[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] [IROS2014] EXTENDED CfP: 3rd Workshop on Robots in Clutter: Perception and Interaction in Clutter

Michael Zillich zillich at acin.tuwien.ac.at
Wed Jul 16 00:17:18 PDT 2014

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                            CALL FOR PAPERS
                    3rd Workshop on Robots in Clutter:
                  Perception and Interaction in Clutter
               IROS 2014, Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 18, 2014

NOTE: Due to specific (not numerous :) requests we extended the deadline
and we also invite extended abstracts - see below.

Important Dates:
Submissions due EXTENDED:    July 25, 2014
Notification of acceptance:  Aug 8, 2014
Final papers due:            Aug 31, 2014
Workshop date:               Sept 18, 2014

Motivation and Objectives:

Complex and cluttered environments continue to present challenging problems to
many aspects of robotics research. Vision for example faces the problem of
segmenting or recognising task-relevant objects amidst clutter and occlusions.
Unexpected scene changes pose challenges for maintaining valid and tractable
scene representations for navigation, especially in highly dynamic outdoor
scenes as encountered in self-driving cars. Manipulation cannot expect precise
pose knowledge of all objects in a pile, let alone all contact relations.  All
these problems will become increasingly manifest as robots move into
unstructured domestic, industrial or outdoor settings. What is meant by "robust
to clutter", however, is difficult to define and adequate metrics and benchmarks
are still missing.

Humans seem to be good at handling these situations by identifying the most task
relevant parts of the scene and focusing attention on these, or by employing
interactive strategies where a problem is tackled in a series of small steps.
Similar strategies are also being increasingly explored in various areas of

Following in the footsteps of the first and second Workshop on Robots in Clutter
held at RSS 2012 and 2013 respectively, this workshop brings together
researchers from related robotics domains to discuss experience and ideas for
handling various problems induced by clutter, and to advance theoretically
founded and system-wide approaches of handling clutter.

The one day workshop will consist of invited talks, contributed paper talks,
poster and demo presentations, as well as a moderated discussion. This
discussion will be initiated by a debate among a panel of invited debaters, who
will present a controversial point from two opposing perspectives. This
establishes the main arguments as a basis for later discussion for everybody in
the room. The invited panelists include Oliver Brock, Wolfram Burgard,
Siddhartha Srinivasa, Franceso Ferro and Chris Mansley.

We invite paper submissions and extended abstracts, optionally accompanied by
a video, as well as demo submissions. All submissions will be reviewed (single
blind) by the program committee.  Papers should be up to 6 pages in length,
extended abstracts 2 or 3 pages, and formatted according to the IROS style
(see http://ras.papercept.net/conferences/support/support.php).
All accepted work will be published in the arXiv citable digital archive.
Furthermore, we will pursue the publication of selected workshop contributions
as a special journal issue.

We invite contributions to the following topics
* Sensing and perception in cluttered scenes (table tops, rooms, outdoors)
* Navigation in cluttered and dynamic environments and social aspects of such robots
* Self-driving cars and clutter on streets in urban areas
* Interactive perception for object segmentation and recognition in clutter
* Manipulation of objects in clutter (complex object arrangements, piles, heaps)
* We specifically invite demos for the interactive demo and poster session

Invited Talks:

Oliver Brock, TU Berlin: Interactive perception for mobile manipulation in
                          cluttered tabletop scenes
Franceso Ferro, PAL Robotics: REEMs in real crowded environments
Zoltan Marton, DLR: Object perception in clutter
Chris Mansley, Robert Bosch LLC: Automated driving

Michael Zillich, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Dejan Pangercic, Bosch RTC Palo Alto, USA
Maren Bennewitz, University of Freiburg, Germany
Justus Piater, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Maria Fox, King's College London, UK

mailto:clutter14 at list.tuwien.ac.at

This workshop is supported by the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Mobile
Manipulation (TCMM) and by EU project FP7-ICT-610532 "SQUIRREL: Clearing Clutter
Bit by Bit"

Dr. Michael Zillich
ACIN Institute of Automation and Control
Vienna University of Technology
(DVR-Number 0005886)
Gusshausstr 27-29/E376, 1040 Vienna, Austria
zillich at acin.tuwien.ac.at	http://users.acin.tuwien.ac.at/mzillich
Tel: +43 1 58801 376648		Fax: +43 1 58801 37698

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