[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP: HUMANOIDS 2018 Workshop: Humanoid Robotics: Dead-end or Bright Future?

Luka Peternel Luka.Peternel at iit.it
Sun Nov 4 16:19:00 PST 2018

***Call for Participation***
Workshop: Humanoid Robotics: Dead-end or Bright Future?
HUMANOIDS 2018, 6th November, Beijing, China

Dear all,

We would kindly like to invite you to participate in HUMANOIDS 2018 Workshop titled "Humanoid Robotics: Dead-end or Bright Future?", which will be held on Tuesday 6th November 2018 in Beijing, China. Please follow the workshop website for more details and updates.


The aim of the proposed workshop is to have a constructive and above all realistic discussion regarding the progress, expectations and applicability of humanoid robotics, and to examine both positive and negative aspects alike. First we want to discuss the nature of overly optimistic past prediction and expectations. Then we want to re-examine the excellent research that led to the existing state-of-the-art and find the most effective ways get to the expected aims. We will identify the main bottlenecks in the progress and try to find solutions or/and workarounds. Finally, we will critically re-evaluate the possible applications of humanoids and discuss their strengths/weaknesses with respect to competitive (classical) solutions.

- How do you see the current progress of humanoid robotics with respect to optimistic predictions in the past?
- How is AI affecting the research in humanoid robotics?
- (How) does human neuroscience benefit from the research in humanoid robotics?
- What and where are the main bottlenecks that prevent (expected) progress: hardware vs software?
- How to make humanoid robots feasible for customers in respective markets to be interested in humanoids compared to alternative (classical) solutions?
- Household tasks: humanoid robot versus specialised robots/devices (sweeping robot, dishwasher, etc.).
- Disaster response: humanoid robot vs quadrupeds/hexapeds/wheels/etc.
- Military application: has military given up on humanoid robots? Do we even want military humanoids?
- Entertainment industry: potential saviors of humanoid robots?
- Development of hobbyists: how we can collaborate with growing number of hobbyists?
- What can we do or change to speed up the progress towards achieving applicable humanoid robots?

Tamim Asfour (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Sven Behnke (University of Bonn, Germany)
Francesco Ferro (PAL Robotics, Spain)
Suuji Kajita (AIST, Japan)
Abderrahmane Kheddar (CNRS, France)
Giorgio Metta (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
Christian Ott (DLR, Germany)
Nikos Tsagarakis (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)

Luka Peternel (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
Jan Babic (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia )
Tamim Asfour (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Suuji Kajita (AIST, Japan)

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