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Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2013

Welcome to ACRA 2013 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW)

ACRA is a unique conference that historically has promoted the intellectual capacity building by providing an atmosphere in which academics and scientists working in the areas of robotics and automation sit together with research students in a single track conference. The conference naturally promotes collegiality, networking and training of young researchers. Especially, ACRA provides a spring board for research students and young researchers to present and publish their work and make them available for a worldwide audience through indexed catalogue Scopus and therefore in Google Scholar. As a result, the proceedings of ACRA stand shoulder to shoulder with many other giant conferences around the world. In a literature search, the papers published in this conference stand equally prominent as papers from other large international conferences and prominent journals. The visibility this conference provides for its participants cannot be understated.

In the recent past this predominantly Australian and New Zealand conference has spread its wings to cover the Asian region of which Australia and New Zealand are fast becoming integral parts. As a result the participation from the Asian region is gradually on the rise and as the organizers of this conference we warmly welcome this development. We also value the participation of nations from outside the Australasian region.

ACRA2013 is a conference in which full papers were peer reviewed rigorously by members of a 60 strong program committee through direct reviews. A direct review means that the papers are reviewed by the program committee members themselves without the papers being further delegated to others. This provides greater transparency to the authors about the quality of reviewers as the names of the program committee are publicly available. This year out of 75 paper submissions received, 56 have been accepted for presentation. The Program Chairs re-reviewed some of the papers to improve the editorial quality of the proceedings. The conference organizers expect approximately 100 participants at the conference. Through a consultative process the Program Chairs have given the presenters their desired length of presentation times. This has led to longer informal networking time outside the presentations, especially during longer lunch breaks. The organizers strongly believe networking and relationship building to be important parts of this conference and hence endeavoured to ensure longer informal times for such interaction.

We, at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication and the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, take great pride in organizing the Australasian Conference in Robotics and Automation 2013 and look forward to warmly welcoming you to Sydney. We trust the time you spent with us from 2-4 December this year will be enjoyable and intellectually productive.

Jay Katupitiya (General Chair)
Jose Guivant and Ray Eaton (Program Chairs)
Mark Whitty (Local Arrangements Chair)

ISBN 978-0-9807404-4-8 ISSN 1448-2053