[robotics-worldwide] CALL FOR PAPERS - The Hand Embodied Workshop at ICRA 2013

Marco Gabiccini m.gabiccini at ing.unipi.it
Mon Jan 21 02:15:13 PST 2013

Dear all,

the submission is now open for the Workshop:
Hand synergies - how to tame the complexity of grasping

The workshop will take place during the International Conference of Robotics and Automation ICRA 2013 in Karlsruhe

Info: http://www.thehandembodied.eu/workshop-hand-synergies-icra2013

Workshop date: Not assigned yet! Stay tuned for updates at the link above!


Full paper submission deadline: February 26, 2013
Notification of acceptance: End of March 2013



The human hand is a cognitive organ capable of extremely dexterous actuation and hyper-acute sensory function. Possessing the hand machinery with over 30 effectively enabled degrees of freedom, actuated by at least as many muscles through a complicated network of ligaments, and collecting sensation from diverse tactile receptors, the central nervous system must have developed strategies simplifying its control and interpretation of the sensory information. These strategies are united within a single notion, so-called “synergies”, which implies an efficient use of multiple possibly diverse agents, like muscles, joints, fingers, receptors and sensory modalities.     
Humans are astonishingly talented in organizing the diverse elements of its body machinery into sensorimotor synergies. Within this full day workshop we will look into this capability in search of inspiration for development of beyond state-of-the-art robotic hands. We aim at bringing the concept of synergy originating in the neurophysiological studies into the field of robotics with the main focus on the design of robotic hands, prosthetic devices and haptic interfaces. It is in fact by further refining and improving upon the synergy principles that we strive towards creating robots that are capable of complex manipulation skills in real-world environments.



Antonio Bicchi (University of Pisa),
Marc Ernst (University of Bielefeld),
Vincent Hayward (Université Pierre et Marie Curie),
Marco Santello (Arizona State University).
Mark Cutkosky (Stanford University),
Peter Kyberd (University of New Brunswick),
Mark Latash (Pennsylvania State University),
Emanuel Todorov (University of Washington)


The paper should be non longer than 6 pages (specifications according to ICRA standards, see http://www.icra2013.org/?page_id=106 , step 1 for the TeX and Word formats). Authors of accepted paper will be given the opportunity to present their work during the interactive sessions, preceded by a two-minutes highlight presentation describing their work.

The papers will be review and accepted by the Program Committee, composed by: Marco Gabiccini (U. of Pisa), Henrik Jorntell (Lund U.), Astrid M. L. Kappers (Utrecht U.), Konstantinos J. Kyriakopoulos (NTUA), Martin Nilsson (SICS), Domenico Prattichizzo (U. of Siena), Patrick van der Smagt (DLR), Alexander V. Terekhov (UPMC), Thomas Wimboeck (DLR).
Currently, we are in contact with Springer to discuss an editorial project on the workshop theme.

Please send the submissions to: 

m.gabiccini at ing.unipi.it or 

Thomas.Wimboeck at dlr.de or 

avterekhov at gmail.com



Marco Gabiccini
Research Center “E. Piaggio” University of Pisa
Via Diotisalvi 2, Pisa, Italy
Phone: +39-050-221-8077 Fax: +39-050-221-8065
Email: m.gabiccini at ing.unipi.it 
Web: http://www.dimnp.unipi.it/gabiccini-m/

Alexander V. Terekhov
The Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR), UPMC-CNRS
4 place Jussieu 75005, Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 44 27 63 58
Fax: +33 1 44 27 51 45
Email: avterekhov at gmail.com 
Web: http://people.isir.upmc.fr/terekhov/

Thomas Wimboeck
Robotics and Mechatronics Center
German Aerospace Center
P.O.Box 1116, 82230 Wessling, Germany
Phone: +49-8153/28-1183 Fax: +49-8153/28-1134
E-Mail: Thomas.Wimboeck at dlr.de 
Web: http://www.robotic.dlr.de/Thomas.Wimboeck

Best regards,

Marco Gabiccini

Marco Gabiccini
Assistant Professor of Applied Mechanics and Robotics
Research Center “E. Piaggio” and 
Dept. of Civil and Industrial Engineering 
University of Pisa
Via Diotisalvi 2, Pisa, Italy
Phone: +39-050-221-8077 Fax: +39-050-221-8065
Email: m.gabiccini at ing.unipi.it 
Web: http://www.dimnp.unipi.it/gabiccini-m/

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