[robotics-worldwide] [news] Do Good Robotics Symposium @ UMD (October 2-3, 2019)

Raj Madhavan madhavan at umd.edu
Mon Mar 11 14:14:29 PDT 2019


Do Good Robotics Symposium
October 2-3, 2019

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center


Robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies hold 
tremendous potential in addressing many of the societal challenges 
exemplified in the seventeen sustainable development goals of the 2030 
agenda of the United Nations. The inaugural 2019 Do Good Robotics 
Symposium (DGRS) aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and 
groups engaged in multidisciplinary and cross-cutting research and 
deployment of technologies for the benefit of the society and the planet.

The Symposium will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, 
the nation’s first Do Good Campus. UMD’s Do Good Campus works to equip 
and empowers all students to apply their passions and ideas to make a 
positive impact in their communities and across the world. Organized by 
the Maryland Robotics Center within the Institute for Systems Research, 
in collaboration with the Do Good Institute in the School of Public 
Policy at UMD, the Symposium will provide a platform for exchanging and 
understanding the state of the art, and for sharing new ideas in the 
fields of robotics, automation, and AI across industry, academia, 
government, and non-profit domains for societal benefit. DGRS intends to 
address concerns and identify gaps stemming not only from development 
and innovation perspectives but also the ones arising from either 
overly-regulated or laissez-faire evolution of cutting-edge technologies.

In the current era dominated by 24/7 news cycles and often questionable 
veracity of disseminated information coupled with skepticism of robotics 
and AI in the minds of the public, the Symposium will also consider 
controversial topics via presentations and panel discussions involving 
experts and audience members. Some of the topics within the purview of 
the Symposium range from ethical design and deployment of technologies 
to autonomous systems to applications of self-driving cars/trucks, 
aerial vehicles, and their implications on the existing workforce.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:
* Robotics/AI research, development and applications in the following 
- Manufacturing including logistics and human-robot interaction systems
- Service and domestic
- Collaborative and cooperative robot systems
- Human-centered design and resulting interactions and relationships
- Intelligent transportation systems and assisted-driving
- Hazardous environments (e.g. nuclear site monitoring and hazardous 
waste cleanup)
- Healthcare including rehabilitation, patient care, medical, surgical 
devices and systems
- Disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts (including 
search, rescue, firefighting, casualty assessment, and victim revival 
and extraction during floods, landslides, and earthquakes)
- Agriculture and aquaculture
- Demining
* The role of academia and industry in shaping the design and use of 
robotics and AI systems
* Government regulations and technology-policy considerations
* The role of NGOs/NPOs and funding agencies in deployment and 
* Socio-economic, cultural, political, and environmental factors in 
developing and developed economies
* Privacy, safety, and security issues
* Education, reskilling, and training of next generation workforce

Prospective presenters are requested to submit an extended abstract in 
PDF format. All submissions will be reviewed and must be written in 
English, starting with a succinct statement of the problem, how the 
solution addresses societal concerns or contributes to the betterment of 
humankind, comparison to existing work by others, and significance of 
the results achieved. Accepted submissions will be presented as either 
oral or poster presentations.

Two pages in the standard IEEE conference format are allowed for each 
submission including figures and references. Extended abstracts are to 
be submitted at the Symposium website using the specified templates at 
the submission site.

Selected submissions will be considered for publication in an edited 
volume subject to reviewers’ comments and authors’ willingness to expand 
and revise their submissions.

* Submission deadline for extended abstracts    May 28, 2019
* Notification of acceptance                                June 28, 2019

For additional information including submission details, organizing and 
program committees, please visit https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__dgrs.umd.edu_&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=5G4CLOgf1tXGWMKTj0Rtli7p19suCZgIsd62JBgF8Uk&s=46NxD2OEIG5uNtyqXF_8e3zkw0ToNo4_gx6l5J6WutQ&e= or contact us at 
<mrcsymposium at umd.edu>.

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.
Visiting Associate Research Scientist
Institute for Systems Research & Maryland Robotics Center
University of Maryland College Park
Tel: +1-301-405-0063 Skype: raj_madhavan
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