[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: RSS'17 Workshop on Bridging the Gap in Space Robotics

Dan Szafir Daniel.Szafir at Colorado.EDU
Tue May 9 09:07:48 PDT 2017


“Bridging the Gap in Space Robotics” Workshop at Robotics: Science and
Systems 2017

Workshop Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 (during RSS 2017 in Cambridge, MA)

Website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.spacerobotics.xyz_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=p4HHD_lWfQ4YhMDQfJ0c2GD43wrwx0zlxYoWl5w5zdE&s=TC3fOIrV-MyxxGeIDyjk9MuSFqg2NZ4tOsHM6jQxMz4&e= 

Abstract submission deadline: June 2, 2017
Notification date: June 16, 2017
Submit at: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__easychair.org_conferences_-3Fconf-3Drssbgsr17&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=p4HHD_lWfQ4YhMDQfJ0c2GD43wrwx0zlxYoWl5w5zdE&s=cUJ1M0co1dBN2jjMXnzWd6asQciOqkcsjw-g4hjJGjE&e= 



Space exploration represents a complex and multifaceted problem domain for
autonomous systems. Harsh and distant environments, long time delays, high
costs, and other challenges highlight the value of autonomy, but make it
difficult to achieve in practice. The cost of failure is high, as robots
will often be required to perform mission-/safety-critical operations,
sometimes in novel environments for which little a priori knowledge or
human oversight is available. At the same time, such autonomy must remain
sufficiently trustworthy, accessible, and comprehensible to human
stakeholders (mission scientists, engineers, astronauts, etc.) to add value
in achieving mission objectives. On Earth, recent developments in
perception, manipulation, and learning are rapidly improving the
capabilities of terrestrial robotic systems for a wide range of
applications. However, integration into the space domain is occurring at a
more gradual pace, despite this context being the absolute test of autonomy.

We are excited to announce a new workshop to address these issues by
"Bridging the Gap in Space Robotics" to be held at RSS 2017. This workshop
will bring together researchers working to advance terrestrial systems with
those investigating space applications to help identify a set of “grand
challenges and opportunities” for space robotics. Top researchers,
engineers, scientists, and practitioners from the space exploration, space
robotics, and autonomous robotics communities will explore: (1) how
advancements in terrestrial robotics might be applied to space and (2) how
the challenges of operating in space may inspire and drive further research
and enhancement of these techniques.


The program is anticipated to combine invited and contributed talks from
academics as well as researchers working at government space agencies and
space-related industries. The workshop will include keynote talks, panel
discussions, interactive poster/breakout sessions, and selected spotlight
talks to maximize interaction between participants from the space and
robotics communities.


We invite participants to submit extended abstracts that describe recent or
ongoing research related to relevant aspects and applications for space
robotics, including advances in tools and methods for perception,
manipulation, learning, control, planning, robot teaming/coordination and
human-autonomy interaction. Submissions (minimum two pages, maximum six
pages, excluding references) should be in PDF format and adhere to the RSS
paper format <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.roboticsconference.org_information_authorinfo_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=p4HHD_lWfQ4YhMDQfJ0c2GD43wrwx0zlxYoWl5w5zdE&s=L1b8AlvAzzO__uKDE5Yk_Q47luk06bFZqek8B0PJ7vg&e= >.
We encourage authors to accompany their submissions with a video that
describes or demonstrates their work. Videos of accepted submissions will
be posted to the workshop website along with extended abstracts.  Reviews
will not be double blind and submissions should include author names and

Extended abstracts and supplementary materials can be submitted by logging
into the conference management website located at:



Authors of accepted submissions will have the opportunity to disseminate
their work through poster presentations and “reverse spotlight” talks in
breakout groups clustered by submission topic. In this novel format,
authors of accepted short paper contributions will be asked to first give 3
minute poster presentations of their work to other workshop participants in
assigned breakout groups. Each breakout group will then discuss specific
research issues, ideas, and opportunities in the context of these
presentations along the workshop themes. Finally, groups will summarize the
paper contributions by recording their ideas in Google Slides and giving a
brief overview reporting on their discussions to the rest of the workshop
audience. A subset of the top submissions will also be selected for
extended spotlight talks in the form of oral presentations to the entire


Submission site open: May 8, 2017

Submission deadline: June  2, 2017

Submission notification: June 16, 2017

Workshop: July 15, 2017


Jack Burns (University of Colorado Boulder)

Larry Matthies (NASA JPL)


Nisar Ahmed <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.cohrint.info_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=p4HHD_lWfQ4YhMDQfJ0c2GD43wrwx0zlxYoWl5w5zdE&s=5zfCl-L7_zXkbFNT2OzEEg14vt5OZerPOqjoU-uQvIw&e= >  (University of Colorado Boulder)

Chris Heckman <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ristoffer.ch_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=p4HHD_lWfQ4YhMDQfJ0c2GD43wrwx0zlxYoWl5w5zdE&s=AsUMhd1dM2x01rFXu7PS-yh52WZflZPyJ5yRI-yML4Y&e= > (University of Colorado Boulder)

Jay McMahon <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ccar.colorado.edu_mcmahojw_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=p4HHD_lWfQ4YhMDQfJ0c2GD43wrwx0zlxYoWl5w5zdE&s=0HQyK9j4ggXPIssusvuSBkOLmXLJ7Sd27fsfB3zLNp4&e= > (University of Colorado

Daniel Szafir <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__danszafir.com_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=p4HHD_lWfQ4YhMDQfJ0c2GD43wrwx0zlxYoWl5w5zdE&s=Rd5dfaUMcUdMydUEbvg3aBejcn5tbQpKl2ICK9R-Nk4&e= > (University of Colorado Boulder)

*Daniel J. Szafir*, *Assistant Professor*
ATLAS Institute & Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder

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