[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: Blockchain Technologies for Robotic Systems (BCT4ROS'2019) @IEEE RO-MAN 2019

Fabio Bonsignorio fabio.bonsignorio at gmail.com
Fri Jul 19 03:03:51 PDT 2019

apologies for multiple postings

Dear All,
following the  symposium at MIT in Boston, in December 2018 and  the
workshop on Blockchain Applications in Robotics at the European Robotics
Forum in Bucharest in March 2019,
we have now organized a related one in conjunction with The 28th IEEE
International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN
2019 New Delhi, India, October 14-17 2019)
You'll find all the details here below.
Please also consider submitting to the 2019 edition of the Symposium on
Blockchain for Robotics and AI Systems again hosted by the MIT Media Lab on
Dec. 4th, 2019, see here for details: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.blockchainrobotics.org_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=SlPefYGQaHWgob7AGtSnNZhsyFYR50hp2_vaq9bV5eU&s=P4CY6L70W9azt-PuPA100RO5h5zsTieAxqOXP6dQcyI&e= 

We look forward hearing from you!

All the best
Fabio, Onder and Eduardo


Call for Papers

International Workshop on Blockchain Technologies for Robotic Systems
(BCT4ROS'2019) https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__researchers.pagesperso-2Dorange.fr_bct4ros2019_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=SlPefYGQaHWgob7AGtSnNZhsyFYR50hp2_vaq9bV5eU&s=VYQO-rV_YPh2uajiU1Br_9ptr3NEkIfccWH7PPlLsD0&e= 
in conjunction with The 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human
Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2019 New Delhi, India, October 14-17 2019
From science fiction to the university laboratories, and now to the real
world, robotics and blockchains are not just buzzwords anymore but are
emerging technologies – the expected market potential is in the tens of
billions of dollars in the next ten years.

Robotics is the branch of technology that deals with the design,
construction, operation and application of robots and computer systems for
their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. It is a broad
and diverse field related to many commercial industries and consumer uses.
Robots have come to play a widespread and crucial role in many applications
today: industrial robots, military robots, medical robots, cobots, swarm
robots, autonomous drones and so on. However, it is quite challenging to
perform research and development in enabling and fostering the development
of autonomous robots and to help such robots become accepted by society. In
order to enable the development of robots that can operate autonomously and
safely, important issues like data privacy, security and transparency need
to be tackled for the future use of robots in high-sensitive scenarios.
Therefore, solutions to these issues might be necessary steps towards
mainstream adoption.

Blockchain technologies provide an incorruptible shared data structure that
can be programmed to record any kind of data and calculations (e.g.,
measurement of real effects, operating conditions, reference situation) in
a multi-agent/multi-robot environment. More specifically, blockchains
guarantee that the recorded data is immutable, thanks to cryptographic
techniques, and highly replicated thanks to distributed consensus
protocols. Together with smart contracts, transactional protocols between
agents stored in the blockchain, blockchain technologies show great
potential to make robotic applications more open, trustworthy, secure and
tolerant to faults.

Based on this observation, the BCT4ROS workshop seeks to move beyond the
classical view of robotic systems to advance our understanding about the
possibilities and limitations of combining robots with blockchain
technology and aims to gather researchers active in academia and industry
to share the ideas so far developed and discuss the challenges still ahead.
We welcome papers that address and evaluate the relevance of blockchain
technologies to overcome the limitations of robotic systems

Relevant Topics include (but are not limited to) the following

   - Trustworthy robot -- human interaction
   - Privacy and security for robotic systems
   - Autonomous cyber-physical systems
   - Blockchain for networked systems and IoT
   - Peer-to-peer and distributed models for robotic systems
   - Self-regulated robotic systems
   - Distributed sensing and coordination
   - Blockchain and mobile systems
   - Blockchain for multi-agent systems
   - Citizen science
   - Decentralized business models for robots
   - Blockchain and Industry 4.0
   - Blockchain and Robot Economics

Submission Instructions

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another
journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

   - Full papers (6 to 8 pages) should (1) clearly describe innovative and
   original research, or (2) report a survey on a research topic in the field,
   or (3) explain how existing techniques have been applied to a real-world
   - Short paper (up to 4 pages) should describe novel and promising ideas
   and/or techniques that are in an early stage of development.

Papers should be prepared using the standard IEEE Ro-MAN 2019 template
(download the template from here: LaTeX or MS-Word) and should be submitted
using the EasyChair conference management system.

Program Committee

   - Aleksandr Kapitonov, ITMO University, St.Petersburg, Russian Federation
   - Andrea Omicini, University of Bologna, Italy
   - Davide Calvaresi, University of Applied Science Western Switzerland,
   - Eduardo Castelló Ferrer, MIT, USA
   - Fabio Bonsignorio, Heron Robots, Genova, Italy
   - Jason A. Tran, University of Southern California, USA
   - Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
   - Michael Ignaz Schumacher, University of Applied Science Western
   Switzerland, Switzerland
   - Nicholas Jäger, OTH Amberg-Weiden, Germany
   - Olivier Boissier, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France
   - Önder Gürcan, CEA LIST, Paris, France
   - Öznur Özkasap, Koç University, Turkey
   - Sooyong Park, Sogang University, South Korea
   - ...


   - Önder Gürcan, CEA LIST, Paris, France
   - Fabio Bonsignorio, Heron Robots, Genova, Italy
   - Eduardo Castelló Ferrer, MIT, USA


The conference will be held in conjunction with The 28th IEEE International
Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2019) at Le
Meridien, Windsor Place in New Delhi, India on the 14-17th of October.


Fabio P. Bonsignorio

IEEE Senior Member

Reproducibility Editor IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine

Heron Robots s.r.l.
Via Malta, 3/7
I-16121 Genova

The ShanghAILectures

Past Research Board of Directors Member
Founding Past Director
euRobotics aisbl

Visiting Professor 2014-2019
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
The BioRobotics Institute
viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera (Pisa)

Banco de Santander-Universidad Carlos III de Madrid  Chair of Excellence in

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