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Accommodation

Below is a list of recommended accommodation options suitable for all types of budgets:

Lincoln University, Halls of Residence, Stevens Hall and Quarter Blocks
Located in the heart of the university campus, these single rooms have shared bathroom facilities, a common room, and a kitchenette.
$85/night; rate includes cooked breakfast and after-dinner supper.
Email Melissa (melissa.wong@lincolnagritech.co.nz) by 1 November if you wish to book this option.

Lincoln Motel, 6 Maurice St, Lincoln
This motel is located in the Lincoln township, close to all the local shops, restaurants, pubs and amenities. It is an easy 20 min walk to/from the university campus.
Rates are from $135/night (depending on room booking). Accommodation includes free wifi, TV and parking. Visit the website for bookings and details.

The Famous Grouse Hotel, 2 Gerald St, Lincoln
This hotel is located in the Lincoln township, close to all the local shops and amenities. It is an easy 20 min walk to/from the university campus. Accommodation includes free wifi, TV and parking. Pub and food options available onsite.
Rates $130/night. Visit the website for bookings and details.

Silverstream Lodge, 214 Englishs Rd, Lincoln
This lodge is a 5 min drive to/from the university. The picturesque countryside accommodation has free wifi, TV with Sky movies and sport.
Rates from $150 (depending on room booking) and includes breakfast. Visit the website for bookings and details.

Rolleston Highway Motel, 10D Chaucer St, Rolleston
This motel is located within a 10 min drive to/from the university. Located in the Rolleston township it is close to local shops, restaurants, pubs and amenities. Accommodation includes free wifi, TV with Sky movies and parking.
Rates from $140 (depending on room booking). Visit website for bookings and details.

Christchurch city centre accommodation options
If you wish to stay in Christchurch, it is a 30 min drive to/from Lincoln University. Click on this link for a list of accommodation options.

Things to do
If you are choosing to stay in Christchurch (before or after the conference) and are looking for entertainment and sightseeing options, here is a list of recommendations:

Submissions

Key Dates:
Paper Submission Deadline: Extended till 1 October 2018 at 5.00 pm NZ time
Click here to submit your paper.
Notification of Acceptance: 17 October 2018
Final manuscript Deadline: 31 October 2018

Paper Format:
ACRA papers must be 6-10 pages in length (including text, references, figures and acknowledgements). Papers that do not follow these guidelines may be rejected without review.
Use this example paper as a guide, Exploiting Parallax in Panoramic Capture to Construct Light Fields by Donald Dansereau, David Wood, Sebastian Montabone and Stefan Williams (ACRA 2014).

Paper Templates:
LaTeX: style file: acra.sty, template: acra.tex, bibtex: named.bst
Microsoft Word | Star/OpenOffice: template: acra.rtf or acra.odt.

Presentation Format:
15 min in total (12 min presentation; 3 min question time).
Acceptance of all work at the conference is based on the quality of the submitted paper.
Attendance of a presenter at the conference is required for accepted papers to appear in the proceedings.

ACRA 2018

Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2018

This event is jointly organised by the Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA) and the National Science Challenge Robotics Spearhead Project and proudly hosted by Lincoln Agritech.

Clive Marsh (General Chair) and Ian Woodhead (Programme Chair)

Event details:
4-6 December, 2018
Lincoln University, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand
For event details and registration, click here.

Registration includes a conference registration pack with your name tag and conference proceedings. It is a catered event – there will be session breaks and refreshments on offer. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. If you have dietary requirements, please contact Melissa Wong (melissa.wong@lincolnagritech.co.nz).

Accommodation options are listed here.

Registration costs (NZD):
Early bird – register by 5 November 2018
General admission $575.00
Student admission $402.50

Regular price  – register by 1 December 2018
General admission$632.50
Student admission $460.00

Key dates:
Paper Submission Deadline:
Extended till 1 October 2018 at 5.00 pm NZ time
Click here to submit your paper.
Notification of Acceptance:
17 October 2018
Final manuscript Deadline:
31 October 2018

Submission of papers
All full papers submitted to ACRA 2018 will undergo a peer-review process. Each manuscript will be reviewed by at least two reviewers who will give detailed comments. If the submission is accepted, the authors will submit a revised (“camera-ready”) version that takes into account this feedback. The review process is managed by the program chair of the conference.

All papers are reviewed using a single-blind review process: authors declare their names and affiliations in the manuscript for the reviewers to see, but reviewers do not know each other’s identities, nor do the authors receive information about who has reviewed their manuscript.

