General Chairs
Greg Chirikjian
Howie Choset
Marco Morales
Todd Murphey

Important Dates
July 15, 2008:
deadline for submissions.
September 15, 2008:
notification of paper acceptance.
October 15, 2008:
final papers due.
December 7-9:
WAFR 2008.

Program Committee
Devin Balkcom
Alejandra Barrera
Timothy H. Chung
Noah Cowan
Magnus Egerstedt
Claudia Esteves
Robert Ghrist
Bill Goodwine
Dan Halperin
Seth Hutchinson
David Hsu
Lydia Kavraki
Sven Koenig
Vijay Kumar
Steve LaValle
Kevin Lynch
Mark Moll
Rafael Murrieta
Jim Ostrowski
Mark Overmars
Daniela Rus
Gildardo Sánchez-Ante
Nicola Simeon
Sidd Srinivasa
Enrique Sucar
Jeff Trinkle
Yunfeng Wang
Alfredo Weitzenfeld
Jing Xiao
Dianna Xu

Previous WAFRs:
WAFR 2006, New York City, USA
WAFR 2004, Zeist, The Netherlands
WAFR 2002, Nice, France
WAFR 2000, Hanover, NH, USA
WAFR 1998, Houston, TX, USA
WAFR 1996, Toulouse, France
WAFR 1994, Stanford, CA, USA

WAFR Special Issues of International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR):
IJRR Special Issue 24(11): (WAFR 2004)
IJRR Special Issue 23(7/8): (WAFR 2002)

WAFR 2008: The Eighth International Workshop on
the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics

Guanajuato, México, December 7-9, 2008

WAFR 2008 Information

Algorithms are a fundamental component of robotic systems: they control or reason about motion and perception in the physical world. They receive input from noisy sensors, consider geometric and physical constraints, and operate on the world through imprecise actuators. The design and analysis of robot algorithms therefore raises a unique combination of questions in control theory, computational and differential geometry, and computer science.

The Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR) is a single-track workshop with submitted and invited papers on advances on algorithmic problems in robotics. The workshop proceedings will be published in a hard-cover volume.

The topics of interest are very broad since the focus of WAFR is on algorithm development and analysis rather than specific problems or applications. Increasingly, robotics algorithms are finding use in areas far beyond the traditional scope of robots. Therefore, while we encourage submissions on "fundamental" topics such as complexity, completeness, and computational geometry, we also welcome papers in applications such as computational biology, virtual environments, sensor networks, manufacturing, and medical robotics. Papers on algorithmic developments in "traditional" areas of robotics, such as motion planning, manipulation, sensing, and mobile robotics, as well as papers in newer areas such as distributed robotics and simultaneous localization and mapping, are also encouraged.


WAFR 2008 will be held at the Camino Real Hotel in Guanajuato, México. Guanajuato is the capital city of the state of Guanajuato in Mexico. It was founded in 1546 and built at the bottom of a cliff where silver has been mined for centuries. Its unusual urban design dictated by natural features is filled with tunnels, alleys, and small streets up-and-down-hill. Guanajuato is rich in fine colonial architecture which can be enjoyed in its museums, monuments, catholic temples, and palaces. It witnessed several important historic events such as one of the earliest battles of the Mexican War for Independence in the early 19th century.

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WAFR 2008