[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Participation: RSS 2014 Workshop on Communication-aware Robotics

Nora Ayanian ayanian at usc.edu
Wed Jul 9 09:50:04 PDT 2014

Call for Participation

RSS 2014 Workshop:
“Communication-aware Robotics: New Tools for Multi-Robot Networks, Autonomous Vehicles, and Localization”

Time and Date: Sunday, July 13 at 8:25am
Location: Wheeler 122 on the UC Berkeley campus

Website: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/drl/wiki/index.php?title=RSS_2014_CarNet_Workshop

Detailed Program on website and Below

This workshop is listed in the RSS workshop program as SUN2. Communication-aware Robotics: New Tools for Multi-Robot Networks, Autonomous Vehicles, and Localization


Recent advances in communication are enabling teams of robots to achieve new and exciting capabilities. Of current interest in the robotics literature are multi-agent teams for their applications to distributed exploration, search and rescue, and in the near future, global connectivity. The effectiveness of these coordinated systems inherently depends on communication infrastructure and hinges on the assumption of adequate inter-agent communication. This necessitates the development of robust communication tools with guaranteed performance in real-world environments.
Emerging technologies in the communications field include using information exchange as a virtual sensor to be used by autonomous cars in future networked cities, leveraging WiFi to "see through walls" to track people or objects behind occlusions, and processing of wireless signals for the purpose of localization in an environment. From providing the necessary communication quality guarantees to achieve coordination tasks amongst robot teams in real-world environments, to using wireless signals as sensors for localization and/or tracking, cutting edge advancements in communication are becoming a critical component of future robotic systems. The potential for robotic systems that are tightly coupled with the newest and most capable tools in communication is pressing. However, in order for us to achieve these goals we must encourage collaboration between the largely independent fields of communication and robotics.
The goal of this full day workshop is to bring together leaders of both fields to discuss recent and targeted advances in communication for robotic systems, identify the major needs and challenges in translating these capabilities to practical arenas, and encourage an exchanging of ideas from robotics and communication experts to tackle these challenges towards development of high performing and reliable networked multi-agent systems for the real-world.

8:25    Opening
8:30 Keynote : Dina Katabi, “New Approaches for Leveraging Radio Signals in Robotics”
9:10 Invited talk: Gaurav Sukhatme, “Communication Aware Robotics: Models and Abstractions”
9:35 Invited talk: Romit Roy Choudhury, “Mobile Infrastructure: Challenges, Opportunities, and Applications”

10:00 Coffee Break

10:20 Invited talk: Venkat Padmanabhan, “Tracking users indoors: from localization to physical analytics”
10:45 Invited talk: Sonia Martinez, “Robot coordination through opportunistic communications”
11:10 Roundtable Discussion with Invited Speakers

11:50 Lunch break

15:00  Invited talk: Vijay Kumar, “Cooperative Detection, Localization and Mapping of Targets and the Environment with Heterogeneous Robots”
 15:25  Lightning Round I:

i) Kiran Joshi, “Promoting RF Signal Fadings: a Solution for Localization and Navigation in Tunnel-like featureless environments”
ii) Carlos Rizzo, “Sensing and Imaging while Communicating”
iii) Ramviyas Parasuraman, “A Fast Radio Signal Strength Prediction Algorithm for Mobile Robots in Unknown Environments”
iv) Jingjin Yu, “Distance Optimal Target Assignment for Networked Robots with Communication and Target-Sensing Limitations”
v) James Stephan, “Autonomous motion control of robot teams while preserving communication”

16:30  Coffee Break

17:00  Lightning Round II:

i) Christopher Amato, “Combined Planning Under Uncertainty for Communication and Control in Multi-Robot Teams”
ii) Omur Arslan, “A Recursive, Distributed Minimum Spanning Tree Algorithm for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks”

17:25  Invited talk: Yasamin Mostofi,          "Robotics and RF: Opportunities and Challenges"
17:50  Invited talk: Bhaskar Krishnamachari, "Controlling mobility to improve wireless network performance"
18:15  Closing

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