Abstract

Recent trends in logistics and manufacturing clearly indicate an increasing demand for flexibility, modularity, and re-configurability of material flow systems. Whereas in the past plant installations have been used for decades without change, nowadays product life cycles and the demand for product variety rely on innovative technologies that allow to flexibly reconfigure automation processes without reducing their availability. Therefore, distributed and self-organized systems, such as teams of robots which autonomously organize transportation tasks, are playing an increasingly important role in present logistic centers and manufacturing plants. Mapping the operational environment is central to achieving these tasks. Enabling technologies for mapping, navigation, planning, and task allocation in large heterogeneous robot teams have to guarantee safety, robustness, and reliability. In order to meet these requirements, scientifically sound and statistically significant metrics, measurement, and evaluation methodologies, for example to evaluate the usability of mapping algorithms, are of utmost importance. Since all aspects of AGV handling, from navigation to task allocation to the evaluation thereof are closely intertwined, it is necessary to provide a forum for experts to exchange and discuss the different facets of applying AGV technology to industrial environments.

Motivation and Objectives

The MMART-LoG workshop will provide a forum for discussing robust AGV technology solutions for industrial environments and their performance metrics to satisfy industrial standards. MMART-LoG is an opportunity for researchers from different disciplines, industry experts, vendors and end-users of AGVs to share and discuss experiences and ideas. Development of methodologies and metrics for industrial AGV technology should be based on end-user requirements, the workshop aims to gain insights from differing perspectives. With respect to evaluation and benchmarking, the workshop will emphasize discussions and focus on deriving concrete steps towards the development of metrics and measures in quantifying the operation (e.g. navigation) capabilities of AGVs and forklifts working in close proximity with humans and in unstructured industrial environments. As part of the workshop, the organizers invite input and feedback from the participants to formulate test methods and performance metrics that take into account industry requirements.

The workshop program will consist of both featured and regular presentations, and will conclude with a panel discussion involving all participants to summarize presented research and to decide future research directions and collaborations.

Submission

We solicit paper submissions, optionally accompanied by a video, which will be reviewed by the program committee under the following review criteria: technical quality, significance, and quality of system demonstration. Papers should be up to 6 pages in length and be formatted according to the IEEE IROS style. Please submit your contribution with EasyChair by following this LINK.

Accepted papers and videos will be included into proceedings and distributed in CD format at the workshop and will also be made available under http://kaspar.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/~mmartlog/. If there is sufficient interest, we will pursue publication of a journal Issue to include the best papers.

Topics of interest include, but are not necessary limited to:

Important Dates

Submissions Due: July 8, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: August 12, 2011
Final Papers Due: August 26, 2011
Workshop at IROS: Friday, September 30, 2011

Invited Speakers

P. Pfaff Dr. Patrick Pfaff
KUKA Laboratories GmbH
Research and Development
Zugspitzstrasse 140
86165 Augsburg, Germany
Patrick.Pfaff(at)kuka(dot)com
Dr. N. Tomatis Dr. Nicola Tomatis
CEO BlueBotics SA
PSE-C
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Phone: +41 21 693 83 14
nicola(dot)tomatis(at)bluebotics(dot)com
Prof. Dr. H. Christensen Prof. Dr. Henrik I. Christensen
Robotics and Intelligent Machines @ GT
KUKA Chair of Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Interactive Computing / College of Computing
Atlanta, GA 30332-0280
Phone: +1 404 385 7480
hic(at)cc(dot)gatech(dot)edu
Note the talk from Mr. Heinrich Hippenmeyer (Sick AG) had to be cancled.

Organizers

A. Kleiner Dr. Alexander Kleiner
Former address:
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Freiburg
Georges-Koehler-Allee 52
79110 Freiburg

New address:
Dept. of Computer and Information Science
Linköping University
SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
alexander DOT kleiner AT liu DOT se
R. Lakaemper Dr. Rolf Lakaemper
Dept. of Computer and Information Sciences
Temple University,
1805 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Phone: +1 (215) 204 7996
lakamper AT temple DOT edu
R. Madhavan Dr. Raj Madhavan
Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, College Park &
Intelligent Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Phone: +1 (301) 975 2865
madhavan AT umd DOT edu / madhavan AT nist DOT gov

Programm Committee

Christian Dornhege, Freiburg University, Germany
Achim Lilienthal, Örebro University, Sweden
Andreas Kolling, University of Pittsburgh, US
Lutz Frommberger, Bremen University, Germany
Giorgio Grisetti, La Sapienza University di Roma, Italy

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