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Environmental robotics


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Call for papers

Topics and Objectives

Environment awareness and conservation is an epoch-making subject in our society. Many scientific fields have contributed to size and address this concern.

In the last 20 years many specific environmental missions - pollution monitoring, soils conservation, natural disasters research, nuclear and radiation accidents - using air, ground and underwater robots have been reported. This robots have been shipped with different sensory systems able to sense and gather biophysical data from broad areas for further analysis and study.

This special session dedicated to environmental robotics will present late and future research within this field. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Air, ground and underwater robotic systems, or other robotic configuration.
  • Sensors and payload architectures.
  • Robotic systems design choices and motivation.
  • Design of testbed and experimental setups.
  • Multi-robot systems, heterogeneous fleets of robots, site-specific collaborative behaviors.
  • Control and navigation.
  • Task planning, path planning and optimization approaches.
  • Adaptive sampling
  • Open-source software.
  • Experiments addressing long-term autonomy.
  • Open-issues and challenges.
  • Applications and case studies are very welcome!


To submit a paper, please refer to Robot'15 conference website →

Moreover, the best contributions from Environmental robotics will be invited to extend their publications and to be considered for publication in a special issue from Sensors (IF: 2.245): "Robotic Sensory Systems for Environment Protection and Conservation". The selected contributions are subject to another reviewing process carried by Sensors.


  • Submission: July 10, 2015
  • Notification: July 30, 2015
  • Special Session date: November 19-21, 2015

Session chairs

Program committee

Angela Ribeiro, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain Pablo Gonzalez de Santos, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain Gonzalo Pajares, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain Marc Carreras, University of Girona, Spain Achim Lilienthal, Örebro University, Sweden Mohamed Abderrahim, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain Jaime Del Cerro, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain David Gomez, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA), France Carol Martinez, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain Paloma de la Puente, Vienna University of Technology, Austria Mario Andrei Garzón, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain William Coral, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain (Dee) Long Di, University of Virginia, USA