[robotics-worldwide] [Meetings] CFP: ICRA 2015 Forum Featuring Robotics in Developing Countries

G. Ayorkor Korsah ayorkor at alumni.cmu.edu
Fri Mar 27 10:08:12 PDT 2015

Friendly reminder!

Call for Participation:
*ICRA 2015 Forum and Interactive Display Featuring Robotics in 
Developing Countries*
(31 May Deadline)

Interest in robotics is increasing in many parts of the world, and 
developing countries are no exception.  From research projects aimed at 
developing novel robotic systems for unique challenges, to education and 
outreach programs that use robotics to enhance students' interest in 
STEM fields, the collection of robotics projects in developing countries 
provides a fascinating panorama of the potential and impact robotics can 
have around the world.

For the first time at ICRA 2015, a session will be specifically 
dedicated to highlighting robotics-related work in developing countries. 
An interactive display at the conference will feature information on a 
diverse array of robotics-related projects in developing countries 
around the world. Work from a wide range of categories will be featured, 
including but not limited to research, education, outreach, academic 
work, industry work, governmental work, and NGO work. This interactive 
display will also be accessible on the World Wide Web via the conference 
website beyond ICRA 2015.

Furthermore,  a forum during the ICRA 2105 conference will allow for 
deeper interactions, both in person and via remote participation, with 
authors of selected projects highlighted in the interactive display. 
Discussions will center on themes such as relevant applications, current 
trends and future directions of robotics in developing countries, 
opportunities and challenges of robotics work in developing countries, 
and opportunities for "south-south" as well as "north-south" collaboration.

All researchers, educators, and practitioners working in robotics and 
related areas in developing countries, as well as those with an interest 
in this work are invited to participate.

How To Participate
Submissions are invited in a variety of categories, including (but not 
limited to) research, education, outreach, academic work, industry work, 
governmental work, and NGO work. A 2-3 page extended abstract, in the 
standard IEEE format, describing the project, can be submitted via Paper 
Plaza (https://ras.papercept.net/). This PDF document should include a 
link to a representative photo of the project, to be downloaded and 
featured in the interactive display. It can also optionally have links 
to additional photographs related to the project. Finally, a short video 
about the project (3 minutes, 10 MB maximum) can also be uploaded to 
Paper Plaza with the submission.

The organizers will evaluate the submissions, and select relevant 
submissions for inclusion in the interactive display, and a subset of 
submissions for presentations at the forum. Acceptance notifications 
containing further steps will follow once the selection process is 
complete.  The forum will be held on Friday 29 May at ICRA 2015.  There 
will be an opportunity to remotely participate in the forum, without 
being registered for the full ICRA conference.

Important Dates
Entry Submissions Open: 30 January 2015
Entry Submissions Deadline: 31 March 2015
Acceptance Notifications (Interactive Display): Rolling, from 10 
February 2015
Acceptance Notifications (Forum): 15 April 2015
Forum @ ICRA'15: Friday, 29 May 2015

The organizers would like to thank the IEEE Robotics and Automation 
Society and the ICRA 2015 organizing committee for the support of the 
forum on robotics in developing countries.

M. Bernardine Dias (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
G. Ayorkor Korsah (Ashesi University College, Ghana)
Chinwe Ekenna (Texas A&M University, USA)

Contact Information
icradevcountries at gmail.com

G. Ayorkor Korsah, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Robotics

Ashesi University College
1 University Avenue, Berekuso E/R | PMB CT 3, Cantonments | Accra, Ghana
Phone: +233 30 261 0330 Ext. 1029

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