Sunday, January 20, 2013

Call for demonstrations @ AAMAS 2013

AAMAS 2013 (St. Paul, MN, May 6-10, 2013) will host a Demo
Track for participants from academia and/or industry to
present their latest developments in agent-based software
and/or robotic systems.  Interactive systems and novel
applications are particularly welcome.

Deadline for submission: January 23, 2013

Submission requirements include a 2-page paper describing
the system to be demonstrated and a short video or powerpoint
showing will be demonstrated.  Details on the submission

For questions, contact the Demo Track chairs:

Paul Scerri
Carnegie Mellon University

Toshiharu Sugawara
Waseda University

SLAM engineer vacancy at Pal Robotics

Code: JOB-2013-001

We are looking for a researcher in the area of SLAM and autonomous
navigation. The selected individual will be responsible for
developing, integrating and maintaining the autonomous navigation
system on Pal Robotics humanoid robots both with wheels and legs. The
robots are supposed to be working in real environments and for this
reason safety, robustness, fault detection and recovery should be
taken into account during the project design and implementation

Primary duties:

Maintenance of the current REEM navigation system
SLAM extension to multi-mapping and multi-robot
Autonomous Localization in crowded environment by using laser, vision,
wifi sensor fusion
People aware Path Planning and Trajectory Execution
Code QA through Unit Tests

Further duties:

Functional testing on simulation environment
Stress test in real crowded environments

Mandatory Requirements

Master's degree in Computer Science/ Control / AI
Good C++ programming skills in Linux OS
Knowledge about SLAM algorithm
Proactive team working attitude
Good communication skills (at least in English)

Desired Requirements

Good knowledge of ROS
Experience with real robotic hardware
Experience with revision control systems (subversion)
Experience installing and configuring Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution.
Experience with 3D robotics simulation

Job conditions

The team is located in Barcelona, Spain.
The salary will be evaluated according to the relevant experience of
the candidate.

Contact details

If you're interested, please submit your resume to Please specify the job code and job name in
the email subject filed.


Daniel Pinyol
Software Manager

PAL Robotics, S.L.
c/ Pujades 77-79, 4º4ª
08005 Barcelona
Tel      +34 93 414 53 47
Fax     +34 93 209 11 09
Skype:  daniel.pal-robotics

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DARPA seabed Navy robots

The U.S. military spends a good deal of money and energy on delivery systems--capabilities that allow U.S. forces to move assets to where they are needed around the globe as quickly as possible. But for the Navy, whose area of operation is the entirety of the world’s oceans, DARPA is taking a different tack. Rather than trying to truck assets to where they need to be during a crisis, why not just plant them on the seafloor and activate them when you need them?

This is the driving idea behind DARPA’s Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) program, which seeks to create technologies that would allow the Navy to leave unmanned systems and other distributed technologies hidden in the ocean depths for years on end and deploy them remotely at the push of a button when the need arises. Think: unmanned aircraft that travel to the surface and launch into the sky to provide reconnaissance or to disrupt or spoof enemy defenses, or perhaps submersible or surface sub-hunters that launch from the seafloor during times of heightened alert in a particular maritime theater.

Technology, Clay Dillow, darpa, maritime defense, military, unmanned systems, upward falling payloadsThe challenges, of course, are many (otherwise we’d already be doing this). DARPA is looking for technology proposals that can help address key issues mainly in the areas of long-term submersible survivability, deep underwater communications, and the “risers”--the vehicles that would contain the payloads and deliver them to the surface on demand. It’s also looking for technical expertise for the payloads themselves, which could be anything from remote sensing platforms to electronic warfare and networking.

What DARPA doesn’t need is weapons platforms, and rightly so. DARPA envisions the Navy leaving its Upward Falling technologies submerged in waters far from an actual fleet and (presumably) in areas where geopolitical hostility is at least possible if not probable. So it wants technologies that the Navy can feasibly lose without risk. After all, retrieval of unused systems would be difficult, and you certainly don’t want to leave anything on a faraway seafloor that would endanger American operations if the enemy were able to locate and retrieve it. Therefore UFP is decidedly not a weapons program, even though an armed warbot emerging unexpectedly from the icy depths would most certainly drive fear into even the most formidable enemy navy.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Robots watch Whales

Robotic watercraft located nine endangered right whales in the Gulf of Maine in early December, which allowed biologists to alert the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to sent out an advisory to mariners to decrease speeds and thereby reduce the chances of a cetacean collision.

The robo-biologists, called gliders, are programed to identify the calls of sei, fin, humpback and right whales. The gliders alternately dive to listen for whale calls and surface to beam observations to a satellite.

“We put two gliders out in the central Gulf of Maine to find whales for us,” said project leader Mark Baumgartner of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in a press release. “They reported hearing whales within hours of hitting the water. They did their job perfectly.”

Gliders allow oceanographers to keep tabs on more whales for a longer period of time than humans can with observations from boats and airplanes. Normally the cold temperatures and rough seas of fall and winter make whale studies difficult. However, the right whale is believed to use the Gulf of Maine for mating between November and January. The gliders make it possible to study this important part of the whales’ behavior.

Transmissions sent from the gliders also allow for nearly immediate information on whale positions, which allows mariners to be advised of the oceanic behemoths’ positions. That could help save the lives of whales that are still struggling to recover from centuries of whaling and reduced food supplies caused by overfishing.

