[robotics-worldwide] [meetings]: FINAL CFP - ICRA 2014 Workshop on Modular Robots (DEADLINE MARCH 22)

Raj Dasgupta pdasgupta at unomaha.edu
Wed Mar 12 08:03:58 PDT 2014


FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 22, 2014)



ICRA 2014 Workshop on RESEARCH CHALLENGES AND CROSS-CUTTING APPLICATIONS OF MODULAR ROBOT SYSTEMS



Date: June 5, 2014 (Thursday) - Half-day workshop

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/icra2014workshopmodularrobots/



IMPORTANT DATES

Submission Deadline (Extended):  March 22, 2014

Notification of Acceptance: April  7, 2014

Camera ready Paper due: April 12, 2014



Modular robotic systems have been shown to be very useful for performing tasks in highly unstructured and initially unknown environments which demand a high level of dexterity and maneuverability from the robot. Modular robots are being increasingly used in several robotic applications such as autonomous inspection of engineering structures, semi-autonomous medical surgery, extra-terrestrial exploration, etc. However, despite having a very high potential of impact towards solving several problems in different domains that require autonomous robots, the use of modular robots is not widespread. Modular robotics also brings along a set of design and computational challenges that are unique to it, and usually not encountered in conventional robotic systems.



This workshop aims at presenting to the robotics community the state-of-the-art research, challenges and results of using modular robotic systems in different research fields.



TOPICS OF INTEREST



Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Prototype development for modular robots

* Electro-mechanical and hardware design of modular robots

* Autonomy and control of modular robots

* Locomotion and reconfiguration of modular robots

* Payload, sensor and sensor fusion on modular robots

* Computational issues, distributed computation, and AI-based techniques for modular robots

* Scalability, robustness and self-repair in modular robots

* Task performance using modular robots

* Experimental results, field tests, accomplished goals and revealed challenges



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mark Yim, Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania

Gregory Chirikjian, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University



INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS



Authors are requested to submit papers discussing theories, applications, best practices and field studies related to modular robots. Submission of promising preliminary results are also encouraged.



Authors should prepare manuscripts between 4-6 pages in length following the IEEE RAS Manuscript Preparation Guidelines. Submissions should be sent as a pdf file to cmanticlab at gmail.com. Video attachments (optional) related to the paper can be sent as an email attachment along with the paper submission, or uploaded on Youtube or Dropbox with a link provided in the body of the paper.



Contributions will be reviewed for quality and relevance to the workshop's theme. Authors of accepted papers will present the papers at the workshop.



ORGANIZERS

Raj Dasgupta, Computer Science Dept., University of Nebraska, Omaha

Carl Nelson, Mechanical & Materials Engg. Dept., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jose Baca, Computer Science Dept., University of Nebraska, Omaha


Dr. Prithviraj (Raj) Dasgupta

Director, CMANTIC lab (http://cmantic.unomaha.edu)
Mutual of Omaha Endowed Associate Professor of Computer Science
University of Nebraska at Omaha, NE 68182, USA.
E-mail: pdasgupta at mail.unomaha.edu<mailto:pdasgupta at mail.unomaha.edu>
Web: http://faculty.ist.unomaha.edu/pdasgupta



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