[robotics-worldwide] Extended deadline: RSS 2012 Workshop on Mobile Manipulation

Mihail Pivtoraiko mihailp at seas.upenn.edu
Wed May 16 21:59:25 PDT 2012

The paper submission deadline has been extended until June 4, 2012.



RSS 2012 Workshop on Mobile Manipulation: Generating Robot Motion for
Contact with the World

URL: http://mobilemanipulation.org/rss2012/

     The aim of the workshop is to discuss current problems and future
directions in contact motion generation. Recent years have seen
significant progress toward enabling autonomous mobile robots to
interact with unstructured, dynamic, and human-centered
environments. Much of this progress, however, is concerned with
collision-free motion. In contrast, the goal of mobile manipulation is
to interact with objects, to create contact and to exploit it in order
to change the state of the world.  To achieve this goal, insights and
advances from different parts of robotics research must be
combined. This workshop will bring together researchers from control,
motion planning, mobile manipulation, and mechanism design to discuss
how the challenges associated with robot motion in contact can be met.

Topics of Interest:

     Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
     -  Modeling contact in manipulation,
     -  Grasp planning,
     -  Mobile manipulation systems,
     -  Motion generation in partially known environments,
     -  Planning for sensing, under uncertainty, task and motion planning,
     -  Robust motion control,
     -  Force and torque control along contact surfaces,
     -  Compliant motion with contact,
     -  Compliant and underactuated mechanisms.

Important Dates:

     Paper submission:         June 4, 2012;
     Acceptance notification:  June 15, 2012;
     Final paper submission:   June 29, 2012.


     We solicit paper submissions, optionally accompanied by a video, both
of which will be reviewed by the program committee. An optional
interactive poster session will be organized if there is a larger
number of submissions. Accepted papers and videos will be archived at
the Internet Archive. If there is sufficient interest, we will pursue
publication of a special journal issue to include the best
papers. Please email submissions to:
              rss.mobile.manipulation.2012 at gmail.com
Please do not attach video files to email; include a URL instead.

     Papers should be in PDF format, conform to the RSS regular paper style
guidelines, and be a maximum of 8 pages in length (shorter papers are
welcome). Videos should be in the MPEG format, 3-5 minutes in length,
and easily viewed with free video players (please try playing your
video on several different machines before submitting).

Confirmed Speakers:

     Sachin Chitta (Willow Garage)
     Marc Toussaint (FU Berlin)
     Sertac Karaman (MIT)
     Ludovic Righetti (USC)
     Aude Billard (EPFL)
     Mike Stilman (Georgia Tech)

Program Committee:

     Kaijen Hsiao (Willow Garage)
     Jeff Trinkle (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
     Robert Platt, Jr. (SUNY at Buffalo)
     Mehmet Dogar (Carnegie Mellon University)
     Dieter Fox (University of Washington)
     Domenico Prattichizzo (Università di Siena)
     Markus Rickert (Technische Universität München)

More information:

     For more information including the partial financial support, the
tentative schedule, and motivational videos, please see the workshop
web page:


     Mihail Pivtoraiko (UPenn)
     Dov Katz (CMU)
     Oliver Brock (TU Berlin)

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