[robotics-worldwide] [Meetings] [Extended Deadline - Oct. 15th] CFP - Symposium on Blockchain for Robotics - MIT Media Lab

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[robotics-worldwide] [Meetings] [Extended Deadline - Oct. 15th] CFP - Symposium on Blockchain for Robotics - MIT Media Lab

Eduardo Castello
Dear Colleagues,

We are launching a new symposium titled “*Blockchain for Robotics*" hosted
by the *MIT Media Lab on Dec. 5th 2018*. We would like to inform you that
the deadline for submissions has been extended to Oct. 15th. More
information can be found at: www.blockchainrobotics.org
Please find the updated *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: *October** 15, 2018*
   - Author Notification: *November 1, 2018*
   - Camera ready submission: *November 15, 2018*

Submissions should be in the *LNCS format* and contain 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. It is planned to publish
revised selected articles as a *State-of-the-Art Survey volume in
Springer's LNCS series*. 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 field.


   - Prof. Alex ('Sandy') Pentland
   - Prof. Marco Dorigo
   - Dr. Thomas Hardjono
   - Dr. Eduardo Castello Ferrer

We are looking forward to your contributions.

Eduardo Castello
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