IROS 2007 Workshop

Network Robot Systems: Ubiquitous, Cooperative, Interactive Robots for Human Robot Symbiosis

San Diego, California, U.S.A.
October 29 (full day), 2007
to be held in conjunction with IROS 2007

| Overview | Motivation and objectives | Program | Organizers |

Overview

This full-day workshop covers all aspects around network robot system for human-robot symbiosis, such as ubiquitous robotics, cooperative robotics, networked  environment sensing/actuation, distributed ubiquitous systems, interaction between humans and multi components of the environment.

This proposed workshop is the sixth in the series of workshops on enetwork robot systemsf. Built on the success of the previous workshops, we are planning to open the workshop to papers from all the scientific community, and for this we will make a call for papers as soon as the workshop is approved. In addition, we will invite 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 future directions.

We plan to have panel discussions. One is for establishing benchmarks of network robot system. As we had exciting discussion at the last workshop, RoboCup Home will be one common testbed to stimulate development of fundamental techniques, whereas a real world task should be highlighted as well in order to stimulate industries and enterprises. Another panel is for standardization, including clear definition of network(ed) robots and standard protocols among components.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Motivation and objectives

This proposed workshop is the sixth in the series of workshops on 'network robot systems'. Built on the success of the previous workshops, we are planning to invite 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 future directions. In addition to continuing our successful effort of community building, the 2007 of this workshop will place special emphasis on the fundamental research questions that underlie the building of effective 'network robot systems'. This led to the establishment of common testbed or benchmark. People in academia need to have a common testbed as RoboCup had promoted the development of technologies. At the same time, people in industries need more realistic goal for system and application. Through panel discussions, we will clarify this point in order to motivate researchers to focus on fundamental research.

As the growth of research society, this direction of research is supported by many governments, including Japan, Korea, and EU. There are several initial 'network robot systems' already built such as the ones in Japan and Korea. This suggests that we should start a discussion on standardization, which would enable many developers to develop products related to 'network robot system' and easily contribute each other. This workshop will be the ideal place for such a discussion. In addition, as the research grows on network robot system, it becomes diverse interpretation what the "network(ed) robot" is. Thus, we need to coordinate the definition for the purpose of community building.

Tentative Program

PDF file is available here.

Organizers

Dr. Norihiro Hagita (hagita@atr.jp)
ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories
Tel. +81 774 951400, Fax. +81 774 951408   http://www.irc.atr.jp/
2-2-2 Hikaridai, Keihanna Science City, Kyoto 619-0288 Japan

Prof. Alberto Sanfeliu  (sanfeliu@iri.upc.es)
Institute of Robotics, Technical University of Catalonia
Technology Park of Barcelona, U Building
Tel: +34 93 4011694,  Fax, +34 93 4015782   http://webesaii.upc.es
LLorens i Artigas 4-6 2nd Floor 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Young-Jo Cho (youngjo@etri.re.kr)
Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI)
Tel: +82-42-860-1500, Fax: +82-42-860-6790, http://www.etri.re.kr/www_05/e_etri/
161 Gajeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Dajeon, KOREA

Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro (ishiguro@ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp)
Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
Tel. +81-6-6879-4181 http://www.ed.ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/
2-1 Yamada-oka Suita Osaka 565-0871 Japan

Prof. Klaus Schilling (schi@informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de)
Chair Informatics VII: Robotics and Telematics, Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg
Tel.0049-931-888-6647  http://www7.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de
Am Hubland, D-97074 Wuerzburg, Germany 

Prof. Dezhen Song (dzsong@cs.tamu.edu)
Department of Computer Science, Texas A&M University
Tel. (979)845-5464(O)
311C HRBB, TAMU 3112, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843

Secretariat:
Dr. Takayuki Kanda (kanda@atr.jp)
ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Japan
Tel. +81 774 951424, Fax. +81 774 951408   http://www.irc.atr.jp/~kanda/
2-2-2 Hikaridai, Keihanna Science City, Kyoto 619-0288 Japan