Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa (RAIA)

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First Call for Papers for the IEEE AFRICON 2013 
Special Session on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa

IEEE AFRICON is the premier biennial event of the IEEE in Africa. This flagship conference provides a platform for academics and industry
professionals to share ideas and present their latest research. Co-sponsored by the IEEE Region 8 and the IEEE South Africa
Section, Africon 2013 will be hosted in the wonderful island of Mauritius from 9 – 12 September 2013. We are happy to announce the
Special Track on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa (RAIA).

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence research in the African context has not yet reached its full potential. Since the last edition of this
special track at 2011 AFRICON, the African researchers in the field of AI and robotics are much better connected, for instance, through
initiatives such as the AFRON network. With this special track, we intend to bring together the African Robotics and AI community and
discuss the various aspects of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in the African context. Both cutting-edge fields may become drivers for
Africa industry and have a great potential for education and the development of human resources. With this special session, besides
sharing actual research results, we are interested in building a vibrant and sustainable research community by connecting people who
are active in both fields. Further, the focus of this special session is on Robotics and AI in education. We are interested in robotics and
AI initiatives in Africa and want to invite interested researchers from Africa and all over the world to contribute to this aspect.

In particular, we intend to address the following:

 * Current research results from African researchers in the field.
 * Robotics and AI in education that could make an impact for Africa.
 * Robotics competitions relevant in the African context (e.g. RoboCup Junior or IEEE Robocomp). 
 * The role of open source in development of Robotics and AI in Africa.
 * The role of Robotics and AI for the economic development in the context of 21st century production and manufacturing in Africa (automation,
   mining industries, etc.)
 * Successful robotics and AI co-operation projects between African institutions and institutions in the rest of the world

Important Dates

 * Paper submission: February  28, 2013
 * Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2013
 * Camera-ready copy due: June 30, 2013
 * Technical Session: September 9 – 13, 2013

Submission Details

Prospective authors are invited to electronically submit full papers of their work in English (6 pages, ~4500 words, in pdf format),
following the instructions available on the web site. Accepted papers will be published in an IEEE proceedings volume that will be indexed
by EI and IEEE Xplore, and will be available at the time of the conference. 

For further information visit main conference website at:
Further detail about the RAIA Special Track will be made available soon.

Session Chairs

Alexander Ferrein, FH Aachen, Germany
Gerald Steinbauer, Graz University of Technology, Austria
+Billy Okal , Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 
Information received via Andre Hoffman from Dr Alexander Ferrein 
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