[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Contributions: ICRA'18 Full-Day Workshop on "Aerial Robotic Inspection and Maintenance: Research Challenges, Field Experience and Industry Needs"

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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Contributions: ICRA'18 Full-Day Workshop on "Aerial Robotic Inspection and Maintenance: Research Challenges, Field Experience and Industry Needs"

Kostas Alexis
ICRA 2018 Full-Day Workshop:

“Workshop on Aerial Robotic Inspection and Maintenance: Research Challenges,
Field Experience and Industry Needs"

Brisbane, Australia – May 21st or 25th: Workshop (full-day)

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Following the growing interest and advancements in automating structural
monitoring and maintenance using aerial robots, we invite relevant
contributions corresponding to any of the **Topics Of Interest** listed
below. The accepted contributions will be featured as short talks alongside
presentations by invited speakers and/or as posters at the interactive
session. Eventually, all accepted contributions will be included in the
online workshop's proceedings.

We invite two types of contributions to be presented at the workshop:
- Posters: submit a 1-page extended abstract to be considered for
presentation at the interactive session, and/or
- Short Papers: submit a manuscript of up to 3 pages to be considered for
presentation as a short talk
A dual option (poster and short paper) is also possible, so interested
authors only need to follow the instructions for Short Papers, but clearly
state their desire to be considered for the dual option at submission.
Submissions should be in PDF following the standard ICRA format, sent to
Prof. Kostas Alexis ([hidden email]) with the title "ICRA 2018 WS on Aerial
Monitoring & Maintenance" by March 19, 2018 (AoE).


Important Dates
Poster abstract submission:  March 19, 2018 (AoE).
Notification of acceptance:    April 19, 2018 (AoE).
Workshop: May 21st or 25th: Workshop (full-day)


Aerial robotics have demonstrated their capacity to contribute into
structural monitoring and maintenance operations. A large set of projects
worldwide contribute into the relevant challenges of control, mapping,
planning and task allocation among multi-robot teams, and significant field
demonstration activities are on the way. Among others, research groups have
evaluated the ability of aerial robotics to perform high-resolution mapping
and execute useful work-tasks via means of aerial manipulation.

This workshop addresses aerial robotic technologies for autonomous
inspection, monitoring and manipulation for maintenance work-task execution,
a growing necessity that demands groundbreaking progress in multiple fields
including those of robot localization and mapping, semantics classification,
path planning for exploration and inspection, aerial manipulation design and
control, as well as multi-robot systems. This workshop consists of a mixture
of presentations from invited speakers, lighting talks, overview of a
relevant simulation system and live examples, a poster session and round
table discussions. Furthermore, adequate time for questions is allocated to
enable an interactive experience.

**Topics of interest (indicative but not exclusive)**

* Aerial manipulation control
* Disturbance attenuation and robust control
* Whole-body control
* Multiple-arms aerial manipulation
* Collaborative aerial manipulation
* Reinforcement learning for aerial manipulation

* Dense mapping for inspection operations
* Mapping in degraded visual environments
* Mapping for aerial manipulation
* Localization and mapping in visually-degraded environments
* Semantic scene understanding
* Collaborative perception

* Planning for autonomous exploration
* Planning for optimized coverage
* Planning under uncertainty for exploration and mapping
* Learning inspection behaviors
* Collaborative exploration and inspection planning

Field Robotics & Industry Experience
* Experiences from real-life experience in infrastructure inspection
* Experiences from real-life use of aerial manipulation
* Large-scale field robotics experiments


Invited Speakers
* Luis Mejias Alvarez
* Andrew Chapman
* Antonio Franchi
* Dongjun Lee
* Giueseppe Loianno
* Robert Mahony
* George Nkolakolopoulos
* Juha Roning
* Sebastian Scherer
* Stefano Stramigioli


* Kostas Alexis, Autonomous Robots Lab, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
* Gianluca Antonelli, Università di Cassino, IT
* Mauricio Calva, Chevron, UK
* Margarita Chli, Vision for Robotics Lab, ETH Zurich, CH
* Matteo Fumagalli, Aalborg University of Copenhagen, DK
* Anibal Ollero, University of Seville, ES


This proposed workshop is supported by:
1) IEEE RAS TC 1 Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
3) The “NRI: Collaborative Research: Multi-Modal Characterization of DOE-EM
Facilities”, and the “NRI: Large: Collaborative Research: Fast and Accurate
Infrastructure Modeling and Inspection with Low-Flying Robots”, as well as
the “KF: Mine Inspection Robotics” project

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