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

Thierry Peynot thierry.peynot at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 09:07:03 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 2015.

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, including:
    - 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 sensors,
    - 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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