Call for Papers – WTDR/CTDR

 IV Workshop on MSc Dissertation and Ph.D. Thesis in Robotics
IV Best MSc Dissertation and Ph.D. Thesis Contest in Robotics— Important Dates

* Paper Registration/Submission Open: July 10, 2018
* Paper Submission DEADLINE: August 10, 2018
* Notification of Acceptance: September 10, 2018
* Camera Ready Submission DEADLINE: October 1, 2018
* IV WTDR / IV CTDR: November 06-10, 2018

— About WTDR

WTDR-2018 is part of ROBOTICA 2018, which will be held in João Pessoa Convention Center at João Pessoa, Paraíba (PB), Brazil, on November 06-10, 2018. WTDR provides an opportunity for Ph.D. and MSc students in Brazil to present their ongoing and/or recently concluded research with a panel of established researchers in Robotics. The workshop aims to:

* Provide a setting for mutual feedback on participants’ current research and guidance on future research directions;
* Develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research;
* Contribute to the conference goals through the interaction of graduate students with other researchers as well as participation in conference events;
* Increase the visibility of ongoing work for the academic and industrial community.

— About CTDR

CTDR-2018 will take place in parallel to WTDR-2018 at João Pessoa, Paraíba (PB), Brazil, on November 06-10, 2018. The main goals of CTDR are to divulge and award the best academic work in Robotics
concluded in Brazilian Universities from October 2016 to October 2018. CTDR expects papers with concluded work, with evaluation and results. Selected works will be presented and judged during ROBOTICA 2018. Notice that in the submission phase, the main object of judgment is the paper; while during the conference, the main object of judgment is the full thesis or dissertation (to be submitted if the paper is accepted).

— Topics of Interest

WTDR/CTDR welcome research work in Robotics topics. They include but are not limited to:

* Vision in robotics and automation;
* Symbol mediated robot behavior control;
* Sensory mediated robot behavior control;
* Active sensory processing and control;
* Industrial applications of autonomous systems;
* Sensor modeling and data interpretation (e.g. Models and software for sensor data integration, 3D scene analysis, environment description and modeling, pattern recognition);
* Robust techniques in AI and sensing (e.g. Uncertainty modeling, graceful degradation of systems);
* Robot programming;
* Multi-robot and multi-agents, cooperation and collaboration;
* CAD-based robotics (e.g. CAD-based vision, reverse engineering);
* Robot simulation and visualization tools;
* Tele-autonomous systems;
* Micro-electromechanical robots;
* Robot control architectures;
* Robot planning, communication, adaptation, and learning;
* Mechanical design;
* Robot soccer;
* Evolutionary robotics;
* Robots for robotic surgery and rehabilitation;
* Micro/nanorobotics, new devices and materials for robots;
* Recognition and synthesis of voice and natural language generation;
* Education issues in robotics;
* Computing architectures;
* Sensor networks, architectures of embedded hardware and software;
* Self-localization, mapping, and navigation;
* Aerial vehicles;
* Mobile robot platforms;
* Underwater robots.

— Paper Submission and Review

Papers can be written in English or in Portuguese and must not exceed 10 pages (WTDR) and 12 pages (CTDR), including title, abstract, all tables, figures, and references. Over-length submissions will be rejected without review. Authors should use the style file of IEEE Conferences Paper Style. More detailed information can be found at (IEEE RAS Conferences Templates):
http://ras.papercept.net/conferences/support/files/ieeeconf_A4.dot
http://ras.papercept.net/conferences/support/tex.php (set to A4)

We expect submission of papers to WTDR with research purposes and appropriate motivation, literature review, and methods. Results (preliminary, at least) are desirable, but not necessary. Submission to CTDR expects papers with concluded work, with evaluation and results. Papers should include the following information in the first page after the abstract: student level (MSc or Ph.D.) and expected date of conclusion or the date of conclusion (CTDR). Authors must also indicate on the first page if the submission should be considered in CTDR. In addition, include the name of the advisor (and co-advisors) as co-authors.

Submissions violating the formatting guidelines will be excluded from the reviewing process. Only papers in pdf format will be accepted. Papers must be submitted using the JEMS system:
https://submissoes.sbc.org.br/
WTDR/CTDR Specific entry: https://submissoes.sbc.org.br/home.cgi?c=3020

Papers may be accepted for oral or poster presentation. All WTDR/CTDR accepted papers will be published in Electronic Proceedings and made available On-Line.

At least one author of each accepted paper must be registered and attend the conference to present the work. We recommend that the students present their works, as the events may be a valuable experience for them.

— WTDR/CTDR Chairs

Program Chair: Prof. Dr. Fernando Santos Osório (Universidade de São Paulo – USP / São Carlos)
Program Chair: Prof. Dr. Gustavo Pessin (Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS / São Leopoldo, RS)