[robotics-worldwide] ICRA 2010 workshop on Grasping (correct link to webpage)

Asfour, Tamim asfour at ira.uka.de
Mon Feb 8 05:16:39 PST 2010

Call for contributions for ICRA 2010 Workshop on 

Representations for Object Grasping and Manipulation 


Monday, May 3, 2010
Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

Submission deadline: March 7, 2010 


Object grasping and manipulation is of significant importance for robot systems interacting with the environment. However, there are no a general, widely accepted representations of sensory data that can be used in different applications and across different embodiments. There are systems relying only on visual feedback and those that integrate visual and haptic feedback but in very constrained situations. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from computer vision, machine learning and control to discuss the future avenues in the area of sensory based object grasping and manipulation. Of special interest are systems that are based on multiple sensory input and have been demonstrated to perform in natural settings with different types of objects.

The increasing demand for robotic applications in dynamic and unstructured environments and novel situations is motivating the need for dexterous robot hands and grasping abilities, which can cope with the wide variety of tasks and objects encountered in such environments. Thus, we ask: "Where is the robot that fills a shopping bag and empties it at home?" Compared to humans or primates, the ability of today's robotic grippers and hands is surprisingly limited and their dexterity cannot be compared to human hand capabilities. Contemporary robotic hands can grasp only a few objects in constricted poses with limited grasping postures and positions.

The main objective of this workshop is to discuss the needs for the design of a robot system capable of performing grasping and manipulation tasks in open-ended environments, dealing with novelty, uncertainty and unforeseen situations. The design of such a system must take into account three important facts: i) it has to be based on solid theoretical basis, ii) it has to be extensively evaluated on a suitable and measurable foundation, thus iii) allowing for self-understanding and self-extension. As an outcome, we expect the participating researchers to provide insight in what is needed for robotic systems to reason about graspable targets, to explore and investigate their physical properties and finally to make artificial hands grasp any object. In particular, we are interested in discussing the mathematical models of uncertainty and sensors integration as well as plausible machine learning, computer vision and control strategies.

Topics of interest

    * Active vision systems
    * Detection and classification of objects in natural scenes
    * Representations of articulated and deformable objects
    * Grasping and manipulation of natural objects
    * Haptic control
    * Uncertainty in grasping
    * Sensors integration for grasping
    * Error detection and recovery in object grasping
    * Integrated objects and actions representations
    * Machine learning for grasping


    * Peter K. Allen, Columbia University, USA
    * Rod Grupen, University of Massachusetts, USA
    * Jan Peters, Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany
    * Nancy Pollard, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
    * Erhan Oztop, ATR, Computational Neuroscience Labs, Japan
    * Matei Ciocarlie and Radu Bogdan Rusu, Willow Garage

Submission of abstracts

Prospective participants are required to submit one page abstract until 07. March 2010. Please send your abstract directly to the workshop organizers asfour at kit.edu


    * Danica Kragic, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
    * Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
    * Antonio Morales, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
    * Ville Kyrki, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
    * Markus Vincze, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
    * Rüdiger Dillmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Best regards, 
Tamim Asfour 

Tamim Asfour 

Humanoids Research Group 
Institute for Anthropomatics (Prof. Dillmann)
Department of Computer Science  
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
(formerly University of Karlsruhe) 

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