[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IROS 2011 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring

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[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IROS 2011 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring

Ryan N. Smith
                        CALL FOR PAPERS

 IROS 2011 Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring
                Friday, September 30, 2011
              http://www.isr.uc.pt/WREM2011

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IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission of extended abstracts: June 3rd, 2011
Notification of acceptance:             June 17th, 2011
Submission of final papers:             July 1st, 2011

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ABSTRACT:
In the past decades huge progress in robotics have been achieved, with
robots moving from the common manipulator, fixed on the factory floor to
more flexible and autonomous devices, capable of operating in natural
environments.
Nowadays, robots are becoming fundamental data gathering tools for
scientists studying the planet.
Some example applications include ocean floor sampling, tracking  water
surface blooms and pollution spread, wide area monitoring of climate
variables, and monitoring volcanoe activity.
Design and implementation of robotic systems for environmental research
present significant challenges to  robotics researchers.
New findings to make robots capable of perceiving, moving and actuating
in natural environments are necessary.
Further, robots in environmental applications require increased energy
autonomy to allow for extended periods of operation.
Low energy design and energy harvesting must be investigated.
Additionally, the robots should be able to exchange information and
cooperate with other agents which are necessary to cover large areas.


MOTIVATION AND OBJECTIVES:
This full-day Workshop on Robotics for Environmental Monitoring intends
to bring together researchers with various backgrounds relevant to this
new multidisciplinary field of research, namely researchers from field
robotics, sensors for environmental variables, sensor networks,
environmental data processing, low energy robot design, low energy
algorithm design and energy harvesting.


LIST OF TOPICS:
1.    Sensors for environmental monitoring
2.    Sensor networks
3.    Spatio-temporal data processing and environment modeling
4.    Robotic systems able to operate in natural environments, being
them ground surfaces, air, water surface, underwater, or underground
5.    Mobile robot olfaction
6.    Low energy design
7.    Energy harvesting
8.    Other subjects relevant to robotics for environmental monitoring


INTENDED AUDIENCE:
Researchers with interests in field robotics, namely: outdoor robotics,
water surface and underwater robotics, air vehicles for environmental
monitoring, and supporting technologies for field robotics, and
environmental scientists interested in the employment of robotics
technologies to support their studies.


SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:
Participants are invited to submit an extended abstract of maximum 4
pages using IEEE format.
In contrast to the conference we encourage submission of preliminary
results and half-baked ideas.
Of particular interest is results from field deployments.

Accepted papers, together with the data and code will be available
online at the workshop website.

In case of a sufficient number of high quality submissions, extended
versions of the selected contributions will be considered for
publication as a Special Issue in a robotics journal.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:
P. Corke, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
A. de Almeida, University of Coimbra, Portugal
T. Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan
V. Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, USA
A. Lilienthal, Orebro University, Sweden
A. Talukder, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, USA


ORGANIZERS:
Lino Marques
Institute of Systems and Robotics
University of Coimbra
3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal
Phone: +351 239 796 277
Email: [hidden email]

Ryan N. Smith
School of Engineering Systems
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
Phone: +61 07 3138 2483
Email: [hidden email]

Ibrahim Volkan Isler
Department of Computer Science
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Phone: +1-612-625-1067
Email: [hidden email]





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