[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for white papers for revision of the US Robotics Roadmap (DL: August 15, 2019)

Henrik Christensen hichristensen at eng.ucsd.edu
Tue Jul 30 08:14:29 PDT 2019

The  US National Robotics Roadmap - 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.hichristensen.com_pdf_roadmap-2D2016.pdf&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=d3ZEXy8PV9_G1OmNySkwYePxUT7dETfv0qnFVXwEQ0Q&s=pVc7bcnYUY4rejGQ9xzD0nqp6AY7YUG_Dg-VOTBNOiA&e=  -  was first created 
ten 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 2009, revised 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 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 
revision of 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 discarded. Position papers that 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 use 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 @ UCSD
* 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](mailto:hichristensen at eng.ucsd.edu)

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

Henrik I Christensen, Ph.D., Dr. Techn. h.c.,
P: +1 858 260 0570 | Skype: henrik.i.christensen | 

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