Special Sessions 2018-01-11T14:39:54+00:00

Organize a Special Session

Proposals for Special Sessions that have been approved by the Organizing Committee:

1 –   Integrating Mobile Robots with Wireless Sensor Networks and Internet of Things for Data Acquisition Applications (I-ROSI’18), (Dan Popescu, Loretta Ichim)

Today the Internet of things allows mobile robots and sensor networks to be connected at distance and to communicate in order to perform collaborative tasks as data acquisition, monitoring and control in different fields. This special session aims to underline the connection between mobile robots (on air, ground or water), wireless sensor networks and internet of things. The applications in such domains like: environment, industry, assisting living, smart cities, agriculture, transportation and so on, need interdisciplinary knowledge and effectively solve many complex problems which are encountered. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
– Collaborative, multiagent, and multisensory robotic systems able to monitor region of interest, based on data fusion;
– Data collection from WSN with mobile robots controlled at distance via internet;
– Navigation and trajectory generation of mobile robots based on internet;
– Integrate the software of control, data acquisition and communication in UAV robotic team systems;
– Image analysis in mobile robotic systems;
– Image based control and navigation of robotic systems;
– Applications of robotic systems in connection with WSNs.

2 –   Service robots able to support humans, (Giuseppe Quaglia, Marco Piras)

Thanks to the development of enabling technologies, we are in a historical moment in which the arrival of a new generation of robots is very close: robots will be able to support humans in work-related or day life activities and they will become safe and reliable «companions». Some of the key application areas that are proving to develop at high rate are:
– Smart City & Search&Rescue: search&rescue, fire and disaster fighting robots, surveillance/security robots, public relation robots
– Precision agriculture: coordinated aerial/ground vehicles, irrigation supervisors, crops monitoring, precision chemical treatments
– Service Robotics for Wellbeing: life support for elderly and disabled people, emergency support, rehabilitation
– Cultural Heritage : museum information robots, survey/security/protection of archaeological/CH sites against natural and man-made treats
Contributions that will describe innovative integrated solutions, prototypes, and subsystems are welcome.

3 –   Applications of UAV on Aerial Inspection and Environmental Monitoring, (George Nikolakopoulos, Vassilis Moulianitis, George Georgoulas)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped with remote sensing instrumentation are emerging in the last years due to their mechanical simplicity, agility, stability and outstanding autonomy in performing complex manoeuvres etc. On the other hand, UAVs are complex mechatronics devices, which makes their control and navigation a challenging task. Currently, the field of UAVs is populated by an increasing number of real life applications, such as aerial crop surveys, aerial infrastructure inspection, multi-view reconstruction, search and rescue, inspection of constructions, forest fire detection and monitoring, surveillance, wild-life monitoring, etc. Recently, research has focused on the physical interaction with the environment through specifically designed lightweight manipulators and end effectors introducing the notion or aerial workers, which are autonomous aerial robots with increased capabilities not only to monitor the surrounding environment but to interact with it as well.

4 –   Safety-Related Devices and Applications, (Med Amine Laribi, Giuseppe Carbone)

Recently, the robots activities have been spreading into the care and homes. These robots are required to function in close vicinity to humans; therefore, they must be safe and be able to work in collaboration with persons. This scenario opens new challenges for service applications such as assistance, care and rehabilitation. It also drives research interest to novel approaches and solutions for traditional working contexts where safety has a primary role. To satisfy these requirements, robot joints are expected to be light and soft, and to have operating characteristics similar to those of the human behaviors. Accordingly, this track aims at reporting on latest researches in the field by covering topics including, but not limited to:
Safety related devices and applications, Mechanism design for servicing applications, Compliant mechanisms, Service robots, Rehabilitation devices, Haptic interfaces, Passive compliant mechanisms, Adaptive control of compliant robots

5 –   Human-robot collaboration challenges, (Tadej Petrič, Kosta Jovanović)

One of the recent research trends in robotics is how to enable effective and safe collaborative behavior of robots working with humans. Such collaborative setup aims to automate tasks that cannot be fully automated with classical industrial robots due to set-up times, space,costs and safety. By combining robots’ ability to repeatedly perform tasks with high accuracy, with humans’ ability to see, feel, touch and think, will result in significant improvement for the overall task performance of both partners. Such collaborative setup has also opened a new realm in robotics for researches to develop new tools and algorithms that will enable efficient and safe physical interaction for human robot collaboration. This track aims at identifying major scientific and technological challenges, as well as the breakthroughs still needed to push forward robotic technology for human-robot interaction for the benefit of humanity.

