[robotics-worldwide] [Meetings] CFP - Symposium on Blockchain for Robotic Systems - MIT Media Lab Dec. 5th

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[robotics-worldwide] [Meetings] CFP - Symposium on Blockchain for Robotic Systems - MIT Media Lab Dec. 5th

Eduardo Castello
Dear Colleagues,

We are launching a new symposium titled “*Blockchain for Robotic Systems*"
hosted by the *MIT Media Lab on Dec. 5th 2018*. We would like to encourage
you to contribute to this symposium with your manuscripts and demos. More
information can be found at: www.blockchainrobotics.org

Please find the *CFP* in the following lines:


Robotic systems are starting to revolutionize many applications, from
targeted material delivery to health care. Assisted by technological
advancements, such as cloud computing, novel hardware design, and novel
manufacturing techniques; nowadays robot systems are starting to become an
important part of activities such as logistics or autonomous transportation.

However, several of the characteristics that make robots ideal for certain
future applications --- autonomy, learning, knowledge sharing, etc. --- can
also raise concerns in the evolution of the technology from academic
institutions to the public sphere. For instance, controlling the behavior
of large teams of robots still presents unique challenges for human
operators. In addition, important issues in the fields of in data privacy,
security and transparency can become burdens for the future use of this
technology in high-sensitive scenarios. Therefore, solutions to these
issues might be necessary steps towards mainstream adoption.

Blockchain, an emerging technology originated in the digital currency
field, demonstrates that by combining peer-to-peer networks with
cryptographic algorithms, agents can reach agreements in a transparent
manner without the need for a controlling authority. For instance,
blockchain-based tools such as "smart contracts" are already showing great
potential to make robotic operations more secure, autonomous, flexible and
even profitable. Therefore, bridging the gap between purely scientific
domains and real-world applications

This symposium seeks to move beyond the classical view of robotic systems
to advance our understanding about the possibilities of combining robots
with blockchain technology. Insights about the following questions are
especially important: What blockchain tools are available to increase the
reliability and transparency of robotic systems? What kind of algorithms
are suitable to combine both technologies? Are there new models and methods
to connect robots to blockchain-based technology such as "smart contracts"?
Are distributed networks such as Bitcoin a feasible way to integrate
robotic systems in our society? Are there new business models for robot
ventures based on cryptographic algorithms?

Below is a list of possible topics that would fit this symposium:

   - Data privacy and security for robotic systems
   - Autonomous Cyber Physical Systems
   - Peer-to-peer networks for robotic systems
   - Distributed and swarm robotic systems
   - Networked systems and IoT
   - Self-regulated robotic systems
   - Decentralized control and operation
   - Distributed sensing
   - Citizen science
   - New decentralized business models

In addition to this brief list of possible topics, we welcome submissions
on other topics addressing robotic systems in the society. We seek
manuscripts with conceptual and theoretical contributions as well as papers
documenting valuable results of experiments conducted with real-robots. We
welcome research reviews that provide a comprehensive view of any of the
fields mentioned previously.VENUE

To promote such approach, MIT Media Lab is organizing this one-day
symposium on the 6th floor of the E-14 building, 75 Amherst St, Cambridge,
MA 02139, USA.

   - Early Submission Starts: *August 30, 2018*
   - Paper Submission Deadline: *September 30, 2018*
   - Author Notification: *October 15, 2018*
   - Camera ready submission: *October 30, 2018*

original material that has not been previously published, nor is currently
under review elsewhere. If material in the submission was previously
published in a conference paper, the new submission must (i) technically
extend the published version by at least 25% new material, (ii) explicitly
cite the prior conference paper, and (iii) explain in an accompanying cover
letter what has been extended in the new submission.

Submitted papers will be evaluated based on their originality,
presentation, contributions, and relevance to the theme of this special
issue, and will be reviewed by at least three independent experts in the


   - Prof. Alex ('Sandy') Pentland
   - Prof. Marco Dorigo
   - Dr. Thomas Hardjono
   - Dr. Eduardo Castello Ferrer
   - Prof. Javier Alonso-Mora
   - Prof. Carlo Pinciroli
   - Dr. Mauro Birattari
   - Dr. Ogjen Rudovic
   - Prof. Amanda Prorok

We are looking forward to your contributions.

Eduardo Castello
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