[ecoop-info] CFP / ISoLA 2011 - SARS Software Aspects of Robotic Systems, October 17-19, 2011, Vienna, Austria

Jens Knoop knoop at complang.tuwien.ac.at
Thu Jul 21 12:04:21 CEST 2011

Call for Papers ISoLA 2011 - SARS
Software Aspects of Robotic Systems
October 17th-19th, Vienna, Austria
Technical Sponsor: IEEE Austria Section

The development of autonomous robotic systems has experienced a
remarkable boost within the last years. Away from stationary
manufacturing units, current robots have grown up into autonomous,
mobile systems that not only interact with real world environments,
but also fulfill mission critical tasks in collaboration with human
individuals on a reliable basis. Typical fields of application are
unmanned vehicles for exploration but also for transportation,
reconnaissance and search-and-rescue in hazardous environments, and
ambient assisted living for elderly or disabled people. Hence,
algorithms in cognition, computer vision, and locomotion have become
hot-spots of research and development. In addition, modern concepts
like evolutionary and bio-inspired design have entered the stage to
tackle open issues in robotics and to cope with domain specific
properties like inherent indeterminism.

The back-side of this boost is an even larger increase in complexity
of modern robotic systems. Numerous actuators and sensors have to be
controlled simultaneously. Complex actions have to be performed via
timed parallel execution of multiple instruction streams on distinct
electronic control units. Autonomy, especially long term autonomy as
required by deep-sea or space exploration missions, necessitates
features of fault-tolerance, error recovery, or at least well-defined
fallbacks. Due to the physical interaction of robots with the real
world, safety violations are extremely harmful, in the worst-case they
might lead to severe damage and even to casualties.

The goal of this Workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners who are interested in the software aspect of robotic
systems. Topics of interest for the workshop include (but are not
limited to):

* compilation techniques
* dependability and fault tolerance
* software architectures
* computer vision
* cognitive robotics
* machine-learning

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished papers on basic as
much as applied research, which are not being considered in another
forum. All submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on
originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of
expression. All submissions must be in English. Submissions should be
in PDF format and must not exceed 15 pages in the final camera-ready

Accepted papers will be published in Communications in Computer and
Information Science (Springer Verlag, Heidelberg) (pending). Selected 
papers will appear in the International Journal on Software Tools for
Technology Transfer (Springer Verlag, Heidelberg).

Important Dates:
* Deadline for submissions: August 2, 2011
* Notification of acceptance: September, 2011
* Final papers due: September 25, 2011
* Workshop: October 17 - 19, 2011

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