Special Sessions

ICARA solicits special session proposals. The special sessions are intended to stimulate in-depth discussions in special areas relevant to the conference theme. The conference proceedings will include all papers from the special sessions. Please submit your proposal to ICARA2009@massey.ac.nz

For further details, please contact:

G. Sen Gupta S. C. Mukhopadhyay C. H. Messom


Special Session on
Towards realization of Nanorobots

Organised by:
Prof. N. N. Sharma
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India
Email: nns@bits-pilani.ac.in
nn3   Special Session on
Embodied Artificial Intelligence

Organised by
Dr Rory C. Flemmer
School of Engineering and Advanced Technologies,
Massey University,
Palmerston North,
New Zealand.
Email: r.c.flemmer@massey.ac.nz

Rory Flemmer

Special Session on
Vision-based measurement and localization

Organised by
Dr Chen-Chien James Hsu
Department of Electrical Engineering
Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan
Email: jameshsu@mail.tku.edu.tw

James Hsu   Special Session on
Biorobotics and Biomechatronics

Organised by
Dr. Wenhui Wang
Lecturer, Mechatronics Programme
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Canterbury,
Christchurch,
New Zealand
Email: wenhui.wang@canterbury.ac.nz

Dr Wenhui Wang

Special Session on
Intelligent Data Processing for Autonomous Applications

Organised by
Dr. Annamaria R. Varkonyi-Koczy
Associate Professor
Dept. of Measurement and Information Systems
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Budapest, Hungary
Email: koczy@mit.bme.hu
www.mit.bme.hu/~koczy

AP Annamaria R Varkonyi-Koczy  

Special Session on
Passive Dynamic Walking Robots

Organised by
Prof. Yantao Tian
Department of Control Science and Engineering,
School of Communication Engineering,
JiLin University,
Changchun,
China
Email:tianyt@jlu.edu.cn

Prof. Yantao Tian

Special Session on
Computational Intelligence: Algorithms and Applications

Organised by
Associate Professor TAN Kay Chen
National University of Singapore,
Singapore
http://vlab.ee.nus.edu.sg/~kctan/
eletankc@nus.edu.sg

AP Annamaria R Varkonyi-Koczy  

 



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N. N. SharmaSpecial Session on Towards realization of Nanorobots

Robotics is the branch of technology which concerns with the desire to synthesize human being with all functionalities. Recently, nanorobotics is emerging as a branch of robotics attempting to create miniaturized machines or robots of the size of a few hundred nanometers and below, consisting of components of nanoscale or molecular size and with certain functionalities of their macro-counterparts. In the last two decades, there has been an all around development in nanotechnology facilitating realization of nanorobots. Scientists and engineers have shown a great interest to conceptualize, model, analyze and make nano-sized robots. The prime reason for advancing attempts in the field of nanorobotics are the unique applications of the nanorobots in medical, health care and environmental monitoring, which are attributable to the size of nanorobots comparable with biological entities. There are a number of challenges and issues in the engineering of nanorobots such as design, dynamics, efficiency, control, communication and power supply. The feasibility of nanorobots is inspired by the existence of organisms and biologicals at the same size scales performing very efficiently, in robust manner and intelligently. There is growing literature on the subject and a few attempts have been made towards the realization of nanorobots swimming in biological fluids.
The aim of the special session is to provide a platform to scientists and engineers working towards the understanding of nanorobots and to disseminate the state-of-art achieved in the development and synthesis of a fuel efficient nanorobot which performs controlled propulsion from internal excitations. The objective of the session further envisages interdisciplinary collaborations which will be helpful in reducing the timeline for development of a nanorobot.

Scope of the Special Session:

  • Propulsion, Mechanism, Material and dynamics of nanorobots
  • Issues related to controls and communication of nanorobots
  • Biologically inspired solutions for nanorobotics
  • Challenges in power supply and solutions for nanorobots
  • Efficiency and design aspects in nanorobots
  • Swarm Intelligence, Self-Assembly
  • Technology development and Applications of nanorobots


Rory FlemmerSpecial Session on Embodied Artificial Intelligence

The aim of robotics in the popular mind, and indeed in the academic mind, is to produce a mechanical device which operates in the physical world and is capable of actions based on learning. Although this aim was enunciated more than half a century ago and has been considered by the giants, from Alan Turing onwards, we cannot point to a single such device which operates at the envisaged level.

