Keynote 1 (Monday, June 30th): Javier Civera, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Modelling the surroundings of a mobile robot from its sensorial information is one of the key pieces in the development of truly autonomous robots, able to navigate safely and interact with its environment. The robotics community coined the term SLAM (standing for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) to refer to this problem; and the term visual SLAM when the sensor information comes from one or several cameras. More generally, Vision for Robotics groups visual SLAM and other computer vision algorithms that have sequential, real-time and other constraints derived from the robotic application.
Visual SLAM and Vision for Robotics have been active fields of research in the latest three decades; but a complete solution to them is still lacking. There exist mature techniques for certain problems, but the truth is that a robot still cannot rely on vision to perform a general task. In this talk we will use research and technological examples to give an overview of the well-known pieces and the latest advances in the field; and we will finally discuss the major challenges for robotic vision to become a robust technology.
Javier Civera received his Ph.D. from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in 2009, where he is currently working as an associate professor teaching control and computer vision courses. He has participated in several EU-funded, national and technology transfer projects related with vision and robotics and has been funded for research visits to Imperial College (London) and ETH (Zürich). He has coauthored around 20 publications in top conferences and journals, receiving around 1,200 references (GoogleScholar). Currently, his research interests are in the use of 3D vision, cloud architectures and learning algorithms to produce robust and real-time vision technologies for robots.
Keynote 2 (Monday, June 30th): Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Autonomous micro aerial robots can operate in three-dimensional, indoor and outdoor environments, with applications to search and rescue, first response and precision farming. I will provide an overview of our work, and describe the challenges in developing small, agile robots and our recent work in the areas of (a) control and planning, (b) state estimation and mapping, and (c) coordinating large teams of robots.
Vijay Kumar is the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelors of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987. He was the the assistant director for robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2012-2014.
Dr. Kumar served as the Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2000-2004. He directed the GRASP Laboratory, a multidisciplinary robotics and perception laboratory, from 1998-2004. He was the Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from 2005-2008 and the Deputy Dean for Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2008-2012.
Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2003), a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2005) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2013).
Dr. Kumar’s research interests are in robotics, specifically multi-robot systems, and micro aerial vehicles. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and the Springer Tract in Advanced Robotics (STAR). He is the recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award, the 1996 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (University of Pennsylvania), the 1997 Freudenstein Award for significant accomplishments in mechanisms and robotics, the 2012 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award, the 2012 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award and a 2012 World Technology Network Award. He has won best paper awards at DARS 2002, ICRA 2004, ICRA 2011, RSS 2011, and RSS 2013, and has advised doctoral students who have won Best Student Paper Awards at ICRA 2008, RSS 2009, and DARS 2010.
Keynote 3 (Tuesday, July 1st): Ivan Stojmenovic, University of Ottawa, Canada
Like other machine-to-machine communications, existing robot-to-robot communication and coordination contain a central point (potentially a cloud) for gathering information, making decision, and acting. In this talk, robots are envisioned as large scale cyber-physical systems incorporating distributed actuation and in-network processing. We concentrate on the network layer issues in wireless robot and sensor-robot networks. Coordination between sensors and robots, and robot to robot coordination are covered with some concrete problem formulations. These include robot dispersion, communication aspects of robot coordination, robot task allocation, sensor to robot routing, and sensor placement and relocation to improve sensing area coverage.
