[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP - IROS Workshop on Micro-Nano Robotic Swarms for Biomedical Applications

Spring Berman Spring.Berman at asu.edu
Sat May 24 11:56:17 PDT 2014

Micro-Nano Robotic Swarms for Biomedical Applications
IROS Workshop, September 14 2014, 8:30am-5pm, Chicago USA

We accept submissions of one-page abstracts to be presented as posters during the workshop. The best poster will be awarded the NanoSwarm $500 cash prize.

Important Dates
Jun 30: Deadline for short abstract submission
Jul 14: Notification of acceptance
Sep 14: Workshop, poster sessions and awards

Big Picture
Bioengineers are currently designing micro-nano systems for the treatment and monitoring of diseases. DNA machines, synthetic bacteria, nanoparticles, and magnetic materials are now able to move, sense and interact in a controlled fashion, an affordance that has led them to be called robots. These robots will need to be deployed in large numbers and operate predictably in highly complex biological environments. For instance, trillions of nanorobots would be needed to deliver drugs to a tumor or yield a visible signal for sensing. Toward this end, the field of swarm robotics offers tools and techniques for controlling large numbers of agents with limited capabilities. The challenge is to design swarm robotic strategies that produce collective behaviors that are useful for biomedical applications. This will require advances in high-resolution understanding of biology, micro-nano robotics, fast prototyping of experimental environments, systems modeling, simulators to explore swarm strategies, and scalable control at the micro-nano scale.

In this fast-paced workshop, attendees will hear from experts in medicine, bioengineering, micro-nano robotics, and swarm robotics. A poster session will encourage interactions in an informal setting. Finally, we will brainstorm challenges and opportunities in micro-nano swarm robotics during a closing panel discussion.

Guillermo Ameer - Northwestern
Spring Berman - ASU
Sabine Hauert - UoB
Vijay Kumar - UPenn
Sylvain Martel - EPM
Brad Nelson - ETHZ
Daniela Rus - MIT
Taher Saif - UIUC
Selman Sakar - ETHZ
Metin Sitti - CMU
Rob Wood - Harvard

The full program can be found here: http://nanoswarm2014.org/program/

To encourage interactions and discussion, we will hold two cross-disciplinary poster sessions throughout the day. Posters will be accepted based on a 1-page abstract submission. Please use the official IROS LaTex or MS Word templates (http://ras.papercept.net/conferences/support/support.php) and send the final PDF to submissions at nanoswarm2014.org by June 30.

Topics of interest include, but are in no way limited to:
- biomedical applications for micro-nano systems
- high-resolution monitoring of biomedical systems
- fast prototyping of microenvironments
- micro-nano robots
- unconventional robots (DNA devices, nanoparticles, synthetic bacteria, bio-bots)
- synthetic biology
- fabrication and manipulation at the micro-nano scale
- energy-based robot control (magnetic, light-based)
- self-organizing biological and robotic systems
- control of swarm robotic systems
- large-scale simulations of swarm systems
- tools to explore swarm behaviors (bio-inspiration, crowdsourcing, machine learning)

More information about submissions can be found here: http://nanoswarm2014.org/call-for-papers/

The best poster will receive the NanoSwarm $500 award based on feedback from a panel of judges from different disciplines.

Spring Berman, Arizona State University, USA
Sabine Hauert, University of Bristol, UK
Sangeeta Bhatia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Bradley Nelson, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, USA

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