[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation: IROS Workshop "Beyond Robot Grasping"

Heni Ben Amor amor at ias.tu-darmstadt.de
Wed Oct 3 11:39:25 PDT 2012

Call for Participation

IROS 2012 Workshop "Beyond Robot Grasping:
Modern Approaches for Dynamic Manipulation"
Location: Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
Room: Fenix 2

URL: http://www.ias.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/Research/IROS2012

Organizers: Heni Ben Amor, Ashutosh Saxena, Oliver Kroemer, Jan Peters

Dear Colleagues,

we would like to invite you to participate in the IROS 2012 Workshop
"Beyond Robot Grasping: Modern Approaches for Dynamic Manipulation" to
be held on Friday, October 12 in Vilamoura, Portugal. The workshop will
host a number of talks by renowned experts, as well as a poster session
highlighting recent developments in the field.

Invited speakers:

* Peter Allen (Columbia University)
* Christoph Borst (DLR - German Aerospace Center)
* Oliver Brock (Technical University Berlin)
* Aaron Dollar (Yale University)
* Alberto Rodriquez (Carnegie Mellon University)
* Jan Babic (Jožef Stefan Institute)
* Anis Sahbani (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
* Ashutosh Saxena (Cornell University) 


The field of robot grasping and manipulation is reaching an important
milestone. In recent years, we have seen various robots that can
reliably perform basic grasps on unknown objects in unstructured
environments. However, these robots are still far away from being
capable of human-level manipulation skills such as in-hand or bimanual
manipulations of objects, interactions with non-rigid objects, and
multi-object tasks such as stacking and tool-usage. As such advanced
manipulations involve interacting with uncertain real-world
environments, they pose major problems for current approaches and
traditional methods that depend on accurate models of the robot and its

This workshop focuses on how modern machine learning techniques and
sensor technologies can help robots go beyond basic grasping abilities
towards advanced manipulation skills. In recent years, innovations
from these fields have played a pivotal role in developing
state-of-the-art approaches for robot grasping under uncertainty. By
further refining and improving upon these approaches, we strive towards
creating robots that are capable of complex manipulation skills in
real-world environments.

We hope to bring together outstanding researchers and graduate students
to discuss current trends, problems, and opportunities in manipulation
research, and thereby encourage communication and common practices
among scientists in this field.

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