[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: RSS 2015 Workshop Bridging the Gap between Data-driven and Analytical Physics-based Grasping and Manipulation

Yasemin Bekiroglu yaseminb at kth.se
Tue May 26 02:36:59 PDT 2015

Call for Papers: RSS 2015 Workshop: Bridging the Gap between Data-driven and
Analytical Physics-based Grasping and Manipulation
July 16, Rome
Website: http://www.csc.kth.se/rss2015workshop/

Motivation and Objectives

In the last two decades, probabilistic data-driven approaches to
manipulation have celebrated extensive successes due to their ability to
extract complex behaviour from collected data. Generative probabilistic
approaches furthermore have the advantage that they can synthesize grasps
based on previously seen data. However these approaches can often only be
verified empirically and do not necessarily abide by physical and dynamical
constraints which can be modelled manually in an analytical approach. At the
same time, these classical physics-based approaches to manipulation have
advanced, and have started to incorporate a notion of uncertainty in their
analysis. However simplifying assumptions e.g. on the contact and friction
model, often have to be made. The combination of physics-based constraints
with probabilistic reasoning however remains one of the key challenges in
this field. This workshop focuses on bridging this gap, as well as on
discussing the respective benefits of analytical and probabilistic
approaches in various application domains.

The aim is to bring together researchers with different approaches to
grasping and manipulation, both from the classical analytical/physics
modelling based background and from the purely data-driven direction.
Invited speakers will get a 30 minute slot to present their latest work
relevant to the workshop theme, also including the limits and opportunities
that they see with these approaches and how they can be combined and feature
in their own work. We will organize an interactive poster session, allowing
more contributors to present their work and have detailed discussions with
the workshop attendees. Contributed papers will be published on the website
and invited to present a poster. We hope to include many contributors and
have fruitful discussions between invited speakers, active contributors, and
the audience.

Call for Papers

We welcome the submission of two page extended abstracts describing new or
ongoing work. The best two submissions will be selected for oral
presentations during the workshop. Final instructions for poster
presentations and talks will be available on the workshop website after
decision notifications have been made. Accepted presenters will have the
option of submitting a full length six-page paper. All contributed papers
will be accessible on the workshop website. Submissions should be in .pdf
format using the RSS paper template. Please send submissions to the
organizers with the subject line "RSS 2015 Workshop Submission”. For any
questions or clarifications, please contact the organizers.

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Pieter Abbeel, UC Berkeley
Prof. Antonio Bicchi, University of Pisa
Prof. Aude Billard, EPFL (tentative)
Prof. Jonas Buchli, ETH
Dr. Jeannette Bohg , Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Ian Lenz, Cornell University
Prof. Jan Peters, TU Darmstadt (tentative)

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: June 19, 2015

Acceptance notification: June 26, 2015

Final materials due: July 6, 2015

Workshop date: July 16, 2015


Florian T. Pokorny (UC Berkeley), ftpokorny at berkeley.edu
Yu Sun (USF), yusun at cse.usf.edu 
Carl Henrik Ek (KTH), chek at csc.kth.se
Yasemin Bekiroglu (KTH), yaseminb at csc.kth.se

Please visit the webpage http://www.csc.kth.se/rss2015workshop/ for further
information or contact the organisers.

Yasemin Bekiroglu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Comp.Vision & Active Perception Lab (CVAP) 
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) 
Teknikringen 14, plan 6 
SE - 100 44 Stockholm, SWEDEN 
+46 (0) 8 790 6719
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