robotic applications such as
autonomous inspection of engineering structures, semi-autonomous medical
surgery, extra-terrestrial exploration, etc. However, despite having a very
high potential of impact towards solving several problems in different
domains that require autonomous robots, the use of modular robots is not
widespread. Modular robotics also brings along a set of design and
computational challenges that are unique to it, and usually not encountered
in conventional robotic systems.

This workshop aims at presenting to the robotics community the
state-of-the-art research, challenges and results of using modular robotic
systems in different research fields.  

TOPICS OF INTEREST
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Prototype development for modular robots
* Electro-mechanical and hardware design of modular robots
* Autonomy and control of modular robots
* Locomotion and reconfiguration of modular robots
* Payload, sensor and sensor fusion on modular robots
* Computational issues, distributed computation, and AI-based techniques for
modular robots
* Scalability, robustness and self-repair in modular robots
* Task performance using modular robots
* Experimental results, field tests, accomplished goals and revealed
challenges

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Mark Yim, Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics,
University of Pennsylvania
Gregory Chirikjian, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins
University

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Authors are requested to submit papers discussing theories, applications,
best practices and field studies related to modular robots. Submission of
promising preliminary results are also encouraged.
Authors should prepare manuscripts between 4-6 pages in length following the
IEEE RAS Manuscript Preparation Guidelines. Submissions should be sent as a
pdf file to cmanticlab at gmail.com. Video attachments (optional) related to
the paper can be sent as an email attachment along with the paper
submission, or uploaded on Youtube or Dropbox with a link provided in the
body of the paper. 
Contributions will be reviewed for quality and relevance to the workshop's
theme. Authors of accepted papers will present the papers at the workshop.

ORGANIZERS
Raj Dasgupta, University of Nebraska, Omaha (pdasgupta at unomaha.edu)
Carl Nelson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (cnelson5 at unl.edu)
Jose Baca, University of Nebraska, Omaha (jbacagarcia at unomaha.edu)



Dr. Prithviraj (Raj) Dasgupta

Director, CMANTIC lab (http://cmantic.unomaha.edu)
Director, Doctoral Program - College of IS&T

Mutual of Omaha Endowed Associate Professor of Computer Science
University of Nebraska at Omaha, NE 68182, USA.

E-mail: pdasgupta at unomaha.edu
Web: http://faculty.ist.unomaha.edu/pdasgupta




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