[robotics-worldwide] Workshop on Algorithmic Automation at ICRA 2008

Frank van der Stappen frankst at cs.uu.nl
Wed Dec 19 06:15:10 PST 2007

Call for Participation


Tues, 20 May 2008, 8am - 5pm, Pasadena CA.
held in conjunction with the IEEE ICRA 2008

Automation for manufacturing today is where computer technology was in
the early 1960s, a patchwork of ad-hoc solutions lacking a rigorous
scientific methodology.  CAD has progressed a long way toward elegant
modeling of mechanical parts and behavior.  What's missing is a
framework for the systematic design of automated manufacturing systems
that handle (e.g. assemble, inspect, sort, feed) these parts.  To be
reliable and inexpensive, automation systems often use simple physical
actions (such as pushing, squeezing, toppling, and vibrating)
performed by hardware components that require modest sensing
capabilities. These characteristics make automation amenable to formal
specification, analysis, and synthesis.

An algorithmic approach to automation can provide mathematical
abstractions for these basic operations.  Abstractions allow
functionality to be specified independent of hardware and software
implementations, which in turn provides the foundation for formal
specification and analysis, algorithmic design, consistency checking
and optimization.  Abstraction thus facilitates integrity,
reliability, interoperability, and maintainability and upgrading of

Our goal is to bring together top researchers and students to present
new algorithmic approaches to automation and discuss open research
questions and directions that can benefit the quality and productivity
of manufacturing worldwide. Topics of interest include, but are not
limited to:

o Grasping, Fixturing, Caging
o Feeding, Sorting, Singulating
o Casting, Molding
o Assembly and Disassembly
o Part Behavior Modeling (Friction, Dynamics, Deformation, Tolerancing)
o Machining and Tool Path Generation
o Rapid prototyping
o Part Design for Feeding/Casting/etc.
o Modular Hardware Devices and Systems
o Foundations
      - computational geometry
      - data structures
      - controllability
      - complexity and completeness

If you are interested in presenting your work, please send a title
and brief abstract to the organizers.


Frank van der Stappen (Utrecht University)
Ken Goldberg          (UC Berkeley)

Confirmed Speakers:

Nancy Amato (Texas A&M University),
Joel Burdick (Caltech),
Lydia Kavraki (Rice University),
Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania),
Dinesh Manocha (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill),
Matt Mason (Carnegie Mellon University),
Todd Murphey (University of Colorado at Boulder),
Elon Rimon (Technion),
Ken Goldberg (University of California, Berkeley),
Frank van der Stappen (Utrecht University)

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