UPDATE: We have an invited talk by Prof. Neira. See the program for details

IEEE AFRICON is the premier biennial event of the IEEE in Africa. This flagship conference provides a platform for academics and industry professionals to share ideas and present their latest research. Co-sponsored by the IEEE Region 8 and the IEEE South Africa Section, Africon 2013 will be hosted in the paradise island of Mauritius from 9 – 12 September 2013. We are happy to announce the Special Track on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa (RAIA).

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence research in the African context has not yet reached its full potential. Since the last edition of this special track at 2011 AFRICON, the African researchers in the field of AI and robotics are much better connected, for instance, through initiatives such as the AFRON network. With this special track, we intend to bring together the African Robotics and AI community and discuss the various aspects of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in the African context. Both cutting-edge fields may become drivers for Africa industry and have a great potential for education and the development of human resources. With this special session, besides sharing actual research results, we are interested in building a vibrant and sustainable research community by connecting people who are active in both fields. Further, the focus of this special session is on Robotics and AI in education. We are interested in robotics and AI initiatives in Africa and want to invite interested researcher from Africa and all over the world to contribute to this aspect.

In particular, we intend to address the following:

* Current research results from African researchers in the fields.
* Robotics and AI in education that could make an impact for Africa.
* Robotics competitions relevant in the African context (e.g. Robocup Junior or IEEE Robocomp).
* The role of open source in development of Robotics and AI in Africa.
* The role of Robotics and AI for the economic development in the context of 21st century production and manufacturing in Africa (Automation, Manufacturing, Mining industries, etc.)
* Successful robotics and AI co-operation projects between African institutions and institutions in the rest of the world

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