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MC3 2013 : 2nd Int'l Workshop on Mobility and Communication for Cooperation and Coordination (MC3)


When Nov 25, 2013 - Nov 25, 2013
Where Montevideo, Uruguay
Submission Deadline Oct 15, 2013
Notification Due Oct 21, 2013
Final Version Due Nov 3, 2013
Categories    robotics   networking   artificial intelligence   communications

Call For Papers

The 2nd Int'l Workshop on Mobility and Communication for Cooperation and Coordination (MC3)
will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, November 25, 2013, in conjunction with the
16th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR) 2013.

Scope and Objectives of MC3

The constant progress of both wireless technologies and robotics is
rapidly leading to the convergence of these two fields towards the
definition of a new discipline, wireless networked robotics (WNR),
tackling multi-robot systems that can exploit the presence of a
network medium for information sharing, interaction, and cooperation.

In the past, communication and control have often been seen as two
independent components of a robotic system, with the robot being
passive with respect to networking and active in relation to other
sensory-motor choices. Similarly, in networking, control actions other
than communications are seen as external to the network device, and
modeled as passive aspects of the system. Only limited work has
addressed the inclusion of control mechanisms inside the classical
ISO/OSI stack or through cross-layering approaches (mainly for energy
consumption and mobility control).

However, in WNR, adopting this differentiation between control and
communication does not allow to fully exploit the capabilities of the
system, since it directly impacts on the quality and reliability of
robots' information flows.

Networking and control need to be put in closed loop with each other}
in order to fully unleash the power of a multi-robot system in terms
of coordination and cooperative behaviors. In particular, controlled
mobility can be play an important role supporting networking, and, in
turn, boosting information sharing and robot to robot interactions.
Similarly, networking parameters and policies need to continually
adapt to the needs and constraints of the tasks the robots are engaged

The MC3 workshop aims to address these issues, focusing on the
investigation of the mutual interplay and adaptation between control
and communication in networked systems featuring the presence of
(heterogeneous) multiple mobile robots and sensors. The workshop will
provide a contribution laying the pathway towards the
information-centric design of cooperative, autonomous and
self-organized robotic networks.

Topics of Interest

The workshop aims to bring together state-of-the-art contributions on
the design and implementation of architectures, algorithms, and
protocols for current and future applications of Wireless Networked
Robotics, with an emphasis on the use of mobility. Original,
unpublished contributions are solicited in all aspects of this
discipline. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Communication and motion-aware protocols for coordination and the
cooperation of heterogeneous devices

* Novel communication approaches for multi-robot wireless
communications in different scenarios: aerial, aquatic, and terrestrial

* Novel network stack or cross-layer architectures that include robot
motion and control as network primitives

* Intelligent use of controlled mobility to support and to be
supported by networking

* Cognitive radio and its applications to wireless networked robotics

* Cooperative networking for cooperative task execution in multi-robot systems

* Machine learning and bio-inspired approaches for wireless networked robotics

* Use cases, novel applications, and testbeds for wireless networked robotics

MC3 will be part of ICAR, the 16th International Conference on
Advanced Robotics which be held at the School of Engineering of the
Universidad de la República del Uruguay, in Montevideo, on November
25-29, 2013. This is the second edition of the MC3 workshop. In 2012
it was organized in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference
on Computing, Networking and Communication (ICNC), in Maui, Hawaii.
The long-term objective is to keep organizing the MC3 workshop every
year at a different conference, alternating between networking and
robotics conferences.

Paper Submission
The deadline for paper submission is October 5, 2013. The maximum
length for a paper is 8 pages in the IEEE format. Papers will be
reviewed by three reviewers according to a single blind peer process.
Papers, in PDF format need to be submitted to the following e-mail
address, using 'MC3' as subject: Please refer to
the website for the full information about
paper format and submission procedure.

Important Dates
* Paper submission: October 5, 2013
* Notification to authors: October 21, 2013
* Camera-ready version: November 3, 2013

Organizing Committee
* Enrico Natalizio, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
* Gianni A. Di Caro, IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland
* Danilo Tardioli, Centro Universitario de la Defensa, Zaragoza, Spain

Program Committee (Under construction)
* Luís Almeida, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
* Isabelle Fantoni, CNRS, France
* Domenico Giustiniano, ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland
* Valeria Loscrì, Inria Lille - Nord Europe, France
* Sabato Manfredi, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
* Nathalie Mitton, Inria Lille - Nord Europe, France
* Ahmet Sekercioglu, Monash University, Australia
* Vito Trianni, Institute of Cognitive Sciences, CNR, Italy
* Evsen Yanmaz, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

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