Robots in the Wild: Challenges in Deploying Robust Autonomy for Robotic Exploration
This workshop will be a part of the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference which will be held at Messe Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, between June 22-26, 2019.
New advances in robust autonomy have increased our ability to adopt robotic systems for exploration of unstructured and uncertain environments. Particularly, successful field tests have demonstrated the tremendous potential of deploying robots for exploration and data collection tasks in extreme environments. However, various challenges exist, originating from algorithmic limitations, as well as environmental modeling, sensing, mobility, and communication constraints. A relevant selection of robotic systems, methods, and sensing devices can overcome these challenges. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers to discuss the following themes:
- What challenges exist at the frontiers of robotic exploration of unstructured and extreme environments?
- How can we tie together the categories of systems, methods, and devices to address relevant scientific questions in such environments?
- How can we deal with the algorithmic challenges from the perspective of planning, learning, and decision-making for long-term autonomy of robots in extreme environments?
- System consideration for exploration of extreme environments such as underwater and benthic habitats, hot-springs, volcanoes, asteroids, and planetary surfaces.
- Challenges in environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, and disaster response.
- Multi-robot learning and coordination for environmental modeling.
- Underground and underwater mapping, space missions and planetary robots.
- Novelty, anomaly, and change detection.
- Decision-theoretic approaches for active sensing and physical sample (specimen) retrieval.
- Sampling algorithms and strategies, e.g., opportunistic sampling, non-myopic sampling.
- Online exploration algorithms: theory, experiments and field studies.