[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - ICRA 2017 WORKSHOP: Disaster Response Robots: Design Principles and Control for Effective Mobility and Manipulation

Nikolaos Tsagarakis nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it
Wed May 24 03:49:10 PDT 2017



ICRA 2017 WORKSHOP: Disaster Response Robots: Design Principles and Control for Effective Mobility and Manipulation

Date:       Friday - June 2, 2017
Place:      Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 4, Room 4411/4412
Time:       08:30 - 17:30

Workshop Organizers
Nikos Tsagarakis        Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Petter Ögren            Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)
Patric Jensfelt         Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)
Sven Behnke             University of Bonn


Workshop Overview
In the past years several natural or man-made disasters such as earthquakes and tsunami, or accidents in nuclear power plants have dramatically highlighted the need for effective and efficient robotic systems that can be deployed rapidly after the disaster, to assist in tasks too hazardous for humans to perform.  Unfortunately, despite the remarkable efforts and developments in robotics today's state of the art disaster response robots still does not demonstrate adequate readiness and performance to help addressing this need in realistic disaster conditions. To operate within infrastructures originally designed for humans, but which have become hostile or dangerous, a robot should possess a rich repertoire of human-like skills. It should exhibit the physical body power, agility and robustness, the manipulation and locomotion capability, and ultimately the effective ability to reach places and physically interact with a harsh environment.

The workshop brings together researchers working on the development and control of disaster response robotic systems particularly focusing on contributions that demonstrate the design/body principles of disaster robots with respect to their locomotion and manipulation mechanisms and how they can be effectively controlled through teleoperation and semi/fully-autonomous interfaces for improving the efficiency of the combined human-robot team.

Workshop Topics
Disaster response robot design
Locomotion/Manipulation Mechanisms for unstructured environments
Robust locomotion control in difficult terrains
Powerful/dexterous manipulation control in cluttered and harsh environments
Robust perception in affected man-made environments for locomotion/manipulation planning
Human machine interfaces for Intuitive control
Mixed-autonomy/teleoperation control
Evaluation and benchmarking methodologies

Confirmed Invited Speakers
Andreas Birk            (Jacobs University), DE
Cesar Cadena            (ETH Zurcuh), CH
Sven Behnke             (University of Bonn), DE
Davide Falanga          (University of Zurich), CH
Yoshihiko Nakamura      (University of Tokyo), JP
Erik Schaffernicht      (University of Orebro), SE
Manuel Catalano         (University of Pisa), IT
Petter Ogren            (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan), SE
Satoshi Tadokoro        (University  of  Tohoku), JP
Claudio Melchiorri      (University of Bologna), IT
Andrea Del Prete        (LAAS-CNRS), FR

Full details about the workshop program can be found at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__icra2017wsdisaster.wordpress.com_program_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=4gYIV3MAISBQpTzwfDBm2zwgPhrVq9x6yQQMRk9OONM&s=GIPtehVJcw-K-3guSgwia-T10skK61SCSjU83k0l_rE&e= 

Thank you very much for your attention. Looking forward to meeting you in Singapore.

Nikos Tsagarakis on behalf of the organizers

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