The Seventh International Workshop on
the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics
New York City, July 16-18, 2006
WAFR 2006 Information
WAFR 2006 has a stellar line-up of invited speakers,
including researchers who defined the field and who are today defining the frontiers
of the field - in several cases the same people.
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 in the Springer STAR series, and
selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of
the International Journal of Robotics
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 2006 will be held in New York City at the
Tribeca Grand Hotel in
lower Manhattan. The Tribeca Grand is located in Tribeca, a
neighborhood known for its dining scene and cast-iron buildings.
Tribeca is close to many other vibrant neighborhoods like Soho,
Greenwich Village, Little Italy, and Chinatown, as well as Wall Street
and the financial district.
WAFR 2006 is sponsored by NSF, Microsoft Research,
New York University,
Rensselaer Polytechnic University, and
Texas A&M University.
Microsoft Research is sponsoring the banquet dinner cruise on Monday evening and
the NSF award will be used to fund student travel grants to students
studying at US institutions (including international students studying
in the US) or US citizens or permanent residents studying abroad.
We are currently seeking funds that could be used for other students.
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