[robotics-worldwide] Call for Posters - IROS 2012 Workshop on Learning and Interaction in Haptic Robots

Dongheui Lee dhlee at tum.de
Fri May 11 02:52:57 PDT 2012

Call for Posters - IROS 2012 Workshop "Learning and Interaction in Haptic



IROS 2012 Workshop

Learning and Interaction in Haptic Robots




IROS 2012 Workshop, October 7-12, 2012 (exact date to be specified)

Location: Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal




Dongheui Lee (Technische Universität München, Germany)

Sylvain Calinon (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)



Motivation and Objectives:

Research on robot learning from demonstration has received great attention
in the last decade since it can serve a useful methodology for intuitive
robot programming, even by general users without robotics expertise. In the
pioneering research investigations of this field, demonstrations were
provided either by teleoperating the robot, or by vision/motion sensors
recordings of the user doing the task. The recent hardware and software
developments towards compliant and tactile robots are changing this picture.
New solutions are now being offered to the user to physically interact with
the robot to transfer or refine skills. This full day workshop will focus on
the new robot learning perspectives that such new interaction modality

Physical interaction in the context of robot learning is a young but
promising upcoming research topic. It provides a natural interface to
kinesthetic transfer of skills to the robot, where the user can demonstrate
or refine the task in the robot's environment while feeling its capabilities
and limitations. With the new development of compliant controllers,
backdrivable motors and artificial skins, new perspectives in learning arose
by exploiting the natural teaching propensity of the user, already being
familiar with social interaction such as scaffolding, molding or kinesthetic
teaching. In this workshop, experts in machine learning, physical human
robot interaction, and compliant robot control will introduce their research
along this direction, sharing their views from different research
perspectives, and discussing new challenges in this uprising field. Topics
such as skill transfer, kinesthetic teaching interfaces, learning and
prediction, compliant robot control, safe physical interaction, haptic and
tactile guidance will be covered.




• Skill transfer

• Kinesthetic teaching

• Haptic/tactile guidance

• Learning interaction/impedance control

• Learning by imitation

• Physical human robot interaction

• Machine learning for robot control, adaptive robot control

• Biological inspired principles for learning interaction




Invited speakers:

• Heni Ben Amor (Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany)

• Aude Billard (EPFL, Switzerland)

• Etienne Burdet (Imperial College London, UK)

• Abderrahmane Kheddar, Andre Crosnier (CNRS-AIST JRL, Japan / LIRMM,

• Kazuhiro Kosuge (Tohoku University, Japan)

• Fabio Dalla Libera (Osaka University, Japan)

• Yoshihiko Nakamura (University of Tokyo, Japan)

• Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (INRIA Bordeaux,  France)

• Jan Peters (Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany)

• Gordon Cheng, Marcia Riley (Technische Universität München, Germany)

• Andrea Thomaz (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

• Sethu Vijayakumar (University of Edinburgh, UK)



Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2012

Notification of acceptance: August 24, 2012

Final paper Deadline: September 14, 2012




Extended abstracts (1-2 pages) will be reviewed by the program committee
members. Accepted contributions will be presented as posters. Submissions
should be in pdf, formatted according to the IEEE conference templates and
submitted via email to dhlee at tum.de and sylvain.calinon at iit.it with the
keyword  "IROS12WS" in the subject line.



Supports: This workshop is supported by the FP7 European Project SAPHARI
“Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction”.

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