2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
May 6th-10th 2013
The convention is organised by the International Center for Unconventional Computing and Bristol Robotics Laboratory.
21/2/2013 UPDATE: Extended Submission Dates
26/2/2013 UPDATE: Keynote Presenters Change
19/3/2013 UPDATE: Decision/Final Submission Date Change
1/4/2013 UPDATE: Workshop Program and Program Committee Included
7/5/2013 UPDATE: Program Updated
Classical approaches in control cannot cope with real world conditions and the need for massive parallelism; hence novel control methods are needed. Good candidates are the so-called unconventional computing methods, where biological and biologically-inspired methods, primarily from the cellular/bacterial level, are exploited for their natural parallelism to tackle computational complexity, while unconventional hardware, i.e. slime mold, biological computers, BZ reactions, is used as a novel physical layer exploring the same natural features.
Natural biological and chemical systems offer a wealth of ideas for how to solve such problems, as do unconventional approaches that have been proven to model biological systems well, such as memristors and cellular automata. Recent success in biomimetics using unconventional approaches could revolutionise robotic hardware and control. This workshop will present the current state of the art in unconventional computing approaches: i.e. memristors, biological and neuromorphic systems, excitable media and cellular automata, and demonstrate how these can be implemented for robot control.
The workshop will bring together researchers from around the world who are working with alternative computational methods and are applying their results in the context of robotics and automation. Also, researchers not involved with unconventional computing will benefit by having the opportunity to come in contact with the most exciting results on the field that can be applied to their own research. The aim would be to establish a common understanding about the state of the field and draw a road map on where the research is heading, highlight the issues and discuss the possible solutions.
Unconventional Approaches of Interest:
- Memristor / memristive systems
- Chemical inspired / chemical systems
- Bioinspired / biological systems including neuromorphic architectures
- Cellular automata architectures
- Other areas of unconventional computing applied to control, robotics and automation
Andrew Adamatzky, University of the West of England, UK
Biological and chemical computers for robot control
Paolo Arena,Universita degli Studi di Catania, Italy and
Roland Strauss, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Bio-inspired control, neuromorphic systems
Georgios Sirakoulis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
|10:00 – 10:30||Coffee|
|10:30||Opening Remarks||10:35||Keynote – Andrew Adamatzky|
Physarum Chip: Growing Computers from Slime Mould
|11:05||V. Kalogeiton, D. Papadopoulos and G. Sirakoulis|
Implementation of a Novel Physarum-Inspired and CA-based Single-Camera SLAM Method
|11:20||T. Henderson, K. Luthy and E. Grant|
Reaction-Diffusion Computation in Wireless Sensor Networks
|11:35||A. Vázquez-Otero, J. Faigl, N. Duro and R. Dormido|
Reaction-Diffusion Process Based Computational Model for Mobile Robot Exploration Task
|11:50 – 12:00||Short Break|
|12:00||E. Gale, B. de Lacy Costello and A. Adamatzky|
Does the D.C. Response of Memristors Allow Robotic Short-Term Memory and a Possible Route to Artificial Time Perception?
|12:15||M. Milford, A. Jacobson and G. Wyeth|
Using Performance-Based Evaluation to Close the Loop between Biological and Robotic Navigation
|12:50 – 14:00||Lunch Break|
|14:00||Keynote – Georgios Sirakoulis|
Cellular Automata for the Advancement of Robotics
|14:30||I. Georgilas, A. Adamatzky and C. Melhuish|
Manipulating with excitations: Waves or gliders?
|14:45||J. Zabkar and A. Leonardis|
Learning Compositional Hierarchies of a Sensorimotor System
|15:00||J. Filipe Ferreira and J. Dias|
Hierarchical Log-Spherical Inference Grid – An Unconventional Approach to Robotic Perception and Action
|15:30 – 16:00||Coffee Break|
|16:00||Keynote – Paolo Arena and Roland Strauss|
Reaction-Diffusion Neural Systems and Biorobotics: How the Genetic Model Insect Fruit Fly Can Inspire Design and Control of Autonomously Roving Robots
|16:30||E. Gale, B. de Lacy Costello and A. Adamatzky|
Design of a Hybrid Robot Control System using Memristor-Model and Ant-Inspired Based Information Transfer Protocols
|16:45||A. Abdul Khaliq, M. Di Rocco and A. Saffiotti|
Stigmergic Algorithms for Simple Robotic Devices
Organic Memristive Devices and Networks as Key Elements for Robotic Systems
Ella Gale at the International Center for Unconventional Computing and Memristors at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory
University of the West of England, UK.
ella DOT gale AT uwe.ac.uk
Ioannis at the International Center for Unconventional Computing and Cellular Automata at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory
University of the West of England, UK.
Giannis DOT Georgilas AT uwe.ac.uk
University of Catania, Italy.
Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.
gsirak AT ee DOT duth DOT gr
University of Parma, Italy.
victor DOT erokhin AT fis DOT unipr DOT it
Amalia Tsanaka, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK
Antonia Tzemanaki, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK
Ben De Lacy Costello, University of the West of England, UK
David Howard, University of the West of England, UK
Guy Cohen, University of California, USA
Jeff Jones, University of the West of England, UK
Luca Patanè, University of Catania, Italy
Martin Pearson, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK
Paul Bremner, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK
Important Dates and Submission Process
Deadline: Midnight, UK time, of 4th March, 2013
Notification of acceptance: 20th March 2013
Final versions for inclusion in proceedings: 26th March 2013.
Workshop at ICRA: 10th of May, 2013
The submitted paper must aiming on initiating a creative discussion that will drive forward the field of Unconventional Computing in the Robotics, Automation and Control environment. Within this context the length of the papers will be short, 2-3 pages in length prepared following the guidelines in the IEEE Robotic and Automation Society conference paper preparation webpage.
Please submit contributed papers via the Easychair submission system at https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=uaracin2013
Please find here the Call for Papers in pdf format.
The submitted papers will be included in the official ICRA workshop proceedings.
Furthermore, selected papers from the workshop will be extended and be published in a special issue of the the International Journal of Unconventional Computing.