january 2013

Cari colleghi,

vi inoltro la newsletter della I-RAS.

Cordiali saluti,

Gianluca
www.i-ras.unicas.it

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INDICE

1. richiesta fondi al Chapter
2. corso di dottorato "Analysis of Complex Networks: Structure and Dynamics"
3. “RoboBusiness Europe” la prima manifestazione europea dedicata alla robotica business-to-business prevista a Genova, l’11 e il aprile 2013
4. 1st ICAPS Workshop on Planning and Robotics (PlanRob‚2013)

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1. richiesta fondi al Chapter

Vi ricordo che il Chapter ha a disposizione dei fondi per alcune attivita' dei propri membri. Per chi fosse interessato i dettagli sono disponibili nel sito:

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2. corso di dottorato "Analysis of Complex Networks: Structure and Dynamics"

ANALYSIS OF COMPLEX NETWORKS: STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS
February 20-22, 2013, Politecnico di Milano

http://acn2013.dei.polimi.it/

Scientific course organized by
DEIB - Politecnico di Milano
and
SICC - Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity

A network is a set of agents pairwise connected by links. Despite the
simplicity of this definition, the theoretical properties of networks
are extremely rich and diversified. Most notably, networks turn out to
be extremely flexible in modeling a wide variety of phenomena
characterized by a large number of interconnected elementary units:
social networks, the Internet and the WWW, sensor networks, ecological
communities, biochemical systems, energy transportation networks,
economic and financial networks, are just but a few examples.

The course is part of the teaching activities organized by the PhD
Program in Information Technology at Politecnico di Milano, yet it is
not only addressed to PhD students, but to all researchers working in
any areas of science and engineering and interested in the theory and
applications of complex networks. The aim is to illustrate the
fundamental theoretical notions as well as a number of applications in
specific fields. The basic definitions, a few useful indicators, and the
most important network models are first introduced ("structure"). Then,
dynamical systems interacting through the network will be considered, to
illustrate how phenomena such as epidemic/information diffusion or
large-scale consensus and synchronization can be dealt with ("dynamics").

LECTURERS
Renato Casagrandi, Politecnico di Milano
Fabio Dercole, Politecnico di Milano
Fabrizio De Vico Fallani, CNRS UMR-7225, CRICM - Hôpital de La
Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris
Mario Di Bernardo, University of Naples "Federico II"
Giorgio Fagiolo, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa
Carlo Piccardi, Politecnico di Milano
Sergio Rinaldi, Politecnico di Milano
Alessandro Rizzo, Politecnico di Bari
Roberto Tempo, CNR-IEIIT, Politecnico di Torino

PROGRAM
- Networks and their topology. Distance, diameter, clustering
coefficient, degree distribution, measures of centrality. Network
models: random, small-world, scale-free. Community analysis
- The PageRank computation in Google, randomized algorithms, web
aggregation and consensus of multi-agent systems
- The international-trade network: empirical evidence and modeling
- Networks in the brain
- Contact processes on networks: dynamics of epidemic diseases
- Networks of dynamical systems and collective behaviors
- Emergence of spatial patterns and Turing instability
- Master-slave synchronization
- Master Stability Function approach
- Connection Graph Stability method
- Topological indicators of synchronization propensity
- Evolution of biological networks toward synchrony and chaos
- Adaptation and evolution for synchronization and control of complex
networks
- Consensus-based distributed estimation in sensor networks

http://acn2013.dei.polimi.it/

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3. “RoboBusiness Europe” la prima manifestazione europea dedicata alla robotica business-to-business prevista a Genova, l’11 e il aprile 2013

EH Publishing, Innovability e ClickUtility in partnership su
“RoboBusiness Europe”
la prima manifestazione europea dedicata alla robotica business-to-business prevista a Genova, l’11 e il aprile 2013.

Il partenariato tra americani e italiani è finalizzato a dar voce al comparto della robotica professionale in Europa applicando il modello della “Conference & Expo” già testato negli States con otto edizioni.

