[robotics-worldwide] [Deadline extended!] HRI 2012 Workshop on Advances on Tactile Sensing

Fulvio Mastrogiovanni fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it
Mon Dec 19 23:15:46 PST 2011

Dear All,

due to many requests, we decided to extend the deadline for initial 
abstract submissions to December 31, 2011!


Fulvio Mastrogiovanni


Call for Contributions

Workshop on: Advances in tactile sensing and touch based human-robot 

to be held jointly with

HRI 2012 - 7th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Boston, USA - March 5-8, 2012

Scope of the Workshop:

The problem of "providing robots with the sense of touch" is fundamental 
in order to develop the next generations of robots capable of 
interacting with humans in different contexts: in daily housekeeping 
activities, as working partners, as caregivers etc. Through tactile 
sensing it is possible to estimate a number of object physical 
properties. Tactile feedback may enable the detection and the safe 
interaction control of the robot with object or humans. Finally, 
touch-based cognitive processes can be involved by developing body 
self-awareness to differentiate "self" from "other than self" thus 
opening new relevant problems.

The objective of this Workshop is to present and discuss the most recent 
achievements in the area of tactile sensing starting from the 
technological aspects, up to the application problems where tactile 
feedback plays a fundamental role.

The Workshop will cover, but will not be limited to, the following three 
main areas:
- Technological aspects of robot skin design and implementation 
including: advanced transduction devices, large scale sensing 
technologies, embedded electronics, system level solutions, etc.
- Software and algorithmic aspects related to tactile data processing: 
software engineering, robot control, touch based reactive behaviors, 
touch classification, object recognition, etc.
- Cognitive issues related, but not limited, to skin-based behaviors and 
task level control, including: human-robot interaction, learning and 
assistive technologies, etc.

Specific relevant topics include (but not limited to):
- New tactile sensing technologies.
- System level design solutions for large area tactile sensing.
- Bio-inspired tactile sensor design and data processing.
- Psycho-physical studies on human sense of touch.
- Integration of touch with other sensing modalities.
- Algorithms and architectures for tactile data processing.
- Tactile and touch based cognitive control applications.
- Experimental tests and benchmarks.
- Target Audience.

The Workshop is expected to be a forum for researchers working in the 
areas of tactile sensing, robot grasping and interaction control, 
haptics, human-robot interaction, cognitive robotics etc.

One or more journal Special Issues are planned.

Extended Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Researchers presenting their results at the Workshop are requested to 
submit a 2 to 4 pages extended abstract (in PDF format), including 
figures, pictures, graphs and references. The extended abstracts will 
form the Workshop Proceedings. A paper template is available at:


Extended abstracts should be submitted to: Fulvio Mastrogiovanni 
(fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it)

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission deadline: December 31 2011.
Acceptance decision by: January 13, 2012.
Final Manuscript Submission due: January 31, 2012.
Workshop Day: March 5, 2012.

Program Committee:

Aude Billard - EPFL, Switzerland
Annalisa Bonfiglio - Università di Cagliari, Italy
Giorgio Cannata - Università di Genova, Italy
Piero Cosseddu - Università di Cagliari
Torbjorn Dahl - University of Wales at Newport, UK
Kerstin Dautenhahn - University of Hertfordshire, UK
Lorenzo Natale - Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Fulvio Mastrogiovanni - Università di Genova, Italy
Giorgio Metta - Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Daniel Polani - University of Hertfordshire, UK
Ben Robins - University of Hertfordshire, UK
Lucia Seminara - Università di Genova, Italy
Maurizio Valle - Università di Genova, Italy


Giorgio Cannata - Università di Genova, Italy
Lorenzo Natale - Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Fulvio Mastrogiovanni - Università di Genova, Italy
Giorgio Metta - Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

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