[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Posters: IROS 2015 Workshop on "Perception and Planning for Legged Robot Locomotion in Challenging Domains"

Dimitrios Kanoulas Dimitrios.Kanoulas at iit.it
Wed Aug 5 09:50:20 PDT 2015

Call For Posters

IROS 2015 Full Day Workshop on:
"Perception and Planning for Legged Robot Locomotion in Challenging Domains"

Hamburg, Germany - October 02, 2015.

Web-page: https://iros2015wsperceptionandplanning.wordpress.com/


Call for Poster Contribution
The workshop is soliciting posters for an interactive session and a 2-min teaser talk for all participants. To participate, please submit a poster title and one page abstract (in PDF format, IROS regular paper format) via email to: Dr. Dimitrios Kanoulas (Dimitrios.Kanoulas at iit.it<mailto:Dimitrios.Kanoulas at iit.it>) by September 1, 2015 (AoE). All contributions will undergo a brief review by the organizers, and the authors will be notified of acceptance by September 5, 2015.


Important Dates
Poster abstract submission: September 1, 2015 (AoE).
Notification of acceptance:  September 5, 2015 (AoE).
Workshop:                             October 2, 2015.


Recent advancements in control and actuation allowed legged robots to locomote on very uneven and rough terrain, assuming that either the environment is mostly known or well structured, or proprioception is sufficient for achieving balance. In real-world unstructured environments these assumptions may not hold. Exteroceptive perception is crucial for detecting foothold and handhold affordances in the environment, and generating agile motions accordingly. One of the DARPA Robotics Challenge tasks this year was to locomote on flat, but uneven surfaces. In a real-world disaster scenario, legged robots will need to deal with even rougher terrain under significant uncertainty either for static or dynamically changing environments.

This workshop will provide a platform for researchers from perception and planning in legged robotics to disseminate and exchange ideas, evaluating their advantages and drawbacks. This will include methods for detecting footholds and handholds on uneven and rough surfaces for legged robots including bipeds and quadrupeds, often also using arms. The goal is to show various ways from sensing the environment to finding contacts and planning the body and limb trajectories for achieving agile and robust locomotion. The aim is to foster collaboration among researchers that are working on perception and planning for legged robots to advance the state of the art in robot locomotion.

This full day workshop consists of a mixture of presentations on topics including sensing, perception, planning, and motion generation for various types of legged robots designed to work indoors and outdoors. To stimulate interaction, we also organize a poster session to encourage the participation of young researchers and promote the discussion with the speakers and the audience. Moreover we allocate adequate time for questions and discussion to make the workshop as interactive as possible.


- Dr. Dimitrios Kanoulas Department of Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) [Italy].
- Dr. Ioannis Havoutis, INDIAP Research Institute [Switzerland].
- Prof. Maurice Fallon, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh [UK].
- Dr. Eiichi Yoshida, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) [Japan].


Invited Speakers
1. Shuyun Chung, Oussama Khatib - Stanford University [USA].
2. Maurice Fallon - University of Edinburgh [UK].
3. Nicolas Mansard, Olivier Stasse - LAAS-CNRS [France].
4. Jonas Buchli - ETH Zurich [Switzerland].
5. Sven Behnke - University of Bonn [Germany].
6. Ioannis Havoutis - INDIAP Research Institute [Switzerland].
7. Maren Bennewitz, Philipp Karkowski - University of Bonn [Germany].
8. Katja Mombaur - Heidelberg University [Germany].
9. Alexander Stumpf, S. Kohlbrecher, Oskar von Stryk - TU Darmstadt [Germany].
10. Katie Byl - University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) [USA].
11. Marco Hutter - ETH Zurich, [Switzerland].


This workshop is supported by:

1. The IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot Motion as confirmed by the Technical Committee co-chairs: Ron Alterovitz, Kostas Bekris, Juan Cortes, and Hanna Kurniawati
2. The IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Humanoids Robotics as confirmed by the Technical Committee co-chairs: Aude Billard, Eiichi Yoshida, and James Kuffner
3. The IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation in Nuclear Facilities as confirmed by the Technical Committee co-chairs: Yoshihiko Nakamura, William Hamel, Raja Chatila, and Hajime Asama.


This work is supported by the FP7-ICT-2013-10 WALK- MAN European Commission project.

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