ICGST International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, ARAS 06 (ARAS 06)

Venue: Sharm Hilton Dreams

Location: Sharm El Sheikh, Senai, Egypt

Event Date/Time: Jun 13, 2006 End Date/Time: Jun 15, 2006
Registration Date: May 15, 2006
Early Registration Date: Apr 15, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 15, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Mar 15, 2006
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ARAS-06 ScopeThe International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Autonomous Systems ARAS-06 is primarily devoted to the dissemination and the provision of an effective research in areas relevant to automation, robotics, and autonomous systems. Papers are published on all aspects of theoretical analysis, from low-level processing, as in early sensory perception, to high-level symbolic data processing needed for automation and autonomous interpretation. More specifically, the following topics are particularly central to what gets published in the ARAS-06:

The coverage includes:

Path Planning: Voronoi, Bug, potential field, visibility, reactive, road map.
Environment modelling: occupancy grid, topological graphs, integrated, 3D modelling.
Distributed sensors: IR, laser, sonar, E-nose, vision, artificial skin, artificial ear.
Sensors Integration: Bayes network, Kalman filter, fuzzy logic, particle filter.
Self localization: SLAM, Markov, Bayes network, expectation maximizing, maximum likelihood.
Robot human interaction: intention interpretation, man machine interface.
Robot intelligent control: fuzzy, neural, neuro-fuzzy, genetic controllers, SVM, Gaussian controllers.
Adaptive robot control: self tuning, robust control, modelling, estimation, controller design, optimizing.
Multimedia interaction: audio and video signal processing, sensor actuator interaction.
Adaptive navigation: visual based navigation, force control, speed control, position control.
Biomemetic sensors: electronic nose, artificial hair and skin, artificial ear, electronic binocular vision.
Medical robotics: task planning, assisted surgery, visual applications, precision control, robot-doctor cooperation.
Biologically inspired robots: biological behavior simulation, biosensing simulation.
Space robotics: appropriate sensors and actuators, trajectory planning, tele-operation.
Humanoids: Motion planning, multimedia interaction, intelligence, kinematics.
Underwater systems: sensor and actuators, ultrasonic applications, laser ranging.
Educational robots: tele-education, man robot interaction.
Aerial robots: intelligent control, aerial vision techniques, aerial ranging systems, motion control.
Multi robot integration: communication techniques, cooperation strategies, task planning.
Legged robots: motion control, biological inspired behavior, animators.
Robo cup: planning: sensors, actuators, maneuvers, plans, and intelligence.
Mobile platforms: motion planning, communication, sensors, actuators, energy, intelligence.
Locomotion robots: motion planning, biped robots.
Simulators, virtual reality and animators: virtual reality programming, robot simulator interface, 3D digital actors.
Robotic therapy and entertainment: psychological studies, experimental results, social interaction.
Sound Processing: command understanding, sound processing, natural language.
Visual tracking, guidance and servoing: object color detection, object texture recoginition, sensor itegration, adaptive control.
Tele robotics and operations: Java based programming, tele control strategies, internet baser control, remote control and sensing, remote communication techniques.
Robot manipulators: Manipulator kinematics, grasping, motion planning and object tracking.
Robot architecture: flexible robots and manipulators, programmable robots, special purpose hardware.
Rescue and security robots: tasks, architecture, special sensors and actuators, techniques and strategies.
Nano and micro robots: applications, sensors, actuators, control and performance.
Haptics: performance study. The English is the main working language of the conference

Towards self-aware robotics
Autonomous robotics has been studied from different perspectives for many machine learning researchers. This session is concerned about the ability to learn of autonomous robot and how it can be tested. We are talking about new architectural robotics approaches managing complex patterns from sensors and generating actions in order to satisfy an ending high-level goal. Evolutionary robotics, neuro-evolved procedures, reinforcement learning, cooperative control architectures, multiagent physical systems and experimental results on real robots are expected to be analyzed and discussed....Research communities addressed by this focus are also those concerned with artificial consciousness.

