Robotics & Automation Technologies for Humanitarian Applications: Where we are & Where we can be (Workshop @ ICRA 2015)
Robotics & Automation (R&A) technologies have the potential to transform and positively impact the lives of several people around the globe by addressing some of the worldís toughest and unsolved challenges and elevating the quality of life for humanity. Many of the underlying theoretical frameworks of existing R&A technologies are at a sufficient level of maturity and are widely accepted by the academic community after having undergone the scientific rigor and peer reviews that accompany such works. Yet, several of these frameworks, when subjected to the demands of deployment in practical situations, reveal their brittleness and lack of robustness (e.g. Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster). A fundamental reason behind such failures is that there exists a chasm between technological innovators and humanitarian field workers: Innovators rarely know what technological tools humanitarian workers in-the-trenches need; and only humanitarian field workers know what innovations are truly sustainable.
Monday, September, 7 - Wednesday, September, 9, 2015, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal. Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE CAS Society. http://nds2015.utad.pt//
The workshops features prominent plenary speakers from the USA and from Europe. Keynote talks by:
-Ettore Fornasini, Università di Padova (IT)
-Rudolf Rabenstein, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (DE)
-José A. Ramos, Nova Southeastern University (FL, USA)
Submission of papers and special session proposals: March 30, 2015
Notification of acceptance or rejection: May 15, 2015
Important information at the conference web site:
Download the call for papers here
Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World - First International Outdoor Robotic Competition on Humanitarian Demining
Detection and removal of antipersonnel landmines is, at the present time, a serious problem of political, economical, environmental and humanitarian dimensions in many countries over the world. It is estimated that there are 110 million landmines in the ground right now; one for every 52 inhabitants of the planet. These mines kill or maim more than 5,000 people annually. If demining efforts remain about the same as they are now, and no new mines are laid, it will still take 1100 years to get rid of all the world’s active land mines. The conventional methods which are currently used make the procedure of removing this great numbers of landmines very slow, inefficient, dangerous and costly. Robotics systems can provide efficient, reliable, adaptive and cost effective solution for the problem of the landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination.
Further information at: http://landminefree.org/