Call for Papers: ICRA 2011 Workshop: Semantic Perception, Mapping and Exploration (SPME)

When: Monday, May 9, 2011

Where: ICRA 2011 Shanghai, China.


Submission deadline: April 2, 2011

Previous workshops have brought together researchers working on use of semantic information in a variety of domains including mapping for mobile robots, mobile manipulation, and semantic robot vision. The main focus of this full-day workshop is on the autonomous acquisition of semantic information in intelligent robots and systems including perception, mapping and exploration, like the use of semantic knowledge to guide the acquisition of information from the environment. The workshop will provide a common forum where people can exchange ideas and experiences on all aspects of this problem, and identify the common questions and concerns.

The workshop will include invited talks on the state of the art in semantic perception, mapping and exploration as well as their use in different areas of mobile manipulation research. In addition, we welcome submissions in all related areas, including but not limited to:

  • Semantic robot vision and scene interpretation for mobile manipulation
  • Segmentation and annotation of natural scenes (e.g. from images or point clouds)
  • Exploration strategies for semantic mapping and knowledge acquisition
  • Semantic approaches for long-term operation in dynamic environments
  • Ontologies and efficient representations for managing semantic information in robotics
  • Use of semantic information in mapping (e.g. registration of sensory information) or knowledge acquisition


We solicit paper submissions, optionally accompanied by a video, both of which will be reviewed (not double-blind) by the program committee. An optional interactive poster session will be organized if there is a larger number of submissions. Accepted papers and videos will be archived at the Internet Archive. If there is sufficient interest, we will pursue publication of a special journal issue to include the best papers.

Papers should be in PDF, conform to the ICRA regular paper style guidelines, and be a maximum of 8 pages in length (shorter papers are welcome). Videos should be in the MPEG format, 3-5 minutes in length, and easily viewed with free video players (please try playing your video on a couple of different machines before submitting).

For submissions, please visit

Important Dates:

  • Submissions Due: April 2, 2011
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 18, 2011
  • Final Papers Due: May 1, 2011
  • Workshop at ICRA: May 9, 2011

Program Committee:

  • Francesco Amigoni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Michael Beetz, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
  • Sven Behnke, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Tom Duckett, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Joachim Hertzberg, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
  • Patric Jensfelt, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Jim Little, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Eitan Marder-Eppstein, Willow Garage, USA
  • Bhaskara Marthi, Willow Garage, USA
  • Markus Vincze, TU Vienna, Austria
  • David Silver, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Bertrand Douillard, University of Sydney, Australia