[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Extended CFP: IROS Workshop on Active Touch Sensing in Animals and Robots

yon yonvisell at gmail.com
Fri Jul 25 05:44:03 PDT 2014

Workshop on Active Touch Sensing in Animals and Robots
IROS 2014, Chicago, September 18, 2014

News: Extended deadline!

Important Dates:

Extended abstracts due:    		Aug 1, 2014	
Notification of acceptance:  		Aug 8, 2014
Workshop date:               		Sept 18, 2014
Journal submission due:			March 1, 2015	

Synopsis: This workshop addresses the challenges posed by actively sensing and interacting with the world through the sense of touch, whether the latter is implemented through a technological or biological system.  Active touch sensing is recovering information about the world by ‘touching’ rather than ‘being touched’ – by interpreting signals from sensors whose motion is deliberately controlled to facilitate information gain.  The workshop is sponsored by the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Haptics.

Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Haptics:

We are pleased to announce a special journal issue of IEEE Transactions on Haptics on Active Touch Sensing in Robots, Humans, and Other Animals coinciding with the topic of the workshop.  Contributors to the latter will be invited to submit articles to the special issue.  Submissions will be peer reviewed consistent with journal practices 

Journal submission due:			March 1, 2015	
First decision to authors:			May 1, 2015
Special Issue publication:		Early 2016


Dr. Yon Visell, Drexel University (yon.visell at drexel.edu)
Dr. Mitra Hartmann, Northwestern University (hartmann at northwestern.edu)
Dr. Vincent Hayward, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (vincent.hayward at isir.upmc.fr)
Dr. Nathan Lepora, University of Bristol (n.lepora at bristol.ac.uk)


We invite participants to contribute extended abstracts (1-2 pages) on topics ranging from active touch sensing in specific model organisms (e.g., humans or rodents), the design of electronic systems for active touch sensing, mechanical and biomechanical aspects of active touch sensing, relations to behavior, learning by active touch, and applications to the design of haptic interfaces.  Contributors are encouraged to discuss how their results shed light on fundamental aspects of active touch sensing.  


The workshop will consist of short oral presentations interleaved with breakout, poster, and demo sessions designed to maximize interaction among the participants.  Participants will deliver a short talk responding to the theme of the conference, and interact with other attendees during the breakout session that follows – orally, via poster presentation, or demo.


Extended abstracts (1-2 pages) should be in IEEE Conference format, and submitted via Easy Chair: 

Yon Visell, PhD
Assistant Professor
Drexel University  |  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Philadelphia, USA

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