[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Robotics: Science and Systems 2017 call for workshops

Ross A Knepper rak at cs.cornell.edu
Thu Oct 20 20:10:10 PDT 2016


*Important Dates*

Monday,  February 13, 2017, Anywhere on Earth:   Submission Deadline 
Monday,  March 13, 2017:   Acceptance Notification

Sat/Sun, July  15-16, 2017:   RSS 2017 Workshops


*Description*


The Organizing Committee for the 2017 Robotics: Science and Systems 
Conference (RSS 2017) requests proposals for full and half-day 
workshops, tutorials and demonstrations to be held on July 15–16, 2017 
at MIT, Cambridge, MA, CA, USA.


The RSS workshops have consistently provided high-quality, 
topically-focused forums for researchers at the forefront of robotics. 
This year these events will take place during a weekend after the main 
conference.


Workshops are intended to supplement the primary conference; as such we 
seek workshops that will provide a complement to the large single-track 
event.


Specifically, we welcome and will give priority to:

 1.

    Innovative ideas on structuring the events in a way that will
    promote discussion and interaction among the participants.

 2.

    Proposals with high-quality and diversespeakers, and which lay out
    plans for encouraging speakers to focus their talks on the workshop
    topic (as opposed to delivering generic talks).

 3.

    Proposals from communities that have not traditionally participated
    at RSS but are relevant to robotics science, robotics systems, and
    the practice and philosophy of the discipline and our community more
    broadly.

 4.

    Workshops that will encourage analysis and reflection on topics and
    issues that formulate challenge problems and that promote
    discussion, debates, and long-term visions for the discipline.


Also, we note that the two special themes for RSS 2017: (1) Kinematics, 
Dynamics, and Control, and (2) Mechanisms, will also be promoted in the 
selection of workshops, provided they fulfill the guidelines above.


In addition to traditional workshops, this year’s workshop submission 
process will feature a special “outlier” track that pushes the 
boundaries of academic workshops by examining ideas that are (i) 
important for the field; (ii) hard done by the formal peer-review 
process. Building on the successes of RSS 2016 (one workshop involved 
aspects of dance, another a custom card game), the track will explore 
unconventional formats and topics that eschew current orthodoxy.



*Submissions*


Prospective organizers should submit their proposals by February 13, 
2017 via https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__easychair.org_conferences_-3Fconf-3Drssw17&d=DQIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=zrABVQ663fi0SHn6QCMRRCruhXqSQ8ffAFFCz6ETceg&s=ARKHRLj5moYU-D7phVPE9nn93a6WvbcMPTT4b91kAHk&e= . The proposal 
template and a sample review form are attached. We expect proposals to 
be approximately 2–3 pages in length, and no more than 5 pages.



We are looking forward to seeing you at MIT!


RSS 2017 Workshop Co-Czars:   Anca Dragan and Dylan Shell
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Workshop Proposal Template

1. Type of Event 
[e.g., workshop, tutorial, competition, demonstration]
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2. Title of Proposed Event
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3. Organizers 
[Please provide email addresses, URLs, affiliations, and brief bios.
Explain why the team is a good fit for organizing this workshop.
Indicate which one of the organizers will act as the contact person. 
The expectation is that the contact person will be able to promptly
respond to messages from the workshop co-chairs.] 
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4. URL for event
[This link should be active at the time of the proposal with
preliminary/tentative information.  The page should clearly indicate
that it is a "Proposed RSS Event".]
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5. Duration 
[e.g., 1/2 day, 1 day, 2 days]
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6. Abstract 
[This should be a short paragraph that will be used to advertise the
workshop through the web page of RSS. Please limit the abstract to 250
words. The abstract will be used to describe the workshop on the
RSS website.]
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7. List of speakers/participants 
[Provide a list of speakers and potential topics.
Indicate whether speakers have been confirmed or that their
final confirmation is pending. Describe how the speakers were
chosen and whether they are diverse in gender, race, background,
or seniority. How will you ensure that speakers do not just give their
generic talk, but actually focus on the topic?]
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8. Description of the event
[Please provide details regarding the event, such as intended schedule
and structure, e.g., sessions, discussion, panels, debates, poster sessions. 
What steps will you take in order to
encourage discussion and interactions during the event?
Also describe if you will be soliciting contributed papers
and what the format for presenting them will be (e.g. poster only,
poster plus 1 or 5min spotlight talk, regular talk).]
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9. Plan for soliciting participation 
[Describe what steps you will take in order to advertise and encourage
participation in your event. Steps in this direction that go beyond
forwarding an email to research-worldwide are encouraged.]
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10. Intended audience
[Provide a description of the communities that will be interested in
this event and why you believe they will attend. Indicate whether
communities related to robotics that are not traditionally
participating at RSS would be interested in your event. Mention
related past events, if any, and their level of success.]
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11. Equipment requirements
[e.g., whether you plan to have posters - how many do you expect to
need?, flip charts - how many? Please list everything that requires
logistics or monetary effort from our side]
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12. Outlier Track
[Describe if this proposal should be considered as part of the 
outlier track. The outlier track pushes the boundaries of academic 
workshops by examining ideas that are (i) important for the field;
(ii) hard done by the formal peer-review process. Building on the 
successes of RSS 2016 (one workshop involved aspects of dance, 
another a custom card game), the track will explore unconventional
formats and topics that eschew current orthodoxy. ]
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Review Form

1. Title of Proposed Event
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2. How important is this topic to the robotics community?
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[] excellent
[] quite important
[] not so much
[] unimportant

Please provide a statement regarding relevance:


3. How interesting will this workshop be to RSS participants?
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[] excellent
[] quite interesting
[] not so much
[] uninteresting

Please provide a statement regarding interest:


4. What is the status of the workshop website?
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[] excellent
[] quite good
[] not so good
[] poor

Please provide a statement regarding the submitted URL:


5. Is the suggested duration of the workshop appropriate?
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[] Yes
[] No, too long
[] No, too short

6. Is there a sufficient number of speakers/participants involved? Are
they relevant to the scope of the project?
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[] excellent
[] quite good
[] not so good
[] poor

Please provide a statement regarding the submitted list of speakers:


7. Do the organizers have a good plan for soliciting participation?
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[] excellent
[] quite good
[] not so good
[] poor

Please provide a statement regarding the plan for soliciting
participation:


8. Have the organizers made an effort to encourage discussion and
interactions during their proposed event?
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[] excellent
[] quite good
[] not so good
[] poor

Please provide a statement regarding the expected interactivity of the
proposed event:

9. Have the organized outlined how they might encourage speakers to focus on the topic and tailor their talks to the workshop?
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[] excellent
[] quite good
[] not so good
[] poor

Please explain:


10. If outlier track: how well does the proposal push the boundaries of traditional academic workshops by examining ideas that are (i) important for the field; (ii) hard done by the formal peer-review process?
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[] excellent
[] quite good
[] not so good
[] poor
[] not outlier track

Please provide a statement regarding how well the proposal pushes the boundaries of traditional academic workshops:


11. Main Strength/Weakness of Workshop Proposal
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+:
 
-:


Please provide feedback to the organizers on how they could improve
their event and its impact:


12. Overall Recommendation
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[] Strong accept
[] Weak accept
[] Weak reject
[] Strong reject


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