Call for Participation, 2-page proposals due by June 13, 2008:

CRA/CCC Roadmapping for Robotics Workshop:

A Research Roadmap for Emerging Technologies and Trends

Co-Chairs:
John Hollerbach, University of Utah
Matt Mason, Carnegie Mellon University
Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech

August 14-15, 2008.
Snowbird, Utah
(All expenses for approved participants will be covered by CCC)

This one-and-a-half-day CRA/CCC sponsored workshop will (1) identify a focused set of major US research goals for Emerging Technologies and Trends, and (2) develop a roadmap for achieving these research goals in the coming decade. The workshop will include US leaders in academia, industry, and government. Although the US robotics research community is highly diversified, analogous efforts in Europe and Japan to reach consensus and develop unified research roadmaps for their regions have been extremely successful in creating new partnerships and attracting major research funding. Results of this workshop will be presented to US government agencies.

This workshop is one of four planned under the project: "From Internet to Robotics: The Next Transformative Technology", accepted by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) with the goal of ensuring that basic research addresses the key problems that will allow American companies to have a leading role in the deployment of future generations of robots: http://www.us-robotics.us/

Rationale

Robotics encompasses several technologies to enable computers to interact more effectively with the real world. A computer today has no awareness of its physical surroundings, and is largely unable to react to physical events. Robotics is developing techniques allowing computers to perceive their surroundings, to interpret those perceptions, and act effectively to accomplish physical tasks.

Historically robotics arose and has been driven by advances in the underlying technologies such as computing technology, sensors, materials, actuators, control, and artificial intelligence. The purpose of this workshop is to examine continuing and likely future advances in technology, to explore their impact on robotics, and to map the implications for future robotics research directions and funding policy.

Technologies of interest include, but are not limited to, advances in

While many of these advances are occuring within robotics, outside developments also impact the future capabilities of robots. We seek participants who can project the future of these emerging technologies and trends.

Format

In this highly focused meeting, brainstorming sessions will identify and prioritize (a) new technologies and trends likely to impact the future of robotics; (b) core competency areas for U.S. research and development; and (c) formulation of the roadmap.

Travel, meals, and lodging expenses for up to 30 approved participants will be reimbursed by the CCC.

We encourage interested experts from industry, government, and academia to submit a short proposal via email by June 13, 2008.

  1. Name, affiliation, and contact info
  2. 2-3 broad research ideas relevant to the workshop goals outlined above

Proposals must be under 2 pages in plain text or .pdf format. Please put "CCC Research Roadmap Proposal" on the subject line, and email to emerging-ws@us-robotics.us. Selected applicants will be notified by July 2, 2008.

Due to funding limitations, we can accept only 30 participants. Anyone who submits a proposal will receive a copy of the final workshop report and information on how they might participate in the CCC robotics effort. This workshop is being held as part of a group of CCC robotics workshops examining the areas of manufacturing, service, healthcare, and emerging topics in robotics.