The 2004 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS’04)

Catamaran Resort Hotel, San Diego, California, USA

January 18-23, 2004

In conjunction with the 2004 Western Multi conference (WMC’04)




Collaborative Robots




Paper Submission Deadline:  September 22, 2003




Brief Description:

In the next decades, robots will be used in many areas.  The applications will shift from an individual robot that works independently to a group of robots that work collaboratively.  It will be more and more important to understand the interaction among a team of collaborative robots and between human and robots. Here, the definition of robots also includes every type of unmanned and autonomous vehicles. 


This special session on collaborative robots - to be held as part of the 2004 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems, January 18-23, 2004 in San Diego, California, USA - will focus on the area of collaborative robots, unmanned air vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, and unmanned underwater vehicles.  The aim is to have a dedicated session that fosters closer interactions among researchers and users communities, providing an excellent opportunity for them to meet and discuss their ideas. 


We invite original contributions from researchers in academia, research laboratories, and computer industry on these emerging and important areas of information technology. 


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): 

Collaborative Robots

    ·  Control of a Team of Robots in a Mission

    ·  Cooperating Autonomous Robots

    ·  Human-robot Interaction

    ·  Robots in Crisis Management


Collaborative Unmanned Air Vehicles (CUAVs)

    ·  Control of a swarm of UAVs or MAVs

    ·  Querying and Tasking of UAVs

    · Collaborative Signal/Information Processing/Fusion

    ·  Agent-Based Distributed Systems


Collaborative Unmanned Ground Vehicles (CUGVs)

    ·  UGVs in Counter-terrorism Missions

    ·  Control of multiple UGVs

    ·  Behavioral Robots

    ·  Autonomous Robots in Military Systems


Collaborative Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (CUUVs)

    ·  Collaborative Planning and Maneuver

    ·  Network-based Collaborative Warfare

    ·  Distributed Sensors

    ·  Autonomous UUV in Military Applications



Instructions for Author:

Authors are invited to submit original papers to the special session organizers by September 22, 2003. Electronic (postscript or pdf) submissions are encouraged and should be sent to or  For other electronic formats, please check with the organizers.  All submitted manuscripts will have at least three reviews. Papers should not exceed 5000 words. Include up to 5 keywords and an abstract of no more than 250 words.  Submissions should also include the title, authors name, affiliation, e-mail address, fax number and postal address.  In case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence should also be indicated.  For non-electronic submission, please send four copies of the manuscript to one of the special session co-organizers. 


Special Session Organizers:

Louis Chan

Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory (IDAL)

Sensors Directorate

Air Force Research Laboratory


Bldg 620, 2241 Avionics Circle

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433


Voice: (937) 255-5900 ext 3552



Kuo-Chi “Kurt” Lin

Institute for Simulation and Training (IST)

University of Central Florida

3280 Progress Drive

Orlando, FL 32826


Voice: (407) 882-1331

Fax: (407) 658-5059




Important Dates:

Paper Submission Deadline --------------------------------- September 22, 2003

Notification of Acceptance ---------------------------------- October 7, 2003

Registration & Camera-Ready Manuscripts Due ------------ October 31, 2003



For information or questions about Symposium's paper submission, tutorials, exhibits, demos, panel and special sessions organization, please consult the conference web site at URL:


or contact one of the organizers:


Bill McQuay


Room N3F22 2241

Avionics Circle

WPAFB, OH 45433


Voice: (937) 904-9214

Fax: (937) 255-4511



Waleed W. Smari

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Dayton

300 College Park

Dayton, OH 45469-0226


Voice: (937) 229-2795

Fax: (937) 229-4529