Introduction      Call for Special Sessions
ICIRA2009 invites contributors who are keen to organize special sessions with specific focus on particular topics of interest. The call for special sessions can be downloaded from here.
Organizers of special sessions are welcome to submit the entry to Prof. James Hu (hu@cs.kumamoto-u.ac.jp) by following the format of the listed entries below.
Interested authors are welcome to submit unsolicited papers to these special sessions. And, the deadline of submission for contributors to special sessions has been extended to: 15 July 2009.
Special Session on "Novel Techniques for Collaborative Driver Support"
Prof. Makoto Itoh, Tsukuba University, Japan
The purpose of this session is to discuss design principles of intelligent driver support systems for the "real" human-machine collaboration in the automobile domain.
Potential Contributors:
Zhencheng HU (Kumamoto University)
Erwin BOER (Entropy Control)
Takahiro WADA (Kagawa University)
Hideki KAKEYA (University of Tsukuba)
Sou KITAJIMA (Japan Automobile Research Institute)

Special Issue on "Intelligent Vehicles : perception for safe navigation"
Prof. Roland Chapuis : Blaise Pascal University LASMEA Lab France

Nowadays, we can note a growing interest on intelligent and autonomous vehicles. Such vehicles can be dedicated for production in manufactures, military applications, or people transportation as well. This session is dedicated to both autonomous vehicles in outdoor rough environments, unmaned urban vehicles, intelligent road vehicles, new ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) for security optimization, etc. Both theoretical and technological points of view are considered mainly in the localization, scene understanding and navigation topics.

Several major questions will be therefore addressed, in particular, papers talking about localization coupling between local (SLAM) and absolute (GPS like approaches), scene interpretation strategies for real-time navigation in rough, urban or road scenes are welcome.
Topics of Interest:

-        global GNSS localization

-        visual and multi-sensors outdoor SLAM

-        outdoor autonomous navigation

-        urban scene understanding

-        real-time planning in rough worlds

-        data fusion for localization, obstacles avoidance, navigation

-        local planning
Potential Contributors:
Zhencheng Hu : Kumamoto University, Japan

Roland Chapuis : Blaise Pascal University LASMEA Lab France

Michel Devy : CNRS LAAS lab France

Urbano Nunes : Institute for Systems and Robotics COIMBRA university

Special Session on "Ubiquitous and cooperative robots in smart space"
Prof. Zhaohui Wu, Zhejiang University, China
Dr. Jianhua Yang, Zhejiang University, China
It seems quite likely that robots, which have been charged with increasingly varied and difficult tasks, can be scattered everywhere and become a ubiquitous part of our day-to-day lives in the future. Smart space provides collaborative infrastructure for resources and devices, improving the ability of multi-robot systems to achieve tasks and goals. The goal of this special session is to bring together the researchers from academia and industry as well as practitioners to share ideas, problems and solutions relating to all aspects around networked robots in smart space, such as ubiquitous robotics, cooperative robotics, etc.
Topics of Interest:
    • Networked robot systems

    • Ubiquitous robotics

    • Multi-robot cooperation

    • Multi-robot communication

    • Human robot interaction

    • Robots in smart spaces

    • Sensor networks for multi-robot system

    • Multiple robot systems

    • Networked robot platform

    • Embedded intelligent system

Special Session on "Advanced Control on Autonomous Vehicles"
Prof. Abdel AITOUCHE, LAGIS UMR CNRS 8146, France
Prof. Anne-Marie KOKOSY, LAGIS UMR CNRS 8146, France 

Autonomous agents gather an increasing importance in today’s society and research. Among the major topics of interest is advanced control of autonomous agents. The objective of this invited session is to group a different research done in different laboratories in advanced control (collaborative control, fault tolerant control, control of vehicle formation,…) of autonomous vehicles, such as air vehicles which are used for example for search and surveillance, and ground vehicles which have very diverse applications such as factory automation and mine clearance.  Also, there is a significant interest in autonomous mobile robots which can be defined as vehicles that are capable of intelligent motion without requiring neither a guide to follow, nor an operator to control, and that can autonomously plan and control their own motions. Among the potential applications of autonomous vehicles or mobile robots, we can mention: material handling systems for the office and the factory, reconnaissance/ exploratory robots for land, air and undersea environments, remote repair and maintenance in inaccessible places, etc. It is likely that autonomous vehicles will become common utility in a near future.

Topics of Interest:
    • Autonomous vehicles such as RobuCar
    • Autonomous vehicles such as Pekee
    • Autonomous vehicles such as Khepera
    • Autonomous vehicles such as Webot
Potential Contributors or Contact:
Special Issue on "Robot and Automation in Tunneling (973)"

Prof. Huayong Yang (Zhejiang U.)

Prof. Guoli Zhu (Huazhong U. of Science & Technology, HUST)

Dr. Yongan Huang (HUST)

Urban development and continuous extension of national and transnational transport systems have been accompanied by a considerable growth in tunnel construction and continuous development of shield-tunneling technology in the recent years. The critical problems of shield-tunneling machines, which have the properties of gigantic structure, complex work environment, are that their control systems are based on empirical relationships and do not have a well-understood theoretical background. Hence, the goal of this special session is to share ideas among researchers having interests in shield-tunneling technology such as coordination of dynamic control, automatic navigation, the soil-structure theory, dynamic transmission regulation, etc.

Topics of Interest:
      • Measurement and navigation in underground
      • Simulation of the shield tunneling process
      • Soil-structure interaction in shield tunneling
      • Motion Planning (Non-holonomic/ under-actuated systems)
      • Engineering optimization design
      • Hydraulic control
Potential Contributors:

Huayong Yang (Zhejiang U.)

Guoli Zhu (HUST)

Pingfa Feng (HUST)

Limin Zhu (Shanghai Jiaotong U.)

Pingfa Feng (Tsinghua U.)

Yimin Xia (Central South U.)

Wei Sun (Dalian U. of technology)
Jointly supported by Nanyang Technological University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
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