6 –   Reconfigurable Robotics in Industry, (Timotej Gašpar, Martin Bem)

Traditional robotic solutions in industry require a well-structured production environment and excel in highly repetitive tasks. These solutions are adequate in manufacturing processes where changes in the production parameters rarely occur. On the other hand, manufacturing processes, where production parameters change often, demand more flexible and adaptive solutions, which is where traditional robotic solutions fall short. This demand led to a rise in research and development towards more reconfigurable manufacturing systems. Such systems should offer the ability for quick adaptation of the manufacturing line to meet new production demands. This track intends to present the latest research conducted on the topic of reconfigurable manufacturing systems and the employment of robots in such systems.

7 –   Autonomous underwater/surface robots, methodologies and applications, (Marialena Vagia, Eleni Kelasidi)

Autonomous systems for maritime applications are systems capable of some mobility and equipped with advanced sensor devices in order to flexibly respond to changing environmental situations, thus achieving some degree of autonomy. They are capable of reasoning about and solving (un)structured problems without the direct control of humans and are central to future exploitation of the ocean space. Increased use of autonomy is considered crucial for continued growth in maritime industries like oil- and gas, waterborne transport, and fisheries- and aquaculture. Solutions employing surface and underwater vehicles, increasingly capable of operating in concert, are now emerging. However, designing, integrating and proving these new systems such that they can be operated safely and securely alongside manned platforms poses some significant challenges.
These different challenges that arise while trying to explore the ocean space are welcome to be presented and explained in this invited session. Its purpose is to contribute some essential topics in this broad research area related to autonomous systems especially regarding maritime applications. Papers within the areas of autonomous systems design, modelling and control, navigation, fleet/swarms of autonomous systems working together towards a specific application, methodologies for autonomous mobile operations in the maritime industry.

8 –   Eye-Robot Interaction (ERotIc), (Emmanouil Z. Psarakis, Georgios D. Evangelidis, Nikolaos Poulopoulos, Nefeli Lamprinou)

Eyes constitute the most distinctive features of the human face, while the iris positions with respect to the head pose and gaze are significant sources of information regarding the cognitive and affective state of human beings. In order to improve human control over robots and other automated devices, several techniques have been proposed. Our goal is to make these machines human friendly. This has led to technologies, which simplify the human robot interaction. Nowadays talking to a robot or making it to interact with gestures instead of writing extensive codes in difficult computer languages is a reality. A technology that makes useless the mouse and/or the keyboard of our computer and gains popularity nowadays, is the Eye Gaze Tracking. Such a technology can be used in:

  • Industry
  • Learning & Education
  • Neuroscience & Psychology
  • Website Testing
  • Market Research
  • Gaming and
  • Applications for Disabled People. The eyes are mostly functional and can be effectively used to control devices such as a wheelchair, a robot that gets water for the patient when indicated, an eye controlled television, etc.

Since Eye Gaze Tracking is a technique in which the eye movements of a person are traced continuously, the automated devices know where the person is looking at any given time as well as the sequence in which his eyes are moving from one location to another. Thus, eye movements can be used in the form of control signals to enable people to interact with robots or other automated devices in a direct and easy way. In this special session, papers that are focusing on, but not limited, the following research and technological areas are invited:

  • Eye Tracking Metrics
  • Ocular Vergence Measures
  • Iris Localization Techniques
  • Head Pose Estimation Techniques and Eye/Gaze Tracking
  • Gaze Tracking Techniques
  • Eye Tracking for Facial Expression Analysis
  • Eye Tracking for Emotional State Identification
  • Deep Learning for Eye/Gaze Tracking

The RAAD 2018 conference encourage the organization of Special Sessions. Each Special Session should cover a specific topic in the field of robotics.
It is our great pleasure to invite you to propose and organize a Special Session on your research subject within the RAAD 2018 Conference.

Your proposal should include:
– Title of the Special Session;
– A short description of the topic;
– Your full affiliation;
– How and where you intend to promote your Special Session.

The National Organizing Committee will coordinate all proposals and decide on the approval Special Sessions. If successful, as a Special Session Chair you will have the task of:
– Promoting the Track, contacting and sending information to Colleagues, Research Groups and Institutions;
– Attracting a minimum of 4/6 papers;
– Suggesting 3/4 reviewers for each paper and involved in the review process;
– Cooperating with the local organizers for preparing and Chairing the corresponding Conference session.

A Special Session will be activated if a minimum number of 4 papers will be collected and accepted.


All the Special Session Chairs will be mentioned in the RAAD 2018 website and will be cited in the proceedings of the Conference, published in a Scopus indexed book of the Springer Series Mechanism and Machine Science-Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2018.

If you are interested in being a Special Session Chair, please:
1) send your initial expression of interest and the title of the Special Session to raad2018@upatras.gr by December 10 2017.
2) send your full proposal to raad2018@upatras.gr by January 9 , 2018.

The authors should submit their manuscripts for Special Sessions according to the instructions for authors and the conference’s deadlines.