Call for participation

The use of marine robots offers the promise to revolutionize the way oceans are explored and monitored. Robots of new generation have the potential to provide the required persistency in the monitoring missions, at a fraction of the cost of traditional ship-based operations. Advances both in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, in Marine Robotics and in underwater
sensing allow today the creation of more efficient, more autonomous and longer-endurance marine robots.

However, the ocean remains a challenging scenario from robot’s perspective. Limitations in underwater communications, the impossibility to use combustion engines (limited endurance) and
difficulties in oceanic engineering still hamper the explosion in the use of robots in real-world applications. These challenges must therefore be addressed in order to facilitate their operations
also by non-experts.

In this workshop, we will focus on the enabling factors for the use of marine robots in real-world applications. We will discuss robot autonomy, networking, underwater communications, standards for interoperability, novel machine learning approaches for perception sensors, innovative propulsion systems, novel design concepts and efficient computing. Papers focusing on these topics and/or other enabling factors fit the workshop and interested authors are invited to submit following the Submission Instructions and respecting the deadlines.