[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] IROS'18 Special Session on Soft Object Manipulation

NAVARRO-ALARCON, David [ME] david.navarro-alarcon at polyu.edu.hk
Sun Mar 4 19:52:08 PST 2018

Dear Robot-icists / Robot-icians / Robot-istas

The Special Session on Methods and Algorithms for Automatic Manipulation of Deformable Objects will be held at IROS 2018

The Session's organisers are (still) soliciting contributions (6-8 pages in the standard IEEE format). Note that this session is NOT a Workshop. Papers will undergo the same rigorous review process as all other IROS papers and, if accepted, published in the proceedings at IEEE Xplore and get a DOI

Deadline is: March 9, 2018

See the detailed information and submission instructions below



Robotic manipulation of rigid objects has been studied and implemented in several application fields for more than four decades now. More recently, part of the robotics research community has turned its attention to the design of sensor-guided methods and algorithms - but now for manipulating deformable objects. We believe that this rising interest in controlling deformations is mainly driven by the increasing de-industrialised use of robots for service tasks in human environments. The robotic manipulation of soft objects is needed in several economically important applications, e.g. in automated food preparation (shaping rheological materials), home/personal robotics (folding fabrics), medical robotics (manipulating organs and tissues), to name a few cases. However, despite the recent progress in soft robotics (which has mostly focused on designing deformable structures, but not on manipulating deformable objects), the automatic manipulation of compliant materials remains an open research problem with many promising benefits.

Our objective in this Special Session is to provide a specialised forum for experts in the problem, to present and discuss their recent results.

**Topics of Interest**
Given the multidisciplinary nature of this challenging problem, the papers to be presented will cover all aspects involved in deformable object manipulation, including planning, learning, estimation/identification, and control.
The general topics of interest are:

  *   Shape and deformation servo-control
  *   Automatic manipulation of fabrics and threads
  *   Learning / identification / simulation of deformable models
  *   Manipulation planning for soft bodies
  *   Benchmarking of soft object manipulation tasks
  *   Theoretical foundations and applications cases

If you would like to submit your work, please do it through papercept: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__ras.papercept.net_conferences_scripts_start.pl&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=6D4_a2Dz2-WxNn2VN09cIlHLYeT5ox-xAIOY21S3KSo&s=J5VUUOn5tsCy1JArlidfF-oFQV5BXv4F550SSUqfJ2E&e=. Go to IROS 2018 -> Submit a contribution to IROS 2018 -> Special session paper. In order to upload the paper, please use the following code: 2mmj7

**Organising Committee**
David Navarro-Alarcon, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Andrea Cherubini, LIRMM / Université de Montpellier, France



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