[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] 2nd CFP: IROS13 Workshop on Caging and ItsApplications in Grasping/Multi-agent Cooperation

Weiwei Wan wanweiwei07 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 24 18:35:39 PDT 2013

2nd Call for Papers

(Sorry if you receive multiple copies of this CFP)

IROS2013 Fullday Workshop on Caging and Its Applications in
Grasping/Multi-agent Cooperation
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
7 Nov 2013 Tokyo (Japan)


=== What is caging? Why is it promising? ===

Caging has attracted great attention in recent years owing to its
robustness in control uncertainty and perception uncertainty. The
robustness not only improves the performance of robots in unstructured or
unknown environments but also offers access to low-cost devices and simple
mechanisms. Caging is pure geometric which saves us from explicit force
analysis. However, like many research fields in robotics, significant gaps
exist between caging theories and real-world applications. We in this
workshop aim at bridging these gaps, especially in the research field of
grasping and multi-agent cooperation. On the one hand, this workshop will
discuss basic theories of caging, its relationship to immobilization,
force/form closure grasping and its advantages comparing with other
geometric algorithms. On the other hand, it will also bring participants to
various applications of caging in robotics, ranging from designing and
creating low-cost robot platforms to writing robust robot softwares.

=== Intended Audience ===

We are confident that caging is helpful to researchers in the following
We also expect other researchers who are struggling with problems caused by
Field 1. Robotic grasping, especially the researchers who work on unknown
objects or sensorless grasping synthesis.
Field 2. Distributed multi-agent cooperation, especially the researchers
who are struggling with explicit force analysis and task planning.
Field 3. Micro/nano manipulation, especially the researchers who are
trapped by unclear forces in micro/nano scope worlds.

=== Main Topics ===

   1. Caging theories
       1.1 Caging with two/three-finger one-actuator grippers
       1.2 Caging from the viewpoint of computational geometry
       1.3 Caging from the viewpoint of configuration spaces
       1.4 Caging as a pre-grasping procedure
       1.5 3D Caging
       1.6 From grasping to caging
       1.7 General caging-like algorithms (Enveloping, etc)
   2. Applications of caging
       2.1 Distributed multi-agent cooperation
       2.2 Grasping by caging -- Integrated planning and grasping
       2.3 Designing robotic hands based on caging
       2.4 Caging-based micro/nano manipulation
       2.5 General applications that use related algorithms

=== Paper submission ===

We invite submissions of 1-4 page extended abstract (PDF format) which
should be submitted for review using the outline below.
   1. Motivation and related works
   2. Technical Approach
   3. Experiments and Results
   4. Insight Analysis
   Please go to paper submission to submit your contribution. We accept
accompanying multimedia materials like mp4, avi, mpg, mov, etc. They should
be no more than 5MB.
   Each submission will be reviewed by at least two of our co-organizers.
Each accepted abstract will be allotted 15 minutes during the workshop (10
minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for discussion). In case of extra
questions, send email to Weiwei Wan (wanweiwei07 at gmail dot com).

Contributions should be submitted through the following link:

First time users can easily create their account by following the link:

=== Important Dates ===

*Paper Submission: Jul.25,2013-Oct.7,2013
Notification of Acceptance: Oct.15, 2013
Submission of Final papers: Oct.25, 2013*

=== Confirmed Keynote Speakers ===

(In alphabetical order)
Aaron Ohta, University of Hawaii (http://www-ee.eng.hawaii.edu/~aohta/)
   Title: Optically Controlled Microrobots for the Microassembly of Living
Bereson Dimitry, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (
   Title: Using Grasp Affordances to Compensate for Uncertainty
Danica Kragic, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (
   Title: Postural Synergies for Caging and Topological Synergies for
Hong Qiao, Chinese Academy of Science (
   Title: Caging Strategies of 3D Objects based on “Attractive Region in
Nattee Niparnan, Chulalongkorn University (http://www.nattee.net/)
   Title: Computation of Caging by Combining Sequeezing and Stretching
Rui Fukui, The University of Tokyo (
   Title: Robot Mechanism Design to Take the Advantage of Caging
Zhidong Wang, Chiba Institute of Technology
   Title: Dynamic Object Caging with Multiple Mobile Robots

=== Organizers===

Weiwei Wan, The University of Tokyo (https://sites.google.com/site/weiweilab
Alberto Rodriguez, Carnegie Mellon University (
David J. Cappelleri, Purdue University
Jianhua Su, Chinese Academy of Science
Satoshi Makita, Sasebo National College of Technology (


Sincerely yours,

Weiwei Wan (万 偉偉、ワン ウェイウェイ)
Department of Mechano-Informatics,
The University of Tokyo

Tel: +81-30-58416333
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Email: wanweiwei07 at gmail.com
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