[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP: ICRA14 WS Workshop Crossing the Reality Gap: Control, Human Interaction and Cloud Technology for Multi- and Many-Robot Systems

Lorenzo Sabattini lorenzo.sabattini at unimore.it
Thu Feb 20 05:25:13 PST 2014

Apologies for the multiple postings.


ICRA 2014 Workshop Crossing the Reality Gap: Control, Human Interaction 
and Cloud Technology for Multi- and Many-Robot Systems

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS for the Interactive Session

- Paper/Extended abstract submission deadline: March 16th, 2014
- Notification of acceptance:  March 25th, 2014
- Conference and Workshop Registration: Now Open (please, 
- Workshop: June 1st, 2014 (9.00 - 12.30)

Advances in embedded processor and sensor technology in the last thirty 
years have accelerated interest in many robot systems and distributed 
sensor networks for applications such as exploration and mapping of 
unknown environments, large scale environmental monitoring and 
surveillance, and search and rescue. The advances that have made 
individual robots more practical have enabled the research and 
development of teams of robots, where capabilities are expressed by the 
team rather than by a super-capable individual. On these lines, it is 
becoming increasingly important to develop methodologies for controlling 
multiple robotic systems to perform high level tasks, often involving 
the interaction with human users and operators.

Therefore, the focus of this Workshop will be on the CONTROL of and 
INTERACTION with many robot systems, and on the role of CLOUD ROBOTICS.

In particular, CONTROL of many robot systems will be investigated 
considering theoretical, methodological and technological aspects. The 
objective is to identify currently available methodologies that can be 
exploited to deploy many-robot systems into real world environments. At 
the same time, one of the goals of the Workshop is to create a platform 
to connect experts from different fields, with the purpose of reducing 
the gap between theory and application.

The role of INTERACTION will be investigated, as a means to fulfill 
complex and high-level tasks. The objective is to describe the main 
methodologies and technologies that allow a human user to interact with 
many robot systems.

The paradigm of CLOUD ROBOTICS can be exploited as a methodology for 
increasing the capabilities of many-robot systems, as computation and 
storage can be moved to the cloud, exploiting the increasing 
pervasiveness of internet connectivity.

This workshop is the third event of the "Crossing the reality gap" 
series: the first workshop was held at ICRA 2012, and the second 
workshop was held at ICRA 2013.
This workshop is a sibling event of the workshop "On the centrality of 
decentralization in multi-robot systems: holy grail or false idol?" that 
will be held on June 1st, during the afternoon session.


     - Advanced control strategies for many-robot systems
     - Distributed/Decentralized and Centralized multi-agent control 
     - Human/robot interaction and interfaces
     - Physical interaction with multiple robotic systems
     - Architectures for many-robot systems
     - Robot-network interfaces
     - The role of cloud technologies for multi-robot systems
     - Field applications in diverse domains
     - Robustness and reliability in planning and control
     - Heterogeneous vs. homogeneous platforms
     - Collective decision-making
     - Communication reliability

Workshop program will be available soon, please refer to the workshop 

Submissions for the interactive session must be made in the PDF format 
and follow the standard ICRA style for the layout
(https://ras.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl). Authors are 
required to submit Papers/Extended Abstracts, between 1 and 4 letter 
size pages in length. Papers should include appropriate references to 
authors' previous works.

Contributions should be sent to lorenzo.sabattini at unimore.it by March 
16th, 2014. All contributions will be refereed.

Lorenzo Sabattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Joey Durham, Kiva Systems, USA
M. Ani Hsieh, Drexel University, USA
Donald Sofge, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Frank Ehlers, Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Ships and Naval Weapons, 

Lorenzo Sabattini
DISMI - University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Via G. Amendola 2, Pad. Tamburini - 42122 Reggio Emilia - Italy
tel. (+39) 0522 522666
fax. (+39) 0522 522609
e-mail: lorenzo.sabattini at unimore.it
web: http://www.arscontrol.org

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