Call for Papers
(Deadline: 1 July 2002)

WAFR 2002

Fifth International Workshop on
Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics

December 15-17, 2002
Hotel Westminster
Nice, France

Robot algorithms are abstractions of computational processes that control or reason about motion and perception in the physical world. Because actions in the physical world are subject to physical laws and geometric constraints, the design and analysis of robot algorithms raises fundamental questions in computer science, computational geometry, mechanical modelling, operations research, control theory, and associated fields.

The biannual Workshop on Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics was established in 1994 as a single-track meeting to focus on algorithmic issues related to robotics and automation. The highly selective program highlights significant new results such as algorithmic models and complexity bounds. Discussion of new areas and open problems is encouraged.

WAFR 2002 will bring together approximately sixty researchers to present and discuss contributed and invited papers. The proceedings will be subsequently published in a hard-cover volume. Selected papers will also be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Robotics Research. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • geometric algorithms
    • simultaneous location and mapping
    • surgery planning and guidance
    • organ and tissue modelling
    • computational molecular and structural biology
    • simulation, animation, graphics
    • holonomic and nonholonomic motion planning
    • sensor-based planning and computer vision
    • virtual environments and gaming
    • manufacturing and assembly
    • grasping and fixturing
    • manipulation planning
    • navigation and geographic information systems
    • modular and reconfigurable robots
    • distributed manipulation
    • minimalist and underactuated robots
    • controllability, complexity, and completeness

    Program Committee
    1. Pankaj Agarwal, Duke U., USA
    2. Nancy Amato, Texas A&M U., USA
    3. Nicholas Ayache, INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France
    4. Antonio Bicchi, U. of Pisa, Italy
    5. Robert-Paul Berretty, Philips Research, Holland
    6. Karl Bohringer, U. of Washington, USA
    7. Jean-Daniel Boissonnat, INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France
    8. Joel Burdick, Cal Tech, USA
    9. Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon U., USA
    10. Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley, USA
    11. Leonidas J. Guibas, Stanford U., USA
    12. Kamal Gupta, Simon Fraser U., Canada
    13. Dan Halperin, Tel Aviv U., Israel
    14. Hirohisa Hirukawa, Institute of Advanced Industrial Sci. and Tech. (AIST), Japan
    15. Seth Hutchinson, U. of Illinois, USA
    16. Makoto Kaneko, Hiroshima University, Japan
    17. Lydia Kavraki, Rice U., USA
    18. Jean-Paul Laumond, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France
    19. Matt Mason, Carnegie Mellon U., USA
    20. Joe Mitchell, SUNY Stony Brook, USA
    21. Dinesh Pai, U. British Columbia, Canada
    22. Jean Ponce, U. of Illinois, USA
    23. Frank van der Stappen, U. Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Authors are invited to submit papers in PDF format (20 pages or fewer in 11 point font) by 1 July, 2002.

    Latex macros (follow Proceedings link)

    Word Templates (.zip file)

    Detailed info on final paper format (.pdf file)

    Paper Submission Site
    Paper Submission is being coordinated by Prof. Joel Burdick at the address below.

    Authors will be notified of acceptance by 15 Sept, 2002. Revised papers are due by 15 Oct, 2002.

    Conference Co-Chairs:

    • Jean-Daniel Boissonnat,
    • Joel Burdick,
    • Ken Goldberg,
    • Seth Hutchinson,

    For more information, links to past WAFR conferences and papers, submission and registration details, hotel information etc, please visit the
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