[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP: IROS 14 Workshop The future of multiple-robot research and its multiple identities - DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Lorenzo Sabattini lorenzo.sabattini at unimore.it
Tue Jul 8 08:31:59 PDT 2014

IROS 2014 Workshop The future of multiple-robot research and its 
multiple identities

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS for the Interactive Session


- Paper/Extended abstract submission *NEW DEADLINE*: July 21st, 2014
- Notification of acceptance: July 18th, 2014
- Workshop: September 18th, 2014 (full day)

The objective of this workshop is to assess the degree to which 
multi-robot systems is a distinct research sub-area within the robotics 
community rather than a topic that cuts-across each of the other 
sub-areas and topics. We wish to explore the degree to which core 
elements of multi-robot systems research (e.g., distributed algorithms, 
decentralized planning, etc.) span existing areas and to anticipate the 
degree to which these elements will in the future. This workshop aims at 
promoting a discussion to identify and define the overarching ideas that 
can tie together different research direction in multi-robot systems, 
and lead to the definition of common practices and standards.

A constantly increasing community of researchers has been putting great 
effort in the development of multi-robot systems, in the last decades. 
The interest in multi-robot systems is motivated by the fact that, when 
dealing with complex tasks, it is often preferable to exploit the 
potentialities of a team of cooperating robots, instead of developing a 
super-capable individual robot. In fact, it is often more practical 
(from a technological and economical point of view) to bring together a 
group of simple robots (possibly with different capabilities), and make 
them cooperate. Moreover, due to redundancy, multi-robot systems are 
inherently more reliable, which makes them even more attractive.

Researchers interested in multi-robot systems represent an inherently 
diverse community, since several competences are needed in this field, 
ranging from control systems to mechanical design, estimation, 
perception, planning, and interaction, just to list a few. While this 
fact could represent an incredible richness for the multi-robot field, 
perhaps instead it hinders the internal dialogue among researchers 
coming from different backgrounds and thus represents an obstacle to 
constitution and development of a united field of research like other 
fields in robotics.
The main objective of this workshop is therefore to investigate if 
research in “multi-robot systems” ought to be considered as an 
autonomous research field, characterized by common methodologies and 
practices, or if it should be better considered only as a meta-field, 
i.e., a “tag” used to label the many works in different research fields 
when dealing with system possessing an increased number of degrees of 
freedom and/or several sub-systems. We believe that finding an answer to 
this question is fundamental for the future development of multi-robot 
system research.

CONFIRMED INVITED SPEAKERS (in alphabetical order):
1. Rachid Alami, France (CNRS)
2. Calin Belta, USA (BU)
3. Nak Young Chong, Japan (JAIST)
4. Magnus Egerstedt, USA (GeorgiaTech)
5. Randy Freeman, USA (NWU)
6. Vijay Kumar, USA (UPenn)
7. Jonathan P. How, USA (MIT)
8. Ani Hsieh, USA (DU)
9. Volkan Isler, USA (UM)
10. Kevin Lynch, USA (NWU)
11. Lynne Parker, USA (UT)
12. Daniela Rus, USA (MIT)
13. Mac Schwager, USA (BU)
14. Kosuke Sekiyama, Japan (Nagoya University)
15. Gaurav Sukhatme, USA (USC)

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

Authors are required to submit Extended Abstracts (1-2 pages) in PDF 
format, following the standard IROS style for the layout

Contributions should be sent to lorenzo.sabattini at unimore.it by July 
21st, 2014. All contributions will be refereed.

ORGANIZERS (in alphabetical order):
Nora Ayanian, Univ. of Southern California, USA
Antonio Franchi, LAAS - CNRS, France
Lorenzo Sabattini, Univ. of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Dylan Shell, Texas A&M Univ., USA

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
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