[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation: IROS Workshop "Learning and Interaction in Haptic Robots"

Dongheui Lee dhlee at tum.de
Thu Oct 4 10:49:54 PDT 2012

Dear Colleagues, 


We would like to invite you to participate in the IROS 2012 Workshop
“Learning and Interaction in Haptic Robots” to be held on Friday, October 12
in Vilamoura, Portugal.  



IROS 2012 Workshop

Learning and Interaction in Haptic Robots



Date: October 12, 2012 

Location: Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

Room: Vega



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
offers. 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.


The workshop will host a number of talks by renowned experts as well as
poster sessions highlighting recent developments in the field. Here is a
tentative programme for the workshop: 


08:30-09:00     Introduction by the organizers

09:00-09:30     Aude Billard (EPFL, Switzerland)

09:30-10:00     Jan Peters (Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany)

10:00-10:30     Heni Ben Amor (Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany)

10:30-11:15     Posters session with coffee break

11:15-11:45     Yoshihiko Nakamura (University of Tokyo, Japan)

11:45-12:15     Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (INRIA Bordeaux, France)

12:15-14:00     Lunch

14:00-14:30     Etienne Burdet (Imperial College London, UK)

14:30-15:00     Sethu Vijayakumar (University of Edinburgh, UK)

15:00-15:30     Abderrahmane Kheddar, Andre Crosnier (CNRS-AIST JRL, Japan /
LIRMM, France)

15:30-16:00     Fabio Dalla Libera (Osaka University, Japan)

16:00-16:30     Posters session with coffee break

16:30-17:00     Kazuhiro Kosuge (Tohoku University, Japan)

17:00-17:30     Andrea Thomaz (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

17:30-18:00     Discussion and wrap-up


The poster sessions will be run during the two coffee breaks in the morning
and in the afternoon (all posters will be displayed during the two


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



Best regards, 

Dongheui Lee (Technische Universität München, Germany) 

Sylvain Calinon (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)


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