[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Workshop on Benchmarking Bipedal Locomotion @ Humanoids 2014

Katja Mombaur katja.mombaur at iwr.uni-heidelberg.de
Tue Oct 21 02:27:38 PDT 2014

- Apologies for multiple posting -

Full day Workshop on Benchmarking Bipedal Locomotion

- IEEE-RAS Humanoids 2014 Conference, Madrid, Spain
- Nov 18, 2014, 9:00 -- 18:00
- Workshop webpage: http://orb.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/koroibot/?page_id=492

- Diego Torricelli, CSIC, Spain, diego.torricelli at csic.es 
<mailto:diego.torricelli at csic.es>
- Katja Mombaur, University of Heidelberg, 
katja.mombaur at iwr.uni-heidelberg.de 
<mailto:katja.mombaur at iwr.uni-heidelberg.de>,
- Nikos Tsakarakis, IIT, Italy, nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it 
<mailto:nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it>
- Alexander Schubert, University of Heidelberg, 
alexander.schubert at iwr.uni <mailto:alexander.schubert at iwr.uni>-- 
heidelberg.de <http://heidelberg.de>
- Jose L. Pons, CSIC, Spain
- Zibin Li, IIT, Italy

The need for reliable benchmarks of bipedal locomotion is becoming more 
and more relevant in order to assess the humanoid behavior on a 
quantitative basis, and to compare it with the human counterpart. Such 
benchmarks or performance indicators are important in order to:
- Assess the general walking performance of a robot, such as stability, 
efficiency, and versatility, on a quantitative basis.
- Judge when a robot motion is "human-like", which is an often stated 
but never strictly defined goal.
- Compare the abilities of different robots to each other.
- Measure the progress of an individual robot due to a new HW or SW 
Despite this importance, no consensus has been achieved yet about the 
set of benchmarks that should be adopted. To fill this gap, three 
European Project (H2R, Koroibot, and Walk-Man) have set this workshop to 
involve the international community in a thorough discussion about the 
above key features, with a specific focus on the assessment methods and 
protocols that can be easily applied across different laboratory settings.

The aim of this workshop is to really WORK together. To this aim, the 
organization of this workshop will deviate from the usual talk-based 
structure. After several very short challenge talks, the workshop will 
essentially be structured in small discussion groups, in order to 
promote real debate and reasoning, which possibly result, at the end of 
the day, in a preliminary proposal of benchmarks to be proposed to the 
international forum. The discussion groups will be focusing on the 
different aspects related to functional performance and human-likeness, 
such as stability, efficiency, dynamic similarity, passive dynamics, 
prediction, etc. The discussion groups will then present their results 
to all workshop participants.
A Poster Session will be also included, in order to promote the 
interchange of ideas among the participants during the coffee breaks.

In order to be really productive, if you wish to actively contribute, 
- Communicate your intention to participate, sending en email to 
diego.torricelli at csic.es <mailto:diego.torricelli at csic.es>
- Subscribe to the recently created mailing list on "Benchmarking 
bipedal locomotion" (https://listas.csic.es/wws/info/benchmarking_list). 
We will use this list to prepare the workshop in more detail, together 
with the attendees.
- If you wish to participate to the poster session, send a 2-page 
abstract, formatted according to the conference templates, to 
diego.torricelli at csic.es <mailto:diego.torricelli at csic.es>, by October 
31. Notification of acceptance will be given by November 7.
- We would like to emphasize that due to the particular organization 
structure of the workshop with small discussion groups, participants are 
encouraged to participate the whole day and not to plan to perform 
workshop hopping.

9:00 -- 9:10: Introduction, goals of the workshop (Organizers)
9:10 -- 10:30: Challenge talks
10:30 -- 11:00: Coffee break and Poster Session
11:00 -- 12:30: Split of participants in discussion groups, 1st round of 
12:30 -- 14:00: Lunch break
14:00 -- 15:30: 2nd round of discussions, Conclusions within each 
discussion group
15:30 -- 16:00: Coffee break and Poster Session
16:00 -- 17:00: Presentation of results of different discussion groups
17:00 -- 18:00: Final discussion

- Christoph Klein, EU (to be confirmed)
- Olivier Stasse, LAAS-CNRS, France, KoroiBot project
- Jose Gonzales, CSIS, Spain, H2R project
- Diego Toricelli,  CSIC, Spain, H2R project
- Katja Mombaur, University of Heidelberg, Germany, KoroiBot project
- Nikos Tsakarakis, IIT, Italy, Walkman project

This workshop is organized by the European projects:
H2R: www.h2rproject.eu <http://www.h2rproject.eu>
KoroiBot: www.koroibot.eu <http://www.koroibot.eu>
WALKMAN: www.walk-man.eu <http://www.walk-man.eu>
This workshop is also supported by:
- "List on benchmarking bipedal locomotion" 
- IEEE-RAS Technical committee on Model-based optimization for Robotic: 
www.tc-opt.uni-hd.de <http://www.tc-opt.uni-hd.de>


Prof. Dr. Katja Mombaur
Optimization in Robotics and Biomechanics
Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)
University of Heidelberg

Speyerer Str. 6   **   69115 Heidelberg   **   Germany  **
phone: +49-6221-54-8867 or -8775 **  fax: +49-6221-54-5276

katja.mombaur at iwr.uni-heidelberg.de

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