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ICRA10 Workshop: Search and Pursuit/Evasion in the Physical World: Efficiency, Scalability, and Guarantees

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This workshop will bring together researchers in all areas of pursuit/evasion and search. This
includes (but is not limited to) geometric approaches, probabilistic
optimization, graph theoretic search, decision theoretic planning, and
adversarial search.
The primary focus will be on multi-robot search,
which includes unmanned ground (UGVs), aerial (UAVs), surface (USVs),
and underwater (UUVs) vehicles, as well as heterogeneous search teams
in both outdoor and indoor environments. Various sensors, including
cameras and laser scanners, will be examined, and search for both
adversarial and non-adversarial targets will be considered. The theme
of this workshop is to unify various formulations of the search problem
and move towards a common theoretical and applied framework for search
with autonomous robots. This workshop also will be of interest to those
working in the general areas of multi-agent systems, distributed
computation, and approximation algorithms.
Call for Papers

We invite contributions in areas of search
and pursuit/evasion applicable to mobile robotics. Both theoretical and
applied papers are encouraged. The common theme is the unification of
various formulations of the search and pursuit/evasion problems, which
includes papers spanning one or more of the following threads:

  • Graph search and theoretical foundations
  • Geometric approaches to search in polygonal environments
  • Adversarial search on discrete and continuous representations
  • Game theoretic approaches to search
  • Bounded approximation algorithms for search
  • Distributed planning and estimation for multiple searchers
  • Sensing and perception for search
  • Urban search and rescue and emergency response
  • Search with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and/or Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
  • Combining search and target tracking
  • Search systems and applications

Papers should be in IEEE format. Page limit is 6 pages (extended abstracts, in
addition to full papers, will also be considered). The authors of
selected papers will have the opportunity to present their work during
the workshop either as a regular presentation or with a poster along
with a short spotlight presentation.  Submission instructions are
available on the workshop website:
versions of selected contributed papers will be considered for a
special issue in an international journal (to be decided).
Important Dates

  • Contributed papers due: March 5, 2010
  • Notification of acceptance: March 26, 2010
  • ICRA 2010 commences in Anchorage, Alaska: May 3-8, 2010

Confirmed Workshop Speaker

  • Prof. David Hsu, National Univ. of Singapore
  • Prof. Dinesh Manocha, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Prof. Gaurav Sukhatme, Univ. of Southern California
  • Prof. Karl Hedrick, Univ. of California at Berkeley
  • Prof. Nick Roy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Prof. Stefano Carpin, Univ. of California at Merced
  • Prof. Seth Hutchinson, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Prof. Sven Koenig, Univ. of Southern California
  • Prof. Tomonari Furukawa, Virginia Tech

Workshop Organizer