[robotics-worldwide] CfP: IROS 2012 Workshop on Advances in Tactile Sensing and Touch-based Human-Robot Interaction

Fulvio Mastrogiovanni fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it
Mon Aug 20 05:29:40 PDT 2012

Call for Position Papers

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

To be held in conjunction with:

The 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
(IROS 2012)
Vilamoura, Portugal, October 11, 2012.


Providing robots with the sense of touch is fundamental in order to 
allow the
next robot generation to interact with humans in different scenarios: as 
housekeepers, working partners, caregivers, etc.

An effective tactile sensing system involves different robot architectural
aspects: transduction mechanisms, embedded networking, SW and HW 
real-time data processing, just to name but few. These aspects are of the
utmost importance to enable advanced robot behaviors in real-world,
unstructured and highly dynamic environments. On the one hand, tactile
transduction allows for measuring and estimating physical properties of
objects the robot is in contact with, whereas tactile data feedback can 
the detection and the safe control of interaction among robots, objects and
humans. On the other hand, touch-based cognitive processes can be 
involved in
developing body self-awareness and in differentiating the robot "self" from
the "other than self", thereby opening new relevant problems in Robotics and
Cognitive Science.

During the past few years, many approaches have been proposed to tackle 
issues with alternate success. However, if we want to push the field of
tactile sensing further and to work in the direction of a real-world,
industrial, exploitation of results, it is necessary to clearly identify
currently open problems, define clear and shared research objectives and to
envisage a suitable research agenda towards their fulfillment.

Starting from two previous events held at CogSys 2012 (Wien, Austria) and
HRI 2012 (Boston, MA, USA), the objective of the Workshop is to discuss the
current state of the art in various aspects of tactile sensing, specifically
considering technological aspects, models for tactile data processing, 
SW and
HW architectures as well as cognitive aspects related to touch-based
human-robot interaction, as well as to pave a possible common strategy 
to go,
on the one side, beyond the state of the art and, on the other side, towards
an industry-oriented exploitation of results.

The Workshop will cover, but will not be limited to, the following four 

1. Technological aspects of robot skin design and implementation including:
advanced transduction devices, large-scale sensing technologies, embedded
electronics and networking, system level solutions, etc.

2. Modelling and algorithmic aspects related to tactile data processing: SW
architectures, robot control, touch-based reactive behaviors, touch
classification, object recognition, etc.

3. Cognitive issues related (but not limited) to skin-based behaviors and
task level control, including: human-robot interaction, learning and
assistive technologies etc.

4. Identification of industry driven, real-world scenarios where tactile
sensing can play a major role, possibly together with other sensing
modalities (e.g., vision or auditory feedback).

Position Paper Requirements

Researchers wishing to present their results at the Workshop are requested
to submit a 2-page extended abstract, including figures, pictures, 
graphs and
references. The extended abstracts will form the Workshop Proceedings.

Papers must be submitted as PDF files to:

Fulvio Mastrogiovanni <fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it>

Important dates

August 31: first submission.
September 5: notification of acceptance.
October 11: workshop day.

Plan for Documenting the Workshop

The attendees of the Workshop will receive the Proceedings on CD-ROM. A
related Special Issue on Elsevier's Robotics and Autonomous Systems has been
agreed with the publisher. All the Workshop attendees will be asked to 
their work and submit it to the Special Issue.


Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, University of Genoa, Italy
Lorenzo Natale, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Giorgio Cannata, University of Genoa, Italy
Giorgio Metta, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

More information on the Workshop website at:


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