RSS 2017 Workshop: Robot Communication in the Wild: Meeting the Challenges of Real-world Systems

Sunday, 16 July, 2017
MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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RSS 2017
Robert Fitch
Don Sofge
Geoffrey Hollinger
Karthik Dantu
Michael Otte
Shayegan Omidshafiei
Robots and multi-robot teams use communication to facilitate data sharing, coordination, and cooperation with other robots and human users. Real-world communication is often unreliable, expensive, non-ideal, and/or otherwise challenging in a variety of ways. These challenges lead to interesting theoretical and practical ramifications for the design, analysis, and deployment of robotic systems, algorithms, and hardware. This workshop aims to foster a better understanding of the communication challenges faced by robots/teams, and how we analyze them, model them, and overcome their negative effects in practice. Topics are expected to have well defined assumptions, constraints, or experimental observations that reflect the real-world communication challenges faced by robots/teams, but may come from any sub-field of robotics and be motivated by any robotic problem. Example topics may include, but are not limited to: Communication assumed/observed to be intermittent, lossy, difficult to model, highly asymmetric, partial, blocked, expensive, compressed, encrypted, or non-ideal in other ways Any-Com algorithms (graceful performance declines vs. decreasing quality). Robotic systems that adapt to communication constraints. Robotic hardware designed to overcome communication issues common in robotics. More accurate modeling of real-world communication. Overcoming real-world communication constraints in practice (e.g., undersea, air, ground, space environments).
Deadline for submission: 
Sunday, 21 May, 2017