[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP - ICRA Tutorial - Experiences of Research on Robot Assistance for Industrial Environments

Erden Mustafa Suphi mustafasuphi.erden at epfl.ch
Fri Feb 21 01:54:50 PST 2014


ICRA 2014 Tutorial on
Experiences of Research on Robot Assistance for Industrial Environments (ERRA)

Saturday, May 31, 2014, Hong Kong, China



• Submission Deadline: April 15, 2014 (Tuesday)
• Notification of Acceptance (prospective): May 1, 2014 (Thursday)
• Workshop Date: May 31, 2014 (Saturday)
• Conference Dates: May 31-June 7, 2014 (Sunday-Saturday)


• Mustafa Suphi Erden, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
• Ole Madsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
• Anders Billesø Beck, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark


This full day tutorial aims at presenting the recent research experiences on industrially oriented robotics assistance, basically from the laboratories of the organizers at LASA-EPFL, AALBORG, and DTI. The researches in these three labs exemplify robotics assistance for industrial settings from three different perspectives: assistance for manipulation (welding) (LASA), assistance for easy programming (assembly and part feeding) (AALBORG), and assistance for flexible assembly (for SMEs with robotic coworker systems) (DTI). The tutorial will be supplemented with presentation of research from other laboratories. Some of these presentations will be invited others will be selected among the submissions.

The relevant research at LASA-EPFL focuses on robotic assistance for tool manipulation, specifically assistance for manual welding. The research aims at answering the questions of what is a skilled manipulation in welding and how, when, and how much a person should be assisted with a robot for a good quality performance. The research at AALBORG focuses on developing interactive manipulation systems for industrial tasks such as part feeding and assembly. The group at AALBORG has developed the concept of task-level-programming that integrates pre-defined skill modules of the robot with kinesthetic teaching by the operators. Different versions of their system are experimented on the factory floor for various part feeding and assembly tasks. At DTI, research is focused on development of industrially suitable, easily instructable platforms for flexible assembly. A key objective is to meet the flexibility requirements of SME production. A flexible skill-based instruction system has been developed. In this system, a wide range of technologies, such as collision-free motion planning, computer vision, 3D perception and advanced GUIs, serve as building blocks to create a user friendly robotic coworker system. The system has been evaluated on basis of a wide range of real assembly cases and in continuous collaboration with more than 20 Danish and international companies.

As the organizers, we will present three detailed core tutorials about the above mentioned research. Besides, there will be reputable invited speakers in the field and selected oral and poster presentations. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring all the speakers, oral and poster presenters. In all these talks the following questions will be addressed:

• What are the example tasks from industry that assistive schemes can be applied to?
• What are the requirements for an assistance scheme to be usable in industry?
• What kind of assistance is needed in what kind of tasks?
• What are the challenges in developing an assistive system? (For specific applications, what are the bottle necks?)
• Can we propose a specific knowledge of robotic assistance in industry? What can be the items of describing a robotics assistance scheme/system for industry?
• To what extent can we generalize the specific knowledge for a specific application to other applications?


The organizers invite submissions of 6-10 pages research papers to be orally presented during the tutorial in 15 minutes talks and 4-8 pages research papers to be presented as posters during the tutorial, all written in the style of the conference papers. The papers will be reviewed and selected for presentation.

The papers can be submitted by e-mail to 
mustafasuphi.erden at epfl.ch.

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2014
Prospective Date for Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2014


The list of topics that characterize the content of the tutorial are as follows:

• Assistive robotics
• Interactive manipulation
• Flexible assembly
• Robotic coworker systems
• Cooperative assembly in manufacturing
• Skill acquisition and skill assistance
• Physical human-robot interaction
• Safe interactive robotics design
• Light weight robots
• Compliant control of robots


• Mustafa Suphi Erden, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
"Identification of welding skills: variance and impedance measurements while welding" (Tutorial)
"Assisting manual welding with robot" (Tutorial)

• Ole Madsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
"Skill-based human-robot interface for instructing industrial tasks using kinesthetic teaching" (Tutorial)
"Experience from industrial implementations – how far can we get?" (Tutorial)

• Anders Billesø Beck, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark
"Development of the Robot CoWorker platform — cost-effective automation solutions for the needs of the high-mix/low-volume assembly industry" (Tutorial)

• Etienne Burdet, Imperial College, UK
"Learning appropriate visual and haptic cues for micromanipulation" (Invited talk)

• Henrik Christenson, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
(Invited talk)

• Mikael Hedelind, ABB Robotics, Sweden
"Safe industrial robots in a mixed production setting" (Invited talk)

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