Robotics Forum CFP

Call for Participation in the 2nd Developing Countries Robotics Forum

Interest in robotics is increasing in many parts of the world, and developing countries are no exception. From research projects aimed at developing novel robotic systems for unique challenges, to education and outreach programs that use robotics to enhance students’ interest in STEM fields, the collection of robotics projects in developing countries provides a fascinating panorama of the potential and impact robotics can have around the world. After the first very successful edition at ICRA 2015, the Developing Countries Robotics Forum (DCRF) will now be held for the second time at the IEEE AFRICON 2017. It  aims at bringing together academics and practitioners from the field of robotics acting in the developing world or with impact for or focus to the developing world. At the forum, a wide range of work in robotics, including but not limited to research, education, outreach, academic work, industry work, governmental work, and NGO work is welcome.

These can be in as diverse fields as
* Robotics in classrooms or other education activities,
* Agricultural Applications
* Urban Search and Rescue Robots
* UAVs
* Service Robots
* Logistics Robots
* and many more

and also participants interested in
* Collaboration between institutions
* Collaboration between academia and industry
* Expressing research interests
* Seeking collaboration opportunities
* Discussing interesting robotics topics that further research could explore
* Industry products and supplies that could assist with robotics research, development and businesses
are addressed.

At the DCRF peers will present their work interactively in poster sessions, by flash talks and even remote participation will be possible. All researchers, educators, and practitioners working in robotics in developing countries, as well as those with an interest in this work are invited to participate.
Discussions will center on themes such as relevant applications, current trends and future directions of robotics in developing countries, opportunities and challenges of robotics work in developing countries, and opportunities for “south-south” as well as “north-south” collaboration.
As was done with the projects presented in the previous edition, we will display the the projects and results at the DCRF website available at http://developingworldrobotics.org.

Important Dates:
24 July 2017: Entry submissions open
1 September 2017: Entry submissions deadline
Rolling, from 24 July 2017: Interactive display acceptance notifications
7 September 2017: Forum acceptance notifications
18 September 2017: Forum IEEE AFRCION 2017

How to Participate
Submissions are invited in a variety of categories, including (but not limited to) research, education, outreach, academic work, industry work, governmental work, and NGO work. A 1-2 page extended abstract, in the standard IEEE format, describing the project, with a short biography of the head researchers or industry participants need to be included, and can be submitted via email to the following email address: DCRF2017@mascor.fh-aachen.de.

This PDF document should include a link to a representative photo of the project, to be downloaded and featured in the interactive display. It can also optionally have links to additional photographs related to the project.

Acknowledgements
The organisers would like to thank the AFRICON 2017 organising committee for the support of the DCRF.

Organisers
G. Ayorkor Korsah, Ashesi University College, Ghana
Riaan Stopforth, University of KwaZulu-Nata, South Africa
Theo Niekerk, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
Alexander Ferrein, Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Contact: dcrf2017@mascor.fh-aachen.de