The 17th International Workshop on Networked Robotics and Communication Systems
(NetRobiCS 2024, ex WiSARN)
Organized in conjunction with
IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications, May 20, 2024
Robotic networks have emerged as a transformative force with the potential to reshape industries, enhance our daily lives, and venture into the most challenging environments on Earth and beyond. At the heart of this transformation lies the critical aspect of communication and networking, enabling robots to operate effectively, share data and collaborate seamlessly.
In this era of interconnected devices, robots rely on advanced communication protocols and networks to function efficiently in diverse environments. Whether in manufacturing, healthcare, autonomous vehicles, or space exploration, the ability of robots to communicate with each other and with humans is transforming industries and pushing the boundaries of technological innovation.
The frontier of research foresees the deployment of highly autonomic and integrated scenarios where heterogeneous ground, aerial and/or marine robots coordinate with each other and with the existing sensing and processing infrastructures to accomplish complex tasks. On the one side, this implies proposing and investigating novel M2M solutions and network protocols to enable the data communication on the aerial and ground segments while taking into account the novel possibilities offered by the emerging technologies (e.g. 5G/6G and LEO satellite communications). The communication technologies must be paired with proper control mobility functions to support swarm operations and to instill coordinated behaviors. On the other side, the data processing on the mobile edges may take advantage of emerging federated and embedded AI techniques to drastically reduce the latency of the decision process while limiting the amount of data transferred from the robotic networks.
NetRobiCS aims at bringing together state-of-the-art contributions on the design, specification, and evaluation of architectures, algorithms, applications, and protocols for current and future applications of wireless ground, marine and aerial robotic networks. Original, unpublished contributions are solicited in design, development and evaluation of wireless ground, marine and aerial robotic networks. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Network protocols and communication technologies for robotic systems
- 5G, 6G and satellite enabled robotic systems
- Communications and networking for swarm robotics
- Infrastructure-to-robot and robot-to-robot communication
- Robotic motion control and swarm modeling and management
- Data management and processing in robotic systems
- Embedded AI and federated learning solutions in robotic systems
- AI-driven communication and computing in robotic systems
- Path planning, localization and navigation in robotic networks
- Cloud/fog/edge computing platforms for robotic systems
- Energy efficiency and endurance management in robotic networks
- Quality of service, security, and robustness issues in robotic networks
- Blockchain-enabled robotic systems
- Energy-efficient & real-time communication protocols in robotic networks
- Distributed control and management for robotic networks
- Autonomic & self-organizing coordination and communication in robotic networks
- Map exploration and pattern formation of mobile robots
- Novel applications of robotic networks
Best Paper Award, with a prize sponsored by the TII
Best-selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version to a workshop-dedicated Special Issue (SI)
Papers must be formatted in the standard IEEE two-column format that is used by the INFOCOM 2024 main conference and must not exceed 6 pages in length (including references). All submitted papers will go through a peer review process, and all accepted papers which are presented by one of the authors at the workshop will be published in the IEEE INFOCOM 2024 proceedings and IEEE Xplore.
Submission Deadline: December 19, 2023
Notification of Acceptance: February 5, 2024
Camera Ready: March 5, 2024
Workshop: May 20, 2024