Workshop on Recent Advances on Robotics and Sensor Technology for Humanitarian Demining

The civilian-purpose demining or humanitarian demining aims at finding and removing abandoned landmines without any hazard to the environment. Detection and removal of these landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) is, at the present time, a serious problem of political, economical, environmental and humanitarian dimension. It is estimated that there are more than 110 million active mines scattered in 68 countries. For example, Chile counts with more than 250,000 anti-personnel mines that line Chile’s borders with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. This serious problem hinders economic development of rich areas in many countries in Latin America and many other parts of the world. In recent years, mechatronics systems have received an increasing amount of attention from researchers in academia, government laboratories and industry to develop efficient, reliable, cost-effective and safe solutions for the problem of landmine contamination. This research activity has borne some fruit in tackling some of the challenging problems of these systems that are still open. This workshop will be designated for reporting recent research results in robotics and sensor technology for humanitarian demining, their challenging problems and their applicability in developing countries. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Landmine and Unexploded Ordinances Detection Sensors and Systems
  • Mechanical tools and systems for mine detection and clearance
  • Remote controlled excavators
  • Loader-based demining systems
  • All-terrain Locomotion Systems
  • Unmanned Ground Vehicles
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Multirobot Systems
  • Multi-sensor data fusion
  • Airborne Remote Sensing and Remote Sensing for Humanitarian Demining
  • Mechatronic Systems for Humanitarian Underwater Demining
  • Minefield Reconnaissance and Mapping

Important Dates

  • Call for Papers: March 1, 2015
  • Full Paper Submission: June 22, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: July 27, 2015
  • Final Paper submission: August 3, 2015
  • Infonor Conference: August 19-21, 2015