ARW 2015

ARW 2015


The 2015 edition of the workshop series will be held at the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt (AAU) on 7th and 8th of May 2015. The organizers envision strengthening the cooperation between academia and industry. Therefore, contributions and participation from industry are encouraged. The program will include two invited talks, oral presentations as well as robot and industry presentations and demonstrations.

Program Highlights

Keynote of Dr. Sabine Hauert on Thu. May 7th 

Nanoparticles for cancer applications are increasingly able to move, sense, and interact the body in a controlled fashion, an affordance that has led them to be called robots. The challenge is to discover how trillions of nanobots can work together to improve the detection and treatment of tumors. Towards this end, the field of swarm robotics offers tools and techniques for controlling large numbers of robots with limited capabilities. Our swarm strategies are designed in realistic simulators using bio-inspiration, machine learning and crowdsourcing (NanoDoc: Strategies are then translated to large swarms of robots or preliminary tissue-on-a-chip devices.

Sabine Hauert is Lecturer at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and University of Bristol where she designs swarms of nanobots for biomedical applications. Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine was a Human Frontier Science Program Cross-Disciplinary Fellow in the Laboratory of Sangeeta Bhatia at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT where she designed cooperative nanoparticles for cancer treatment. Her passion for swarm engineering started in 2006 as a PhD student at EPFL- Switzerland making swarms of flying robots for rescue operations. Sabine's work in swarm robotics has been featured in mainstream media including The Economist, CNN, New Scientist, Scientific American, and Wired. She is also the co-organizer of more than 10 international workshops, conferences, and competitions. Passionate about science communication, Sabine is the Co-founder and President of the Robots Association, Co-founder of the ROBOTS Podcast ( and Robohub (, as well as Media Editor for the journal Autonomous Robots.

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Keynote of Dr. Werner Huber on Fri. May 8th

In the future automated driving will essentially shape the individual and sustainable mobility. Highly automated driving will contribute significantly to come one step closer to accident-free mobility. At the same time an important comfort gain will be expected. Already today research prototypes of BMW Group Research and Technology drive on the motorway without intervention of the driver, in other words they brake, accelerate and overtake on their own at a speed from 0 till 130 km/h. For a future series production automated cars need to perform as safe as a driver. That requires new automotive redundancy architectures with fail operational concepts. Further, vehicle automation requires a holistic approach with regard to design of car interior and driver monitoring. A connection to the backend ensures the provision of the latest high-precision digital maps as well as dynamic traffic and route information.

After studying civil and traffic engineering at the Technical University Munich between 1984 and 1991, Dr. Huber was a research assistant in at TU Munich till 1996. He evaluated driver assistance and telematics systems within the framework of national and European R+D projects. He did his doctoral thesis on capturing and utilization of floating car data. Since 1996 Dr. Huber has been working at the BMW Group. In 2009 he came to the central unit for driving assistance at the BMW group. Since 2012 he has been leading the research group of driving assistance and perception at BMW Group Research and Technology and he is responsible for the project “Highly Automated Driving”.

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Organization & Sponsoring

Program Committee

  • Alessandro Gasparetto, University of Udine
  • Hubert Gattringer, JKU Linz
  • Michael Hofbaur, JOANNEUM RESEARCH
  • Wilfried Kubinger, FH Tech. Wien
  • Bernhard Rinner, AAU
  • Gerald Steinbauer, TU Graz
  • Aleš Ude, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana
  • Markus Vincze, TU Vienna
  • Stephan Weiss, NASA-JPL
  • Hubert Zangl, AAU

Keynote Chair

  • Christian Bettstetter, AAU, Lakeside Labs

 Organizing Committee

  • Torsten Andre
  • Saeed Yahyanejad

Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems / Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt