[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation -- RSS'09 WAM Workshop

William T. Townsend wt at barrett.com
Mon Mar 30 09:30:43 PDT 2009


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

RSS 2009 Workshop on "Creative Manipulation: Examples using the WAM"

Website: http://www.barrett.com/RSS09/workshop/

When:
Monday, June 29, 2009
8:30 AM to 12 PM

Where:
Robotics: Science and Systems Conference
University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
http://www.roboticsconference.org

Description:
This workshop is intended to foster the sharing of various 
applications of the open Whole-Arm Manipulator (WAM) platform.  We 
encourage present users and potential future users in areas ranging 
among mobile manipulation, machine learning, controls, biomechanics, 
rehabilitation, assistive technologies, telerobotics, and advanced 
manufacturing to attend this workshop.  Several users will present 
their recent research using the WAM platform including videos clips, 
novel algorithm implementations, and current challenges.  The 
Whole-Arm Manipulator is one of the most open, soft-manipulation 
systems available.  It was designed initially for robotics 
researchers to enable unprecedented access to realtime joint torques 
so they can apply novel computed-torque algorithms.  Today, it also 
supports high-level control of Cartesian trajectories and forces in 
support of a wide range of applications.  Different teams from a 
dozen countries use the WAM platform in unique and innovative 
ways.  We invite all people interested in dexterous manipulation, 
mobile manipulation, human-interactive robotics, and other areas to 
attend this workshop.

Organizers:
Bill Townsend  --  Barrett Technology <wt at barrett.com>
Yoky Matsuoka  --  University of Washington <yoky at cs.washington.edu>

Confirmed Speakers:
Rodney Grupen   University of Massachusetts
Simon Leonard    University of British Columbia
Jan Peters          Max Planck Institute
Joshua Smith       Intel Research Seattle
Siddhartha Srinivasa   Intel Research Pittsburgh
Alexander Stoytchev      Iowa State University



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