Call for Participation, 2-page proposals due by 23 April:

CCC / CRA Roadmapping for Robotics Workshop:

A Research Roadmap for Robotics in Manufacturing and Automation

Co-Chairs:
Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech
Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley
Vijay Kumar, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Jeff Trinkle, RPI

9am - 5pm, June 17, 2008
Arlington/Washington DC area

(All expenses for accepted participants will be covered by CCC)

This one-day workshop will 1) identify a focused set of major U.S. research goals for robotics related to manufacturing and automation, and 2) develop a roadmap for achieving these research goals in the coming decade. The workshop will include American leaders in academia, industry and government. Although the American 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. Highlights from the workshop may be discussed at the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Robotics in Washington, DC on June 18, 2008.

This workshop 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/

With the signing of the America Competes Act on August 9, 2007, Congress is authorized to appropriate $33.6 billion into new science and technology programs. This is a major opportunity to revitalize America's attitude toward manufacturing. Investing a small portion of our national resources into a science of cost-effective, resource-efficient manufacturing would benefit American consumers and support the millions of workers in this vital sector of the US economy. A new research roadmap could benefit health care, agriculture, and transportation, and strengthen our national resources in defense, energy, and security.

The robotics industry in the manufacturing and service sectors is over $10B worldwide with a growth rate estimated to be around 8% annually. While the manufacturing sector, which accounts for 11% of employment in the U.S., continues to be an important part of our economy, the U.S. balance of trade in manufactured goods is dropping at an alarming $50 billion per decade. Robotics and automation science and technology have the potential to reverse the downward spiral. The U.S. has the potential to again be at the forefront of global innovation and manufacturing.

In the past decade, advances in computing and information science have transformed the service sector. During this period, robotics science and technology has matured to the point where it can have a similar effect on manufacturing and automation. What is needed is a focused set of research goals for applying robotics science and technology to design, manufacturing and automation. This workshop will identify research goals that benefit nascent companies, markets, and industries based on emerging technology that enable robots to operate in new environments, in new application areas, and in new paradigms. Basic research and development are needed to develop the mathematical frameworks, scientific methodologies, and rigorous modeling and algorithmic approaches for design and manufacturing, and new technologies must be developed for new processes.

Format

In this highly focused meeting, brainstorming sessions will focus on robotics for manufacturing and automation and will identify (a) core competency areas for U.S. research and development; (b) new application areas that will maximize socio-economic impact; and (c) formulation of the roadmap.

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

We encourage interested experts from industry, government, and academia to submit a short proposal via email by 25 April:

1) name, affiliation, and contact info
2) 2-3 broad research ideas relevant to the goals above.

Proposals must be under 2 pages in plain text or .pdf format. Please put "CCC Research Roadmap Proposal" on the subject line. Please email to rob-man-aut@us-robotics.us and check back if you do not receive a confirmation within one week.

Due to funding limitations, we can accept only 30 participants.

Accepted proposals will be distributed to all accepted workshop participants by 1 June. Anyone that submits a proposal will receive a copy of the final workshop report, and additional information on how they can participate in the CCC robotics initiative.