[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Final CFP: RSS 2014 Workshop on Information-based Grasp and Manipulation Planning

Sachin Patil sachinpatil at berkeley.edu
Wed May 14 11:43:55 PDT 2014

RSS 2014 Workshop: "Information-based Grasp and Manipulation Planning"

1-Day Workshop, July 13, 2014
Berkeley, CA

Website: http://rll.berkeley.edu/RSS2014Workshop/

Organizers: Sachin Patil (UC Berkeley), Robert Platt (Northeastern

Important Dates:

-  Abstract submission deadline: May 20, 2014
-  Acceptance notification: June 1, 2014
-  Final materials due: July 1, 2014
-  Workshop date: July 13, 2014

Workshop Abstract:

In order for robots to perform grasping and manipulation tasks robustly in
the presence of environmental uncertainty, it is important to be able to
reason about the acquisition of perceptual knowledge and to perform
information gathering actions as necessary. This is especially important
today because many recently developed inexpensive robots sacrifice actuator
accuracy and performance for cost savings. In order for this trade-off to
work, it is necessary to make up for actuator error with improved
perceptual capabilities.

This workshop will focus on the intersection between grasping/manipulation
and planning under uncertainty. One the one hand, we are interested in
planning algorithms that enable a robot to reason about how to obtain
relevant information in the context of performing a task. On the other, we
are looking for ways that these planning algorithms can make robot grasping
and manipulation more robust. We envision a robot manipulation system that
gains information by interacting with objects (touching, pushing, changing
viewing perspective, etc.) in order to perform grasping, placement,
insertion, assembly, or other tasks more robustly.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working in
sensing and perception, grasp and motion planning, and information/belief
space planning to discuss the current state of the art and identify new
research opportunities.

Topics (including but not limited to):

-  Grasping of partially known objects
-  Grasping of objects with uncertain pose/geometry
-  New metrics for grasping under uncertainty
-  Uncertainty representations of the environment relevant for grasping and
manipulation tasks
-  Uncertainty modeling including Bayesian nonparametric models
-  Multi-modal sensor fusion
-  Learning-based approaches for unified sensing and planning
-  Belief-space or information-based planning
-  Active sensing and active localization techniques
-  Anytime methods for information-based grasp and manipulation planning
-  Implementation challenges in grasp and manipulation planning for
real-world robotic systems

Invited Speakers:

- Ken Goldberg (UC Berkeley)
- Hanna Kurniawati (University of Queensland)
- Ashutosh Saxena (Cornell University)
- Siddhartha Srinivasa (CMU)
- Jur van den Berg (University of Utah)

Instructions for Authors:

We invite you to submit two page extended abstracts describing new/ongoing
work. Submissions should be in .pdf format using the RSS paper template
(see links for LaTeX and Word templates below):

The best submissions will be selected for either poster or oral
presentations during the workshop. Final instructions for poster
presentations and talks will be posted on the workshop website after
decision notifications have been made.

Accepted presenters will have the option of submitting a full length
six-page paper due on the day of the workshop for digital archival on the
workshop website.

Please e-mail submissions to Sachin Patil at [sachinpatil at berkeley.edu] and
Robert Platt [rplatt at ccs.neu.edu] with the subject line "RSS 2014 Workshop

-LaTeX template: http://roboticsconference.org/paper-template-latex.tar.gz

-Word template: http://roboticsconference.org/paper-template-word.zip

For any questions or clarifications, please contact the organizers.

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