Plan to encourage interaction among participants

A set of actions are planned to solicit broad and active participation in the workshop, including:

  • Organization of a Round Table to promote active discussion between established experts and early-career researchers.
  • Organization of a lunch or dinner in conjunction with the workshop sponsored by IEEE RAS with new fundings allocated by TCs the RAS TAB to increase sharing of ideas and discussions among the participants as well as to help rejuvenate TCactivities and empower TCs. We will include during this event an early-careerresearch panel involving both students and leaders in the field to discuss and provide advice to students about research and future career needs.
  • Discussion of posters in coffee-breaks.
  • Plan a hybrid workshop with remote access participation.
  • Use of social networks: dedicated pages on common social channels like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will provide updates on the workshop programand discussions. These pages will also allow interactions between participants and remote researchers.
  • Creation of online pools among both in person and remote participants to identify top discussions themes during round tables and breaks.

Dissemination

The organizers aim to take a set of actions to maximize the dissemination of the workshop outcomes with a series of complementary activities including:

  • Preparation of a Call for Contributions focusing on posters, short presentations and videos. A committee of experts in the area will help to peer-review the submitted papers. We have planned at least 2 reviews for each paper. A special issue on the workshop topics has also been planned and the organizers are discussing options with multiple editors. We would like to facilitate open access of the papers, free of charge. The special issue will help further promote outstanding works and ideas inthe field. Accepted paper, poster, and video contributions will be archived online on the workshop website that will be permanently maintained by the organizers.
  • A special issue on the workshop topics has been planned and the organizers arediscussing options with multiple editors. We would like to facilitate open access of the papers free of charge. The special issue will help further promote outstandingworks and ideas in the field.
  • Dissemination through organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, women in AI, Society of Women Engineers, and Black in AI.
  • Dissemination through websites and lists of the Robotics community, includingIEEE Aerial Robotics and UAV Technical Committee (the Workshop is endorsed by this Technical Committee), robotics-worldwide, euRobotics, the Controls community (E-letter) and the Computer Vision community (Vision-List,ImageWorld). TC on Aerial Robotics and UAVs and the RAS TC on Multi-Robotsystems.
  • Dissemination via the channels of the above mentioned projects and Networks: AERIAL-CORE, the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant GRIFFIN, ERC PortWings, euROBIN European Robotics and AI Network, NSFCPS, FRR, DARPA YFA mailing list, ARL CRA Distributed and Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Technology Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA) project.
  • Dissemination through the contacts of the organizers and presenters.
  • Dissemination using lists for potential end-users.
  • Dissemination via social networks: dedicated pages on common social channels like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will provide updates on the workshop program and discussions. These pages will also allow interactionsbetween participants and remote researchers.
  • Dissemination through a video collecting results from the organizers andpresenters.
  • We aim to facilitate real-time online attendance of the workshop via a dedicatedYouTube channel and the release of each presentation/talk subsequently.
  • We plan to ask the presenters and attendees of the workshop to help us organizea central repository of datasets. We will then organize and release a publicrepository that will stand as central access to such resources.
  • We plan to release a survey form after the workshop asking for community feedback on the relevant topics. A link will be posted during the ICRA 2023.
  • Conference days using the social media apps of the conference and generic lists of the robotics community.
  • We will use all the communication channels described in the Plan to Solicit Participation in order to actively disseminate both the workshop itself and its resultsand conclusions. Those channels include websites and lists of the robotics community, channels of existing research projects, the contacts of the organizersand presenters, lists dedicated to end users, and social media networks.

Compliance with RAS Guidelines for Workshop and Tutorial Organizers

The organizers will be present in person at the workshop and that the workshop will comply with the RAS Guidelines.

Alignment with the ICRA 2024 “CONNECT+”

The technical approaches and methodologies proposed in the proposed workshop combined with discussions on the impact of these technologies from an economic, social and environmental perspectives will have a strong impact to identify complementary approaches at multiple scales and domains to address in a holistic manner novel designparadigms and technological solutions, with a specific focus on bioinspired and soft robotics concepts, for aerial robots with the goal to create adaptable, safe, interactive,and energy efficient aerial systems. To achieve these goals, our workshop will foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among researchers from diverse backgrounds, including robotics, biology, materials science, and engineering. The approaches are not only limited to aerial robots or unmanned aerial systems, but will have a direct impact on the development of other classes of robots. Therefore, the proposed workshop topics arestrictly connected to the theme CONNECT+ at ICRA 2024 helping to build relationships and potential collaborations with participants within and outside their field of study. 

Equipment

The organization of this workshop will require the following equipment:

  •  Stands for 10 posters.
  •  5 monitors for the simulation, demos, and video demonstrations.
  •  Room Webcam to increase remote participation interaction for remote option participants.