RSS 2012 Workshop on Long-term Operation of Autonomous Robotic Systems in Changing Environments
Dates: July 11 - July 12, 2012
Location: University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Venue: The Great Hall
The reliable operation of autonomous systems over extended periods of time has been gaining increasing attention in recent years. It is a key aspect in many research projects and a fundamental requirement for any mobile robotic application in the industry. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different fields and provide a place for discussing the theoretical and practical challenges associated to the reliable operation of autonomous systems over extended periods of time in changing environment. The workshop will feature oral presentations and posters from contributed papers as well as invited talks from experts in the field. Some of the topics that will be address include:
  • Modeling changing environments and robotic systems
  • State estimation and planning in non-static environments
  • Lifelong learning
  • Efficient and reliable system design
  • Failure detection and recovery
  • Resource (e.g. energy) management
With this workshop we hope to identify and discuss the key issues associated to the development of such systems and promote collaborations between researchers in the field.

Call for Papers
We invite submissions of papers on the topic presenting new or ongoing research. The authors of the accepted papers will have the opportunity to give a brief talk or present a poster at the workshop.

Papers will be reviewed by the program committee and should be submitted as PDF files (maximum 6 pages) in RSS regular paper format.

Please submit your manuscript by email to rss12ws at

Important Dates
  • Submission deadline: June 1, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2012
  • Workshop: July 11 and July 12, 2012

Invited Speakers
  • Wolfram Burgard (University of Freiburg)
  • Jesse Levinson (Stanford University)
  • Paul Newman (University of Oxford)
  • Bhaskara Marthi (Willow Garage)
  • Fabio Ramos (University of Sydney)
  • Alex Teichman (Stanford University)

July 11th
08:30 - 08:50 Welcome and overview
08:50 - 09:20 Paul Newman (University of Oxford)
Long Term Visual Navigation with Experiences
09:20 - 09:40 Hordur Johannsson (MIT)
Temporal Scalable Visual SLAM using a Reduced Pose Graph
09:40 - 10:00 Niko Sünderhauf (Chemnitz University of Technology)
A Generic Scheme for Robust Probabilistic Estimation using Graphical Models
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00 Bhaskara Marthi (Willow Garage)
Long-term Data Gathering on a Mobile Robot
11:00 - 11:30 Jesse Levinson (Stanford University)
Automatic and Continous Lifelong Calibration of Lasers and Cameras on Mobile Robots
11:30 - 11:50 Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz (CMU)
Continous Vehicle Slip Model Identification on Changing Terrains
July 12th
08:30 - 08:40 Welcome and overview
08:40 - 09:10 Fabio Ramos (University of Sydney)
Learning and Data Fusion for Environment Representations in Long-term Missions
09:10 - 09:40 Alex Teichman (Stanford University)
Online, Semi-supervised Learning for Long-term Interaction with Object Recognition Systems
09:40 - 10:00 Daniel Soltero (MIT)
Life-long Informative Paths for Sensing Unknown Environments
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00 Wolfram Burgard (University of Freiburg)
Long-term Localization in Dynamic and Changing Environments
11:00 - 11:30 Discussion and wrap-up

Program Committee:
  • Tim Barfoot (University of Toronto)
  • Oliver Brock (Technical University Berlin)
  • Henrik Christensen (Georgia Tech)
  • Tom Duckett (University of Lincoln)
  • Giorgio Grisetti (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • Patric Jensfelt (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
  • Michael Kaess (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Alexander Kleiner (University of Linkoeping)
  • Achim Lilienthal (Oerebro University)
  • Edwin Olson (University of Michigan)
  • Cyrill Stachniss (University of Freiburg)
  • Michael Suppa (DLR - Germany)
  • Panos Trahanias (FORTH - Foundation for Research and Technology, Crete)

  • Daniel Meyer-Delius (KUKA Laboratories GmbH)
  • Patrick Pfaff (KUKA Laboratories GmbH)
  • Gian Diego Tipaldi (University of Freiburg)

For more information, please contact:
Daniel Meyer-Delius
rss12ws at

The workshop has been partially funded by the EC under contract number FP7-260026-TAPAS.