[robotics-worldwide] RSS2008 WS on locomotion control, June 28: Call for participation and poster-abstracts

Auke Ijspeert auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch
Wed Jun 25 11:53:12 PDT 2008

Control of locomotion: from animals to robots

Workshop at the "Robotics: Science and Systems" Conference */RSS2008/* 
Zurich, Switzerland, Saturday, June 28, 2008.

*Auke Ijspeert <http://birg.epfl.ch/page27899.html> *(EPFL, Lausanne, 
Switzerland), *Paolo Dario 
<http://www-arts.sssup.it/people/prof/pdario/pdario.htm>* (SSSA, Italy), 
and *Sten Grillner <http://www.neuro.ki.se/grillner/pages/sten1.html>* 
(Karolinska Institute, Sweden)

Workshop website: http://birg2.epfl.ch/rss2008/


The goal of the workshop is to discuss how inspiration from the animal 
kingdom can help improving locomotion skills in robots, and how robots 
can be used as scientific tools in animal motor control. All aspects of 
locomotion will be considered including materials, actuators, sensors, 
control, and learning. In particular, the workshop aims at exploring how 
these different aspects can collectively be designed to improve the 
locomotor skills of future robots. We will discuss possible roads to 
tackle the challenges related to having robots get out of the labs and 
move in unstructured and partially unknown terrains.

While robotics has clearly something to gain from biological 
inspiration, we will also discuss how robotics can give something back 
to biology, namely how robots can be used as scientific tools in animal 
motor control. For instance, how robots can be used to test hypotheses 
about neural circuits and/or biomechanical principles in invertebrate 
and vertebrate animals.

*Topics*: Neuro-mechanical coupling, central pattern generators, 
compliant robots, passive and dynamic walkers, gait transitions, motor 
learning, swimming robots, crawling robots, walking robots, jumping 
robots, /etc/.


*Invited speakers:*

***Paolo Arena*, University of Catania, Italy*
**Jonas Buchli*, University of Southern California, USA. *
**Holk** Cruse*, University of Bielefeld, Germany*
Paolo Dario*, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy.*
Robert Full*, UC Berkeley, USA. *
Sten** Grillner*, The Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology, Karolinska 
Institute, Sweden. *
**Hiroshi Kimura*, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan. *
Roger Quinn*, Case Western Reserve University, USA. *
**Andre Seyfarth*, University of Jena, Germany.
*Russ Tedrake*, MIT, USA.

*Schedule: *http://birg2.epfl.ch/rss2008/



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