[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] 7th Intl Robotic Sailing Conference (IRSC2014), 8th Sept 14, Galway Ireland (call for papers)

Morgan, Fearghal fearghal.morgan at nuigalway.ie
Tue Mar 4 08:53:50 PST 2014

Call For Papers
7th International Robotic Sailing Conference IRSC2014,      http://wrsc2014.com/conference        8th Sept 2014
World Robotic Sailing Championship, WRSC2014,              http://wrsc2014.com                           8th-12th Sept 2014
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway), Galway, Ireland

IRSC2014 is pleased to invite paper submissions.

Important Dates
Submission of abstracts:                                 April 2nd
Notification of abstract acceptance:               April 9th
Full Paper Submission:                                    May 20th
Notification of Acceptance:                           June 2nd
Submission of Camera Ready Paper:              June 23rd
Conference Date:                                            September 8th 2014
Proceedings are published by Springer.
IRSC2014/WRSC2014 General Chair:          Dermot Tynan, HP Galway
IRSC2014 Programme Chair:                         Fearghal Morgan, National University of Ireland, Galway

Robotic Sailing

Robotic sailing offers the potential of long range and long term autonomous wind propelled, solar or wave-powered carbon neutral devices. Robotic sailing devices could contribute to monitoring of environmental, ecological, meteorological, hydrographic and oceanographic data. These devices can also be used in traffic monitoring, border surveillance, security, assistance and rescue.
The dependency on changing winds and sea conditions presents a considerable challenge for short and long term route and stability planning, collision avoidance and boat control.
Building a robust and seaworthy sailing robot presents a truly complex and multi-disciplinary challenge for boat designers, naval architects, systems/electrical engineers and computer scientists. Since 2004, competitions such as Sailbot, World Robotic SailingChampionship and Microtransat have sparked an explosion in the number of groups working on autonomous sailing robots. Despite this interest the longest distance sailed autonomously remains only a few hundred miles. Many of the challenges in building truly autonomous sailing robots still remain unsolved.

IRSC provides researchers with the opportunity to present and exchange ideas on their work on autonomous surface marine robotics. IRSC proceedings present the cutting edge of work in a variety of fields related to robotic sailing. IRSC 2014 conference proceedings will be published by Springer.

WRSC2014 (organised in conjunction with IRSC2014) includes a series of racing, navigation and autonomy challenges. The competition will propose tasks such as station, speed in different conditions, accuracy, obstacle avoidance, target tracking, endurance and cooperation. The competition, originally designed for sailboats also includes a separate motorboats category.
Previous IRSC/WRSC events have been hosted in France (2013), Wales (2012), Germany (2011), Canada (2010), Portugal (09), Austria (08).

IRSC2014 Paper Submission: Topics
IRSC 2014 welcomes paper submissions on a range of topics around autonomous surface marine robotics (especially sailing robots), including but not limited to:

*    Applications of autonomous marine robots
*    Sensors and actuators for autonomous sailing

*    Hardware and software organisation

*    System development and validation

*    Route planning, navigation and optimisation

*    Control architectures and algorithms

*    Mechanical design and advanced materials

*     Collision avoidance, boat-to-boat communication

*     Machine learning and adaptation

*     Energy and power management

*     Robotic boats in teaching

*     Legal issues for autonomous vessels

*     Modelling, simulation, control and stability analysis

IRSC2014 Paper Submission Process
All submissions and reviews for the IRSC2014 conference will be facilitated via the online EasyChair system, which enables authors to submit abstracts and papers and to receive responses from Programme Committee reviewers.  In order to use the EasyChair system, you will need to set up an EasyChair account if you do not already have one. The Call for Papers provides a step-by-step guide to using EasyChair for IRSC2014 abstract submission.

Abstract submission.   Abstract submission is now OPEN.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: April 2nd, 2014.
Authors are invited to submit abstracts using EasyChair IRSC2014 abstract submission.
Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length, and summarise the main goals, technology and achievements of the research. Submit abstract text using the EasyChair online system. Programme Committee members will review all submissions.

Full paper submission
Submission of full papers (deadline May 20th 2014) via Easychair will follow acceptance of abstracts. Full papers may be up to 8 pages in length, including figures.
Please adhere to the paper template guidelines.

Further Information
For further information, contact fearghal.morgan at nuigalway.ie<mailto:fearghal.morgan at nuigalway.ie> or tynan at hp.com<mailto:tynan at hp.com>

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