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

Matei Ciocarlie matei at willowgarage.com
Fri Jan 14 12:06:50 PST 2011

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 particpants, 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
 * 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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