[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] RSS 2014 Workshop on Communication-aware Robotics

Nora Ayanian ayanian at usc.edu
Thu Mar 20 11:39:40 PDT 2014

Call for Extended Abstracts (instructions for authors at bottom)

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

1-Day Workshop, July 13, 2014
Berkeley, CA

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

Organizers: Daniela Rus (CSAIL,MIT), Nora Ayanian (USC), Stephanie Gil (CSAIL,MIT), Swarun Kumar (Wireless at MIT)

Email Contact: Stephanie Gil, sgil at mit.edu<mailto:sgil at mit.edu>

Important Dates:

-  Abstract submission deadline: May 1, 2014
-  Acceptance notification: May 10, 2014
-  Workshop date: July 13, 2014

Workshop Abstract:

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 for tracking people or objects behind occlusions, and processing of wireless signals for the purpose of localization in an indoor environment.  The potential for robotic systems that are tightly coupled with the newest and most capable tools in communication is pressing. However, 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.


-  Keynote Speaker Dina Katabi (Wireless at MIT, MIT)
-  Vijay Kumar (GRASP, UPenn)
-  Sonia Martinez (UCSD)
-  Romit Roy Choudhury (EECS, UIUC)
-  Bhaskar Krishnamachari (USC)
-  Brian Sadler (ARL)
-  Gaurav Sukhatme (RESL, USC)
-  Yasamin Mostofi (UCSB)
-  Venkat Padmanabhan (Microsoft Research, India)

Topics (including but not limited to):

-  Development of spatial wireless signal strength profiles for use in robotic path planning
-  Communication-aware multi-robot planning
-  Communication as a sensor for autonomous driving, object detection, and localization
-  Network optimization in realistic communication environments
-  Prioritized communication over multi-agent networks
-  Accurate localization using wireless signals for multi-agent networks
-  Sensing and Object tracking using wireless signal characteristics
-  Communication protocols for collaborative sensing and applications in robotic networks
-  Efficient communication Systems for vehicular ad-hoc networks
-  Tradeoffs in performance quality, correctness and convergence
-  Cooperation and communication in heterogeneous teams
-  Coordination with intermittent communication
-  Tradeoffs between guarantees and computational efficiency
-  Developing theory to accommodate events inconsistent with assumptions, i.e. loss of global positioning data

Instructions for Authors:

We solicit extended abstracts to be included in the workshop as a poster presentation and short spotlight talk. Papers addressing one or more topics from List of Topics are particularly encouraged. A selected few contributions will be given longer 10-15 minute talks.

RSS 2-column format, max. 2 pages, please use the standard RSS latex or word template.

Note that the reviews will not be double blind -- please include the authors and affiliations in your submission.

-  Please send submissions to Stephanie Gil at sgil at mit.edu<mailto:sgil at mit.edu> with the subject line "RSS 2014 CaRNet Workshop Submission”

Nora Ayanian
Gabilan Assistant Professor of Computer Science
USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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