[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Papers: ICRA 2014 Workshop: Robots in Homes and Industry: Where to Look First?

Ekaterina Potapova ekaterina.v.potapova at gmail.com
Mon Feb 24 00:47:51 PST 2014

Call for Papers
ICRA 2014: half-day workshop on

Robots in Homes and Industry: Where to Look First?

01 June 2014, Hong Kong, China
Visual search in complex scenes remains a challenging problem as robots
start to move into less structured factory floors and homes. The recent
move to RGB-D processing has helped simplify some vision problems, but also
led to increased amounts of data to be processed. In these scenarios robots
will always face situations, no matter how optimised and parallelised the
vision algorithms, where the visual input is too overwhelming to process
within the time constraints of the task at hand.

Visual attention is an integral part of human vision that allows humans to
process the relevant parts of a scene from a large sensory stream within
the harsh time constraints of real world tasks. Robotic vision research has
realised the importance of attention mechanisms, and many systems use some
form of attention to direct the processing to the parts of the sensory
input that are potentially of interest, such as objects emerging from a
supporting plane. The last decade has also seen an increasing number of
principled approaches on making attention mechanisms an integral part also
of robotic vision systems.

This poses a number of interesting challenges, such as selection of
suitable mechanisms from a large body of work on biologically plausible
attention models, fusing general purpose bottom-up and task-driven top-down
attention mechanisms, how to use attention in a given task setting to
guarantee robot performance within specific time constraints, how to
integrate attention algorithmically into the various processes of an
integrated robotic architecture, and coping with conflicting goals such as
paying attention to avoid collision with humans while looking at task
relevant target locations.

In order to tackle these problems, the robotics community needs continuous
collaboration and communication with researchers on the psychology and
neurology of biological vision systems. While the algorithms and
architectural implementations will necessarily differ, insights from
biological vision are highly relevant in this still poorly understood field
of robot vision.


Submissions for Full papers are due on Monday, March 31, 2014 by 11:59:59
PDT. All papers must be submitted using *EasyChair
<https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wsrhi2014>*. If you have any
questions regarding the workshop, please email to
*icra2014workshop at acin.tuwien.ac.at
<icra2014workshop at acin.tuwien.ac.at>* with the subject [ICRA2014 Workshop:
Robots in Homes andIndustry].


All papers for the workshop must be submitted in PDF format and conform to
ICRA 2014 Proceedings specifications.

- Templates are available for *Word
<http://ras.papercept.net/conferences/support/word.php>* and *Latex
- Page limit is 6 pages (including figures and references).
- All papers must be submitted in PDF format.
- Submission is not blind.


- Bottom-up visual attention and saliency
- Top-down visual attention and visual search
- Visual attention and scene exploration in 3D
- Attention-driven segmentation and active vision in 2D/3D
- Multi-modal attention integrating data from different sensors
- Interaction of attention with other robotic modules (e.g. planning,
localisation, navigation)

All papers must be submitted in PDF format and conform to conference
proceedings specifications. We will accept papers up to 6 pages long. We
encourage submissions with both original work and work that has been
already presented at another venue. Each paper will be assigned at least
two reviewers. The paper will be evaluated based on the relevance to the
workshop topic, technical soundness and significance to the community. We
support submissions with both a strong technical contribution and
well-described/evaluated integration in working systems. Selected papers
will be grouped into two sessions, in order to organize the discussion

*Important Dates*

- 31 March 2014, Paper submission
- 30 April 2014, Notification of acceptance
- 01 June 2014, Workshop at ICRA 2014

*Organizing Committee*

Michael Zillich (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Simone Frintrop (University of Bonn, Germany)
Fiora Pirri (University of Rome, Italy)
Jim Little (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Ekaterina Potapova (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)

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