[robotics-worldwide] IEEE ICRA 2007 Workshop on "Contact Interface in Robotic Manipulation: Modeling and Application"

Paolo Tiezzi paolo.tiezzi at mail.ing.unibo.it
Fri Nov 24 00:42:46 PST 2006



in conjunction with
10-14 April 2007, Rome, Italy

The development of humanoid robots as well as the increasing interaction 
between human and
robots are new challenging research topics towards which many efforts 
are directed. The skills
of the robot are deeply affected by the contact interface through which 
robots interact with the
environment. The adoption of soft contact interface is widely recognized 
to enhance the grasping
and manipulation capabilities of dexterous hands. Furthermore, modeling 
and analysis of such
contact interface can be a powerful tool to develop bio-inspired and 
ergonomic design solutions.
In addition, such study can enhance the intrinsic safety in human-robot 
interaction. Besides the
mentioned advantages, many issues related to the design solution of such 
compliant interfaces,
the suitable sensory apparatus, the control strategies and the use of 
more realistic but complex
models have to be solved. The aim of the workshop is to explore the 
state of the art about these
topics by gathering the contribution of researchers who are working on 
relevant subjects of contact
interface. The intended audience of the workshop includes researchers 
and students who are
interested in having a panorama of the on-going research in robotic 
contact interface and its
adoption on robotic manipulation.

The workshop will consist of several invited talks and paper 
presentations. Interested authors
are welcome to submit their contributions. Topics of interests include 
(but are not limited to):

    * Modeling the actual behavior of contacts for design and control
    * Development of new design solutions capable of providing the
      necessary integration between the surface layers, soft pads,
      articulated structure of the robot and distributed sensory equipment.
    * Adoption of suitable sensory apparatus to provide the required
      information to the control system.
    * Development of control procedures specifically oriented to manage
      surface compliance.
    * Manipulation without detailed contact modeling.
    * Practical applications for modeling various contact interface (for
      example: intrinsic safety in human-robot interaction, haptic
      interface, etc...).

The half-day workshop will consist of several invited talks and paper 
presentations. Interested
authors are welcome to submit their contributions. Paper contributions 
should be submitted by
email to one of the organizers. Papers should be in PDF format and 
prepared following the ICRA07
final camera ready format, with a maximum length of 10 pages. The 
detailed information on the
paper format is available from the ICRA07 page. Timeliness in exchanging 
on-going research
results and ideas is one of the driving factors of workshops. Therefore, 
submission of even
preliminary or informal work is encouraged. Also, extended versions of 
ICRA'07 papers can
be considered. Finally, state-of-the-art surveys in the above topical 
areas are welcome.
Contributions will be selected by the workshop organizers, based on 
their quality and relevance
to the workshop theme.


    * November 15, 2006 Publication of call for contributions
    * December 15, 2006 Deadline for submission of contributions
    * January 15, 2007 Selection of contributions and authors' notification


    Paolo Tiezzi
    University of Bologna, Italy.
    paolo.tiezzi at mail.ing.unibo.it <mailto:paolo.tiezzi at mail.ing.unibo.it>

    Imin Kao
    SUNY at Stony Brook, USA
    kao at mal.eng.sunysb.edu <mailto:kao at mal.eng.sunysb.edu>

    Gabriele Vassura
    University of Bologna, Italy.
    gabriele.vassura at mail.ing.unibo.it
    <mailto:gabriele.vassura at mail.ing.unibo.it>

The workshop will take place on April 14.
The exact time and location will be posted as soon as available from the 
Conference Organizers.

Paolo Tiezzi, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineer
Department of Mechanical Engineering - DIEM
University of Bologna
Viale Risorgimento 2, 40136, Bologna

Phone: +39-051-2090497 Mobile: +39-393-4569453
Fax: +39-051-2090484
email: paolo.tiezzi at mail.ing.unibo.it
web: http://www.diem.ing.unibo.it/personale/tiezzi/

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