“Knowing where right whales are helps you manage interactions between an endangered species and the human activities that impact those species,” said Sofie Van Parijs, leader of NOAA’s Passive Acoustic Research Group in a press release.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


IEEE World Haptics Conference 2013

Sponsored by IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and Korea Robotics Society


The 5th Joint Eurohaptics Conference and IEEE Haptics Symposium, April 14 ~
17, 2013, Daejeon Convention Center, Daejeon, South Korea.

IEEE WHC 2013 will feature a demo session that provides the opportunity for
researchers and developers from academia, industry, and government to
explore and interact with the latest research results. Towards this goal,
IEEE WHC 2013 solicits demonstrations presenting recent original results or
ongoing research. Authors are invited to submit interesting results on all
aspects of haptics. Demonstrations will allow one-on-one interaction with
attendees and authors, where the benefits of the proposed research can be
practically highlighted, thereby enhancing its impact.

Submission Guidelines:

A proposal should include: Scope and significance of the demo with the basic
idea that it supports, equipment to be used for the demo, space and time
needed for setup, requirements for additional facilities, including power
and Internet/wireless access. Each submission should include the title of
the demonstration, names, affiliations, and contact emails of all authors,
and a brief abstract (~100 words). The proposal form is posted on the
official website, Proposals (no more than 2 pages) can
be submitted by email ( We also encourage URLs to any
video/flash presentation of the demo to be included in the demo proposal.
The Demonstration Committee headed by the demonstration co-chairs will
evaluate the proposals. It has venture capitalist representatives among its
members as well. Proposals will be evaluated mainly based on their potential
to stimulate fruitful discussions, exchange of ideas, and future
collaborations. The acceptance notifications will be emailed on Feb. 28,
2013. The best demonstrator will receive a demo award. Also, some financial
support will be provided to the demo attendees.

Important Dates:

-      Application Submission: January 25, 2013

-      Acceptance Notification: February 8, 2013

Demonstration Co-chairs:

-      Hiroyuki Kajimoto (Univ. of Electro-Communications, Japan)

-      Jee-Hwan Ryu (Korea Univ. of Tech. and Education, Korea)

Jee-Hwan Ryu, Associate Professor
School of Mechanical Engineering
Korea University of Technology and Education
Cheoan-City, Repubilc of Korea
Voice : +82-41-560-1250
Fax    : +82-41-560-1253
E-mail :


IEEE Intelligent Vehicle Symposium Workshops, Australia, June 2013

*Call for workshop papers*
IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium
June 23-26, 2013, Gold Coast, Australia
Sponsored by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society

Dear colleague,

The IV 2013 offers the opportunity to submit contributions for several
workshops covering specific topic of interest in the ITS area. Talks have a
strong tutorial character aiming at introducing a specific field to the
participants. Emphasize is put on interaction between the presenter and the
audience advocating discussions. The workshops and paper will be handled by
the PaperPlaza system and accepted papers will be published in IEEE

Selected high quality papers of the IV'13 Conference and Workshops will
have a publication opportunity in a special issue of the IEEE Intelligent
Transportation Systems Magazine.

Information about the Workshops is presented at

*Important Dates:*
Paper: submission January 15th, 2012
Notification of acceptance: February 8th,  2013


Professor Eduardo M. Nebot

Patrick Chair in Automation and Logistics

Australian Centre for Field Robotics

The Rose Street Building J04

The University of Sydney

NSW 2006, Australia

Phone: +61 2 9351 2343

Fax: +61 2 9351 7474

email: <>

web site: **

Two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Long-Term Robot Autonomy at University of Lincoln, UK

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint two new Postdoctoral
Research Fellows (fixed term for 4 years) to join the recently established
Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). The centre is internationally
recognised for its research in sensing, mapping, and control for autonomous
robotic systems, and currently comprises 6 faculty staff and 14
post-graduate researchers. The successful candidates will be employed as
part of a European collaborative project, involving six academic institutes
and two industrial partners across four European countries.

The project aims to enable robots to achieve robust and intelligent
behaviour in human environments through adaptation to, and the exploitation
of, long-term experience. The approach is based on understanding 3D space
and how it changes over time, from milliseconds to months. The project will
develop novel approaches to extract quantitative and qualitative
spatio-temporal structure from sensor data gathered during months of
autonomous operation. The project will also develop control mechanisms
which exploit these structures to yield adaptive behaviour in highly
demanding, real-world security and care scenarios.

One Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is focussed in the area of long-term
3D mapping for enabling activity and scene understanding by mobile robots.
 Primary tasks include developing novel algorithms and approaches for
enabling the acquisition, maintenance and refinement of 3D maps over long
periods of time (the term “4D” is used to indicate 3D mapping over extended
time periods), while also understanding and modelling the environment
dynamics to enable prediction of likely future states. Additional tasks
include integrating 4d mapping with lifelong learning about objects,
persons and activities and cognitive control of robots. For further
information and online application forms goto

The other Fellowship is focussed in the area of behaviour generation and
control to facilitate life-long learning of activities and dynamic scenes
by autonomous mobile robots. The primary tasks related to this fellowship
include the development of novel approaches enabling the robot to actively
explore its dynamic environment in order to complete and verify knowledge
in task- and curiosity-driven ways, including the integration of multiple
abilities and information sources into the autonomous robotic system.
Additional tasks include the development of software framework extensions
for the management, access and retrieval of acquired information during
long-term operation. For further information and online application forms

Informal enquiries about both posts can be made to
Dr Marc Hanheide (email: and
Dr Tom Duckett (email:

Dr. Marc Hanheide
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Lincoln, LN6 7TS
Phone: +44 1522 88 6966
skype: mah99de
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