[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Final CFP: Workshop on Autonomous Robot Design at ICRA 2018

David.Howard at data61.csiro.au David.Howard at data61.csiro.au
Mon Mar 26 19:43:10 PDT 2018

Final CFP: Workshop on Autonomous Robot Design at ICRA 2018


This workshop focuses on technologies that allow robots to be designed by software.  We aim to generate discussion into the design of bespoke specialized robotic systems that are poised to provide superior performance compared to currently-available options. In such an approach, robots may optimize their hardware (morphologies, sensor/actuator configurations, and the materials they are made from), and software (controllers). In each case the onus is on techniques that automatically design and create robots, or robot components, with no (or minimal) human intervention.  Such an approach is becoming increasingly feasible, due to the rapidly-advancing push in manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing & high-throughput materials characterization.

We seek participation from diverse fields, including robotics, mechatronics, materials characterization, structural design, and controller optimization, to overview the current state of the art, and to propose new directions.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Gusz Eiben
Josh Auerbach
Dave Winkler
Jean-Baptiste Mouret
Kyrre Glette
Stephane Doncieux
Jared Donovan


Final submission deadline: 13th April 2018

Submit directly to david.howard at csiro.au

We welcome submissions of between 1 and 4 pages in the double-column IEEE ICRA format (see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__icra2018.org_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=tgF0z8iDxqC-KLMQHOt6oOuw6Q6O3gWcQkmDX7iIxQM&s=-Uy6nFgBoZ2oLzGL5xDCG5omL9hJ-DFOYNDkZtxcuMg&e= ). Submissions will be judged on novelty, scientific contribution, clarity, and relevance.   We encourage submissions in the following areas:

. Automatic generation of bodies and controllers
. Evolutionary and machine learning approaches
. Designing materials for robots, characterization, high-throughput techniques
. Limits of morphological complexity, designing for morphological computing
. Use of Additive Manufacturing, printable components, new sensors, actuators, and robot materials. Online/offline environmental adaptation, shape-change
. Autonomous evaluation/validation techniques
. Combining simulation and physical tests, surrogate modelling
. Removing humans from the design and construction process

Submissions may be accepted as oral presentations or posters.  All submissions must be original and not previously or simultaneously submitted to another venue.

After the workshop, selected authors will be invited to extend their work for a special issue of the Springer Evolutionary Intelligence journal on The Autonomous Design of Robots.

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