Prepublication: Robotics meets Internet of Things (soon to be CFP)

See for report on the Picnic Session Robiot: The Internet of Things is slowly taking off and through the ecology of barcodes, QR codes, RFID, active sensors and Ipv6, objects are fitted with some form of readability and traceability. People are becoming part of digital social networks driven by personal interests and aspiration. The feeling of belonging to a community and the perpetual drive of getting connected from real life finds it continuation in digital networks.

The IoT will not be the mere extension of today's technical and business models but the first avatar of a new era in which 7 billion humans and trillions of objects will communicate directly without (or with less) mediation by information systems. The environment becomes the interface, this is the KEY message! Some time in the relatively near future, the intelligence will be embedded in edge networks and devices rather than on the cloud(s). Therefore, information will no longer be confined in databases, monitor screens or smartphones of all kinds, it will reside in the objects themselves - buildings, cars, furniture, domestic appliances, clothes, bodies... Intelligence will be everywhere - around us (our environment), on us (our wearings), and in us (our body). Computers will be so small that they will become ubiquitous and invisible, thus heralding an era of "smart nano-things", and they will communicate with each other and automatically connect to a huge, complex network composed of millions of invisible networks. A new paradigm is slowly but surely emerging which will impose to revisit our concepts (e.g. from privacy to privacies, from human freedom to ethics in the knowledge sphere, from homogeneous information systems to heterogeneous mediators like (ro)bots, from data subject to the empowered citizen, etc. The pattern is on the side of decentralised, embedded, smart and connected machines/objects. The challenge is not how we can prevent this new era from happening, it is actually how we can harness its multi-faceted potential to enhance human development and well-being, develop social consciousness and responsibility, and conserve ecosystems. Because, as John F. Kennedy said in 1963, 'Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet'.

We are transitioning from an analogue world with obvious and visible digital resources into a hybrid world where algorithms  run alongside human agency and processing goes on in the background not always or mostly unseen and unfelt by us. Beyond research companies (e.g. Twine, Greengoose, Air egg) have already started selling platforms and hubs offering sensing and  analysis of characteristics of the environment. The Internet is continuously being supplied with eyes and ears, but it still misses arms and legs to take action!

Robots seem the logical candidates that take on the role of gateways of information flows. Instead of relying entirely on on-board processing or centralized online knowledge bases like RoboEarth, robot actions can be informed by objects. For example, an RFID chip can provide information on a cup’s color, weight, or 3D model; and a cupboard can communicate its recognition model, contents, or handle positions relative to a fiduciary marker. Situational contexts that have repetitive actions can generate and improve repositories of actions that humans and objects are likely to perform. The IoT does not have to parse its architectures to a static and 'dumb' hardware component but can integrate gateways that can learn, walk, swim and fly, and, finally, can turn digital decisions into physical actions.

It is the goal of this workshop is to investigate how robots and the emerging Internet of Things can play together. We want to get inspiration from novel scenarios and applications showing how digital relationships between robots, people and things may embrace and improve our lives. We are going to speculate on new interactions, resulting experiences and emergent behaviors. And we will discuss social and practical implications once robots, things and people become part of a growing living network. Our goal is to elicit scenarios and applications that move beyond a robot-centric or cloud-centric vision of robotics towards an integrated solution as part of the Internet of Things.

Watch this space for the upcoming CFP for Cloud Robotics and the Internet of Things at

It is the goal of the workshop to investigate how robots augment the Internet of Things by “arms” and “legs” in order to take action in the real world. We want to discuss social and practical implications once robots, objects, animals and people become part of a growing living network. Our goal is to elicit scenarios, applications, and research roadmap to make this vision real.

The workshop aims to bring together practitioners and researchers from both robotics and IoT research. This workshop will collect concepts, scenarios, challenges, visions on bringing robots, people and smarts objects together in an emerging Internet of Things. These results will be made available to the community and beyond in electronic proceedings. As we did with our previous workshops, we also plan to create a written record of the outcome of the workshop for a journal or magazine (e.g. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, RF Technologies Journal). Of similar importance we want to foster a community that spans research and industry on extending the Internet of Things to robots.  

It is the goal of the workshop is to investigate how robots and the emerging Internet of Things can play together. We want to get inspiration from novel scenarios and applications showing how digital relationships between robots, people and things may embrace and improve our lives. We are going to speculate on new interactions, resulting experiences and emergent behaviors. And we will discuss social and practical implications once robots, things and people become part of a growing living network. Our goal is to elicit scenarios and applications that move beyond a robot-centric or cloud-centric vision of robotics towards an integrated solution as part of the Internet of Things.

PC: Rob van Kranenburg, Karmen Franinovic, Markus Waibel, Florian Michahelles, Gérald Santucci, Stefan Gessler

Contact on prepublication kranenbu@xs4all.nl

 

See also

"Call For Papers Ubirobots:
Ubiquitous robots are smart software or physical service providers within ambient intelligence environments. The integration of these robots within cloud computing and ubiquitous computing technologies will enhance our daily lives. Ubiquitous robots as cognitive entities have been able to add value to services compared to traditional systems. They are able to coordinate their activities with other physical or logical entities, move around, sense and explore the environment, and decide, act or react to the situations they may face anywhere and anytime. In this multidisciplinary workshop, we would like to facilitate the discussions and build a bridge to strengthen the relationship between the ubiquitous computing, robotics and human-computer interaction communities. To allow for that, the workshop program will have invited speeches and papers from these communities that discuss the future trends, impacts and challenges for these fields and their combination, in addition to submitted papers and presentations."