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Mobile robotics is an emerging multi-disciplinary field in engineering. These robots perform valuable tasks such as homeland security, border control, search and rescue, de-mining, surveillance, exploration, defense, and security missions. The emergence of mobile robotics, such as the climbing and walking robots, for these missions in unstructured environments, has significantly broadened challenges that must be considered by robotics research.

The purpose of the 15th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR2012) is to provide a venue where researchers, academics, scientists, engineers and practitioners throughout the world can come together to present and discuss the latest achievements, future challenges and exciting applications for mobile machines in general, and climbing and walking robots in particular.

Papers dealing with the fundamentals of mobile robotics in unstructured and dynamic environments and with applications to construction, forestry, agriculture, mining, sea surface, sub-marine, search and rescue, military, and space (orbital and planetary) are encouraged. The covered topics include sensing, sensors, mechanical design, computing architectures, communication, planning, learning, control, multi-robot cooperation. Particular attention will be given to articles dealing with experimental robotics.

In order to benefit all participants, and also to maximize the interaction, the technical program of this conference is intentionally tailored to have relatively few parallel tracks. Each track will accommodate peer-reviewed articles, comprising regular and special sessions, dealing with theoretical, experimental and applicative works. Moreover, the conference will include several keynote lectures and poster sessions.

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Topics of Interest (non-exhaustive list)
Autonomous robots
Tele-operated robots
Biologically-inspired systems and solutions
Innovative design of CLAWAR
Modelling and simulation of CLAWAR
Planning and control
Co-operative robot systems
Intelligence and learning for CLAWAR
Human Machine Interface
Innovative actuators and power supplies
Innovative sensors and sensor networks
Positioning & localization
Perception and sensor fusion
Guidance and navigation
Manipulation and gripping
Legged locomotion
Wheeled locomotion
Hybrid locomotion
Micro and nano robots
Tele-presence and virtual realit
Planetary exploration
Emergence rescue operations
Biomedical robots
Rehabilitation and function restoration
Petrochemical applications
Helping the elderly and the disabled
Performing and creative arts robots
Personal robots
Robots for domestic environments
Service robots
Space robots
Assistive robots
Sport and exercise robots
Contributed papaers

Prospective authors should submit an extended abstract (4 pages) of their papers electronically in PDF format. Final paper should have 8 pages in one column, including figures. A maximum of two additional pages are permitted (with a charge of $60/each).

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