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Important Dates

Abstract submission : June 5th, 2009
Full paper submission : June 30th, 2009 , July 15th, 2009
Notification of Paper Acceptance : September 5th, 2009
Camera Ready Papers Due and Registration : September 15, 2009
Workshop dates : one day of October 27-30, 2009
Notification of Extended Papers Acceptance : November 15th, 2009


3rd GRIT workshop : GRIT is Remote Instrumentation and Telerobotics for the industry, distance learning and collaboratories. It is the 3rd workshop of the series. The two previous editions where :

  • - WoRD : “Workshop of Remote control of Devices”, hosted by the 2nd International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM’07), Lyon, France
  • - WoRD2 : “2nd Workshop of Remote control of Devices”, hosted by the 2nd International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM’08), London, UK.

Real remote control of devices leads to several concepts, depending on the domain it is applied to. When it is govern by industrial issues, it usually refers to remote control of manufacturing systems. For some times, it is also a concern for universities and especially for joint laboratories, which can see the remote control of devices as a tool for the leverage of collaboratories. Of course, open and distance education institutions are also interested in providing remote laboratories to their students, hence need they remote laboratories to bring the laboratory right to the door of the students (“If you can’t come to the lab, the lab comes to you”).

Obviously, those domains share a common interest in the remote control of devices. We want to offer the possiblity for researchers of all those fields of application to exchange on this common matter of interest, and share results on their more recent works. The previous events have shown strong correlation in the field of computer science (middleware and Human-Computer Interactions), and electronics (control protocols for devices over the LAN segment).

GRIT is a workshop willing to make researchers from these different communities meet around the issue of the remote control of devices through the Internet. Actually, research communities in remote instrumentation and telerobotics are distributed in differents research topics, mainly : the industry (extended enterprise), distance learning curriculum (remote laboratories), and distributed and joint research laboratories (also known as “collaboratories”).


GRIT solicits research submissions on all topics related to remote control of devices in distributed systems, including but not limited to the following list:
- Remote laboratories
- Control of manufacturing systems
- Robotics
- Collaboratories
- Interoperability of information systems for the remote control of devices
- Collaborative Remote Laboratories
- HCI of the remote control of devices over the Internet
- Diagnostic methods in remote control of manufacturing systems
- Deployment of large scale applications for online engineering
- Building of communities around remote control of devices
- Architectures & Use cases involving remote control of devices
- Security issues for the remote control of devices
- New Ideas and Paradigms for the remote control of devices

Program Committee members

Jacques Fayolle, TELECOM Saint-Etienne, University Jean Monnet in Saint-Etienne, France,
Saliah-Hassane Hamadou, Télé-université in Montreal, Canada
Javier Garcia Zubia, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain
Bernhard Rabe, Hasso-Plattner-Institute for Software Systems Engineering, Potsdam, Germany
Ingvar Gustavsson, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Ronneby, Sweden
Luis Gomes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Elio San Cristobal Ruiz, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia
Manuel Castro, Uni. Nacional de Educación a Distancia Madrid, Spain
Reinhard Langmann, Duesseldorf University of Apllied Science, Germany
Vassilios Peristeras, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Ireland,
T.M. Sobh, University of Bridgeport, USA,
Abdullah Al-Zoubi, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman,
Jordan Michael Callaghan, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland,
J.M. Martins Ferreira, University of Porto, Portugal
Denis Gillet, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Bert Hesselink, Stanfort University, USA
Judson Harward, MIT Boston, USA
Doru Ursutiu, University Transylvania Brasov, Romania
Andreas Pester, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences Villach, Austria
David Lowe, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Christian Guetl, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA
Sabina Jeschke, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Rachida Ajhoun, Université Mohammed V Souissi, Marocco

Details of previous workshop editions

The workshops have been a very successful forum for experts and researchers to discuss their expertise and experiences of using online engineering methodologies and techniques to solve complex remote handling of devices situations and electronical/software architecture issues. Previous work presented at the workshops have been published as mainstream scientific publications through :

The previous editions (selected papers, authors, and pictures) can be browse at :


GRIT'09 is organized by TELECOM Saint-Etienne (University Jean Monnet, F-42000 Saint-Etienne, France), which is actively supporting the french chapter of the ACM SIGAPP (, and Carinthia Tech Institute (Fachhochschule Kärten, Villach, Austria).

The International Association of Online Engineering (IAOE) is a supporting organization since the first edition of the workshop, and still a support for the third event of the serie.