[robotics-worldwide] Telerobotics Summer School 2010

Angelika Peer Angelika.Peer at tum.de
Wed May 12 05:44:09 PDT 2010

Call for Participation

**Telerobotics Summer School 2010* *

Dates: July 26-30th
Location: Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany


*Topics and Motivation*

Telerobotics is one of the most intriguing fields of robotics. It allows 
to break down the barriers of scale and of distance, enabling human 
beings to manipulate objects situated in remote locations and/or to 
interact with micro/nano-scale environments, otherwise inaccessible. 
Research in telerobotics has been very active in the last decades and 
several theoretical and technological results have been obtained. For 
space applications, there are now systems that allow users to remotely 
perform maintenance operations on the International Space Station. In 
Minimally Invasive Robotic surgery, teleoperation systems allow surgeons 
to operate in previously unreachable areas. In industrial applications, 
engineers can remotely drive mobile robots for the maintenance or 
inspection of machinery parts located in hazardous environments.

Despite these significant results, there are still many challenges that 
need to be addressed for reaching the ultimate goal of telerobotics: 
telepresence. The best teleoperation system should be designed and 
controlled in such a way that the user feels as being directly 
interacting with the environment s/he is manipulating, despite of the 
scale differences, of the distance and of the presence of the robots.

To achieve telepresence, several issues have to be addressed. For 
example, the very nature of the human interaction has to be further 
explored, new devices allowing multimodal interaction have to be 
developed, new control strategies for coupling in the best way possible 
the action and the perception are required and new ways for fusing the 
streams of information arriving to the user have to be sought.

The Summer School is addressed to PhD students, post-docs and 
researchers involved in the area or interested by the new challenges of 

The school is divided into two parts. In the first part, a background on 
the state of the art in telerobotics will be provided. A series of 
technical talks from recognized experts in the field will allow the 
participants to get insights into the main issues of teleorobotics. In 
the second part of the school, three workshops on specific topics will 
be offered. The workshops will be on the following topic

A) Control: The Control Group offers a two-day workshop that focuses on 
classical as well as more advanced control approaches adopted for 
Telepresence and Teleaction systems with and without time delay. On the 
morning of the first day control algorithms for bilateral teleoperation 
systems will be reviewed theoretically. This includes classical 
bilateral controllers, port-Hamiltonian approaches, as well as 
approaches derived from the synchronization of multi-agent systems. In 
the afternoon, participants will work in the laboratory and implement 
different types of controllers using Matlab/Simulink Real-Time Workshop 
and test them on real teleoperation setups. The second day will focus on 
advanced control architectures covering environment-, operator- and 
task-adapted controllers, shared control, and robot assisted control 
architectures for single and multi-user scenarios. For this workshop 
basic knowledge in control theory is an absolute prerequisite.

B) Design and Implementation: The Implementation Group offers a two-day 
workshop, which focus on the design and implementation of a multimodal 
Telepresence and Teleaction system. A TPTA system is an example for a 
complex mechatronic system. The design and setup of such a system 
requires an integrated multidisciplinary approach that needs to be 
performed before the background of the specific application. The first 
day concentrates on elements that are common to all applications. This 
includes human factors, IT infrastructure and communication, mechatronic 
systems for haptic, visual and auditory modalities and the development 
toolchain. On the second day the workshop concentrates on two specific 
application domains: Minimally Invasive Telerobotic Surgery and On-Orbit 

C) Evaluation: The Evaluation Group offers a two-day interactive 
workshop which focuses on the experimental evaluation of user-related 
aspects of Telepresence and Teleaction Systems, such as the effects of a 
particular technology on user task performance, perceived quality of 
feedback, or the user's sense of presence. On the first day of this 
workshop, basics of experimental design and user testing procedures will 
be discussed and demonstrated. This day concludes with a short 
experiment, which the participants are invited to design and 
subsequently execute, taking on the roles of experimenter and/or testing 
subject. The second day focuses on the analysis of acquired testing 
data. Here, an overview of basic statistics concepts and the most 
frequently used procedures is given and participants are instructed in 
the use of a statistical software package (SPSS). For this workshop, no 
prior knowledge of experimental methodology or statistics is assumed, 
and it is open to interested researchers and professionals of all 

The summer school will be organized by the RAS Technical Committee on 
Telerobotics <http://telerob.org> in strong collaboration with the 
Collaborative Research Center "High-fidelity Telepresence and 
Teleaction" <http://www.sfb453.de> located in Munich, Germany.

*Location and Schedule*

The Telerobotics Summer School 2010 will be held on the main campus of 
TU München <http://portal.mytum.de/welcome>, in the city center of 
Munich during the week of July 26-30, 2010. The workshops of the Summer 
School will take place at the Institutes of Automatic Control 
Engineering of the TU München <http://portal.mytum.de/welcome>, the DLR 
<http://www.dlr.de/> (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, German 
Aerospace Center), and the Universität der Bundeswehr 

- RAS Technical Committee on Telerobotics (http://telerob.org): Angelika 
Peer, Cristian Secchi, Manuel Ferre, Nikhil Chopra
- Collaborative Research Centre on High-Fidelity Telepresence and 
Teleaction (http://www.sfb453.de)

**Contact person**
Angelika Peer
Institute of Automatic Control Engineering
Technische Universität München
phone +49-89-289-23412
email: Angelika.Peer at tum.de

Dr.-Ing. Angelika Peer
Postdoctoral Researcher
Institute of Automatic Control Engineering (LSR)
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Theresienstrasse 90
D-80333 Munich, Germany
phone +49-89-289-23412, fax +49-89-289-28340
mailto: Angelika.Peer at tum.de 

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