[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation in "Memorial workshop of Miomir Vukobratović" at Humanoids2012

Tomomichi Sugihara zhidao at ieee.org
Sat Sep 29 13:10:37 PDT 2012

            C A L L   F O R   P A R T I C I P A T I O N
             [Memorial workshop of Miomir Vukobratović]
   Robo erectus erectus: From dawn to day of humanoid robot control

                        Full-day workshop at
     2012 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
      Nov. 29th, 2012, Business Innovation Center Osaka, Japan

[Scope and topics]

We humanoid researchers have sent off a soul of one of the greatest
pioneers of humanoid robotics, Prof. Miomir Vukobratović, to eternity
in March of this year. We'd like to express our deepest condolence on

Even after more than 40 years, we still find his forecast and in-depth
understanding through his early works particularly on kinematics,
dynamics and motor control of anthropomorphic mechanisms. It is his
biggest contribution that he has provided a common language with which
we can discuss the problem and share our thoughts. No doubt sophisticated
humanoid systems that can intelligently behave in the real world would
be built upon reliable bodies and motor controllers. In this sense, he
certainly founded the solid basis at the dawn of humanoid robots.

Over the years, the community has grown and many important works have
been made by his followers. The recent advancement of mechatronics
particularly during this decade has embodied an enormous number of
'Robo erectus erectus' – humanoid robots that are able to walk without
any physical assistance as what is like 'Homo erectus erectus' in
anthropology. Some robotics researchers even think that standing and
walking controls are no longer challenging.

We specialists of humanoids know that it is obviously – and unfortunately
– wrong. Robots that can freely move and work in complex environments
under relentless disturbances like humans are yet to come. The very
fundamental motion abilities of the current robots still fall a long way
short of that of humans. How can they evolve to 'Robo sapiens sapiens'?
What do they essentially lack?

This workshop aims at highlighting what is important and also what is
not important for humanoid robot control, and refactoring the research
stream in order to raise the overall level of humanoid technology. It
comprises two parts, where in the former half we review the common theory
on the robot motion with a memory of its founder Prof. Vukobratović,
while in the latter half we discuss how to open the next frontier through
talks by eminent researchers in this field.

Participants will be expected to actively join the discussions to find
the answer together. In Part I, we will carefully review Vukobratović
and his colleagues' works as back-to-basics. Then, in Part II, we will
see prominent case studies by the speakers, who have surely been tackling
this problem with real high-quality humanoid robots and succeeded to
open new paradigms in both theoretical and practical aspects.


 9:30- 9:40     Opening remark by Yoshihiko Nakamura

Part I: Dawn of humanoid robotics with Miomir Vukobratović
 9:40-10:30     Branislav Borovac, Univ. of Novi Sad, Serbia
10:30-11:00     Atsuo Takanishi, Waseda Univ., Japan
11:00-11:30     Yoshihiko Nakamura, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
11:30-12:00     Shuuji Kajita, AIST, Japan

12:00-12:50     Lunch break
Part II: Humanoid robot control, the technology today
12:50-13:00     Reopening remark by Tomomichi Sugihara
13:00-13:30     Tomas de Boer, PAL Robotics, Spain
13:30-14:00     Sang-Ho Hyon, Ritsumeikan Univ., Japan
14:00-14:30     Thomas Buschmann, TUM, Germany
14:30-15:00     Ken'ichiro Nagasaka, SONY, Japan
15:00-15:20     Coffee break
15:20-15:50     Luis Sentis, Univ. of Texas at Austin, USA
15:50-16:20     Kenji Hashimoto, Waseda Univ., Japan
16:20-16:50     Christian Ott, DLR, Germany
16:50-17:20     Tomomichi Sugihara, Osaka Univ., Japan
17:20-17:40     Open discussion coordinated by Sang-Ho Hyon
17:40-17:50     Closing remark by Atsuo Takanishi


Atsuo Takanishi, Waseda University
Shuuji Kajita, AIST
Tomomichi Sugihara, Osaka University
Sang-Ho Hyon, Ritsumeikan University

[Special Advisor]

Yoshihiko Nakamura, The University of Tokyo


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