[robotics-worldwide] Program for the IROS 2012 Workshop on Cognitive Assistive Systems (CAS2012)

Dima Damen damen at compsci.bristol.ac.uk
Tue Sep 18 08:26:13 PDT 2012

IROS 2012 Workshop on Cognitive Assistive Systems (CAS2012): Closing the
Action-Perception Loop
Sunday October 7th 2012
Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
URL: http://www.cs.bris.ac.uk/~damen/cas2012/

We gladly invite you to attend the CAS2012 workshop...

It is becoming increasingly clear that future robotic systems will need to
exhibit sophisticated assistive capabilities, highly tuned and responsive
to the needs of human users. Whether on autonomous platforms or within
personal computing systems, awareness of human intentions and requirements
will be an essential attribute of any robotic system aiming to be genuinely
useful. In essence, they will need to be capable of empathising with human
behaviour if they are to be truly assistive in the fullest sense of the

Realising such cognitive assistive systems (CAS) will require advances
along the complete processing pipeline, from sensing through to learning
and interaction. For instance, sensing will need to be proactive,
anticipating user actions and environment changes to optimise data capture;
whilst learning will need to exploit knowledge gained from observation of
past actions and behaviours to predict likely human responses and reactions
under different scenarios. During task-performance, assistive systems need
to predict the perceptual changes that result as a consequence of human
actions. These are challenging tasks which are likely to require step
changes in current state of the art capability if they are to be addressed.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from relevant
disciplines to exchange ideas and results on these and related tasks, as
well as on the form of existing and future cognitive assistive systems.
This will include those working in sensing, such as speech and vision,
machine learning and AI, human computer interaction, biomechanics, and on
systems and applications, including autonomous platforms, sensor networks
and wearable computing, for example. One area in which CA systems are
likely to have significant impact is in industrial manufacturing and
training, and applications in this area will be of particular interest for
this workshop.


08:30 Introduction

08:40 Invited Speaker: Prof. Danica Kragic on Extracting and representing
relevant information from high-dimensional data
09:15 Invited Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Wyatt on Active sensing and prediction in
cognitive robots
09:50 Active Perception of Objects for Robot Grasping. Joao Bimbo, Xiaojing
Song, Hongbin Liu, Lakmal Senerivatne and Kaspar Althoefer, King's College
10:10 A Preliminary Account of 3D Visual Search. Fiora Pirri, Matia
Pizzoli, and Arnab Sinha, Sapienza Università di Roma

10:30 coffee break

11:00 Invited Speaker: Prof. Yiannis Aloimonos on Cognitive Robots with a
minimalist action grammar: Theory and Applications
11:35 Decoupling behavior, control and perception in affordance-based
manipulation. Tucker Hermans, Jim Rehg and Aaron Bobick, Georgia Tech
11:55 Case Study: COGNITO - Cognitive Workflow Capturing and Rendering with
On-Body Sensor Networks. Gabriele Bleser and Ardhendu Behera

12:25 lunch break

14:00 Invited Speaker: Prof. Tamim Asfour on Combining Active Vision and
Active Touch for Grasping Unknown Objects
14:35 Invited Speaker: Dr. Claude Androit on Immersive Virtual
Manufacturing and Training with Haptic Feedback and Virtual Manikins
15:10 Symbiotic-Autonomous Service Robots for User-Requested Tasks in a
Multi-Floor Building. Manuela Veloso, Joydeep Biswas, Brian Coltin,
Stephanie Rosenthal, Susana Brandao, Tekin Mericli and Rodrigo Ventura,
Carnegie Mellon University
15:30 Multi-scale cortical keypoints for realtime hand tracking and gesture
recognition. Miguel Farrajota, Mário Saleiro, Kasim Terzic, João Rodrigues
and Hans Du Buf, University of the Algarve

15:50 coffee break

16:30 Case Study: Closing The Action-Perception Loop at KTH. Lazaros
Nalpantidis, Geert Kootstra and Renaud Detry
16:50 Posters Session
17:55 Conclusion


Dima Damen, University of Bristol, UK
Gabriele Bleser, DFKI, Germany
Lazaros Nalpantidis, KTH, Sweden
Gert Kootstra, KTH, Sweden
Renaud Detry, KTH, Sweden
Ardhendu Behera, University of Leeds, UK
Luis Almeida, Centre for Computer Graphics, Portugal

mailto: cas2012workshop at gmail.com

Dima Damen
Research Associate in Computer Vision
Department of Computer Science
University of Bristol, BS8 1UB, UK
damen at cs.bris.ac.uk

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