ICRA 2008 Workshop

Network Robot Systems: benchmarks and platforms toward Human-Robot Interaction

May 19 (full day), 2008
Pasadena, California
to be held in conjunction with ICRA 2008

| Overview | Program | Paper Submission | Important Dates | Organizers |


In the previous series of workshops on 'network robot systems', we have invited key persons in network robot systems research from various regions such as America, Europe and Asia to discuss the current status of this new research area and its future direction. This has enabled us to clarify the fundamental research areas pertaining to network robot systems. The first objective is the continuation of this effort of community building by bringing together key people from research areas related to network robot systems.

In addition to continuing our successful effort of community building, this proposed workshop will place special emphasis on one fundamental aspect, "Human-Robot Interaction," required for the ultimate goal of "Human-Centered Robotics." In addition, as we expect to have a successful discussion in the seventh workshop in IROS2007 for the establishment of common testbeds or benchmarks, we plan to extend this discussion to bring together the technological aspects of 'network robot systems' (such as a common testbed) with the human-centered aspects of Human-Robot Interaction.

In conjunction with these efforts, the research community should contribute its significant knowledge base towards the goal of standardization, which is always needed in industry. Reflecting the growth of this research community, this direction of research is now supported by many governments, including Japan, Korea, and the EU. Several initial 'network robot systems' have already built, such as those in Japan and Korea. This suggests that we should start a discussion on standardization, which would enable many developers to create products related to 'network robot systems' and easily collaborate with each other. This workshop will be the ideal place for such a discussion. In addition, as the research grows on network robot systems, interpretations of the definition of "network(ed) robot" tend to diverge. Thus, we need to coordinate the definition for the purpose of community building.


Please see the pdf file.

Paper Submission

The workshop will consist of several invited talks and paper presentations. Interested authors are welcome to submit their contributions. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Papers should be prepared according to the ICRA2008 final camera ready format, and should be 4 to 8 pages long. The detailed information on the paper format is available from the ICRA 2008 page. Submissions should be sent to kanda@atr.jp in the Portable Document Format (PDF) no later than January 15.

Important Dates

Paper submission due: January 15, 2007
Notification of accepted papers: Feburary 15
Camera-ready version due: Feburary 28 (firm)
Workshop: May 19


Norihiro Hagita
ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Japan

Alberto Sanfeliu
Technical University of Catalonia, Spain

Tomomasa Sato
Mechano-Informatics Department, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Japan

Hiroshi Ishiguro
Osaka University, Japan


Takayuki Kanda
ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Japan