call for papers: intelligent robotics research apps in other areas

Subject: call for papers: intelligent robotics research apps in other areas
From: John S. Zelek (
Date: Wed Feb 02 2000 - 14:59:37 MET

The Fourth World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and

special session entitled:

"The Application of Intelligent Robotics Research to Non-Robotic

Deadline for submissions: Monday, Feb. 28,2000 at noon
Conference date: July 23-26, 2000
Conference location: Orlando, Florida (USA), Sheraton World
(more info re: conference is accessible at

for www copy of this call)

Robots have evolved over the past century from simple repetitive
workers to intelligent machines that explore Mars and perform
surgery. Achieving machine intelligence is a difficult problem
that is currently being pursued at various research institutes
worldwide. Unfortunately fully autonomous robots are not a
common occurrence today in the service industry because for
robots to be acceptable, their operation needs to be safe,
especially with humans working nearby. In addition, most
service robotic platforms tend to be expensive, working
environments need to be modified to suit the robot's
perceptual capabilities and power consumption and its management
constrains the robot's operational lifespan. Typical areas
explored in pursuit of autonomous robotics research include
path planning, scheduling, mapping, spatial representations,
calibration, localization, navigation, perception, sensor
fusion and control architectures, to name a few. Even though
the endeavour to achieve autonomous operation is challenging,
their are still major research hurdles to be circumvented before
autonomous service robots are common. Interesting technologies
often result from research on autonomous robotics in other
application areas. For example, path planning techniques can
be applied in the design of automobile engines for evaluating
maintenance accessibility issues during the design phase.
Various perceptual tools (e.g., vision) can be applied to
security and surveillance applications.

Papers will cover all aspects of theories, applications, and case
studies related to spin-off technologies from research in the
area of computational intelligence in robotics and automation.

Papers should be submitted in final format with 2 columns
on 8.5 by 11.0 inch sheets. Each column is limited to
3 1/4 inch (8.25 cm) in width and 8 3/4 inch (22.23 cm) in
length with a 3/8 inch (0.95 cm) between columns. The margins
are 13/16 inch (2.06 cm) on the sides and 1 1/8 inch (2.85 cm)
on the top and bottom. Text is to be typed single spaced in
at least 10 point Times Roman (or a font closely resembling
this type) with 12 point interline spacing. The first
page of the paper, centered on the top below the top margin,
The following can be used as a guideline:

Submission can either be in the form of an extended abstract or
a paper draft and should be sent according the following format:

1. Major theme of the paper, according to the special title given
2. Paper title.
3. Extended abstract of 500 to 1500 words and/or paper drafts of
2000 to 5000 words, in English.
4. Author or co-authors with names, addresses, telephone number,
fax number and e-mail address.

Extended abstracts or paper drafts should be sent via the
Internet, as attachments to an e-mail addressed to
As an alternative, three copies of extended abstracts
or paper drafts might be sent to the following postal
mail address and/or faxed to the following number.

Attention: Dr. John S. Zelek
School of Engineering
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
N1G 2W1

fax number: (519)-836-0227

It is assumed that by submitting an extended abstract or paper,
you intend to attend the SCI2000 ( conference.
The conference fees are $330 before April 11, 2000 and $380 after
April 11,2000. Conference fees include a CD ROM proceedings, one
volume of the hard copy version of the Conference proceedings,
coffee breaks, and a welcome reception. More details are available
from the conference web site.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, Feb. 28, 2000
(If there are any problems in meeting this deadline, please
contact the organizer at

Important Deadlines:
asap (as soon as possible): Notify session organizer by e-mail,
   at to express interest
   in this session.
Monday Feb. 28, 2000: submission of extended abstract or paper
   for special session.
March 15, 2000: Acceptance notifications.
April 20, 2000: Submission of camera/ready papers: hard copies

John S. Zelek, PhD, PEng, Assistant Professor    
School of Engineering     
University of Guelph                             Voice: +1 519 824 4120 x3916
Guelph, ON  Canada  N1G 2W1                              Fax: +1 519 836 0227

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