[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CFP: ICRA 2011 Workshop on Manipulation Under Uncertainty

Matei Ciocarlie matei at willowgarage.com
Tue Feb 22 10:40:43 PST 2011

Second Call for Papers

ICRA 2011 Workshop on Manipulation Under Uncertainty
Shanghai, China

The organizers invite you to submit a paper for review to the ICRA
2011 Workshop on Manipulation Under Uncertainty. This full-day
workshop will consist of two contributed paper sessions and six
invited speakers. In order to encourage discussion and exchange of
ideas between participants, all contributed papers will be presented
in a poster session format, prefaced by short overviews from the
podium. All accepted work will be published in a citable digital
archive of the proceedings.

Important Dates

 * submission deadline: March 1st, 2011
 * notification of acceptance: on or before March 20th, 2011
 * workshop: May 13th, 2011


This workshop will focus on robot manipulation strategies that are
robust to the uncertainty inherent in unstructured environments.
Recently, the problem of uncertainty has been addressed in different
ways, including: identifying manipulation strategies that are robust
in task-specific situations, designing manipulator hardware that makes
classes of manipulation activities more robust, and proposing planning
algorithms that explicitly model uncertain variables. Our goal is to
better understand all of these approaches by fostering discussion
amongst the involved researchers.

If you have original research relevant to the area of manipulation
under uncertainty, we would be very interested in receiving your
submission. Our interests include, but are not limited to, the
following topics in the context of manipulation:

 * explicitly modeling and/or planning under uncertainty (including
general planning algorithms that could be used in the context of
manipulation, even if they are not explicitly designed for such)
 * strategies for implicitly reducing uncertainty in specific,
manipulation scenarios
 * manipulator designs that effectively handle uncertainty
 * new sensor technologies and their applications
 * other methods and techniques for manipulation in real-world
scenarios affected by variability and uncertainty


All submissions should be in PDF format using the ICRA template
(http://ras.papercept.net/conferences/support/tex.php). Papers should
be approximately 4-6 pages in length. Submissions should be emailed to
muu11 at willowgarage.com by March 1st, 2011. Notification of acceptance
will be on or before March 20th. All submission will be reviewed for
relevance to the topic of the workshop as well as scientific merit.
Reviews will be carried out by the organizing committee, with
additional input from external reviewers as needed.

Invited speakers (confirmed)

 * Prof. Aaron Dollar, Yale University
 * Prof. Ken Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley
 * Prof. Kamal Gupta, Simon Fraser University
 * Prof. Matt Mason, Carnegie Mellon University
 * Prof. Joris De Schutter, Katholieke Universiteit (K.U.) Leuven
 * Prof. Jeff Trinkle, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Contact the workshop organizers via email at muu11 at willowgarage.com

Tentative schedule

 * 9:00 - 11:00: 3 invited talks, 40 mins each (including questions)
 * 11:00 - 11:15: podium poster introductions, 3 slides / poster
 * 11:15 - 12:00: poster session / free discussion / coffee and snacks
 * 12:00 - 1:30: lunch break
 * 1:30 - 3:30: 3 invited talks, 40 mins each (including questions)
 * 3:30 - 3:45: podium poster introductions, 3 slides / poster
 * 3:45 - 4:30: poster session / free discussion / coffee and snacks
 * 4:30 - 5:00: plenary discussion
Note: this tentative schedule is preliminary and subject to change.


 * Matei Ciocarlie (Willow Garage)
 * Kris Hauser (Indiana University)
 * Kaijen Hsiao (Willow Garage)
 * Robert Platt (M.I.T.)
 * Bill Smart (Washington University in St. Louis and Willow Garage)

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