[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] ICRA 2015 Workshop on "Compliant and Versatile Robot Control in Human Environments

Mohammad Khansari khansari at stanford.edu
Thu Feb 12 13:09:49 PST 2015



Dear colleagues,


We enthusiastically invite you to contribute to and participate in our half-day workshop at ICRA 2015.


Workshop Title: Compliant and Versatile Robot Control in Human Environments: Bridging the Gap between Learning and Control


Important Dates:

     * Submission deadline:                 March 15, 2015

     * Notification of acceptance:     April 15, 2015

     * Final submission:                        May 15, 2015

     * Workshop data:                          May 30, 2015, in the afternoon


Webpage:  <http://cs.stanford.edu/people/khansari/ICRA2015/index.html> http://cs.stanford.edu/people/khansari/ICRA2015/index.html


Keynote speakers:

   * Neville Hogan              Massachusetts Institute of Technology

   * Stefan Schaal               University of Southern California

   * Alin Albu-Schäffer       DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics


Panel members:

   * Alin Albu-Schäffer       DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics> 

   * Jan Babic                       Jozef Stefan Institute 

   * Aude Billard                  EPF Lausanne 

   * Jonas Buchli                 ETH Zurich 

   * Neville Hogan              Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

   * Matthew Howard       King’s College London 

   * Oussama Khatib          Stanford University 

   * Stefan Schaal               University of Southern California






Workshop Overview


Currently, robot learning and compliant control are mainly studied in the two largely disconnected domains of machine learning and control theory, respectively. This workshop aims at bridging the gap between these two research fields in order to achieve compliant and versatile robots that can truly function in human environments. Robots with such capabilities can be extremely useful in various applications such as rehabilitation, assistive robots, human-robot collaboration, teleoperation as well as industrial and home service robotics.

In this half a day workshop, experts in the field of machine learning and robot control will present their latest achievements and discuss possible directions to integrate the various techniques required to create versatile robots



Scope and Topics


Due to its interdisciplinary nature, this workshop is supported by two IEEE RAS Technical Committees: Human-Robot Interaction & Coordination and Robot Learning. The workshop's topics cover, but are not limited to:

* Task transfer:

     - Programming by demonstrations

     - Imitation learning

     - Reinforcement learning

     - Movement primitives

* Physical Interaction Control:

     - Force control

     - (Variable) impedance control

     - Hybrid control

     - Parallel control

     - Physical human-robot collaboration

* Learning for compliant manipulation:

     - Learning variable impedance control

     - Learning force control

     - Learning to perform assembly

     - Learning to perform tooling tasks






Mohammad Khansari          Stanford University

Sylvain Calinon                      Idiap Research Institute

Dongheui Lee                        Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Oussama Khatib                    Stanford University 




Program Committee


Andre Lemme                        Universitat Bielefeld 

Andrej Gams                          Jozef Stefan Institute 

Arash Ajoudani                      Italian Institute of Technology 

Ellen Klingbeil                        Stanford University 

Farbod Farshidian                 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) 

Klas Kronander                      Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) 

Peter Pastor                           Google Research 

Serena Ivaldi                          TU Darmstadt 

Sergey Levine                        Berkeley




Abstract Submission


We invite submissions of two pages abstracts to be presented as interactive posters in the workshop. Please use the official IROS two-columns format and send the final PDF to khansari_at_stanford.edu before March 15, 2015. Contributions are reviewed by a technical committee and selected abstracted will be presented in the form of poster accompanied by a teaser presentation during the workshop. Please visit  <http://cs.stanford.edu/people/khansari/ICRA2015/call4contributions.html> http://cs.stanford.edu/people/khansari/ICRA2015/call4contributions.html for further information. 


Looking forward to meeting you in Seattle!

Best regards,

Mohammad Khansari, Sylvain Calinon, Dongheui Lee, and Oussama Khatib

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