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Informed Scientific Sampling in Large-scale Outdoor Environments

One of the major applications of mobile robotics is exploring and mapping an unknown environmental field. Persistent spatio-temporal maps of environmental phenomena have a critical role in understanding the interplay between the changing global conditions and human activities that might be causing these changes. Building such persistent maps of environmental fields for a given region over a period of time requires continuous sensing. This problem has been tackled previously by deploying a network of static sensor nodes uniformly across the region of interest or by conducting a uniform survey of the region. In general, however, environmental fields of interest are non-uniform over a given region and dynamic over a time period. Persistent mapping of such fields requires the mobile robots which selectively sense and are aimed at reducing cost and increasing flexibility when compared to static sensors.

In this workshop, we aim at understanding the progress in the field of robotic sampling for monitoring large-scale outdoor environments, such as forests, large water bodies, agricultural fields, and complex urban settings. We also plan to focus and learn about the challenges faced by researchers in mapping and understanding these difficult environments. This workshop is aimed at providing a complete overview of the research related to field robotics in aerial, forest, urban, and marine applications. We plan to discuss a series of research issues that include measurement collection and evaluation, communication between multiple data-sampling robots, data fusion, sensor motion, pollution monitoring, and wildlife tracking. Regardless of the applications, all these tasks aim at information acquisition.

Invited Speakers

João Sousa, Porto University
Ágata Alveirinho Dias, Institute of Science and Environment of the University of Saint Joseph (ISE-USJ)
Roland Siegwart, ETH Zurich
Gregory Dudek, McGill University
Stefan Williams, The University of Sydney
Lantao Liu, Indiana University - Bloomington
Mandar Chitre, Tropical Marine Science Institute and the National University of Singapore
Robert Fitch, University of Technology, Sydney



Time Description
8:55 Introduction and Opening Remarks
9:00 Invited Speaker
9:45 Selected Papers
10:15 Coffee Break and Poster Session
11:30 Invited Speaker
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Invited Speaker
2:00 Selected Papers
2:45 Invited Speaker
3:30 Coffee Break and Poster Session
4:30 Panel Discussion

Important Dates

Submission deadline: Aug 15, 2019 (Anywhere on Earth)
Notification: Aug 30, 2019
Camera ready: Sep 7, 2019
Workshop: Nov 8, 2019

Submission Instructions

Authors can submit extended abstracts in the IROS format (2-4 pages plus references). We encourage the submission of early ideas, late-breaking results, or open research questions that are likely to generate interesting discussions. Submissions will be reviewed by experts in the field.

Topics of interest for this workshop:

Submission link: Here

Organizing Committee

Sandeep Manjanna, McGill University
Gregory Dudek, McGill University and Samsung AI Center
Oscar Pizarro, The University of Sydney
Johanna Hansen, McGill University
Victor Zykov, Cornell University

Program Committee

Alberto Quattrini Li, Dartmouth College
David Meger, McGill University
Felipe Gonzalez, Queensland University of Technology
Ioannis Rekleitis, University of South Carolina
Johanna Hansen, McGill University
Juan Camilo Gamboa Higuera, McGill University
Mandar Chitre, National University of Singapore
Ryan N. Smith, Fort Lewis College
Sandeep Manjanna, McGill University
Travis Manderson, McGill University

Contact Us

Send inquiries to scientific.sampling.robots[at]gmail[dot]com