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Special Session
Special Session on
Rugged-Terrain Robotics - Applications, Methods and Systems
 - RTRAMS 2017

24 - 26 February, 2017 - Porto, Portugal

Within the 10th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - ICAART 2017


Stefan Schiffer
Knowledge-Based Systems Group, RWTH Aachen University
Brief Bio
Stefan Schiffer received his MSc in Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform.) and his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) from RWTH Aachen University in 2005 and 2014, respectively. He is now a post-doctoral research associate and a teaching assistant with the Knowledge-Based Systems Group (KBSG) at RWTH Aachen University. He is also the research coordinator of the MASCOR Institute at FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences. His research focus is on knowledge-based systems, embodied artificial intelligence, cognitive robotics, and human-robot interaction, as well as AI in games.
Alexander Ferrein
MASCOR Institute, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
Brief Bio
Alexander Ferrein received his MSc in Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform.) and his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) from Aachen University in 2001 and 2007, resp. Between 2009-2011 he joined the Robotics and Agents Research Lab, University of Cape Town, as a postdoctoral research fellow with Feodor-Lynen scholarship granted by the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation. He then re-joined the Knowledge-Based Systems Group at Aachen University before he became a professor for Robotics and Computer Science at FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences. He is a founding member and director of the Mobile Autonomous Systems & Cognitive Robotics Insitute at Aachen Applied Science University. His research focusses on the field of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Robotics.


This special session solicits contributions on applications, methods and systems for robots that are built for and that operate in rugged terrain. The scope of this special session includes research work on solutions for basic problems of field robots such as terrain classification, object detection and tracking or navigation as well as localisation in the wild. Papers on applications of rugged-terrain robots and systems are also welcomed. Application areas of interest range from urban search and rescue over agricultural to mining robots.

- Urban Search and Rescue Robots
- Mining Robots
- Surveillance Robots
- Agricultural Robots
- Human-robot Interaction and Interfaces
- Terrain Classification and Characterisation
- Sensing and Sensor Fusion
- Slam in Complex And/or Extreme Environments
- Navigation and Path Planning
- Environmental Observation
- Multi-robot Coordination, Ground-air Robot Coordination
- High-level Decision Making and Planning
- Robot Reliability and Dependability
- Object Detection and Tracking
- Architectures for Rugged-terrain Robots


Paper Submission: December 14, 2016 (expired)
Authors Notification: December 23, 2016 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: January 5, 2017 (expired)


Available soon.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee complemented by members of the main conference program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


ICAART Special Sessions - RTRAMS 2017
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