[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Reminder: Contributions Due May 21: RSS 2017 Workshop: Robot Communication in the Wild

Geoff Hollinger geoff.hollinger at oregonstate.edu
Fri May 12 11:59:30 PDT 2017

**Contributions Due May 21**

Call for Papers and Posters


Submission deadline: May 21, 2017

Notification date: June 16, 2017

Workshop date: July 16, 2017, Cambridge, MA (during RSS 2017)

SUBMISSION WEBSITE: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__rss2017-2Drcw.mit.edu_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QUIyNINOlNSLWddp0vvVPF_J-8i5lkc-a0JtNbw618E&s=NB7c1nOrWap7Tx8nmyA9GZullV5c0ysmWzjEAjna0mc&e= 


Robots and multi-robot teams use communication to facilitate data sharing,
coordination, and cooperation with other robots and human users. Real-world
communication is often unreliable, expensive, non-ideal, and/or otherwise
challenging in a variety of ways. These challenges lead to interesting
theoretical and practical ramifications for the design, analysis, and
deployment of roboticsystems, algorithms, and hardware. This workshop aims
to foster a better understanding of the communication challenges faced by
robots/teams, and how we analyze them, model them, and overcome their
negative effects in practice.

Topics are expected to have well defined assumptions, constraints, or
experimental observations that reflect the real-world communication challenges
faced by robots/teams, but may come from any sub-field of robotics and be
motivated by any robotic problem.

Example topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Communication assumed/observed to be intermittent, lossy, difficult to
model, highly asymmetric, partial, blocked, expensive, compressed,
encrypted, or non-ideal in other ways.

-Any-Com algorithms (graceful performance declines vs. decreasing quality).

-Robotic systems that adapt to communication constraints.

-Robotic hardware designed to overcome communication issues common in

-More accurate modeling of real-world communication.

-Overcoming real-world communication constraints in practice (e.g.,
undersea, air, ground, space environments).


To encourage participation that is both wide and deep, the workshop will
have a poster track and a proceedings track. A particular piece of work
should be submitted to one or the other, but work that is not accepted to
the workshop proceedings will be automatically considered for participation
in the poster session. SUBMISSION WEBSITE: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__rss2017-2Drcw.mit.edu_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QUIyNINOlNSLWddp0vvVPF_J-8i5lkc-a0JtNbw618E&s=NB7c1nOrWap7Tx8nmyA9GZullV5c0ysmWzjEAjna0mc&e= 


We solicit short papers for the workshop proceedings, 6-8 pages in standard
RSS 2-column format. The workshop proceedings is designed to showcase more
mature work. Work accepted to the workshop proceedings will be presented by
the authors in a 20 minute talk, appear on the workshop website, and be
invited to appear in extended form as a book chapter. Short papers
submitted to the workshop proceedings will be formally peer-reviewed in an
open review process using the openreview.net review engine.


We solicit extended abstracts for the poster session, 1-4 pages in standard
RSS 2-column format. The poster session is designed to foster a wide
exchange of ideas between many people. By design, the work presented in the
poster session will not appear in archival form to encourage the
participation of works-in-progress, works previously published elsewhere,
and works aiming to submit elsewhere in the future. Extended abstracts
submitted for the poster session will be refereed by at least one PC


We are excited to announce the following confirmed speakers:

Nora Ayanian, University of Southern California

Stephanie Gil, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Urbashi Mitra, University of Southern California

Yasamin Mostofi, University of California, Santa Barbara

Jason Stack, Office of Naval Research

Mac Schwager, Stanford University


Christopher Amato, Northeastern University

Antonio Franchi, Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systèmes

Erik Komendera, NASA Langley Research Center

Amanda Prorok, University of Pennsylvania

Lorenzo Sabattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Tom Wettergren, US Naval Undersea Warfare Center


Robert Fitch, University of Technology Sydney

Don Sofge, Naval Research Laboratory

Geoffrey Hollinger, Oregon State University

Karthik Dantu, SUNY Buffalo

Michael Otte, Naval Research Laboratory

Shayegan Omidshafiei, MIT


The open review process for the workshop proceedings (not poster
submissions) will operate as follows: At least two different program
committee members will review each paper. The identities of the reviewers
will remain anonymous to the authors and to the public, however the written
reviews will be publicly visible. The public will be invited to critique
both the papers and the reviews; public commentators will register on the
review management site, and their identities will be publicly visible
within their comments. The authors will have an opportunity to address any
issues raised by reviewers or public commentators, and the author responses
will be publicly visible. For each paper, a member of the PC will act as
"editor'' and provide a final verdict on submission, as well as any
"official'' list of conditions necessary for acceptance. Comments will be
frozen after the review process is over, and all reviews, responses, and
other comments will be available on openreview.net.

Geoffrey A. Hollinger
Assistant Professor, Robotics
School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331

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