Robotics and Intelligent Sensing

This session is reporting latest research activities in the area of intelligent sensing and its tight couple to robotics research. Papers are to be presented covering dual mode vision guided robotics, multiple moving object shape measurement, hand motion tracking, omni-directional vision based human motion detection, and manipulator path planning.
Task planning for Human-Robot Interaction
Human-robot interaction requires explicit reasoning on the human environment and on the robot capacities to achieve its tasks in a collaborative way with a human partner.
This session focuses on organization of the robot decisional abilities and more particularly on the management of human interaction as an integral part of the robot control architecture. Such an architecture should be the framework that will allow the robot to accomplish its tasks but also produce behaviors that support its engagement its human partner and interpret similar behaviors from him.
This special session will focus on all the aspects of the biologically inspired technologies for instrumentation and measurement applications. Original papers are solicited in, but are not limited to the following technical areas: models of the biological sensing and perception mechanisms, random-pulse/random-data instrumentation and artificial NN architectures, biologically inspired sensors (visual, haptic, audio, smell, etc.), distributed sensor agent networks, adaptability, configurability, emergence, self organization, self optimization etc.

In the past decade, significant advances have been made in the field of intelligent robotics including mobile robot systems and humanoid robot systems. A key feature of these robotic systems is the requirement to function in uncertain, dynamic environments, in close contact with humans. These challenges require new advanced sensor technologies that are able to integrate with the intelligent control systems that are under development. This special session on Sensor Technologies for Intelligent Robotics is intended to bring together leading researchers working in the field of sensor systems for robotics to present and discuss relevant issues including (but not restricted to) topics such as: Distributed sensors for Multi-robot systems, Performance measurement, Human-robot interface, Multi-sensor fusion in robotics, Service robotics, Robot Vision.

Human-Robot Interaction
The recent wide spreading of a new generation of robots, pervading our lives and environments, as humanoids, pets, or assistants, introduced the need for formulating proper paradigms of interaction between human beings and robots. Human-robot interaction poses multi-faceted problems, requiring not only technical but also cultural, sociological, psychological, philosophical and even ethical considerations. How to model the interaction of a human being with a robot? How to achieve the acceptability of the robot expected to interact with humans? How to manage the physical, intellectual and emotional exchange between human beings and robots?

Evolvable Machines
Methods for artificial evolution of components, such as programs and hardware, are rapidly developing branches of alternative design methodology for machine engineering. They include the development, evaluation and application of methods that mirror the process of the theory of natural selection and produce, as results, computational expressions, e.g. algorithms, or machines, e.g. mechanical or electronic devices. This special session will be devoted to reporting innovative and significant progress in automatic evolutionary design methodology of machines. The topics covered by the session: Evolvable Hardware; Genetic Programming; Evolutionary Robotics and Evolutionary Machine design Experiences.

Multi-robot systems
In the past decade robotics research has made many advances in control methodologies, sensory processing, and planning strategies. Robots are now increasingly expected to function in uncertain, dynamic real world environments, and to closely interact with untrained humans. Handling such environment poses many challenging problems. Control methodologies of multi-robot systems have also advanced considerably. Such systems can often deal with tasks that are difficult if not impossible for a single robot. This relatively new field offers many interesting research issues.

Multi-sensor and model based sensory systems
In order to improve the quality, availability and reliability of measurements several approaches can be pursued, which make use of multi sensor systems or model based sensor systems. Multi sensor systems exploit redundancy and diversity of sensor signals by using data fusion techniques. Model based sensor systems use a set of operating points of the sensor element for a better calculation of measurement values, correction of effects, self-test, self-validation, etc. This special session deals with all aspects related to the design, development, evaluation, and testing of multi sensor and model based sensor systems, such as: Multi sensor systems, Multi signal processing, data fusion, pattern recognition, Video measurement technology, Model-based sensor systems, Signal processing for smart sensor systems, Modeling of sensor signals, Model-based self-diagnosis and self-validation techniques.
Wireless sensor networks
The purpose of this special session is to present and discuss the latest analytic, systems, and deployment challenges in wireless sensor networks. Such networks, featuring myriads of tiny devices equipped with sensing, local actuation, communication, and processing, offer significant new problems in the design of real-time communication protocols, middleware services, and programming abstractions for massively distributed wireless computing. They bring about a need for new models of computation and real-time performance analysis, as well as new theory on which such models are based. The session hopes to bring together experts, practitioners and researchers, from academia and industry, to present challenges and solutions in this growing field.

