RO-MAN 2017

The 26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2017, will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 28 to 31 of August 2017. This symposium is a leading forum where state-of-the-art innovative results, the latest developments as well as future perspectives relating to robot and human interactive communication are presented and discussed. The conference covers a wide range of topics related to Robot and Human Interactive Communication, involving theories, methodologies, technologies, empirical and experimental studies. Papers related to the study of the robotic technology, psychology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, human factors, interaction-based robot design and other topics related to human-robot interaction are welcome.

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Welcome to CLAWAR 2017 | 20th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and Support Technologies for Mobile Machines

The 20th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR 2017), will be held within the premises of the School of Engineering of the Porto Polytechnic, Portugal, during 11 – 13 September 2017, continuing a series of successful events all over the world. CLAWAR 2017 will feature technical and social programs. The technical program will comprise plenary, regular and special/invited sessions. All articles submitted for inclusion in the conference will be peer reviewed before acceptance. It is envisaged that all accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings, to be published by World Scientific Publishing Company, as well as on CD/flash drive, subject to registration of at least one author for presenting the work. A selection of presented papers will also be recommended for possible publication in reputable international journals.

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IEEE – Robotics & Automation Society Award - Energy harvesting systems for low energy mobile robots

Goals and Audience:

- Development of a low cost energy harvesting systems for low energy consumption mobile robot platforms, in which several energy harvesting solutions can be tested. One of the main goals of this proposal is to introduce robotics students to energy harvesting and energy management techniques by supplying them with a very low cost robotics platform that they can build themselves; 

- Development of a simple mobile platform, with low energy consumption, low power wireless communication capabilities (using Bluetooth LE for instance) and sensor integration; 

- The platform is intended to be used by undergraduate students with some level of programming and electronics skills and to validate the energy harvesting modules.

- A software library to control the robot and get information from it was developed and published on mbed online platform. Library functions documentation was also published on mbed.

- A laboratory course was developed to provide students with the possibility of implementing, on mobile robotic educational platforms, some computational solutions for navigation, localization and mapping.


Further information at:

MiniExplorer - Robot Manual

Mobile Robot (SRRM) - Quick Guide

Mobile Robot - Poster

IEEE RAS Award CEMRA Lab Course Jun 2017


Robotraft is an international internship with a unique summer course in robotics for BSc to PhD students. The students attending this 2-months program have the opportunity to work in robotics, focusing on several state-of-the-art approaches and technologies. The summer course, now in its second edition and entitled as the 2nd Robotics Craftsmanship International Academy (RobotCraft 2017), will provide a general overview of the science and art behind robotics, teaching the basis around Arduino programming and ROS. 


IJAR special issue on Unconventional computing for Bayesian inference

International Journal of Approximate Reasoning Special issue on Unconventional computing for Bayesian inference.
edited dy Jorge Lobo and João Filipe Ferreira

This special issue focusses on recent advances and future directions of probabilistic computing for robotics, addressing Bayesian inference for autonomous robots, insights from computational biology, and related topics. In the scope of the european BAMBI FET project (, and following our successful workshop on Unconventional computing for Bayesian inference at IROS 2015 (, there was a followup special issue but with an open call in 2016, and we now have the special issue published.

The virtual special issue can be found here:


The editorial pdf is available with this direct link:,KD6ZG8ub

Further details about the BAMBI project can be found here:
as well as the Public BAMBI Final Report:

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