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IROS Workshop on Visual Control of Mobile Robots


September 26th, 2011, San Francisco, California, in conjunction with the

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)




Aims and Scope


Autonomous navigation of mobile robots is a complex problem that has attracted the attention of the research community during the last decades. Systems capable of performing efficient and robust autonomous navigation are of interest in many robotic applications: automation industry, material transportation, assistance to disabled people, surveillance, etc. In order to perform navigation, the mobile robots need to interact with the environment, and for this purpose different types of sensors are nowadays available. From all of them, vision systems stand out because they provide very rich information and because of their versatility and low cost. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss topics related to the challenging problems of visual control of mobile robots.


Visual control refers to the capability of a robot to visually perceive the environment and use this information for autonomous navigation. The visual control is a multidisciplinary field of research that requires the collaboration of computer vision and robotics control experts. Nowadays, there is still a gap between computer vision and robotics communities that prevents more profitable results from jointly research. Thus, one of the goals of this workshop is to provide a forum for the communication of new ideas between these communities. Moreover, different fields of research can promote new methods, for example from biological inspiration, or taking advantage of known methods applied in different areas, such as robotic manipulation or UAV. We propose a half-day workshop to enhance active collaboration of computer vision and robotic researchers, discuss formal methods for visual control and identify current trends of the field. Achievements, challenges and open questions related with the visual control of mobile robots are welcome.





Topics of interest include:

-   Autonomous navigation and visual servoing techniques for mobile robots.

-   Visual perception for visual control, visual sensors and integration of image information in the control loop.

-   Visual control with constraints: nonholonomic constraints, motion in formation, coordination, distributed visual control, obstacle avoidance, motion planning, etc.

-   New trends in visual control, innovative solutions or proposals in the framework of computer vision and control theory.



Instructions for Authors


Submission of preliminary title and abstract is due before 20 May. Papers submissions are due on 10 June 15 June (The call of papers is also open to authors that did not submit the preliminary title and abstract). All submissions should be in PDF format using the IROS template. Papers should be 4-6 pages in length, optionally accompanied by a video. All submissions will be reviewed for relevance to the topic of the workshop as well as scientific merit.


Submissions should be emailed to,



Invited speakers:


François Chaumette

INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique - IRISA, Campus de Beaulieu 35042, Rennes, France.


Nicholas R. Gans

Department of Electrical Engineering. Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. The University of Texas at Dallas.




Important Dates


20 May, 2011: Title of paper and abstract submissions

10 June 15 June, 2011: Paper submissions (The call of papers is also open to authors that did not submit the preliminary title and abstract)

25 June, 2011 : Acceptance notification

1 July, 2011: Final submission of accepted papers

26 September, 2011: Workshop date





Youcef Mezouar

LASMEA - 24 avenue des landais, 63 177 Aubière Cedex, France

Phone: +33 (0)4 73 40 75 89

Fax : +33 (0)4 73 40 72 62



Gonzalo Lopez-Nicolas

Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón - Universidad de Zaragoza, María de Luna 1, E-50018 Zaragoza. Spain

Phone: (+34) 976 762344

Fax: (+34) 976 761914




Program committee


Hector M. Becerra (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)

Enric Cervera (Universitat Jaume-I, Spain)

François Chaumette (INRIA Rennes – IRISA, France)

Peter Corke (Queensland Univ. of Technology, Australia)

Warren Dixon (University of Florida, USA)

Francisco Escolano (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)

Nicholas R. Gans (Univ. of Texas at Dallas, USA)

Jose J. Guerrero (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)

Koichi Hashimoto (Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan)

Seth Hutchinson (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Nicolas Mansard (LAAS/CNRS, France)

Patrick Rives (INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France)

Carlos Sagues (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)

Kai-Tai Song (National Chiao Tung Univ., Taiwan)

Dimitris P. Tsakiris (FORTH, Heraklion, Greece)

Andrew Vardy (Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland, Canada)

Xenophon Zabulis (FORTH, Heraklion, Greece)





To contact the organization chairs, send an email to:








ViCoMoR program (26 September, 2011)


09:20 – 09:30

Presentation of the workshop

09:30 – 10:00

Vision-based control beyond position and velocity regulation

N. R. Gans

10:00 – 10:20

Planning high-level paths for visual control tasks with sensor constraints

J. B. Hayet

10:20 – 10:40

One homography to control multiple robots

M. Aranda, G. Lopez-Nicolas, Y. Mezouar and C. Sagues

10:40 – 11:00

Visual road recognition using artificial neural networks and stereo vision

P. Y. Shinzato, F. S. Osorio and D. F. Wolf

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:00

Recent results in visual control of mobile robots

F. Chaumette

12:00 – 12:20

Vision based control for Humanoid robots

C. Dune, A. Herdt, E. Marchand, O. Stasse, P.-B. Wieber and E. Yoshida

12:20 – 12:40

Weakly-calibrated visual control of mobile robots using the trifocal tensor and central cameras

H. M. Becerra, G. Lopez-Nicolas and C. Sagues

12:40 – 13:00

Automatic regions-of-interest selection based on pearson's correlation coefficient

A. M. Neto, A. C. Victorino, I. Fantoni and D. E. Zampieri


ViCoMoR proceedings (3,5 MB)