The depths of the oceans, the heats of volcanos, the cold of Antarctica, as well as remote planets are getting more and more technically accessible. Still these areas are too wide or too dangerous to be explored by humans directly. Thus we will be requested to send artificial scouts from which we expect at least that they are coming back or transmitting relevant information before they disintegrate. Furtheron these creatures will be required to develop geographical abilities like for instance navigating a second time exactly to a formerly discovered place or delivering spatio-temporal models of various kinds.
Still most of our exploring vehicles from today are relying on the existence of permanent wireless connections, global positioning systems, or local geographic maps. Under the ice of Antarctica and most other places considered here, none of this infrastructure will be available. Therefore actual exploration abilities are expected to be bundled with a real enhancement of autonomy. This is what this workshop is about.
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Workshop: March 18th, 2001