PNARUDE Workshop

Perception and Navigation for Autonomous Robotics in Unstructured and Dynamic Environments


Overview

Recent intelligent perception and navigation techniques have obtained wide attention in the areas of autonomous robots and systems. Autonomous robots and systems capable of operating in well and partially-structured environments are emerging. As we look to the future, robots that are capable of operating in genuinely unstructured and dynamic environments remain a significant challenge.

One can determine an environment for an autonomous robot to be unstructured or dynamic based on many aspects. For instance, for UGVs in an outdoor setting we could mean the varying lighting conditions and the many natural structures with no clear object boundary. Typically these outdoor environments lack many dynamic objects. Additionally, one could also consider the loading area of a sea port or a logistics center with consistent lighting conditions to be unstructured due to the many dynamic objects and the lack of a consistent map of the environment.

We are hosting the second PNARUDE Workshop, where we aim to explore and discuss novel methods and experience in these and many other examples of unstructured and dynamic environments for autonomous robotics. The workshop offers a broad view of different research areas in the field of perception of unstructured environments which is supported by some excellent speakers.

Important Dates

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: July 8, 2022

Reviewer Response: July 29, 2022

Final Version: September 2, 2022

Workshop Date: October 27, 2022

Speakers

  • Prof. Cyrill Stachniss

    Prof. Cyrill Stachniss

    University of Bonn, Germany

    Cyrill Stachniss is a German roboticist. He is a Full Professor at the University of Bonn and heads the lab for Photogrammetry and Robotics. He is additionally a Visiting Professor in Engineering at the University of Oxford. He made significant contributions to problem of the mobile robot exploration, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) as well as other topics related to mobile robotics.

  • Prof. Yusuke Tamura

    Prof. Yusuke Tamura

    Tohoku University, Japan

    Yusuke Tamura is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Robotics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. His research interests include human–robot interaction, mobile robotics, and remote control technology.

  • Dr. Marija Popović

    Dr. Marija Popović

    University of Bonn, Germany

    Marija Popović is a Junior Research Group Leader at the University of Bonn and Cluster of Excellence "PhenoRob". Her research is centred around developing algorithms to enable intelligent decision-making for autonomous mobile robots, both aerial and ground. Her research group in PhenoRob focuses on furthering robot autonomy in agricultural applications.

  • Prof. Margarita Chli

    Prof. Margarita Chli

    ETH Zurich, Switzerland

    Margarita Chli is an assistant professor and leader of the Vision for Robotics Lab at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. Chli is a leader in the field of computer vision and robotics and was on the team of researchers to develop the first fully autonomous helicopter with onboard localization and mapping. Her research currently focuses on developing visual perception and intelligence in flying autonomous robotic systems.

  • Prof. Huijing Zhao

    Prof. Huijing Zhao

    Peking University, China

    Huijing Zhao is a Professor of Machine Intelligence at Peking University. Her research interest covers image sensing, computer vision, and spatial data handling for GIS applications.

  • Prof. François Pomerleau

    Prof. François Pomerleau

    Laval University, Canada

    François Pomerleau is a professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at Laval University in Canada. His research interests include 3D reconstruction of environments using laser data, autonomous navigation, search and rescue activities, environmental monitoring, trajectory planning and scientific methodology applied to robotics.

  • Dr. Roland Lenain

    Dr. Roland Lenain

    INRAE, France

    Dr. Roland Lenain is a researcher in off-road mobile robotics at the TSCF unit of INRAE at Clermont-Ferrand. Roland is also in charge of the RobAgri association and his research interests include adaptive and predictive control of mobile robots in the context of natural environment and its application in the field of agricultural robotics.

  • Prof. Danwei Wang

    Prof. Danwei Wang

    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    Danwei Wang is professor in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at NTU and director at the ST Engineering-NTU Corporate Lab. His research interests include robot active perception and multi-modal sensor fusion, robot autonomy and traffic signal control for urban road networks.

Schedule

This is a preliminary version of the schedule and may be subject to change.

TimeDescription
9:00Opening Remarks by the PNARUDE Organizers
9:10Topic 1: Perception and Sensor Fusion
Prof. Cyrill Stachniss Prof. Cyrill Stachniss University of Bonn, GermanyInvited Talk
Prof. Yusuke Tamura Prof. Yusuke Tamura Tohoku University, JapanInvited Talk
10:10Coffee Break
10:20Topic 2: Navigation and Mobility
Dr. Marija Popović Dr. Marija Popović University of Bonn, GermanyInvited Talk
Prof. Margarita Chli Prof. Margarita Chli ETH Zurich, SwitzerlandInvited Talk
11:20Lunch
13:00Topic 3: AI-based Autonomy
Prof. Huijing Zhao Prof. Huijing Zhao Peking University, ChinaInvited Talk
Prof. François Pomerleau Prof. François Pomerleau Laval University, CanadaInvited Talk
14:00Coffee Break
14:10Topic 4: Industry Applications
Dr. Roland Lenain Dr. Roland Lenain INRAE, FranceInvited Talk
Prof. Danwei Wang Prof. Danwei Wang Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeInvited Talk
15:10Oral Presentations on the accepted Workshop Papers
15:40Roundtable Discussion: Future Advances and Research Directions
16:30Closing Remarks

Organizers

Submission

We invite the submission of extended abstracts on the following topics of interest:

  • - Perception and Navigation in Unstructured & Dynamic Environments
  • - Mobility in Unstructured Environments
  • - Detection, Tracking and Classification
  • - Feature Extraction and Feature Selection
  • - Collision Prediction and Avoidance
  • - Path Planning and Re-Planning
  • - Multi-Sensor Calibration and Fusion
  • - SLAM in Unstructured Environments
  • - Environmental Mapping and Reconstruction
  • - Deep Learning Applied in Unstructured Environments
  • - Deep Reinforcement Learning Applied in Unstructured Environments
  • - Decision-making by taking into account Human-Robot Interactions

All submitted extended abstracts will be reviewed on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity. Submitted extended abstracts should have 4-6 pages. We also accept submissions of previously presented work, that you have extended on and work that is being published as part of the IROS2022 main conference. Upon acceptance, you will be able to present your submission as part of the workshop. All accepted submission will be available on the workshop website.

Please submit your extended abstracts following the IROS2022 format guidelines. For details see the following links:

Please send your submission to iros2022-pnarude@googlegroups.com.