This session will deal with actual, practical advances towards such a device. The challenges have been apparent for some decades and this session will deal with practical solutions to the problems of:

  • Rapid, robust, visual object recognition and learning
  • Representational schemata for an object-populated world
  • Memory management in such a world
  • Logic in this world and its use to predict physical outcomes based on past experience
  • Appropriate, functional “arms” and” hands” and how to wave them.
  • “Play” in robotic learning
  • Robotic “emotions” and motivational structures


James HsuSpecial Session on Vision-based measurement and localization

Image-based techniques for distance measurement are getting more and more popular because of their merits over traditional methods. Various localization schemes via vision-based techniques have also been developed for mobile robots, thanks to the advantages of high precision and large amount of information available. Each method, however, has its own merits and limitations. It is therefore important to investigate methods for deriving measurement data from 2D images to improve measurement results in terms of precision, reliability and robustness of the methods. In addition, localization schemes and other applications, particularly mobile robots, that vision-based technique can contribute to, also deserve further investigations. The aim of this special session is to discuss related topics in the filed of vision-based measurement and localization.

Scope of the special session:

  • Vision Systems for Robotics
  • Vision-based measurement systems
  • Image processing & pattern recognition
  • Real-world Applications of Vision-based systems
  • Robot Soccer Systems
  • Image signal diagnosis
  • Calibration of measurement systems
  • Theory of image-based measurement methodologies
  • Comparative investigations of measurement methodologies
  • Measurement uncertainty
  • Real-time image processing

James HsuSpecial Session on Biorobotics and Biomechatronics

Recent decades have witnessed a significant advancement in biorobotics and biomechatronics - from fundamental research to commercialisation development, evaluation and feasibility studies. Specifically, robotics, initially brought in as computer-integrated systems for surgical interventions, has been emerging into a wider range of areas including image-guided therapy and rehabilitation robotics in the macro world. More recently, as biology digs into molecular level studies, robotics and mechatronics have also entered a new era in the micro world. Capable of manipulating from meter-sized humans to micrometer-sized cells, robotics and mechatronics play a unique role in biomedicine, along with the advances in computer science, transducers, materials, imaging and MEMS.
This special session is to bring together a variety of exciting research projects in the cutting edge of applying robotics and mechatronics technology in the broadest sense to biomedical applications. By sharing state-of-the-art research with the robotics community, it is hoped that innovative research ideas and opportunities will be inspired for the existing and emerging areas for biorobotics and biomechatronics.

Scope of the special session:

  • Robot-assisted procedures
  • Smart instrumented tools for surgery
  • Sensors and actuators in biomedical robotics
  • Cell/organism micromanipulation
  • Microrobotics design, modelling and applications in biomedicine
  • Biorobotics conceptualisation, modelling, simulation, and manipulation
  • Microobjects assembly
  • Microfluidic devices for cell/organism manipulation
  • Soft-tissue modelling and manipulation
  • Rehabilitation robotics
  • Image-guided surgery
  • Medical imaging and machine vision
  • Interventional therapy
  • Tele-surgery
  • Surgical simulation

Annamaria R. Varkonyi-KoczySpecial Session on Intelligent Data Processing for Autonomous Applications

Today, the number of the autonomous systems and applications has increased at different fields of engineering, like robotics, control, diagnostics, measurement, etc. In these fields, model integrated intelligent data processing has a significant role as well. Model based approaches offer a very challenging way to integrate a priori knowledge into the procedure.

Furthermore, in many of the cases models based on intelligent and soft techniques are very challenging if not the only alternatives, and they can successfully be applied when traditional methods fail to offer a solution, because only partial, uncertain and/or inaccurate data are available or complex perceptions are needed for some intelligent decisions in order to ensure the continuous, autonomous operation.

The goal of the special session is to give an overview on theoretical results and successful applications of soft and intelligent methods applied to data processing at different fields of automation in engineering.

Scope of the special session:

    • soft computing based and intelligent techniques of measurement, perceptions, and data processing
    • model based intelligent  information processing supporting autonomous system operation
    • autonomous control
    • autonomous robots
    • autonomous measurement systems
    • autonomous diagnostics
    • autonomous fault diagnostics
    • applications in engineering, biomedical sciences, etc.

