Welcome to the NSF Sponsored Workshop on Accessible Remote Testbeds (ART’15), to be held during November 12-13, 2015, at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA.  Registration is mandatory for all attendees. The rationale behind the ART’15 workshop is that remote-access testbeds could, if done right, significantly change how we structure research infrastructure, and the focus of the workshop is on identifying challenges, opportunities, and previous successes in this domain. We hope that you will have a rewarding workshop and look forward to seeing you at NSF in November.

Magnus Egerstedt (Chair, ART’15)

Manimaran Govindarasu (Co-Chair, ART’15)

Important note for Attendees

NSF security is now enforcing REAL ID, so attendees from  Minnesota and American Samoa require alternative identification besides a driver’s license.


Workshop Goals

This multi-disciplinary workshop will focus on the development or Accessible Remote Testbeds (ARTs), i.e., experimental testbeds that can be accessed by remote users.  ARTs reduce the expenditures required for individual researchers to validate their methodology experimentally by effectively sharing infrastructure.  This shared infrastructure also allows data from two sets of experiments to be compared directly.  It is our hope that establishing ARTs across a wide range of disciplines will encourage broader participation in engineering and scientific research.

The focus of the workshop will be to understand the major challenges to creating and maintaining ARTs in a way that is useful to research communities.    Selected speakers from the domains of robotics,  energy, security and education will give talks throughout the workshop.  Each day will feature small breakout discussion groups and open discussions to encourage audience participation.

The results of the meeting will be compiled into a summary report to be submitted to the NSF.  A summary of the workshop’s conclusions will also be presented at the annual NSF CPS PI meeting.