Speech and language understanding by robots
Robots, and especially humanoid robots, will be undoubtedly one of the most advanced creatures made by human beings. The importance of robotics in general and humanoid robotics in particular is two-fold. First, it offers a unique platform for multidisciplinary research ranging from mechanics, electronics, control, information technology, artificial intelligence, to cognitive science. Second, it stimulates the science of human technology which aims at achieving a better understanding of human body, human brain and most importantly human mind & intelligence. It is true to say that in today’s state of the art, humans have to learn machine languages in order to instruct, or program, machines (or robots) for intended tasks. Could we reverse the trend? In other words, we should let machines, or robots, to master and speak human languages in future. With this objective in mind, this special session invites researchers, who share this common vision, to come together to present and discuss the latest development in the field of: speech acquisition, speech recognition, natural language learning, natural language understanding, conversational dialogue understanding, knowledge representation, human-robot interaction in natural ways, and mental architecture for autonomous learning of languages and speeches, etc.

Intelligent UAV
Autonomous vehicles have capabilities to autonomously make decisions on future actions given a situation picture, available resources and a high level task that has been appointed to the vehicle. To achieve such capability a number of components can be required: different types of sensors, sensor data processing algorithms, hardware architecture with sufficient safety level, sensor fusion and decision support algorithms, functions for situation awareness, navigation functions, target identification algorithms, dynamic mission planning algorithms with components of flight trajectory optimization and cooperation between several vehicles, sensor management, data link functionality, etc. Moreover, to fully utilize an autonomous air vehicle, it is required to manage the issues of certification for flight in controlled air space. We encourage contributions from both civilian applications and defense applications. We expect the contributions to be in the range from successful demonstrations of autonomous unmanned air vehicles to presentations of specific algorithms from the list of components above, required to achieve autonomous behavior.

Self-Localization and Navigation for Mobile Robots
Mobile robotics is a very challenging research field and noticed an increasing interest from the scientific community in the recent years. The main problems related with mobile robotics are self-localization and navigation. Both aspects, knowing the current position in the current environment as well as the ability to detect and avoid obstacles, are fundamental for robot 'survival' in the real world. Recent developments and breakthroughs in these areas, involving different techniques and
approaches, opened the way for new and exciting opportunities. The topics proposed for this session are related (but not limited) with the following aspects: visual self-localization, landmark extraction and selection, obstacle detection, collision avoidance, motion and path planning, map building, exploration of unknown environments.
Multi Agent based Systems
Agents and Multi Agent based Systems (MAS) are becoming widely used due to their ability to handle complex tasks and systems, in autonomous and intelligent ways. Agents are popular computational technologies contributing to diverse domains such as computer games, computer mediated collaboration, education and training, electronic commerce, information retrieval, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, robotics, service-oriented computing, social simulation, and user interfaces. Thanks to their growing communication abilities, agents can collaborate efficiently with each other, support human interaction, and even collaborate with humans. Nowadays many new areas of research and applications emerge using collaborative and communicative agents to perform a variety of complex tasks. There are theories of agent-based collaboration that model teamwork, coalitions, crowds, and embodied conversational agents

