IEEE  Robotic Computing IRC 2020

 

The boundaries between Computer Science and Robotics are continuing to be softened. On one hand computers are continuing to be humanized and a large number of cyber-physical systems are being developed to act upon the physical world. On the other hand the robotic community is looking into the robots of the 21st century that are versatile computing machines with high social impact potential, such as enhance transportation safety, reduce agricultural pesticide use, and improve public safety and crime-fighting efficacy, among other things. The barriers that restrain their diffusion significantly correlate to the complexity of developing their software control systems, which must be reliable, maintainable, intelligent, and safe.

Robotic Computing (RC) addresses the synergetic interaction of computing technologies and robotic technologies. The synergy between Robotics and Computer Science is both realistic and strategic. Their mutual benefit is to make it possible to build and evolve new robotic systems, to reduce their development cost, and to enhance their quality.

Topics related to Computer Science

  • Formal methods for analysis and design
  • Software architectures
  • Middleware infrastructures
  • Model-driven engineering
  • Component-based engineering
  • Software product line engineering
  • Data, ontology, and knowledge engineering
  • Autonomic computing
  • Natural language understanding
  • Service oriented computing
  • Cloud computing
  • Semantic computing
  • Multimedia computing
  • Internet of Things
  • Virtual reality
  • Computer security

Topics related to Robotics

  • RAMS abilities of robotic systems
  • Hardware modeling and abstraction
  • Resource awareness
  • Sensor fusion, integration
  • Place recognition, localization
  • Object recognition, tracking
  • Scene interpretation
  • Robot cognition
  • Manipulation, grasping
  • Robot kinematics, dynamics
  • Motion planning, control
  • Navigation
  • Task planning, monitoring
  • Human-robot Interaction
  • Robot simulation
  • Multi-robot systems

The Conference is also inviting innovative contributions that discuss the future of the field including, but not limited to:

  • What are the challenges to robotic computing?
  • What are the main unresolved theoretical and/or methodological controversies?
  • What are the stakeholders’ (e.g., industries, public bodies, educators) research and development problems?
  • What can be learned from other disciplines and what can they learn from robotic computing?
  • What is the real world experience of Robotic Computing over the past 10 years, and how might it continue to evolve as we look toward the next decade?

SUBMISSIONS

Authors are invited to submit an 8-page (full), 4-page (short), or 6-page (industry) technical paper manuscript in double-column IEEE format following the guidelines available on the IRC2020 web page. The conference proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press. Distinguished quality papers presented at the conference will be selected for the best paper/poster awards and for publication in internationally renowned journals.

IMPORTANT DATES

16 September 2019: Workshop proposal submission deadline

27 September 2019: Workshop proposal acceptance notification

18 October 2019: Paper submission deadline

2 December  2019: Workshop paper submission deadline

16 December 2019: Paper acceptance notification

24 January 2020: Camera ready and registration deadline

9- 11 March 2020: Conference

Financial co-Sponsorship by IEEE RAS

http://www.ieee-irc.org/

The IEEE Robio 2019 (The 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics) conference will take place in the beautiful historical city of Dali, Yunnan Province, China from 6-8 December 2019:

Dali is famous for its natural beauty and its diversity in culture and people. The natural beauty of Erhai Lake and Cang Mountain in Dali are breathtakingly astounding. The Robio 2019 conference promises to offer the participants a great experience with excellent technical and social programs. High quality papers reporting original research results and innovations in all aspects of robotics, biomimetics, automation, artificial intelligence, computer vision, image processing, sensors, and all related areas as well as their applications are invited. 

Contributed Papers: Papers are solicited in all areas mentioned above. All papers must follow the IEEE Xplore® PDF format for IEEE Xplore database and EI index. Organized Sessions: Proposals for organized sessions focused on new and innovative topics and applications are welcome for submission via the conference secretariat.


Best Paper Competition: All the submitted papers will be automatically considered and evaluated for the following best paper competitions:
- Best Conference Paper Award
- Best Student Paper Award
- T.J. Tarn Best Paper in Robotics Award
- Best Paper in Biomimetics Award
- R\pi Labs Best Paper in AI in Robotics Award


Important Dates:
30 Sep. 2019: Submission of full PDF papers & OS proposals
31 Oct. 2019: Notification of paper acceptance decisions
15 Nov. 2019: Submission of final papers and author registration

 

https://www.robio.org/

 

Financially co-sponsored by IEEE RAS

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 Please submit nominations as a single pdf file to IEEE Robotics & Automation Society at ras@ieee.org by 1 September 2019.

The 15th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) goes to the “UVD Robot” by Blue Ocean Robotics. The collaborative robot autonomously drives around hospitals while emitting concentrated UV-C light to eliminate bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. As a result, hospitals can guarantee a 99.99% disinfection rate – reducing the risk for patients, staff and relatives of contracting dangerous infections.

IERA 2019 Recipient

Wolfram Burgard, President IEEE RAS (left) and Claus Risager, CEO Blue Ocean Robotics (right) at the IERA Award 2019 © IEEE RAS

“The UV disinfection robot by Blue Ocean Robotics shows that robotics has a limitless potential of being applied in new environments,” said Arturo Baroncelli, former President of the International Federation of Robotics which co-sponsors the IERA award. “The combination of ‘classical’ mechatronic disciplines - typical of robotics – with the know-how of medicine and pharmacy is fantastic evidence of this path of progress. The IFR is happy to recognise and support this virtual trend.”

“We are incredibly proud of winning the IERA Award 2019 for a ground-breaking product,” said Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics. “Everyone can feel safe in rooms that have been disinfected by the robot. Our UVD Robot not only reduces the risk of patients contracting hospital-related infections, but also to a high extent visitors and hospital staff.” Blue Ocean Robotics is a Danish manufacturer of service robots for the healthcare, hospitality, construction and agricultural sectors based in Odense. The UV disinfection robot is sold by its subsidiary, UVD Robots.

UVD Robot disinfects all contact surfaces autonomously

Infections acquired in hospitals cause significant costs in the healthcare sector: In the EU, these costs amount to 7 billion euros. The source of infections can be other patients or staff and even equipment or the hospital environment. The UVD Robot drives around and positions itself autonomously in relation to its surroundings. The machine treats surfaces in a hospital ward with light from several angles and up close. The robot disinfects all contact surfaces, stopping at predefined hotspots that require a longer time of exposure. The UV disinfection robot does not replace the manual cleaning process - it is designed as a complimentary activity and always works in enclosed spaces.

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“UVD Robot” by Blue Ocean Robotics drives autonomously and eliminates bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in hospitals © Blue Ocean Robotics

Collaborative robot contains number of safety features

As exposure of UV-C light toward humans should be avoided, the robot contains a number of safety features: for example, a tablet which is placed on the door of the patient room acts as a motion sensor – it automatically disengages the UV-C light if someone wants to enter the room.

The technology has been developed in cooperation with leading hospitals in Scandinavia. First sales have been made in the Middle East and Asia. In future, the robot can also be applied to other environments requiring diligent disinfection such as food production or laboratories.

IERA Award honors collaboration of science and industry

The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of innovators with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.

Don't wait! The Award Nomination Deadline is Thursday,1 August.

Awards

Who are Leaders in the robotics and automation field? Who should be honored with a prestigious IEEE RAS Award? Consider nominating them! But hurry, the deadline for IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Award nominations is midnight (US EST) 1 August 2019.

Details for each award, including eligibility, nomination requirements and lists of previous recipients, may be found here:
www.ieee-ras.org/awards-recognition/society-awards

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