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First workshop on the FoF cluster
"Robots for Automation of Post-Production and other Auxiliary Processes"

Factory automation systems and industrial robots are surprisingly "closed" structures: proprietary and closed software is often at the heart of automation systems. This tends to prevent factory automation to benefit from the most recent achievements in terms of software frameworks; moreover, this causes a frequent "reinvent-the-wheel" approach: closed systems need development efforts for achieving results that are already available for other systems.

This workshop will also be an opportunity to get in touch with what wishes to become a de facto standard for robots in industrial environments: ROS industrial (http://rosindustrial.org/). Originally developed for academic purposes, ROS (Robot Operating Systems) generated an industrial branch to port flexibility and a modern software infrastructure to the industrial environment, offering the reliability characteristics that are a must in the industrial environment. ROS industrial can be seen the meeting point between academia and industry, and is currently supported by big players like ABB, BMW, John Deere and Willow Garage, among others (http://rosindustrial.org/current-members/).

This workshop aims at stimulating the discussion about the current status and future trends of robotics and automation for post-production in the industrial environment. The starting point for the discussion will be the experience of the four European projects composing the FoF (Factory of the Future) cluster "Robots for automation of post-production and other auxiliary processes", namely: Miror (www.MiRoR.eu), Cablebot (www.CableBOT.eu), Mainbot (www.mainbot.eu) and Thermobot (www.thermobot.eu).

We invite the submission of papers focused on the topic of industrial robots in factory automation, including:
  • robots for manufacturing and auxiliary processes
  • robot simulation
  • robot sensing
The discussion will be focused on:
  • computer science applied to factory automation
  • sharing the experience on exploitation of previous EU project results to improve current projects
  • sharing the experice about technical challenges encountered during the projects

Important info

Contributions: We encourage the submission of several types of contributions, including full papers, extended abstracts, posters, or presentations. All accepted contributions will be published on a CD with ISBN and page numbering.

Papers should be prepared following the guidelines and paper template of the IAS-13 conference. Full-length papers of up to 12 pages are welcome, but also extended abstracts will be considered for publication.

Date and location: The workshop is organized in the context of the 13th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems will take place on 15th July 2014.

Deadline for paper submission: 15th June, 2014 [extended!].

Papers must be sumbitted using EasyChair portal.

The complete list of the workshops connected to the IAS-13 conference can be found on the conference website.

Workshop organizers:

Contact info

For any inquiry regarding the workshop please contact:

Stefano Ghidoni
Department of Information Engineering
University of Padova, Italy
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