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

Mohammad Khansari khansari at stanford.edu
Sun Mar 15 11:48:11 PDT 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 22, 2015 (deadline extended)
     * 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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