    James HsuSpecial Session on Biorobotics and Biomechatronics

    Recent decades have witnessed a significant advancement in biorobotics and biomechatronics - from fundamental research to commercialisation development, evaluation and feasibility studies. Specifically, robotics, initially brought in as computer-integrated systems for surgical interventions, has been emerging into a wider range of areas including image-guided therapy and rehabilitation robotics in the macro world. More recently, as biology digs into molecular level studies, robotics and mechatronics have also entered a new era in the micro world. Capable of manipulating from meter-sized humans to micrometer-sized cells, robotics and mechatronics play a unique role in biomedicine, along with the advances in computer science, transducers, materials, imaging and MEMS.
    This special session is to bring together a variety of exciting research projects in the cutting edge of applying robotics and mechatronics technology in the broadest sense to biomedical applications. By sharing state-of-the-art research with the robotics community, it is hoped that innovative research ideas and opportunities will be inspired for the existing and emerging areas for biorobotics and biomechatronics.

    Scope of the special session:

    • Robot-assisted procedures
    • Smart instrumented tools for surgery
    • Sensors and actuators in biomedical robotics
    • Cell/organism micromanipulation
    • Microrobotics design, modelling and applications in biomedicine
    • Bionanorobotics conceptualisation, modelling, simulation, and manipulation
    • Microobjects assembly
    • Microfluidic devices for cell/organism manipulation
    • Soft-tissue modelling and manipulation
    • Rehabilitation robotics
    • Image-guided surgery
    • Medical imaging and machine vision
    • Interventional therapy
    • Tele-surgery
    • Surgical simulation

    Prof. Yantao TianSpecial Session on Passive Dynamic Walking Robots

    Energy efficiency and robust adaptive gait control is the two main challenges in the area of biped robots. Passive Dynamic Walking initiated by Tad McGeer provides a new point of departure for the research of biped robots. The method of passive dynamic walking in analysis and control of biped robots refers to an approach that emphasizes the natural dynamics of two-legged machines and avoids the use of high-gain actuations and complicated calculations. Over the last decade, passive dynamic walking has generated a lot of interest in the robotics communities and general biomechanics. The overall goal of research in passive dynamic walking is to understand principles of two-legged locomotion and apply these principles to mechanisms design and dynamic control of biped robotics. There is growing literature and a number of robot prototypes about passive dynamic walking, but a lot of problems need further study. The main challenges and issues in the research of passive dynamic walking remains in the understanding of human walking, analyze, design, control of biped robots based on the principle of passive dynamic walking.
    The aim of the special session is to assemble work results of researchers with a common interest in passive dynamic walking and provide a platform for interaction between participants as much as possible. This session will deal with principles and models, energy consumption, stability and the experimental studies of passive dynamic walking modeling.

    Scope of the Special Session:

    • Principles, concepts and control methods of human and biped robots locomotion
    • Models, simulations and gait analysis of passive dynamic walking robots
    • Optimal design of the actuation and mechanisms of passive dynamic walking robots
    • Stability theories for biped passive dynamic walking
    • Robust and adaptive control of passive dynamic walking robots
    • Optimal principles of control strategies for passive dynamic walking and their implementations
    • Models and theories dealing with discontinuities and impulse effects of passive dynamic walking
    • Hamiltonian methods and geometric methods in analysis and control of passive dynamic walking
    • Application of passive dynamic walking in design of prosthetics and rehabilitation robots

    Prof. Yantao TianSpecial Session on Computational Intelligence: Algorithms and Applications

    Computational Intelligence (CI) can be regarded as a research endeavor that encompasses technologies such as evolutionary computation, neural computing and fuzzy logic systems. CI techniques have been applied to solve a wide range of problems, which may not be solvable by standard and/or conventional optimization techniques.  Recently, there is also an increasing interest in the synergy among these technologies. This session is dedicated to bring together the recent contributions and our understanding of various CI algorithms, their applications, and the potential hybridization of these techniques. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Theoretical developments of evolutionary algorithm, neural network, fuzzy logic
    • CI applications in combinatorial optimization, numerical optimization, agent learning, autonomous and robotic systems
    • Evolution of learning rules, coevolution
    • Multi-objective optimization, robust optimization
    • Memetic algorithms, hybrid CI algorithms
    • Evolvable hardware, CI-based design optimization