[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Contributions: ICRA 2018 Workshop on Robotic Vision and Action in Agriculture

Christopher Lehnert c.lehnert at qut.edu.au
Tue Mar 20 18:36:56 PDT 2018

Call for Contributions: ICRA 2018 Workshop on Robotic Vision and Action in Agriculture

Paper submission site is now open and submissions can be made here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__easychair.org_conferences_-3Fconf-3Dwrvaa18&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=MWbFqSc5Jm4GXEk19g4uwhz0tcI8qm553s__tMCsH6k&s=mlTxbObsXK3xi33irBSK7lTE7Kl7pXphu6ZL44MNQzg&e=

Agricultural robotics faces a number of unique challenges and operates at the intersection of applied robotic vision, manipulation and crop science. Robotics will provide a key role in improving productivity, increasing crop quality and even enabling individualised weed and crop treatment. All of these advancements are integral for providing food to a growing population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, requiring agricultural production to double in order to meet food demands.

This half-day workshop brings together researchers and industry working on novel approaches within robotic vision and action across changing agricultural environments, including broad-acre crops, orchard crops, nurseries and greenhouses, and horticulture. The workshop will feature four internationally renowned speakers from highly respective universities and companies, including:

    - Prof. Achim Walter (ETHZ Department of Environmental Systems Science)
    - Prof. Qin Zhang (Washington State University)
    - Dr David Ball (BOSCH)
    - Dr Jim Ostrowski (Blue River Technology)

The goal of the workshop is to discuss the future of agricultural robotics and how thinking and acting with a robot in the field enables a range of different applications and approaches. A particular emphasis will be placed on vision and action that works in the field by coping with changes in appearance and geometry of the environment. Learning how to interact within this complicated environment will also be of special interest to the workshop as will be the alternative applications enabled by better understanding and exploiting the link between robotics and crop science.

List of Topics
Topics of interest to this workshop include, but are not necessarily limited to:
    - Novel perception for agricultural robots including passive and active methods
    - Manipulators for harvesting, soil preparation and crop protection
    - Long-term autonomy and navigation in unstructured environments
    - Data analytics and real-time decision making with robots-in-the-loop
    - Low-cost sensing and algorithms for day/night operation, and
    - User interfaces for end-users

Submission and Formatting
Papers can be submitted at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__easychair.org_conferences_-3Fconf-3Dwrvaa18&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=MWbFqSc5Jm4GXEk19g4uwhz0tcI8qm553s__tMCsH6k&s=mlTxbObsXK3xi33irBSK7lTE7Kl7pXphu6ZL44MNQzg&e= and should follow the usual ICRA guidelines for style and be between 4-6 pages in length. All submissions must be in PDF format and rendered without error using standard viewers. The papers will be reviewed and commented upon by members of the program committee. Submitted papers must differ significantly in content from previously published papers and must not be currently under review for other publication. The accepted papers will be published on the workshop website. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop and authors are expected to give a short spotlight presentation followed by a poster presentation.

Important Dates
    - 16th of April: Deadline for submission of contributed papers
    - 27th of April: Notification of acceptance for contributed papers
    - 25th of May: Workshop held at ICRA (afternoon session)

Chris McCool (QUT), Chris Lehnert (QUT), Inkyu Sa (ETHZ), Juan Nieto (ETHZ), Cyrill Stachniss (Uni. Bonn)

Kind regards,


Christopher Lehnert | Robotics Lecturer | School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science |
Science and Engineering Faculty | Queensland University of Technology | Phone: +61 3138 2483 |
c.lehnert at qut.edu.au<mailto:c.lehnert at qut.edu.au> | Gardens Point, S-Block 1150-3 | 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD |

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