La prima edizione europea della manifestazione per lo sviluppo dell’industria europea della Robotica si terrà al Centro Congressi Porto Antico di  Genova l’11 e il 12 Aprile.
Aprirà l’evento una general overview sul mercato attuale e potenziale della robotica in Europa, seguita poi da sessioni specialistiche: robotica medica, industriale, robot per soccorso, sicurezza e ambienti pericolosi, Venture Capital-Financing.
Autorevoli esperti internazionali hanno già confermato la presenza alla Conference, tra cui i rappresentanti di: International Federation of Robotics (IFR), European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), il Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), l’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), l’Associazione Italiana di Robotica e Automazione (SIRI).
Anche la Commissione Europea, nella Unit Robotics della DG CONNET, che rappresenta il massimo livello della Commissione per la robotica, ha già confermato la partecipazione a quello vuole essere il “momento storico” verso il primo network europeo della robotica.
RoboBusiness Europe adotta il format americano della “Conference & Expo”: un susseguirsi di tavole rotonde, meeting, talkshow, networking, condivisione di esperienze e case history internazionali finalizzati al business.
Il target, al cento per cento professionale, si può ricondurre a quattro categorie:
Ricerca: università e centri tecnici d’eccellenza impegnati in soluzioni concrete come brevetti e spin-off;
Imprese produttrici di soluzioni robotiche ad ampio spettro;
End-user, anch’essi appartenenti al mercato delle imprese, dei servizi e degli utilizzatori;
Finanza: Venture Capitalisti, banche, fondi di investimento.
Le tappe del percorso che hanno portato oggi a tale affermazione sono molte, di cui tre fondamentali: la sottoscrizione della partnership tra EH Publishing e Innovability avvenuta a Pittsburgh alla fine di ottobre 2012; il coinvolgimento immediato di ClickUtility per l’organizzazione dell’evento; la realizzazione di un Think Tank avvenuto a Genova il 9 novembre 2012 al quale hanno partecipato trenta esperti provenienti da tutt’Europa per confrontarsi e validare i contenuti della manifestazione.
Il Think Tank ha dato vita all’advisory board di RoboBusiness Europe, una risposta operativa alla scelta strategica di EH Publishing di affacciarsi in Europa dopo otto anni di successi ottenuti dalla omologa manifestazione americana.
L’Italia è stata scelta come location della prima edizione perché Paese di lunga tradizione e di grandi progressi nella robotica. Non è dato noto a tutti, infatti, che il comparto italiano abbia compiuto cinquant’anni nel 2012.
La scelta di Genova, invece, ricade su un concentrato di eccellenze site nel capoluogo ligure, come l’Istituto Italiano Tecnologia, la Scuola Politecnica dell’Università e il Polo della Robotica.

Per maggiori informazioni: www.robobusiness.eu

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4. 1st ICAPS Workshop on Planning and Robotics (PlanRob‚2013)

 ** CALL FOR PAPERS **

1st ICAPS Workshop on
Planning and Robotics
(PlanRob‚2013)

http://icaps13.icaps-conference.org/workshops/planrob

Rome, Italy, June 10-11, 2013 (TBC)

Topic and Objectives
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Robotics is one of the most appealing and natural applicative area for the Planning and Scheduling (P&S) research activity, however, this potential interest seems not reflected in an equally important research production for the Robotics and Planning communities.
On the other hand, the fast development of field and social robotics applications poses planning as a central issue in the robotic research with several real-world challenges for the planning community (e.g. continuous planning and execution with real-time constraints, deliberative and dynamic planning integrated with motion planning and reactive control, human-aware planning and execution, formal methods for plan-based autonomy, etc.).

In this perspective, the goal of this workshop is twofold. From one side, it aims at providing a fresh impulse for the ICAPS community to recast its interests towards robotics problems and applications. On the other side, it would attract representatives from the Robotics community to discuss their challenges related to planning for autonomous robots as well as their expectations from the P&S community.

The workshop aims at constituting a stable, long-term establishment of a forum on relevant topics concerned with the interactions between Robotics and P&S communities. The workshop would present a stimulating environment where researchers could discuss about the opportunities and challenges for P&S when applied in Robotics.
 
The workshop will deepen the debate on relevant aspects of application of P&S-based systems for robotic systems such as, but not limited to, the following:
- planning domain representations for robotics applications;
- robot motion, path and mission planning;
- integrated planning and execution in robotic architectures;
- planning and coordination methods for multi-robots;
- mixed-initiative planning and sliding autonomy for robotic systems;
- human-aware planning and execution in human-robot interaction;
- adversarial action planning in competitive robotic domains;
- formal methods for robot planning and control;
- P&S methods for optimization and adaptation in robotics;
- benchmark planning domains for robots;
- real-world planning applications for autonomous robots.

Important Dates
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Paper submission: March 22, 2013
Notification of acceptance: April 19, 2013
Workshop Date: June 11, 2013 (TBC)

Submissions
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There are two types of submissions: short position statements and regular papers. Position papers are a maximum of 2 (two) pages. Regular papers are a maximum of 10 (ten) pages. Papers should be submitted via the PlanRob 2013 EasyChair website: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=planrob2013
All papers should be typeset in the AAAI style, described at: http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/author.php removing AAAI copyright. Accepted papers will be published on the workshop website and printed as a hard-copy.

The organizers will investigate the availability of journal editors in order to invite higher quality papers from the PlanRob 2013 edition to a special issue or post-proceedings volume.

Any additional questions can be directed towards the general workshop
contact email: planrob13@easychair.org

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