Organisation

Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2018

General Chair: Clive Marsh, Lincoln Agritech Ltd
Program Chair: Ian Woodhead, Lincoln Agritech Ltd

Foreword

Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2018

4-6 December 2018, Lincoln University

Kia ora, welcome to the Australasian Conference of Robotics and Automation (ACRA) 2018. Proudly hosted by Lincoln Agritech, this is the first time the conference is being held in South Island, New Zealand on the Lincoln University campus. Lincoln University and its subsidiary, Lincoln Agritech, are specialists in land-based activities specifically agriculture, horticulture and environmental management. In addition to the usual topics at ACRA, we plan to give this conference a land-based flavour.

Lincoln University campus is easily accessible from the Christchurch International Airport (20-minute commute). The attractive campus is set in a rural setting and is an easy walking distance to the Lincoln township, full of shops, amenities, and cafes. Accommodation is available on the university grounds, in Lincoln and the surrounding townships.

We welcome you to the South Island and look forward to meeting you at ACRA 2018.

Contact Us

General Chair: Clive Marsh (clive.marsh@lincolnagritech.co.nz)
Programme Chair: Ian Woodhead (ian.woodhead@lincolnagritech.co.nz)

Mailing Address:
Lincoln Agritech Ltd
PO Box 69133, Lincoln
Christchurch 7640
New Zealand

 

Conferences

Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA)

The annual ACRA conferences began in 1999 with a conference in Brisbane. The 2002 conference was held in New Zealand and the conference became known as the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (it was previously known as the Australian Conference on Robotics and Automation).

ACRA 2018 – Lincoln University, New Zealand (4-6 December)

The conference website can be found here.

Submission date for full papers is 17 September 2018.
Guidelines on paper formats can be found here. We will advise acceptance status by 30 October 2018. The camera-ready version will be required by 13 November 2018.

Past ACRA Conferences

The links below will take you to the proceedings of each ACRA conference.

2017, Sydney
2016, Brisbane
2015, Canberra
2014, Melbourne
2013, Sydney
2012, Wellington
2011, Melbourne
2010, Brisbane
2009, Sydney
2008, Canberra
2007, Brisbane
2006, Auckland
2005, Sydney
2004, Canberra
2003, Brisbane
2002, Auckland
2001, Sydney
2000, Melbourne
1999, Brisbane

How to Purchase CD-ROM of Proceedings

If you would like to purchase copies of the CD-ROM proceedings of ACRA, at a cost of Aus$200 each, please email Jonathan Roberts.

ACRA Paper Templates

LaTex (style file: acra.sty, template: acra.tex, bibtex: named.bst) and Star/OpenOffice or MS-Word (template: acra.rtf or acra.odt).

ACRA Sponsorship

ACRA welcomes the sponsorship and support of the robotics community.  Suggested donation levels include:

  • $3,500 – Platinum Sponsor (exclusively limited):
    Sponsorship of Best Paper Award.  A logo on ACRA website and proceedings, a registration for ACRA, a showcase booth and an optional 30 minute spotlight talk.
  • $2,500 – Gold Sponsor:
    Sponsorship of Student Travel Award.  Plus, a logo on ACRA website and proceedings, a registration for ACRA and a showcase booth.
  • $1,000 – Silver Sponsor:
    Logo on ACRA website and proceedings and a registration for ACRA.
  • $500 –  Bronze Sponsor:
    Name listing on ACRA website and proceedings and a registration for ACRA.

Pre-ACRA Conferences

The ARAA was co-sponsor of the National Conference and Exhibition on Robotics held in Melbourne in August 1984 and was principal sponsor of the “Robots in Australia’s Future” conference in Perth in May 1986. It organised the International Symposium and Exposition on Robots (the 19th ISIR) in Sydney in November 1988 an Australian Bicentennial Activity and the national conference on robotics in Melbourne in June 1990. The Association organised an international conference on “Robots for Competitive Industries” in Brisbane in 1993, a national conference on “Robots for Australian Industries” in Melbourne in 1995, and the International Conference on Field and Service Robotics in Canberra in 1997.

Field and Service Robotics (FSR) Conferences

The ARAA was co-sponsor of the International Conference on Field and Service Robotics in Canberra in 1997 and in Port Douglas in 2005.

1997, Canberra
2005, Port Douglas, Queensland
2013, Brisbane, Queensland

International Robotics and Automation Conferences

Robotics & Automation
Conferences
 (link to IEEE-RAS site)
International Foundation of Robotics Research