Outline and Scope

The aim of this special session is to bring together researchers and companies active in advancing the area of robot modularity to report on the latest developments to realise future needed technologies able to meet the global demands for flexibility of robots and robotic systems.
Modularity is the “process of designing / building components to facilitate easy and flexible configurations for realising different robot solutions.” The elements comprise software or hardware elements as well as some mixture of the two to meet the needs. An essential issue in achieving effective modular solutions is how modular safety requirements can be specified to ensure robot system requirements are satisfied. Other issues focus on the demands of manufacturing customized the wide range of robot products which are emerging for the area of service robots for improving the standard of living where the robots are to be used in many environments in close collaborations and interaction with humans. Recently, academia and industry has started activities to meet the new customer trends and how the new needed robot markets can be created. The special session will focus on the key issues and highlight the issues and what advances are being made.


Topics of Interest

A non-exclusive list of topics to be included in the special session is as follows::

  • Modularized robot hardware platforms
  • Modular robot applications / services
  • Modular software
  • Safety standardisation
  • Modular safety requirements
  • Key robot modules
  • IDEs of modularized software modules


R&D Projects and research presentations expected

There are also many projects on-going in this area, and the special session will include as many as possible. Invited contributors likely to be included are from the following (to be confirmed):

  • RT-Middleware, Japan
  • OPRoS, Korea: www.oprospace.org
  • National projects on robot modularity projects in China, and Korea
  • Research projects on robot modularity such as MODMAN (Korea)
  • Developments in UK, Sweden, Italy; The Netherlands and China


Submission of Papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit their full draft papers in PDF format using the URL: (https://www.softconf.com/h/clawar2016/submit.html) or the paper submission link in the paper submission page of the CLAWAR 2016 conference web-site by the deadline of 01 21 February 2016 for consideration for inclusion in this Special Session. Final accepted papers will be limited to 8 pages in length in the prescribed style format given in the paper submission page of the conference web-site.

All papers will be peer reviewed, and all accepted papers (subject to registration) will be published in the conference proceedings.

A selection of presented papers will also be recommended for possible publication in reputable international journals.


Session Organisers

Prof. Gurvinder S. Virk,
University of Gävle, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SWEDEN,
Contact Email: gurvinder.virk@hig.se

Prof. Hong Seong Park,
Kangwon National University, KOREA,
Contact Email: hspark@kangwon.ac.kr

Prof. Yang Shuping,
Beijing Research Institute of Automation for Machinery Institute, CHINA,
Contact Email: yangshp@riamb.ac.cn


CLAWAR 2016 Conference Key Submission Dates:

01 21 February 2016: Submission of Full Draft Papers [extended deadline]

14 March 2016: Notification of Paper Acceptance

15 April 2016: Submission of Final (accepted) Papers