Workshop on Visual Navigation and Optimal Control for unmanned vehicles” (ViNOC19)

The workshop on “Visual Navigation and Optimal Control for unmanned vehicles” (ViNOC19) will he held in Thessaloniki, Greece on 25 September 2019 in conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Computer Vision Systems 2019.


Visual navigation, roughly described as the ability of an autonomous agent to operate and define its route in a large and complex environment by processing visual information, comprises one of the most fundamental problems in robotics and computer vision. Depending on the application of the system, the final objectives can be adapted accordingly so that, the extracted navigation path of the vehicle can be optimized based on specific visual metrics. Nonetheless, many state-of-the-art visual navigation approaches extract pathways without considering any quantitative and evaluation metric.

Addressing the need for novel strategies of autonomous navigation, the workshop aims to serve as a platform for researchers from academia and industries, to promote new ideas on incorporating visual information with optimal control of a vehicle’s locomotion. In addition, it will provide a forum to enhance visual navigation by combining recent advancements in deep and machine learning with approaches of optimized navigation.

Topics include (but not limited to):

  • Deep and reinforcement learning for robot navigation
  • Leveraging semantic information in optimized navigation
  • Semantic Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)
  • Semantic representations for robot navigation
  • Other imaging modalities (thermal etc.)
  • Representations for optimized robot locomotion
  • Object detection and optimal tracking
  • Optimized navigation based on 3D data

Important Dates

  • Workshop papers submission deadline: Monday, 10 June 2019
  • Workshop papers notification deadline: Monday, 1 July 2019
  • Camera-ready workshop papers: Monday, 15 July 2019
  • Workshop date: 25 September 2019

Workshop Organizers

  • Dr. Konstantinos Ioannidis, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Information Technologies Institute (ITI), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Thessaloniki, Greece, Email:
  • Dr. Stefanos Vrochidis, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Information Technologies Institute (ITI), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Thessaloniki, Greece, Email:
  • Prof. Elias Kosmatopoulos, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece, Email:,


The workshop accepts only original and previously unpublished papers. All submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of 10-pages in the LNCS format following the same guidelines of preparation for all the ICVS2019 submissions (Link). The layout of the papers must be prepared according to the Instructions for the Preparation of Camera-Ready Contributions to LCNS Proceedings. The authors must submit their papers using the following EasyChair Submission Link . Each submission will be double-blindly per-reviewed by at least two experts. Accepted papers will be published by Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science.