NEWSLETTER 08 - IFAC TC 8.1 "Control in Agriculture" / Feb. 2009



IFAC Bio-Robotics IV Workshop


Submission of paper proposal                          March 1, 2009
Notification of acceptance                                March 15, 2009
Initial manuscript submission                          May 30, 2009
Critiqued manuscript returned to authors       June 15, 2009
Final camera-ready manuscript submission    July 1, 2009

Advanced registration                                       August 10, 2009



Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the International Program Committee and National Organization Committee, we would like to invite you participate in the 2009 IFAC Bio-Robotics IV Workshop, to be held at the I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, Illinois, USA, on 10-11 September, 2009:

The workshop will bring together researchers and professionals interested in automation, robotics, information technology, and intelligent controls used in bioproduction systems. Attendees will be able to share ideas, theories, techniques, challenges, and concerns with peers and expand their professional networks worldwide. They will also have the opportunity to visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the world's premier higher education institutions, where much research in cutting-edge technologies involving robotics is conducted.

The workshop is open to researchers and engineers from all over the world. The intent of the organizers is that participants will exchange information about trends in fundamental robotic technologies and highlight the use of robotic equipment for food, fiber, and fuel production in open-field farming, environmentally controlled plant and animal facilities, postharvest processes, and space exploration missions.
The key themes addressed by the workshop include, but not limited to, bio-robotic perception, reasoning and learning, communication, planning, execution, applications, and socioeconomic issues.  For detailed information, please visit

We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Workshop Call-for-Papers. Authors are invited to submit a paper targeting one of the main topics indicated on the 'Topics' page. The paper should describe original work, including methods, techniques, prototypes, applications, systems and tools, research results, and/or future research and development directions.  A submitted abstract is limited to 500 words, including the title of the paper. Please list the names and affiliated organizations of all authors in the abstract. The abstract should be self-contained, concise, and informative. It should describe the research objectives, methods used, and major findings.

One of the authors will present the accepted paper during the workshop. The accepted papers will be published in the proceedings. Selected papers will be submitted to Computers and Electronics in Agriculture to be considered for publication as a peer-reviewed article. Consideration will be based on the quality, relevance, and originality of the submitted paper.

The deadline for submitting your abstract via the Internet is on or before March 1, 2009.  Proposals will be reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Workshop, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Workshop website -

We look forward to receiving your paper proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Champaign, Illinois in September 2009.

Sincerely yours,


Qin Zhang & Noboru Noguchi                                    K.C. Ting
International Program Committee                    National Organization Committee