Workshop on Field Robotics - ICRA 2024

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Important dates

Program

All invited speakers are confirmed.

Time* Speaker Topic/title
9:00 - 9:15 Organizers Welcome and opening remarks
9:15 - 9:35 Barry Lennox
(University of Manchester)
Invited talk #1 - Deployment of Robotic Systems for Decommissioning and Clean-up of Radioactive Facilities
9:35 - 9:55 Johannes Betz
(Technical University of Munich)
Invited talk #2 - Opportunities and Challenges with Autonomous Racing
9:55 - 10:25 Ten emerging researchers Spotlight talks #1 (3 min/pers)
10:25 - 11:10 Coffee break and poster session  
11:10 - 11:30 Marija Popović
(University of Bonn)
Invited talk #3 - UAV Path Planning for Agricultural Applications
11:30 - 11:50 Sebastian Scherer
(Carnegie Mellon University)
Invited talk #4 - Robust navigation in degraded environments in air and on land
11:50 - 12:10 Special Annoncement for Field Roboticists  
12:10 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 14:30 Sanjiv Singh
(Carnegie Mellon University)
Keynote - Overview of the Last 20 Years in Field Robotics
14:30 - 15:00 Ten emerging researchers Spotlight talks #2 (3 min/pers)
15:00 - 15:45 Coffee break and poster session  
15:45 - 16:05 Yongliang Qiao
(University of Adelaide)
Invited talk #6 - Towards Unmanned Farm: Some Applications of Robotics in Modern Agriculture
16:05 - 16:25 Martin Saska
(Czech Technical University in Prague)
Invited talk #7 - Towards agile aerial swarming in the wild
16:25 - 16:45 Kostas Alexis
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Invited talk #8 - Resilient Autonomy in Perceptually-degraded Environments: Experiences from the field
16:45 - 17:05 Keiji Nagatani
(The University of Tokyo)
Invited talk #9 - Collaborative AI robots for adaptation of diverse environments and innovation of infrastructure construction
17:05 - 17:30 Organizers Panel discussion and conclusion

*Note: All times are in the local time zone of ICRA 2024 (Yokohama).

Speakers  

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Deployment of robotic systems for decommissioning and clean-up of radioactive facilities

Barry Lennox
University of Manchester
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Opportunities and Challenges with Autonomous Racing

Johannes Betz
Technical University of Munich
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UAV Path Planning for Agricultural Applications

Marija Mpopovic
University of Bonn
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Robust navigation in degraded environments in air and on land

Sebastian Scherer
Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics Institute
Personal website


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Overview of the Last 20 Years in Field Robotics

Sanjiv Singh
Carnegie Mellon University
Personal website


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Towards Unmanned Farm: Some Applications of Robotics in Modern Agriculture

Yongliang Qiao
University of Adelaide
Personal website


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Towards agile aerial swarming in the wild

Martin Saska
Czech Technical University in Prague
Personal website


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Resilient Autonomy in Perceptually-degraded Environments: Experiences from the field

Kostas Alexis
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Personal website


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Collaborative AI robots for adaptation of diverse environments and innovation of infrastructure construction

Keiji Nagatani
The University of Tokyo
Personal website


Call for papers

The workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

Submission guidelines

FR workshop accepts contributions based on the following criteria:

Technical Committee endorsements

Organizers

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François Pomerleau
Université Laval
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Tim Barfoot
University of Toronto
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Marco Hutter
ETH Zurich
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Genya Ishigami
Keio University
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Philippe Giguère
Université Laval
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Johann Laconte
French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
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Context

Field robotics tackles the problem of developing, deploying, and evaluating autonomous mobile systems in unstructured and often dynamic environments. Typical commercial applications are in agriculture, construction, mining, and forestry. The range of physical mediums is also very diversified: in the air, on the ground, underground, on the water, and underwater. These can be located on Earth, or on other celestial bodies (e.g., planets, moons, or asteroids). As such, field robotics works under wildly diverse and radically different assumptions than other areas of robotics, which tend to have well-defined working hypotheses. Therefore, this creates its own set of challenges. This workshop will thus offer the opportunity to present work and discuss how these unique challenges can be solved. This workshop will bring together experts, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the latest advancements in field robotics. Participants will gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities that arise in deploying robots in diverse field scenarios, such as rugged terrains, remote locations, and hazardous environments. Practical case studies and real-world applications will be presented to showcase the successful, and not-so-successful cases of field robotics. The workshop will encourage fruitful dialogues and collaborative discussions, culminating by a panel at the end of the workshop. Attendees will leave with a comprehensive understanding of the state-of-the-art technologies, the main actors, and upcoming challenges. As major outcomes, we aim to consolidate the community around field robotics and prepare an editorial article on the current status of robotics deployed in real environments.