[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP - IROS 2015 - 2nd Workshop on Alternative Sensing for Robot Perception

Thierry Peynot thierry.peynot at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 23:07:41 PDT 2015



2nd Workshop on Alternative Sensing for Robot Perception

(Beyond Laser and Vision)

2 October 2015 in Hamburg, Germany

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)





Robotic perception based on conventional sensing (visual cameras and
LIDARs) has lead to significant realizations in relatively restricted
situations, while showing important limitations in challenging
environments. The future of robotic perception lies in “alternative sensing
modalities” and their intelligent combination and fusion. Examples of
alternative sensing modalities include: radars, sonars and acoustic
sensors, cameras sensing outside of the visible spectrum (e.g. thermal
cameras or hyperspectral cameras), cameras using alternative acquisition
processes (e.g. event-based or light-field cameras), or odor sensors.
Operating at distinct electromagnetic frequencies, or sensing other
physical properties altogether, alternative sensors have recently opened
many new possibilities for robotics, such as: automatic geological analysis
using hyperspectral cameras, obstacle detection through smoke or heavy dust
using mm-wave radar, or robotic deep-sea exploration with sonars.

This workshop aims at exploring and discussing how alternative sensing and
original combinations of sensor data induce new perspectives and
challenges, which may require rethinking conventional perception and data
fusion algorithms, and how they will open new robotic applications and put
the next great robotic achievements within reach. It follows up on a first
workshop held at the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2012 conference,
and a special issue of the Journal of Field Robotics published in January

Main Topics of Interest


The topics of interest of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

   - Robotic perception systems making use of alternative sensors,

    - Radars (e.g. mm-wave, Ultra-Wide Band, Synthetic Aperture (SAR)),
      - Sonars and other acoustic sensors,
      - Hyperspectral and multispectral cameras,
      - Infrared cameras,
      - Unconventional visual cameras (e.g. event-based cameras or dynamic
      vision sensors, light-field cameras),
      - Electromagnetic sensors,
      - Odor sensors.
   - Challenges, methods and lessons learned:
      - Algorithms and techniques for alternative sensing: modeling,
      learning, feature extraction etc.,
      - Novel and state-of-the-art algorithms for multimodal sensor data
      fusion or combination,
      - Perception in challenging environmental conditions,
      - Sensor data integrity,
      - New applications for alternative sensing techniques,
      - Limitations of traditional robotic sensors,
      - Empirical studies of performance and limitations of alternative
      - Case studies of successful applications and systems using
      alternative sensing techniques.



We invite submissions of extended abstracts (2-3 pages) in PDF, conform to
the standard IROS paper format. Optionally, short supporting videos can be
submitted; the url to the video should be cited in the paper. For more
details on the submission process please check the website of the workshop.

Submissions will be reviewed by the technical committee. Accepted
contributions will be archived on the workshop website and presented at the
workshop either as an oral presentation or as a poster along with a short
spotlight. After the workshop, the organising committee will consider
pursuing publication of a special issue in a journal or book including
extended versions of the best papers.

Important Dates:


Submission deadline: 24 July 2015

Notification of acceptance: 28 August 2015

Final version due: 11 September 2015

Workshop: 2 October 2015

Program Committee:


Dr. Juan Andrade Cetto, IRI, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Dr. Graham Brooker, ACFR, University of Sydney, Australia

Prof. Peter Corke, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Prof. Patrick Danes, LAAS-CNRS, France

Prof. Gamini Dissanayake, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Prof. Tomonari Furukawa, Virginia Tech, USA

Dr. Jean-Bernard Hayet, CIMAT, Mexico

Dr. Simon Lacroix, LAAS-CNRS, France

Dr. Sildomar Monteiro, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Thierry Peynot, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Prof. Jonathan Roberts, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Dr. Steven Scheding, ACFR, University of Sydney, Australia

Dr. Teresa Vidal-Calleja, University of Technology Sydney, Australia



Dr. Thierry Peynot, Queensland University of Technology

Dr. Sildomar Monteiro, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Teresa Vidal-Calleja, University of Technology Sydney

Prof. Peter Corke, Queensland University of Technology

The workshop is supported by the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Computer
and Robot Vision.

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