[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] 2nd CFP IEEE Humanoids 2016 WS: Tactile sensing for manipulation: new progress and challenges

Tue Sep 20 04:44:19 PDT 2016

Dear Colleagues,

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Call for participation:

Tactile sensing for manipulation: new progress and challenges,




held in the framework of IEEE Humanoids conference
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.humanoids2016.org_&d=DQIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=hjrtHH0560R6ItPsdXy7S2T1LZ_PBGo-PEKQMttYTd0&s=8-r76LLoVcW9toJ5MZOv8vXXSNOYeyqIUhVoHzuFXs4&e= )


***Related Special Issue in International Journal of Humanoid Robotics


including extended versions of the best papers!!!***



Tactile sensing technology has achieved lots of progress in recent
decades. Currently advanced tactile sensors have been deployed to cover
the body of robots to provide them with body self-awareness, the robot
hand in order to improve the hand’s dexterous manipulation capability,
and on wearable devices to facilitate the human robot interaction.
However, robot manipulation skills are still far behind their human
counterparts. We believe this is due to three aspects:

1.)Available tactile sensors are still far from matching the
capabilities of the sense of touch in humans;

2.)Tactile data processing algorithms and data-driven learning
technology are still immature;

3.)A general and robust robot manipulation control framework is still

Within this workshop we will bring together experts from different
domains, e.g. tactile hardware development, robot manipulation and
machine learning to discuss progress and challenges of tactile-driven
manipulation, foster potential collaborations, and reinforce the strict
link among such interdisciplinary research fields to facilitate progress
in this community.

Three key questions will be discussed:

1.)What are the missing features in the available tactile sensor, how to
push the tactile sensor technology’s state of the art?

2.)How to combine data-driven machine learning techniques and available
tactile sensors so that robots can “actively” learn environment
knowledge and make decisions depending on the partially acquired
environment information, such as object geometry, texture, softness, Dof
and affordance etc.

3.)How can robot exploit the available tactile perception techniques to
safely interact with the environment?

The workshop topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

1.)Advanced anthropomorphic tactile sensor development and calibration

2.)Deep learning and its application to tactile sensing and control

3.)Tactile-driven exploration strategies

4.)Tactile-driven self-perception and self-calibration

5.)Tactile servoing and manipulation

6.)Tactile image and tactile object perception

7.)Tactile-based unknown object grasp and in-hand manipulations

8.)Using tactile for unknown object reconstruction, classification and
slip detection

9.)whole-body sensing based manipulation and safety

10.)Tactile display devices in teleoperation such as surgical robots

*Invited speakers*

Prof. Gerald Loeb (University of Southern California, U.S.A) *(confirmed)*

Prof. Veronica Santos (UCLA, U.S.A) *(confirmed)*

Prof. Giorgio Metta (iCub Facility, IIT, Italy) *(confirmed)*

Prof. Jan Peters (TU Darmstadt, Germany) *(confirmed)*

Prof. Serena Ivaldi (INRIA Nancy Grand-Est ,France) *(confirmed)*

Prof. Helge Ritter (AGNI, Bielefeld University, Germany) *(confirmed)*

Prof. Tamim Asfour (KIT, Germany) *(confirmed)*

Prof. Robert Platt (Northeastern University, U.S.A) *(tentatively

Prof. Patrick Van Der Smagt (TUM, Germany) *(confirmed)*

Prof. Gordon Cheng (TUM, Germany) *(confirmed)*

*Submission information*

Prospective participants are required to submit an extended abstract
(maximum 2 pages in length), but videos are also welcome!

All submissions will be reviewed using a single-blind review process.
Accepted contributions will be presented during the workshop as posters.
Submissions must be sent in pdf, following the IEEE conference style
(two-columns), to:


indicating [Humanoids 2016 Workshop] in the e-mail subject.

*Important Date*

Paper Submission Deadline: September 26

Notification of acceptance: October 2
Camera-ready deadline: October 6

Workshop day: November 15


Qiang Li, Neuroinformatics Group / CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany

Andrea Cherubini, LIRMM / Université de Montpellier, France

Lorenzo Natale, iCub Facility, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Anh-Van Ho, Department of Mechanical and System Engineering, Ryukoku
University, Japan

Zhe Su, Computational Learning and Motor Control Lab, University of
Southern California, U.S.A

Filipe Veiga, Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab, Technische
Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany

*Supported by IEEE TCs:*

- On Robotic Hands, Grasping and Manipulation

- On Haptics

- On Robot Learning

- On Mobile Manipulation

Best regards


Viele Grüße

Dr. Qiang Li

Neuroinformatik Group
Cognitive Interaction Technology - Center of Excellence (CITEC)
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