Ivan Stojmenovic received his Ph.D. degree in mathematics in 1985. He earned a third degree prize at the International Mathematics Olympiad for high school students in 1976. He is Full Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He also held regular or visiting positions in Serbia, Japan, USA, France, Spain, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China (Distinguished Professor, Tsinghua University in Beijing and Dalian University of Technology, 2010-2), UK (Chair in Applied Computing, EECE, University of Birmingham, 2007/8). Stojmenovic is Fellow of the IEEE (Communications Society, class 2008), and Canadian Academy of Engineering (since 2012), and Member of the Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), from 2012 (section: Informatics). He was IEEE CS Distinguished Visitor 2010-11. He received 2012 Distinguished Service Award from IEEE ComSoc Communications Software TC. He was cited >13000 times. His h-index is 56 (he is among 250 computer scientists with h≥50; top h-index in Canada for mathematics and statistics). ESI Special Topics listed him #3 in papers, #9 in cites/paper, and #20 in total cites among all authors Wireless/Mobile Networks 1995-2005. One of his articles, on broadcasting in ad hoc wireless networks, was recognized as the Fast Breaking Paper, for October 2003 (as the only one for all of computer science), by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators http://esi-topics.com/fbp/fbp-october2003.html. Google Scholar lists him as the top researcher in parallel and distributed systems by citations, and among the top ten in two more fields: wireless networks and algorithms. He received four best paper awards at conferences (IFIP PWC 2004, SENSORCOMM 2008, CSA 2009, ICA3PP 2011) and Excellence in Research Award of the University of Ottawa for 2009. He presented a number of tutorials and invited talks. He is Tsinghua 1000 Plan Distinguished Professor (2012- 5). He is recipient of the Royal Society Research Merit Award, UK, 2007-8. He published >300 different papers in referred journals and conferences; >40 are in IEEE or ACM journals. He co-authored ‘Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks’ (Wiley, 2010), and (co)edited five books with Wiley: ‘Handbook of Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing’ (2002), ‘Mobile Ad Hoc Networking’ (IEEE/Wiley, 2004), ‘Handbook of Sensor Networks’(2005), ‘Handbook of Applied Algorithms’ (2008), ‘RFID Systems’ (2010). He co-authored over 40 book chapters. He collaborated with >100 co-authors with Ph.D. and a number of their graduate students from 25 different countries. He (co)supervised >60 graduate students. His current research interests are mainly in wireless ad hoc, sensor, vehicular, actuator and robot networks. His research interests also include security, parallel computing, multiple- valued logic, evolutionary computing, neural networks, combinatorial algorithms, computational geometry, graph theory, computational chemistry, image processing, programming languages, and computer science education. Stojmenovic received (as PI or co-PI) about 30 grants from Serbia, Canada, Mexico, China, USA, UK, Japan and EU, including four NSERC Collaborative Research Development and/or Strategic Grants. He was Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Computer Science (2002-2004). He is editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2010- 2013), Journal of Multiple-Valued Logic and Soft Computing (received Certificate of Appreciation from IEEE Computer Society in 2002 for establishing and maintaining the journal), International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems (T& F), and Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks (OCP), and editor of several journals including IEEE Network and ACM Wireless Networks. He recently guest edited special issues in several journals including IEEE TAC, IEEE JSAC, IEEE TPDS, IEEE Computer Magazine, IEEE Networks, IJDSN, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Ad Hoc Networks. Stojmenovic founded several workshops: WWASN at IEEE ICDCS, WiSARN at IEEE WoWMoM, IEEE/ACM CPSCom, IEEE MASS and IEEE INFOCOM, FOWANC at ACM MOBIHOC, LOCAN at IEEE MASS and MSN, LOCALGOS at IEEE DCOSS, and organized several research workshops. He is/was program chair for >30 events, including conferences FCST 2010, AdHocNow 2008, IEEE PIMRC 2008, EUC 05,08,09,10, IEEE AINA-07, IEEE MASS-04, and -07, InterSense-06, WONS-05, MSN-05 and -06, ISPA-05 and -07, and workshops at IEEE ICDCS 2003-07; IEEE LCN-05-06, HICSS, 2000, 2002, 2003; ICPDS-02; ICPP-00. He was also general co-chair, organizer, steering committee member, advisor, award, or workshop chair for ≈60 events since 2002, including IEEE ICDCS, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE MASS, IEEE DCOSS, ACM Mobicom/Mobihoc, IEEE ICPADS, IEEE IPDPS, IFIP WMNC, IFIP WSAN, IFIP PWC. Stojmenovic served as member of >200 program committees.