[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CALL FOR PAPER Designing autonomy: beyond technical perspectives

Gabriele Ermacora gabriele at sjtu.edu.cn
Mon Jul 22 02:14:24 PDT 2019

Call for paper

Designing autonomy: beyond technical perspectives

As sharing space with autonomous robots is gradually becoming more likely in public environments, such as streets, airports, shopping malls, questions of efficiency and safety are rising.

This workshop will address these emerging scenarios with a focus on the current research challenges in the area of robot navigation and autonomy, and their potential impact on society.
The aim of the workshop is to address the theme of autonomy from multiple perspectives, from technical challenges, to socio-ethical and legal implications. Participants will be invited to engage with questions of how to ensure a safe robot navigation in public environments? How can autonomous robots crawling the city may impact on human mobility? How such co-presence of humans and robots should be regulated? How to facilitate mutual understanding of operations between humans and robots? How to ensure human control over robots in critical situations? 

The workshop will take place during the 6th International Ubiquitous Positioning, Indoor Navigation and Location-Based Services (UPINLBS) conference, on November 14th, in Beijing, China.

The preliminary program includes an opening talk form an invited senior scholar, a series of presentations from selected participants and a final panel discussion.

We invite participants to submit an extended abstract addressing the theme of autonomous navigation from one of the aforementioned perspectives (technical, socio-ethical, legal). 
The abstracts should be maximum two pages long (including references) and formatted according the IEEE templates. 

The organizing committee will review and select a maximum of 6 contributions.  The accepted abstracts will be made available on the workshop website, and discussed by the authors during the presentation sessions (10 min presentation + 5 min questions). We are currently exploring the possibility of a journal special issue based on the workshop. Eventually, participants will be invited to extend their abstract in an article.

The workshop organization will cover the conference registration costs for the selected participants.


15 September 2019 ¬– Extended abstract submission deadline

15 October 2019 ¬– Notification of acceptance

31 October 2019 ¬– Camera ready deadline

14 November 2019 ¬– Workshop in Beijing

Professor Ling Pei, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Dr. Gabriele Ermacora, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Dr. Maria Luce Lupetti, TU Delft, Netherlands
Assistant Professor Daniele Sartori, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

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