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ViCoMoR 2012


2nd Workshop on Visual Control of Mobile Robots


October 11th, 2012, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, in conjunction with the

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




Important Dates


9 July, 2012: Paper submissions

23 July, 2012: Paper submissions

6 August 20 August, 2012: Acceptance notification

20 August 3 September, 2012: Final submission of accepted papers

11 October, 2012: Workshop date



Instructions for Authors


Papers submissions are due on 9 July 23 July. 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,






Special Issue


Selected papers will be considered for a special issue in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. All submissions for the special issue will go through a separate peer review process.



An open call for papers will be issued after the workshop. The submission deadline is planned to be on March 2013

Special Issue available on April 2014



Aims and Scope


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. This task involves solving multidisciplinary problems related with vision and robotics, for example: motion constraints, vision systems, visual perception, safety, real-time constraints, robustness, stability issues, obstacle avoidance… The problem of the vision-based autonomous navigation is also compounded of the different constraints imposed by the particular features of the platform involved (ground platforms, aerial vehicles, underwater robots, humanoids…)


Over the last years, increasing efforts have been made to integrate robotic control and vision. Although there is an important number of works in the area of visual control for manipulation, which is a mature field of research, the use of mobile robots add new challenges in a still open research area. The interest in this subject lies in the many potential robotic applications in industrial as well as in domestic settings that involve visual control of mobile robots (automation industry, material transportation, assistance to disabled people, surveillance, rescue, etc).


This workshop is aimed to promote exchange and sharing of experiences among researchers in the field of visual control of mobile robots. Previously, the first edition of ViCoMoR was held in San Francisco during IROS'11. This new edition of the workshop will consist of invited talks and selected papers for oral presentation.





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, distributed visual control, obstacle avoidance, etc.

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





Youcef Mezouar

Clermont Université, IFMA, Institut Pascal,

BP 10448, F-63000 CLERMONT-FERRAND, France

CNRS, UMR 6602, IP, F-63171 Aubière, France



Gonzalo Lopez-Nicolas

Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón (I3A)

Universidad de Zaragoza, María de Luna 1

E-50018 Zaragoza. Spain



Invited speakers:


Patrick Rives

INRIA Sophia Antipolis Mediterranee, France


Cédric Pradalier

Autonomous Systems Lab ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Program committee


Helder Araujo

ISR, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Antonis Argyros

FORTH, Heraklion, Greece

Hector M. Becerra

CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico

Enric Cervera

Universitat Jaume-I, Spain

François Chaumette

INRIA Rennes - IRISA, France

Andrea Cherubini

LIRMM, Univ. of Montpellier, France

Peter Corke

Queensland Univ. of Technology, Australia

Francisco Escolano

Universidad de Alicante, Spain

Nicholas R. Gans

Univ. of Texas at Dallas, USA

Andrea Gasparri

Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma, Italy

Jose J. Guerrero

Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

Koichi Hashimoto

Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Seth Hutchinson

Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Patric Jensfelt

CAS, KTH, Sweden

Nicolas Mansard


Roberto Naldi

Universita' di Bologna, Italy

Patrick Rives

INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France

Carlos Sagues

Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

Omar Tahri

ISR, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Dimitris P. Tsakiris

FORTH, Heraklion, Greece

Andrew Vardy

Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland, Canada

Xenophon Zabulis

FORTH, Heraklion, Greece


Program ViCoMoR (October 11th, 2012)


ViCoMoR proceedings (4 MB)


14:00 – 14:10

Presentation of the workshop

14:10 – 14:40

Invited speaker: Cédric Pradalier

14:40 – 15:00

From the general navigation problem to its image based solutions

Durand Petiteville Adrien, and Cadenat Viviane (pdf, video)

15:00 – 15:20

Vistas and wall-floor intersection features: enabling autonomous flight in Man-made environments

Kyel Ok, Duy-Nguyen Ta, and Frank Dellaert (pdf)

15:20 – 15:40

Distributed policies for neighbor selection in multi-robot visual consensus

Eduardo Montijano, Johan Thunberg, Xiaoming Hu, and Carlos Sagues (pdf)

15:40 – 16:00

Target tracking and obstacle avoidance for a VTOL UAV using optical flow

Aurélie Treil, Philippe Mouyon, Tarek Hamel, Alain Piquereau, and Yoko Watanabe (pdf)

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 17:00

Invited speaker: Patrick Rives

17:00 – 17:20

Homography based visual odometry with known vertical direction and weak Manhattan world assumption

Olivier Saurer, Friedrich Fraundorfer, and Marc Pollefeys (pdf)

17:20 – 17:40

Anisotropic vision-based coverage control for mobile robots

Carlos Franco, Gonzalo Lopez-Nicolas, Dusan Stipanovic, and Carlos Sagues (pdf, video)

17:40 – 18:00

FSM-based visual navigation for autonomous vehicles

Daniel Oliva Sales, and Fernando Santos Osório (pdf)

18:00 – 18:20

Accurate figure flying with a quadrocopter using onboard visual and inertial sensing

Jakob Engel, Jurgen Sturm, and Daniel Cremers (pdf)






To contact the organization chairs, send an email to: or



This workshop is made in relation with IEEE RAS Technical Committee on “Computer & Robot Vision”