CfC: Robotic 3D Environment Cognition

Call for Contributions ===================== Robotic 3D Environment Cognition
Workshop at the International Conference Spatial Cognition, Bremen 2006

General Background ------------------
A fundamental problem in the design of autonomous mobile cognitive systems is the perception of the environment. Robotics researches this field in order to build reliable technical systems or to broaden the understanding of human perception. Perception is therefore studied independently by many researchers. On one hand, a basic part of the perception is to learn, detect and recognize objects, which has to be done with the limited resources of a mobile robot. The performance of a mobile system crucially depends on the accuracy, duration and reliability of its perceptions and the involved interpretation process. On the other hand, automatic environment sensing and modeling is a fundamental scientific issue in robotics, since the availability of maps is essential for many robot tasks.
A revolutionary method for gaging surroundings are 3D laser range finders and 3D cameras, which enable robots to quickly scan objects in a non-contact way in three dimensions. These emerging technologies have lead to new challenges and new potentials for data analysis. Firstly, robotic volumetric or 3D mapping of environments, considering all six degree of freedom of a mobile robot, has been done. Secondly, robots are able to perceive the geometry for avoiding collision in 3D and to identify and stay on navigable surfaces. In addition, 3D sensors have lead to new methods in object detection, object localization and identification.
Goals and Target Audience -------------------------
The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers having their background in technical robotics, with researchers more affiliated with computer vision and cognition systems. Prospective participants are expected to give a talk of about 15-30 minutes, depending on the number of accepted contributions. Participants are encouraged to accompany the talk with a live presentation of their robot, of their simulation software and/or a video presentation. These presentations are used to initiate discussions about currently emerging technologies and the impact to spatial cognition systems. Presentations and papers are invited in the areas of:
* 3D object/human/environment modeling and mapping * Robotic mapping * Scene interpretation * Automated view planning and online exploration * Sensor calibration methods and performance assessment * 3D from multiple images and video * 3D object recognition and classification * Shape and appearance modeling * Spatial visual attention
Please submit a paper describing your presentation to until July, 16th 2006. The target length of paper contributions is 4 - 5 pages including abstracts in the Springer LNCS format. Accepted papers will be published on the workshop webpage. Double submissions of papers already submitted to other conferences are allowed.

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