Conference

The 2018 International Robotic Sailing Conference (IRSC) will be held on August 31st and September 1st 2018, at the University of Southampton.

Schedule

Friday

August 31st

Saturday

September 1st

08:15 – 09:00 Breakfast (residential only) Breakfast (residential only)
08:30 – 09:00 Refreshments & registration Refreshments
09:00 – 09:45 Keynote Keynote
09:45 – 10:30 Presentation Session 1 Lightening Talks
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshments Refreshments
11:00 – 11:45 Presentation Session 2 Presentation Session 4
11:45 – 12:30 Presentation Session 3 Presentation Session 5
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 Group Discussions Presentation Session 6
14:15 – 14:45 Closing Ceremony
14:45 – 15:30 Transfer to National Oceanography Centre University of Southampton facilities tour
15:30 – 16:30 Refreshments & Facilities tours NOC
16:30 – 17:30 Public Seminar with prize giving cceremony
18:00 – 20:15 Banquet
Please note that this schedule may still be subject to change.

Important Dates

Full paper draft submission: June 18th
Reviewers’ response: July 12th
Final print version submission: July 30th
Conference: 31th of August to 1st of September

 

Paper Submission Topics

IRSC 2018 welcomes paper submissions on a range of topics around autonomous surface marine robotics, especially sailing robots.

This year’s IRSC theme is ‘Situational Awareness’, so we especially invite submissions applying this theme on related topics:

  • failure detection
  • obstacle avoidance
  • collaboration with other vessels
  • interaction with other parties in the marine environment

Further submission topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of autonomous marine robots
  • Sensors and actuators for autonomous sailing
  • Hardware and software organisation
  • System development and validation
  • Route planning, navigation and optimisation
  • Control architectures and algorithms
  • Mechanical design and advanced materials
  • Collision avoidance, boat-to-boat communication
  • Machine learning and adaptation
  • Energy and power management
  • Robotic boats in teaching
  • Legal issues for autonomous vessels
  • Modelling, simulation, control and stability analysis
  • Naval architecture
  • Marine engineering

Program Committee

  • Nick Townsend, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Sophia M Schillai, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Sébastien Lemaire, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Yu Cao, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Artur Lidtke, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Thomas Klyver, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Fabrice Le Bars, ENSTA Bretagne, France
  • Cedric Pradalier, GeorgiaTech Lorraine, France
  • Erik Maehle, University of Luebeck, Germany
  • Alexander Schlaefer, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
  • Nuno Cruz, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • Manuel Silva, ISEP-IPP and INESC TEC CRIIS, Portugal
  • Antonio C. Dominguez-Brito, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Anna Friebe, Åland University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Paul Miller, US Coast Guard Academy
  • Colin Sauze, Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Benedita Malheiro, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
  • Oren Gal, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Ole Blaurock, Fachhochschule Lübeck, Germany
  • Kostia Roncin, ENSTA Bretagne, France
  • Jorge Cabrera, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Paul Miller, USCGA, USA
  • Bradley Bishop, United States Naval Academy (USNA), USA
  • Alex Laun, United States Naval Academy (USNA), USA
  • Michael Schukat, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Diedrich Wolter, University of Bamberg, Germany
  • Noureddine Bouhmala, Borre, Norway

Organizing committee

  • Sophia M Schillai, University of Southampton
  • Nick Townsend, University of Southampton

Submission

Submission of full paper drafts for review (deadline June 18th 2018) via Easy Chair. Full papers may be up to 9 pages in length, including figures.

Please use our template for your final submission: paper-template-IRSC2018