IROBOT – Intelligent Robotics

IROBOT 2013 poses itself as a follow-up on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th and 5th International Thematic Tracks/Workshops on Intelligent Robotics – IROBOT 2005 (held at EPIA 2005), IROBOT 2007 (held at EPIA 2007), IROBOT 2008 (held at IBERAMIA 2008), IROBOT 2009 (held at EPIA 2009) and IROBOT 2011 (held at EPIA 2011). As in previous editions, its main purpose is to bring together researchers, engineers and other professionals interested in the application of AI techniques in real/simulated robotics to discuss current work and future directions. Each edition tries to promote a focal debate theme.

Robotics, from the point of view of AI, has been an important application field, from which AI has also gained. Namely the dynamic and unforeseen nature of the environment, especially for mobile robots, has fostered research in these aspects of AI. Together with the developments in Robotics Research, the use of Robotics in industry has changed a lot in recent years. New paradigms and approaches for industrial robotics have emerged namely for mobile robots localization and navigation in unstructured environments. Industries have to produce items that are increasingly customized by the client and in short lots. Hence, the classical paradigm of a robotic manipulator performing a repetitive task is changing to flexible, adaptable and mobile robots that can recognize the task and the environment and adapt their behaviours accordingly. The adaptation and application of AI techniques to Industrial Robotics will constitute the focaltheme of the IROBOT’2013 thematic track. This topic will be the subject of a panel discussion led by well known researchers with vast experience in robotics and their different applications.

Topics of Interest

The Thematic Track will be structured around the following themes:
- Adaptive and flexible industrial robotics
- AI Planning for robotics
- Autonomous vehicles
- Cognitive robotics
- Computer vision and object recognition
- Coordination in robotics
- Evolutionary robotics and reactive intelligence
- Human-robots interaction
- Humanoid robotics
- Intelligent buildings and warehouses
- Intelligent transportation systems
- Learning and adaptation in robotics
- Mobile robots localization and navigation
- Modelling and simulating complex robots
- Multi-Robot systems
- Field Robots
- Real-time reactivity
- Robot behaviour engineering
- Robotic surveillance
- Sensor fusion

The topic’s list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in the thematic track main subject.

Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit original research contributions or experience reports in English. Scientific or technical articles describing state-of-the-art techniques, algorithms, systems, environments, problems or applications relevant to the area of Intelligent Industrial Robotics may be submitted. Papers discussing application transfer from simulated to real robots and papers showing socially useful robotic applications generated by participations in robotic competitions are also welcome. Although the main focus is on industrial robots, there will be space for reporting research in AI applied to other types of robots.

Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. Submissions must adhere to the formatting instructions of the conference. The length of submitted full papers must not exceed 12 pages. Demonstrations should be submitted by means of an extended abstract up to 4 pages. This abstract should include a detailed description and a link to a short video of the proposed demonstration.

Each submission will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the Programme Committee. Acceptance will be based on the paper’s significance, technical quality, clarity, relevance and originality. The reviewing process is double blind, so authors should remove names and affiliations from the submitted papers, and must take reasonable care to assure anonymity during the review process. References to own work may be included in the paper, as long as referred to in the third person. The top accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer in the LNAI series. The remaining accepted papers will be published in the local proceedings.

Organizing Committee

Nuno Lau (University of Aveiro)
António Paulo Moreira (University of Porto)
Carlos Cardeira (University of Lisbon)

Program Committee

Alexandre da Silva Simões, UNESP, Brazil
Anibal Ollero, University of Seville, Spain
Anna Helena Costa, EPUSP, Brazil
André Marcato, Universidade Federal de Juíz de Fora, Brazil
André Scolari, Univ. Federal da Bahia, Brazil
Angélica Muñoz, INAOE, Mexico
António José Neves, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
António Paulo Moreira, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Armando J. Pinho, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Armando Sousa, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Augusto Loureiro da Costa, UFBA, Brazil
Axel Hessler, TU Berlin, Germany
Carlos Cardeira, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Carlos Carreto, Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, Portugal
César Analide, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Daniel Polani, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Fernando Osório, Universidade São Paulo/SC, Brazil
Flavio Tonidandel, C.Univ.FEI, Brazil
Fumiya Iida, ETHZ, Switzerland
Guy Theraulaz, CRCA, France
Jorge Dias, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
José Luis Gordillo, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Kai Arras, University of Freiburg, Germany
Luis Correia, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Luis Moreno, Universidad Carlos III Madrid, Spain
Luis Mota, ISCTE, Portugal
Luis Paulo Reis, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Luis Seabra Lopes, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Mikhail Prokopenko, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
Nicolas Jouandeau, Université Paris 8, France
Nuno Lau, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Paulo Gonçalves, Inst.Pol. Castelo Branco, Portugal
Paulo Oliveira, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Paulo Urbano, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Reinaldo Bianchi, Centro Universitário da FEI, São Paulo, Brazil
Saeed Shiry Ghidary, Amirkabir University, Iran
Sanem Sariel Talay, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Stephen Balakirsky, Nat. Inst. Stand. & Techn., USA
Urbano Nunes, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Xiaoping Chen, Univ. Science and Technology, China


Nuno Lau
Universidade de Aveiro, Departamento de Electrónica, Telecomunicações e Informática
IEETA – Instituto de Engenharia Electrónica e Telemática de Aveiro, Campus Universitário Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Phone: ( 351) 234 370500
Fax: ( 351) 234 370545

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