[robotics-worldwide] Call for Demonstrations: IROS 2011

Kai Oliver Arras arras at informatik.uni-freiburg.de
Mon May 2 07:56:55 PDT 2011

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
(IROS), San Francisco, USA, Sept. 25-30, 2011

IROS 2011 Call for Demonstrations

The field of robotics is moving towards deploying a new generation of
real-world robotic systems. To showcase the state of the art in the
deployment of such systems, IROS 2011 will include two research
demonstration sessions from academic and non-commercial labs and
projects, running in parallel to the main exhibition.

Standard Platform Demonstrations
A number of standard platforms for mobility and manipulaton in robotics
research now exist, as both off-the-shelf commercial products, and
research platforms with wide distribution. The session will leverage
this phenomenon by providing a set of these platforms, both hardware and
simulation, for demonstrations (see below). There are two benefits to
this arrangement: demonstrators will not have to transport hardware, and
the demonstrations will show the increasing use of standard hardware as
a means of attacking advanced applications.

Of interest are demonstrations from all areas of robotics, however, a
particular emphasis will be on demonstrations of manipulation in
everyday environments.

Available Platforms:

- BioRob arm, BioRob (http://www.biorob.de/en/)
- iCub, University of Genova (http://www.icub.org)
- NAO, Aldebaran Robotics (http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com)
- PR2, Willow Garage (http://www.willowgarage.com/pages/pr2/overview)
- SimLab (http://www.rlab.co.kr)
- Whole Arm Manipulator (WAM) and Barrett Hand, Barrett
   (in conjunction with DARPA ARM-S program) (http://www.barrett.com)
- YouBot, Kuka (http://youbot-store.com)

Open Research Demonstrations
The goal of the research demonstration session is to give participants
an open forum to present their latest developments on robotic systems
and software. In addition, we strongly encourage students to submit
demos resulting from their projects or thesis work.

Examples of demos include but are not limited to:

- Robotic systems
- Interactive systems
- Telepresence demonstrations
- UAV demonstrations
- Components and hardware presentations
- Open-source software tools
- Simulation environments
- etc.

More information on both sessions:


Demonstrators are expected to present a live interactive demo at
assigned time slots during the conference. Note that a demonstration is
not just another poster presentation or slide show.

The duration of the slots will depend on the number of accepted
submissions and the space available. The organizers will try to maximize
exposure of all participants, expect durations of around half a day.

Presentation of demonstrations will be open to academic and
non-commercial labs and projects. Demonstrators need to register to the

All accepted submissions will be advertised on the IROS 2011 website and
in the conference booklet.


A selection of the accepted demonstrations will be selected for
presentation at a special symposium with 5-minute spotlight

More information on the symposium:


The submission and selection processes for the IROS 2011 demos will be
separate from that of the main conference. Each submission will be
assessed by the organizers taking into account the evaluation criteria
below, the available space at the venue, and the required  

The main evaluation criteria are
- Relevance to IROS
- Scientific and technical quality
- Novelty and maturity of the deployed system
- Potential for interaction
- Coolness and entertainment value


We solicit submissions of demonstration proposals based on a two-page
description (A4/US letter, PDF file format) of the activity to be
carried out. The proposal should include:

- Demonstration title
- Authors (name, affiliation, email, address, mobile phone)
- The corresponding author with her/his email address
- Paper ID the demo is related to, if applicable
- Abstract (max. 100 words)
- Keywords
- Description: the authors should describe the system to be demon-
   strated, the application domain/problem/scenario, the technology
   used, the innovations of the system, its live and interactive
   aspects, etc.
- Strongly encouraged: URL with additional material (videos or photos)
- Equipment you will bring (e.g. laptop, robot)
- Special requirements (must be reasonable, e.g. space for robot)
- Number of people expected to support the demo

Submissions for the Standard Platform Demo session additionally require
- Robot hardware platform the demo is running on
- Sensor requirements
- Computational requirements

The IROS organization will provide table space, chairs and power.

Each demonstration proposal should be send to demos at iros2011.org with
either "IROS 2011 Standard Platform Demo" or "IROS 2011 Open Research
Demo" in the subject line.


- Submission deadline: July 1st, 2011, 23:59 PST
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: July 15, 2011
- Demonstration sessions: September 27-29, 2011


Oliver Brock
Robotics and Biology Laboratory
TU Berlin, Germany

Kai O. Arras
Social Robotics Lab
University of Freiburg, Germany

Kurt Konolige
Willow Garage
Menlo Park, CA, USA

Luis Sentis
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin, USA

For further questions contact the organizers through demos at iros2011.org

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