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WAFR 2010

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9th International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR)
December 13-15, 2010

The International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR) is a single-track workshop devoted to recent advances on algorithmic problems in robotics. The workshop proceedings will be published in a hardcover volume in the Springer STAR series, and selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Robotics Research. WAFR 2010 will return to the format of the early WAFRs and place strong emphasis on interactions and discussions among participants.Robot algorithms are a fundamental component of robotic systems. These algorithms process inputs from sensors that provide noisy and partial data, build geometric and physical models of the world, plan high-and low-level actions at different time horizons, and execute these actions on actuators with limited precision.  The design and analysis of robot algorithms raise a unique combination of questions from many fields, including control theory, computational geometry and topology, geometrical and physical modeling, reasoning under uncertainty, probabilistic algorithms, game theory, and theoretical computer science.

  • Leonida Guibas, Stanford University
  • Leslie Kaelbling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jean-Pierre Merlet, INRIA Sophia Antipolis
  • Jose del Millan, EPFL
  • Yoshihiko Nakamura, University of Tokyo
  • Moshe Shoham, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology


  • David Hsu, National University of Singapore
  • Volkan Isler, University of Minnesota
  • Jean-Claude Latombe, Stanford University
  • Ming C. Lin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Program Committee

  • Srinivas Akella, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Dan Halperin, Tel Aviv University
  • Seth Hutchinson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jean-Paul Laumond, LAAS-CNRS
  • Stephane Redon, INRIA
  • Daniela Rus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Katsu Yamane, Carnegie Mellon University


The focus of WAFR is on the design and analysis of robot algorithms from both theoretical and practical angles. The topics of interest are very broad. We encourage papers on fundamental algorithmic issues, such as complexity, completeness, machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, and new programming paradigms, to name a few. We also encourage papers on applications of robot algorithms to important or new domains, such as manufacturing, legged locomotion, distributed robotics, human-robot interaction, surgical robots, intelligent prosthetics, and brain-controlled robots. Furthermore, robot algorithms are being applied in domains beyond the traditional scope of robotics, e.g., computational biology, computer animation, sensor networks, etc. Papers on these topics are also welcomed.FORMAT:
WAFR 2010 will adopt a format that places strong emphasis on interactions and discussions among participants. The technical program will consist of six invited papers for 1-hour presentations, roughly six 1-hour presentation and twelve 1/2-hour presentations selected from contributed papers. All papers will be made available on-line prior to the workshop. Each presentation will be followed by ample time for discussion. All accepted papers have the same page limit in the published proceedings. The Program Committee will determine on the length of presentations for the accepted papers.  The goal will be to encourage interesting and constructive discussions throughout the workshop.


  • Paper submission deadline July 9, 2010
  • Notification of acceptance September 14, 2010
  • Camera-ready version due October 14, 2010
  • Workshop in Singapore December 13-15, 2010