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

yon yonvisell at gmail.com
Thu Jun 19 10:10:46 PDT 2014

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

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 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 


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/demo sessions designed to maximize interaction among the participants.


Extended abstracts (1-2 pages) should be in IEEE Conference format, and submitted via Easy Chair:  https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iros2014workshoponac


Submission deadline: July 28, 2014
Notification date: August 6
Workshop date: September 18

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

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