International Workshop on Robotic Sensor Networks

part of Cyber-Physical Systems Week

Berlin, Germany
April 14, 2014.

Call for Papers

Workshop Organizers

Program Committee


Keynote (14:00 - 15:00)

Prof. Davide Scaramuzza
University of Zurich
Robotics and Perception Group

Vision-Controlled Micro Aerial Vehicles: from "calm" navigation to "aggressive" maneuvers

In the last two years, we have heard a lot of news about drones, small autonomous flying vehicles. Flying robots have numerous advantages over ground vehicles: they can get access to environments where humans cannot get access to and, furthermore, they have much more agility than any other ground vehicle. Unfortunately, their dynamics makes them extremely difficult to control and this is particularly true in GPS-denied environments. In this talk, I will present challenges and results for both ground vehicles and flying robots, from localization in GPS-denied environments to motion estimation. I will show several experiments and real-world applications where these systems perform successfully and those where their applications is still limited by the current technology.

Time Paper PDF
15:00 - 15:45 Micro-Aerial Vehicle Swarms
15:00 - 15:15 Adaptive Planning for Deployment of Micro-Aerial Sensor Swarms.
Aveek Purohit (Carnegie Mellon University), Stefano Carpin (University of California Merced), Pei Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University)
15:15 - 15:30 On Developing User Interfaces for Piloting Unmanned Systems.
James Edmondson (Carnegie Mellon University), Gene Cahill (Carnegie Mellon University), Anthony Rowe (Carnegie Mellon University)
15:30 - 15:45 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle based flash flood monitoring using Lagrangian trackers.
Mohammed Abdulaal (Mechanical Engineering, KAUST), Mohammed Algarni (Mechanical Engineering, KAUST), Atif Shamim (Electrical Engineering, KAUST),Christian Claudel (Electrical Engineering, KAUST)
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 17:15 Cyber-Physical Systems Challenges
16:15 - 16:30 Design and Implementation of a Heterogeneous, Power Efficient Wireless Sensor Network for Smart Toys.
Fiona Edwards Murphy (University College Cork, Ireland), Michele Magno (Integrated Systems Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Emanuel Popovici (University College Cork, Ireland)
16:30 - 16:45 Efficient Field Coverage in Mobile Sensor Networks: A CPS Perspective.
Hamid Mahboubi (Concordia University), Amir G. Aghdam (Concordia University), Kamran Sayrafian (NIST)
16:45 - 17:00 Target Coverage Heuristics Using Mobile Cameras.
Azin Neishaboori (Qatar University, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar), Ahmed Saeed (Qatar University, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar), Amr Mohamed (Qatar University), Khaled Harras (Carnegie Mellon University Qatar)
17:00 - 17:15 Adaptive Synchronization of Robotic Sensor Networks.
Kasim Sinan Yildirim (Ege University), Onder Gurcan (The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) Systems and Technologies Integraton Laboratory (LIST)
17:15 - 17:30 Break
17:30 - 18:30 Coordination
17:30 - 17:45 RiverSwarm: Topology-Aware Distributed Planning for Obstacle Encirclement in Connected Robotic Swarms.
Pradipta Ghosh (University of Southern California), Jie Gao (Computer Science, Stony Brook University), Andrea Gasparri (Universita degli studi "Roma Tre"), Bhaskar Krishnamachari (University of Southern California)
17:45 - 18:00 Patrolling a Region with a Structured Swarm of Robots with Limited Individual Capabilities.
Sandor P. Fekete (TU Braunschweig), Seoung Kyou Lee (Rice University), Alejandro Lopez-Ortiz (University of Waterloo), Daniela Maftuleac (University of Waterloo), James McLurkin (Rice University)
18:00 - 18:15 Distributed Sensing in a Robotic Soccer Team.
Stefan Niemczyk (University of Kassel), Dominik Kirchner (University of Kassel), Andreas Witsch (University of Kassel), Stephan Opfer (University of Kassel), Kurt Geihs (University of Kassel)
18:15 - 18:30 jSwarm: Distributed Coordination in Robot Swarms.
Daniel Graff (Technische Universitat Berlin), Jan Richling (Technische Universitat Berlin), Matthias Werner (Chemnitz, University of Technology)

Call For Papers

Recent developments in sensing and actuation technology, along with the miniaturization of computing and communication, have led to the development of commodity robot technology such as hobby drones and robot toolkits. These platforms are bringing sensing and actuation at places where traditional technology does not reach; for example, for aerial pollution monitoring or for disaster management in remote areas.

This novel class of cyber-physical systems (CPS) take many of the design, implementation, and validation issues of traditional CPSs to an extreme. Control, sensing, estimation, and algorithms for localization, mapping, navigation, and exploration of individual robots are needed to govern their movements. The timing aspects of vehicle operation are key to provide run-time guarantees about performance. The software design and implementation must lead to provably correct execution. Noisy or inaccurate information sensed by the robots must be properly handled to ensure an accurate understanding of the environment.

Research efforts to address the issues above, while related, have previously progressed independently with little cross-fertilization across diverse disciplines such as robotics, real-time systems, signal processing, and software development. The goal of this workshop is to create a platform where researchers from different communities can get together to better understand the latest developments in these related fields as well as to establish connections for future interdisciplinary work. The workshop intends to provide a platform to enable such cross-fertilization, to ultimately speed up the development of the field and to foster rich interdisciplinary work in the future. Particularly, co-location with the Cyber-Physical Systems week will be an asset in this regard. CPSWEEK is the premiere CPS event that brings together five top conferences from complementary areas such as Embedded Systems, Real-time Systems, Sensor Networks, Hybrid Systems, and Networked Systems.

To build the needed interdisciplinary work ultimately necessary to the development of the field, the workshop seeks technical contributions describing original, previously unpublished results in all topics related to the design of robotic sensor networks, including works across two or more of the following topic areas:

  • Programming of robot swarms
  • Low-power communication in robot networks
  • Sensing coverage using robotic swarms
  • Task allocation
  • Distributed sensing
  • Coordination in robotic swarms
  • Verification and validation
  • Distributed planning and navigation
  • Novel applications
  • Experience reports

Submission Guidelines
We invite to submit short papers in PDF format, of at most 4 pages in length including figures, tables, and references, in two-column format, and using a minimum of 10-pt font. The following templates provide a paper format already compliant with these requirements:
Word (after 2003)
Word 2003 compatible

Submission site:

Submission deadline: Feb 14, 2014. Feb 21, 2014. (extended)
Notifications : Mar 5, 2014.
Workshop : Apr 14, 2014, at 2pm.

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Workshop Organizers

Karthik Dantu, University at Buffalo
Luca Mottola, Politecnico di Milano and SICS Swedish ICT
Pei Zhang, Carnegie Mellon University

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Program Committee

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