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    Workshop on

    Autonomous artificial systems
    exploring hostile environments

    as part of the International NAISO Congress on
    Information Science Innovations (ISI'2001)

    March 18th, 2001
    at the American University of Dubai, U.A.E.

    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.

    All presenters and audience submitting or exploiting fields like:

    • On-line, life-long, or real-time adaptation/learning
    • Spatio-temporal modeling (e.g. mapping, identification of dynamical systems)
    • Dynamical systems
    • Motion control
    • Sensor data fusion
    • Navigation

    ... working in applications addressing

    • Exploration (deep sea, volcanoes, planets, ...)
    • Search (Resources: manganese, oil, gas ... Lost & found: airplanes, ships, .... )
    • Rescue (earthquake/landslide/flood disasters)
    • Monitoring (environmental, geological, biological, ...)
    • ... or other forms of autonomy in natural environments

    ... or considering social aspects including

    • Information about currently unknown areas
    • Emergency technologies
    • Environmental monitoring

    are very welcome.

    Chair: Rolf Pfeifer & Uwe R. Zimmer

    Program committee:

    Deadline for manuscript submissions (6 pages max): July 31, 2000 - passed
    Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2000 - passed
    Delivery of full papers: November 30, 2000 - passed

    Workshop: March 18th, 2001

    Final program (pdf)
    (a free reader for pdf-files can be found here: )

    Complete Information regarding the hosting congress can be found here while useful facts about the city of Dubai, travelling, and living can be found here.