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Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2004

Welcome to ACRA 2004

The 2004 Australian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA 2004) was held at the Australian National University in Canberra. ACRA 2004 continues a tradition of bringing together the Australian robotics community in an annual event to discuss and to celebrate progress in robotics research.

Australia is home to a vibrant and internationally prominent community of robotics researchers. As the national conference, ACRA brings together the best of this community in an informal setting to present and to discuss new and current work. The conference particularly encourages the interaction of research students and developing academics with the more established community. ACRA continues to play an essential role in introducing and fostering new research talent and in advancing the future profile of Australia as an international leader in robotics.

We have endeavoured to ensure a balanced programme: maintaining a high standard of quality, while being inclusive of the up and coming students and junior researchers in the Australasian robotics community. The Programme Committee accepted 48 full papers for presentation and publication after a review process in which full manuscripts were reviewed by at least two committee members. The accepted papers were drawn from 56 papers submitted in total. Movie submissions have been encouraged and the proceedings includes 9 videos. In keeping with recent trends, the primary medium for the proceedings is CD-ROM, and we will be maintaining the proceedings online at the ARAA website. In addition to the technical paper programme, the programme includes a number of interesting live robotics demonstrations, the Annual General Meeting for the ARAA, and plenty of social opportunities for Australasian and international robotics researchers to network and develop cross-institutional links.

We hope you enjoy your time at the conference and we thank all authors, reviewers and participants for their contributions.

Nick Barnes and David Austin
Co-chairs ACRA
Canberra, December 2004

on behalf of the Programme Committee.