IROS 2014 Workshop on Perception and Interaction in Clutter

September 18th, 2014

This workshop is sponsored by the TC on Mobile Manipulation. Deadline for submission of papers is July 18th.

Areas of interest (listed in no particular order) are:

  • Sensing and perception in cluttered scenes (table tops, rooms, outdoors)
  • Navigation in cluttered and dynamic environments and social aspects of such robots
  • Self-driving cars and clutter on streets in urban areas
  • Interactive perception for object segmentation and recognition in clutter
  • Manipulation of objects in clutter (complex object arrangements, piles, heaps)
  • We specifically invite demos for the interactive demo and poster session

Workshops at ICRA 2014

If you are attending ICRA 2014, you might be interested in the following workshops

Autonomous Grasping and Manipulation: An Open Challenge (May 31st)
Organizers: Renaud Detry, Oliver Kroemer, Danica Kragic

Experiences of Research on Robot Assistance for Industrial Environments (ERRA) (May 31st)
Organizers: Mustafa Suphi Erden, Ole Madsen, Anders Billesø Beck

Active Visual Learning and Hierarchical Visual Representations for General-Purpose Robot Vision (May 31st)
Organizers: Ales Ude, Ales Leonardis, Kostas Daniidlis, Tamim Asfour

Visual Place Recognition in Changing Environments (June 1st)
Organizers: Niko Sünderhauf, Peter Corke, Michael Milford

Advances in robot manipulation of clothes and flexible objects (June 1st)
Organizers: Giorgio Cannata, Sotiris Malassiotis, Vaclav Hlavac

Robots in Homes and industry: where to look first? (June 1st)
Organizers: Michael Zillich, Simone Frintrop, Fiora Pirri, Jim Little, Ekaterina Potapova

Motion Planning for Industrial Robots (June 5th)
Organizers: Jean Paul Laumond, Dinesh Manocha, Eiichi Yoshida

Workshop on Human versus Robot Grasping and Manipulation

July 12, 2014

RSS 2014

The workshop will bring together researchers working on the human and robot side of grasping to identify novel directions and emphases in robotics grasping/manipulation research. The invited speakers will present paired presentations contrasting the insights gained into different key aspects on how humans grasp vs. how robots should grasp:

Hands: Francisco Valero-Cuevas, USC, and Aaron Dollar, Yale
Grasping and manipulation: Marco Santello, ASU, and Antonio Bicchi (TBC), U. Pisa
Perception for grasping/manipulation: Michael Arbib, USC, and Justus Piater, U. Innsbruck


Hope to see you in Berkeley!

Oliver Brock, Dmitry Berenson, Jim Mainprice, Clemens Eppner & Maximo A. Roa

From Safety to Comfort in the Humanoid Coworker and Assistant

October 15, 2013

Humanoids 2013

The aging population in the most modern societies as well as the always increasing demand for productivity drives the need for robot coworkers and assistants. Humanoids, being especially well suited to cope with human environments, are the ideal robots for such roles. 
However, integrating the necessary safety features while endowing the robots with a model of our behavioral patterns and social habits is a difficult problem. How do we make the robots’ motions safer? How do we make them more legible? How can we recognize and predict the user’s intention?  How do we make robots collaborate with users in performing complex tasks seamlessly? How do we learn from observation and interaction with the user, while ensuring their safety? 
This workshop intends to address these questions by bringing together researchers and engineers from different sub-fields of robotics, including but not limited to motion planning, machine learning, human-robot interaction, and perception.

Hope to see you in Atlanta!

Jim Mainprice, Dmitry Berenson, Dana Kulić, Olivier Stasse

Tutorial: Motion Planning for Mobile Manipulation: State-of-the-art Methods and Tools

May 10, 2013

ICRA 2013

This full-day tutorial is intended to expose both novice and expert users to the most recent developments, both theoretical and practical, on the topic of motion planning for mobile manipulation. The tutorial will combine talks on the latest algorithmic developments by leading experts with hands-on sessions where implemented tools will be presented and where participants will walk through actual applications in mobile manipulation.

Workshop on Mobile Manipulation: Interactive Perception

May 6, 2013

ICRA 2013

Interactive perception is a holistic approach towards autonomous exploration. It shifts the emphasis from individual subfields such as control, planning, reasoning, learning, and perception towards the implementation of task-specific capabilities. In interactive perception, we understand the world based on functionality and behavior. As a result, manipulation becomes an integral part of perception. In other words, purposeful manipulation depends on the robot's ability to curiously explore its unknown environment through interaction.

Special Symposium on Mobile Manipulation

October 7-12, 2012

IROS 2012

IROS 2011 will celebrate the last 50 years of robotics with a series of special symposia. One of these symposia is on Mobile Manipulation. This symposium will consist of a combination of invited talks by leading researchers and practitioners in mobile manipulation and invited papers addressing the state of the art in this field and future directions.

Workshop on Mobile Manipulation: Generating Robot Motion for Contact with the World

July 9 & 10, 2012

Robotics: Science and Systems 2012

The aim of the workshop is to discuss current problems and futuredirections in contact motion generation. Recent years have seensignificant progress toward enabling autonomous mobile robots tointeract with unstructured, dynamic, and human-centeredenvironments.

Workshop on Mobile Manipulation: Learning to Manipulate

June 27-30, 2011

Robotics: Science and Systems 2011

This workshop explores new approaches to mobile manipulation with an emphasis on the relationship between machine learning and successful interaction in human environments. Autonomous manipulation in human environments is challenging because of the associated high dimensional state space and its inherent uncertainties. It requires perceptual and manipulation skills which are robust against sparse, incomplete and noisy information.

Workshop on Mobile Manipulation: Integrating Perception and Manipulation

May 13, 2011

ICRA 2011

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the state of the art in mobile manipulation research. Robust, reliable mobile manipulation is critical for robotic applications in the home, health care and retail industries.

CoTeSys-ROS Fall School on Cognition-enabled Mobile Manipulation

November 1-6, 2010

Technische Universität München

The first CoTeSys-ROS Fall School on Cognition-enabled MobileManipulation will be held from 1.11.2010 until 6.11.2010 at Technische Universität München in Munich, Germany. The school will be organizedby the Cluster of Excellence Cognition for Technical Systems,Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group at TU Munich and Willow Garage.

1st BRICS Research Camp on Mobile Manipulation

October 25-29, 2010

Malaga, Spain

The top 20 robotics Ph.D. students worldwide with a solid background in mobile manipulation are invited to gather for one week in a stimulating environment to explore, revise, and improve what is considered best practice in mobile manipulation today. The intended outcome of the research camp is an open source library of refactored and harmonized mobile manipulation algorithms and harmonized interfaces between the various hardware and software components.

Workshop on Mobile Manipulation

May 7, 2010

ICRA 2010

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the state of the art in mobile manipulation research. We are particularly interested in the mobile aspect of manipulation where robots need to move around in cluttered environments to manipulate everyday objects.

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