[robotics-worldwide] Call for submissions: RSS 2013 Workshop on Manipulation with Uncertain Models

Megha Gupta meghagup at usc.edu
Mon Apr 1 12:36:35 PDT 2013

*RSS 2013 Workshop on Manipulation with Uncertain Models*

*Motivation and Objectives:
*The goal of this workshop is to look at recent advances in real-world
manipulation. Manipulation under uncertainty requires new capabilities in
perception, planning, and motion control. More importantly, these
capabilities must be integrated together into a single working system,
capable of handling uncertainty in each component. The focus will be on
research involving complete systems and a strong experimental component. We
would also like to emphasize the importance of building a unified framework
to address uncertainty in manipulation.

To this end, this workshop will:
• Bring together interested researchers and a set of distinguished speakers
to present the latest research in real-world manipulation under uncertainty;
• Provide an interactive platform for researchers to exchange ideas through
a poster session;
• Conduct a debate for a fruitful discussion about the pros and cons of
various approaches, to highlight methods and techniques that work best for
autonomous manipulation in the real world, to comment on open problems in
the area, and to shape the roadmap of autonomous real-world manipulation
for the next few years.

*We solicit 24" x 36" poster submissions accompanied by a one-page summary
explaining the flow of your poster. The posters will be reviewed by the
program committee and ranked based on clarity of presentation, technical
merit, originality of approach, and relevance of the problem being solved.
The summary is meant to fill in the details for the reviewers that may not
be evident from the poster. Accepted posters will be archived online on the
website of the Technical Committee on Mobile Manipulation (

*Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
Recognition and grasping of objects in clutter, grasping of partially known
objects, placing in uncertain environments, arm motion planning in
constrained spaces, planning in uncertain environments, scene parsing and
priors, probabilistic modeling and uncertainty modeling, machine learning
for perception and manipulation, learning from demonstration, developmental
learning, and tactile sensing.

*Important Dates:
*Extended abstracts due: Monday, 29 April, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Website: http://personalrobotics.ri.cmu.edu/RSS2013Uncertainty

*Invited Speakers:
*1. Danica Kragic, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
2. Dieter Fox, University of Washington
3. Stan Birchfield, Clemson University
4. Oliver Brock, Technical University of Berlin
5. Marc Toussaint, University of Stuttgart (Tentative)

*Program Committee:
*Kaijen Hsiao
Dejan Pangercic
Jeannette Bohg

*8:00 – 9:00      Morning coffee
9:00 – 9:10      Welcome
9:10 – 9:45      Invited Talk
9:45 – 10:20    Invited Talk
10:30 – 11:00  Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30  Poster Session
12:30 – 1:45    Lunch Break
1:45 – 2:20      Invited Talk
2:20 – 2:55      Invited Talk
2:55 – 3:30      Invited Talk
3:30 – 4:00     Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:25     Debate
5:25 – 5:30     Concluding Remarks

*Dov Katz (Carnegie Mellon University)
Megha Gupta (University of Southern California)
Mehmet Dogar (Carnegie Mellon University)
Jenny Barry (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Clemens Eppner (Technical University of Berlin)

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