Papers from a flagship conference reflect the latest developments in the field, including work in such rapidly advancing areas as human-robot interaction and formal methods.
Robotics: Science and Systems VIII spans a wide spectrum of robotics, bringing together contributions from researchers working on the mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotics systems. This volume presents the proceedings of the eighth annual Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference, held in July 2012 at the University of Sydney. The contributions reflect the exciting diversity of the field, presenting the best, the newest, and the most challenging work on such topics as mechanisms, kinematics, dynamics and control, human-robot interaction and human-centered systems, distributed systems, mobile systems and mobility, manipulation, field robotics, medical robotics, biological robotics, robot perception, and estimation and learning in robotic systems. The conference and its proceedings reflect not only the tremendous growth of robotics as a discipline but also the desire in the robotics community for a flagship event at which the best of the research in the field can be presented.
Nicholas Roy is Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and General Chair of RSS 2012. Paul Newman is BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford and Program Chair of RSS 2012. Siddhartha Srinivasa is Associate Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon and Publications Chair of RSS 2012. Roland Siegwart is Professor of Autonomous Systems and Director of the Center for Product Design at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich. Siddhartha Srinivasa is Associate Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon and Publications Chair of RSS 2012. Cyrill Stachniss is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab for Autonomous Intelligent Systems at the University of Freiburg. Wolfram Burgard is Professor of Computer Science and Head of the research lab for Autonomous Intelligent Systems at the University of Freiburg. Andrew G. Barto is Professor Emeritus in the College of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jose Neira is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and System Engineering at the University of Zaragoza. Sethu Vijayakumar is Lecturer and Head of the Statistical Learning and Motor Control Group in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Bruce R. Donald is William and Sue Gross Professor of Computer Science at Duke University and Professor of Biochemistry in the Duke University Medical Center. His laboratory is associated with Duke's Program in Computational Biology and Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy. Yoky Matsuoka is Torode Family Endowed Career Development Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Nicholas Roy is Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and General Chair of RSS 2012. Bernhard Schoelkopf is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tubingen, Germany. He is coauthor of Learning with Kernels (2002) and is a coeditor of Advances in Kernel Methods: Support Vector Learning (1998), Advances in Large-Margin Classifiers (2000), and Kernel Methods in Computational Biology (2004), all published by the MIT Press.