Rehabilitation Robotics
The goal of Rehabilitation Robotics is to investigate the application of robotics in motor therapy procedures, for recovering motor control and motor capabilities in persons with impairments following such diseases as stroke, as well as to develop robotic and mechatronic technical aids for independent living for disabled and elderly people. The recent advances of rehabilitation procedures, methodologies and tools tends to include more and more the cognitive aspects of motor control, also exploiting the new technologies for brain imaging, which allows to 'close the loop' from brain to action. This gives an increased role to robotics, which can be fruitfully employed in the rehabilitation of neuro-motor functions and motor capabilities, by providing tools that are in their nature flexible and programmable and that allow to set and assess procedures quantitatively. The objective of the proposed Special Session on Rehabilitation Robotics is to provide an overview of current experiences and main achievement by qualified scientists in this field and also an opportunity to share experiences and to discuss common research problems and challenges

Collaborative SenseMaking
This session will explore research in reasoning and learning technology in support of sensemaking for process of creating situation awareness in situations of uncertainty. Sensemaking and situation awareness are viewed as working concepts that enable us to investigate and improve the collaborative interaction between human and information technology. Within this perspective, it is recognized that humans play a significant role in adapting and responding to unexpected or unknown situations, as well as recognized situations. Accordingly, as we move from concepts, metrics, and analysis to testable theories, we need to attribute the relative contributions of both humans and information technology in models of system performance.

Microrobotics and Manipulation at Small Scales
The multi-disciplinary field of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) (or Microsystems Technology as it is known in Europe) is growing at a fast pace. Current applications of MEMS are a variety of microsensors and microactuators, micro-fluidics, micro chemical and bio-chemical analytical devices, micro opto-mechanical devices, mass data-storage, micro reactors and engines and more. Many of these devices involve mechanical manipulation at micro and meso (up to 1 cm) scales. The significance of being able to design small systems easily and fabricate them economically is becoming apparent as the range of applications of MEMS is growing. The topics of interest include (but not limited to): Micro mechanisms (passive or with on-chip actuation), Novel microactuators, Mechanical design issues in MEMS, Geometric design of MEMS and meso scale, Micro or meso scale systems made in silicon or other materials, Micro assembly, Microrobotics, Smart strucures

Robot Vision systems
Vision is increasingly becoming an integral part of autonomous robots and robotic systems. It is often the main input sensor used for obstacle detection, terrain mapping and navigation guidance. Robotic systems employing vision based inspection are now common on the shop floor. Much progress has also been made in on-board local vision processing techniques. We invite researchers to submit papers covering theory, design, development and applications of vision and intelligent systems for the special session on “Robots with a vision”. Papers are invited that are related but not limited to the following topics: Image and Vision Computing in robotic systems, Vision based inspection robots, Fast vision processing algorithms for real-time object tracking, Fault Tolerance in vision processing, Stereo Vision, Mapping object contour, Surveillance and monitoring systems, Neural Networks in Vision processing, Vision Based Intelligent Robots, Visualization Techniques

Intelligent Behavior in Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence is now very popular in the fields of Computer, control, etc. and those are applied to many areas of fields. However, it is true to say that those will not have the similar behavior of human in evaluation, action taking, deduction, thought in complexity, searching, and so on, which cause the AIs less intelligent. So through this session, by making clear mechanisms of those behaviors in Artificial Intelligences, it is aimed to get more generalized and human-like behavior in AI.

Medical Robotics
Medical Robotics is attracting substantial research interest and many robotics research groups developed solutions for the application of robotics in the different aspects of clinical activities. Medical Robotics includes a wide range of topics which can be grouped in three main areas: Surgery, Rehabilitation and Humanoids (humanoid robotics is included in Medical Robotics because it aims at investigating and imitating the anatomy and functions of human beings). The problems posed by medical applications are very different from the problems encountered in traditional robotics, and require a broader multidisciplinary approach, including considerations typical for clinicians, industrial designers, and psychologists.


Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Additional Information

ARAS-06 Specific Topics Industrial Robots Educational Robots Space Robots Underwater Robots Field Robots Robotic Therapy Rescue Robots Security Robots