The scope of this workshop targets the recent overlap of the latest advances between both autonomous systems, including robots, and new network technologies. On one hand, autonomous applications embedded in automatic environments have rapidly expanded from classical industrial ones to applications where different modular devices, actuators and sensors interact closely and on the other hand communication technologies have also known a great growing development related to sensor networks, ad-hoc networks, wireless networks, etc. Healthcare and wellness applications such as helping elderly people, assisting dependent persons, habitat monitoring in a smart environment constitute some of the potential scenarios of convergence between robotic systems and network technologies. These applications, which are based on high-level commands and in order to accomplish some specific tasks, reveal new challenges regarding mechanic design, portability, acceptability, power support, control theory, etc. In addition to portability and low-power systems, which are vital challenges that limit substantially any successful robotic application, network paradigms should also take into account issues related to cost, scalability and security. This workshop will highlight the overlapping of these two domains of autonomous systems and network technologies devoted for different applications. Issues related to concepts, new technologies, and protocols will elicit particular attention.
The workshop solicits papers addressing, but are not limited to, the following topics: