TALLINN JUNE 20 - 23 / 2011

New Boundaries for Robotics

Conference Theme: Robotics is a synergistic discipline merging discoveries and inventions from various fields of science and technology. With inspiration from other disciplines we are able to build new kinds of robots that can serve humans in interesting and novel ways. The theme of ICAR 2011 is New Boundaries for Robotics. It will seek to share innovative ideas, weird connections, and unexpected mixes of technologies, methods and approaches which have been applied to solve new kinds of problems in emerging application areas.

Organizing committee:
Maarja Kruusmaa, General Chair
Xiaobo Tan, Program Chair
Raj Madhavan, Publications Chair
Paolo Fiorini, Finance Chair

The technical program of ICAR 2011 will consist of plenary talks, workshops, oral presentations and interactive sessions. Submitted papers should describe original work in the form of theoretical modeling, design, experimental validation, or case studies from all areas of robotics but in particular focusing on new emerging paradigms and application areas including but not limited to:

Cognitive control in robotics
New materials in robotics
Robotic human companions
Bio-inspired actuation mechanisms
Bio-inspired sensors and sensing paradigms
Biomimetic and bio-inspired robots
Wearable robots and enhanced embodiment
Dexterous object manipulation
Embodiment and morphological computing in robotics
Cumulative robot learning and cumulative knowledge representation
Evolutionary and self-assembling robots
Self-awareness of robots and robot teams
Multimodal interfaces for human robot interaction
Models of natural and robot cognition
Emergent behavior in robotic systems
Robots for arts, entertainment and social interaction
Performance evaluation, benchmarking and standardization of
intelligent robotic systems

Submitted manuscripts undergo full-paper peer review. The accepted papers will be published in IEEE Explore, indexed by ISI Proceedings and EI.

Special Issue in Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems - Select papers from the Proceedings of ICAR 2011 will also be published in a special issue of the journal Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS). Selection of the candidate papers will be based on the novelty, significance, and clarity of the  work; in particular, they shall well reflect the theme of New Boundaries for Robotics.  The authors of these papers will be encouraged to submit an enhanced version of their work to this special issue, which will be subject to the same peer-review process required by RAS before acceptance for publication

Important dates:
Paper Submissions: March 04 / 2011 - extended until April 01 / 2011
Workshop Submissions: February 04 / 2011 - extended until March 21 / 2011
Notification of Acceptance: - extended until  May 4 / 2011
Final Submission:  - extended until May 25 / 2011

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia located in North-East of Europe and a cultural capital of Europe 2011. While being one of the most intact UNESCO protected medieval city centers in the world, it is also one of the world’s most intelligent communities providing cutting-edge technical solutions for the inhabitants and visitors of the city. Summer 2011 in Tallinn offers the participants of ICAR 2011 a creative environment for idea exchanges with hundreds of artistic and cultural events, Midsummer celebration and white nights.