[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for white papers for revision of the US Robotics Roadmap.

Henrik Christensen hichristensen at eng.ucsd.edu
Mon Jul 29 09:49:38 PDT 2019


The US National Robotics Roadmap
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years ago. It has since been used by government agencies, universities and
companies as a reference about where robotics is going. The first roadmap
was published in 2009, then revised in 2013 and 2016. The objective is to
publish the 4th version of the roadmap by summer 2020.

The objective is to engage about 150-200 people from academia and industry
to ensure that the roadmap is representative of the community’s view of
where robotics is going. The roadmap will cover manufacturing, service,
medical, first-responder, and space robotics. The revised roadmap will also
include considerations related to ethics and the workforce. It will cover
emerging applications, the key challenges to progress, and consideration of
needed R&D to enable progress.

Three 1.5 day workshops will be organized for community input to the
roadmap. The workshops will take place:

   - Sept 11-12 in Chicago (organized by Nancy Amato)
   - Oct 17-18 in LA (organized by Maja Mataric)
   - Nov 15-16 in Lowell (organized by Holly Yanco)

Participation in the workshop will be by invitation only. For selection of
participants, we ask people to submit a *max 1.5 page* white paper /
position statement. What are key use-cases for robotics in a 5-10 year
perspective, what are key limitations, and what R&D is needed in a 5-10
year perspective? The white paper can address all three aspects or focus on
one of them. The white paper much include:

   - Name, Affiliation, Email address
   - A (max) 1.5 page position statement

Please submit the white paper as regular text or as a PDF file. Too long
white papers will be ignored. Position papers that only focus on current
research are not appropriate. A white paper should present a future vision
and not merely discuss state of the art.

White papers should be submitted by *end of the day August 15* to
roadmapping at robotics-vo.org. Late submissions may not be considered. We
will evaluate submitted white papers by 18 August and select people for the
workshops by 19 August.

The workshop reports will be used as the basis for a synthesis of a new
roadmap. The nominal timeline is

   - August 2019 - Call for white papers
   - Sep - Nov 2019 - Workshops
   - Dec 2019 - Workshops reports finalized
   - Jan 2020 - Synthesis meeting @ UC San Diego
   - Feb 2020 - Publish draft roadmap for community feedback
   - Apr 2020 - Revision of roadmap based on community feedback
   - May 2020 - Finalize roadmap with graphics design, …
   - July 2020 - Publish roadmap

If you have any questions about the process, the scope, etc please send
email to Henrik I Christensen -  hichristensen at eng.ucsd.edu

Looking forward to seeing broad community participation in the revision of
the national roadmap.

Henrik
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