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International Workshop on Cloud Robotics - IWCR 2016

23 - 25 April, 2016 - Rome, Italy

In conjunction with the 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - CLOSER 2016



Giovanni Toffetti
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
Brief Bio
Giovanni Toffetti is a senior researcher at the InIT Cloud Computing Lab at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. He received his PhD in information technology from Politecnico di Milano in 2007. Before joining ZHAW he was with the University of Lugano (USI), University College London (UCL), andthe IBM Haifa research labs, where he was part of the cloud operating systems team. He is author of several publications in the areas of Web engineering, content-based routing, and cloud computing. His main research interest are currently cloud robotics and cloud-native applications with a focus on elasticity/scalability/availability, Web engineering, IaaS/PaaS and cluster schedulers.
Gajamohan Mohanarajah
Independent Researcher
Brief Bio
Gajamohan Mohanarajah is the CEO of Rapyuta Robotics, a Swiss-Japanese startup building cloud-connected low-cost multi-robot systems for security and inspection. Gajan received his PhD from the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC), ETH Zurich and received his bachelor's and master's degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology. During his PhD, Gajan lead the development of the Rapyuta, a PaaS framework for Robots, in the context of the RoboEarth project sponsored by the European Union's FP7 program. Another notable result of Gajan's work is the Cubli, a cube that can jump up and balance on its edges or corners.
Thomas Michael Bohnert
Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Brief Bio
Thomas Michael Bohnert is Professor at Zurich University of Applied Sciences. His interests are focused on enabling ICT infrastructures, coarsely ranging across mobile / cloud computing, service oriented infrastructure, and carrier-grade service delivery (Telco + IT). Prior to being appointed by ZHAW he was with SAP Research, SIEMENS Corporate Technology, and ran an IT consultancy named BNCS. His works have been published in several books, journals and conferences. He serves as regional correspondent (Europe) for IEEE Communication Magazine’s news section (GCN). He is the founder of the IEEE Broadband Wireless Access Workshop and holds several project and conference chairs.


The connection between the physical world and the virtual world has never been as exciting, accessible, and economically viable as today. Sensors and actors, smart dust, and robots are able to deliver many physical services in several scenarios, including home automation, elderly care, assisted living, logistics and cooperative maintenance.
In isolation, computing capabilities of robots are however limited by embedded CPUs and small on-board storage units. By connecting robots among each other and to cloud computing, cloud storage, and other Internet technologies centered around the benefits of converged infrastructure and shared services, two main advantages can be exploited. First, computation can be outsourced to cloud services leveraging an on-demand pay-per-use elastic model. Second, robots can access a plethora of services complementing their capabilities (e.g., speech analysis, object recognition, knowledge sharing), enabling new complex functionalities and supporting learning. Cloud robotics is a natural extension to the Internet of Things (IoT). Where IoT devices will gather information about an environment to help make smarter decisions, cloud robotics will be able to use this information and act on it.
Although there is clear recognition that Cloud access is required to complement robotics computation and enable functionalities needed for robotic tasks (e.g., self-driving cars), it is still unclear how to best support these scenarios.

This workshop deals with a cutting-edge topic spanning all the system and service aspects relevant to supporting modern robotics applications. These naturally include real-time systems, networked, distributed, parallel and embedded computing. Cloud robotics bridges in to the physical world through real time, embedded cyber-physical systems, but builds its computation and complementing services on Cloud infrastructure, big data analytics and all the required supporting technologies (i.e., database, storage, distributed, networked systems).

The workshop aims to:
• bring together researchers working on the topic to exchange ideas, identify challenges, and discuss work directions
• provide an overview of the current status and OpenSource tools available today in this cutting-edge research field
• promote an exchange and fostering collaboration among academic and industrial practitioners

The workshop will provide an open forum for researchers to present their early work, receive feedback, and discuss common challenges and research directions of the field.
Authors are invited to submit original research manuscripts, experience reports and experimental results that demonstrate current research in all areas of cloud robotics.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

• Cloud computing, IaaS and PaaS: what is required from cloud technologies to effectively support robotic scenarios? How can best-of-breed Cloud solutions be leveraged? E.g., what is the role of container management systems? How do they interact with ROS?
• Cloud Orchestration: how to automate robotic tasks and resource allocation, synchronization, and management at run-time?
• Scalable computing: How can parallel / grid-based / heterogeneous (e.g., FGPA, GPUs) computing on demand support robotics scenarios?
• Functionality distribution: How should computation be distributed between on board the robot and remotely?
• System architectures: What architectures should be used to provide reliable and scalable cloud-robotics applications?
• Internet of Things: how to interface and leverage IoT devices? What solutions from IoT can be reused in the robotic context?
• Big Data and Knowledge sharing: how to collect, process, share knowledge collected by robots and sensors?
• Communication, security and privacy issues: How can cloud-robotics be robust to moving robots, latency, bandwidth limits, network failures and attacks? What is the role of SDN in cloud robotics?
• Continuous development / integration / deployment in the cloud robotics context


Available soon.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the workshop program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).


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