[robotics-worldwide] [news] ICRA 2019 Workshop Towards Real-World Deployment of Legged Robots (Call for Poster/Paper Contributions)

Marko Bjelonic marko.bjelonic at mavt.ethz.ch
Sun Feb 24 06:41:58 PST 2019

*ICRA 2019 Third Full-Day Workshop:*

*“Towards Real-World Deployment of Legged Robots”*

*Day: *Thursday 23 May 2019 *or* Friday 24 May 2019
*Venue:* Palais des Congrès, Montreal, Canada.
*Room: *TBA*
Time: *TBA

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*Call for Poster/Paper Contribution
* The workshop is soliciting posters (through extended abstract 
papers) for an interactive session for all the participants.  The 
authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version 
to a journal special issue TBD.
To participate, please submit a 1 (min) to 2 (max) pages extended 
abstract paper (PDF file –6MB max– in the IEEE ICRA 2019 template 
format) via email to *Marko* *Bjelonic 
(*/*marko.bjelonic at mavt.ethz.ch*/*)* and*Dimitrios Kanoulas 
(/Dimitrios.Kanoulas at iit.it/).* All contributions will undergo a brief 
review by the organizers and the program committee, and the authors will 
be notified*.*

*Important Dates
*Poster abstract submission:*April 7, 2019*
Notification of acceptance:*April 15, 2019*
Workshop: *May 23/24, 2019*

Subterranean environments, collapsed buildings, and disaster areas are 
some of the most challenging environments to traverse, representing a 
high risk even for humans due to factors such as changing environment 
over time, rough and unstable terrain and low visibility conditions. 
Legged robots, which are capable of traversing challenging environments 
thanks to their high mobility and locomotion capabilities, still fail to 
negotiate these kinds of scenarios successfully. Moreover, there are 
only a few real-world deployments of legged robots, and again complex 
terrain settings present significant challenges to be solved. In this 
context, we are seeking for robotic solutions that can map, navigate, 
search, and manipulate in dynamic environments rapidly. This workshop 
will explore possible real-world applications of legged robots, will 
discuss the missing technology that is holding back the deployment of 
legged robots, and will feature both distinguished invited speakers and 
solicited papers.
Due to the high mobility and versatility, legged robots offer the 
ability to negotiate challenging terrains. Because of these properties, 
legged robots are more suitable than their wheeled and tracked 
counterparts to accomplish real-world tasks in challenging environments.
Conquering challenging environments is an attractive real-world 
application for legged robots, and current technologies fail to provide 
a solution for this. Revolutionizing the way how we operate in disaster 
areas give first responders the possibility to map, navigate, search, 
and manipulate in dynamic and rough environments. In addition, 
industrial applications in urban undergrounds, mines, and industrial 
factories offer a huge potential for robotic companies. Due to the 
changing environment over time, rough and unstable terrain and low 
visibility conditions, some of the environments represent a high risk 
even for humans. The significance of this topic is for example 
strengthened by the upcoming DARPA Subterranean Challenge which seeks 
novel approaches to revolutionize the operation in underground environments.
In this workshop, we explore the deployment of such kind of systems to 
real-world applications such as disaster response, remote inspection, 
and exploration in many different environments. Based on this 
discussion, we propose to bring together researchers and industry 
experts in the field of legged robots to discuss the applications and 
the missing technologies that are holding back the deployment of legged 

*Topics of interest*

  * *Design and Control*
      o mechatronical design
      o optimization-based co-design
      o model predictive and optimization-based control
      o whole-body control
  * *Path Planning, Perception, and Mapping*
      o optimization-based and perceptive motion planning
      o sensor fusion under uncertainty
      o localization and mapping in static or dynamic environments
      o foot placement generation in rough terrain
      o feature extraction and semantic scene understanding
  * *Real-World Applications*
      o disaster response
      o industrial inspection
      o payload delivery
      o mobile platform for manipulation tasks


  * *Marko Bjelonic* (Robotic Systems Lab, ETH Zurich)
  * *Dr. Dimitrios Kanoulas* (Humanoids and Human-Centered Mechatronics
    (HHCM), Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT))
  * *Prof. Krzysztof Walas* (Poznan University of Technology)
  * *Dr. Marco Camurri* (Oxford Robotics Institute, University of Oxford)
  * *Dr. Navinda Kottege* (Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group, CSIRO)
  * *Dr. Eiichi Yoshida* (CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory (JRL),
    National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))

*Program committee*:

  * *Dr. Andrea Del Prete* (University of Trento, Italy)
  * *C. Dario Bellicoso* (Robotic Systems Lab, ETH Zurich)
  * *Prof. Maurice Fallon* (Oxford Robotics Institute, Oxford University)
  * *Prof. Marco Hutter* (Robotic Systems Lab, ETH Zurich)
  * *Prof. Ioannis Havoutis* (Oxford Robotics Institute, Oxford University)
  * *Dr. Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay* (Robotics and Autonomous Systems
    Group, CSIRO)

*Invited Speakers

  * *Kevin Blankespoor*/ (Boston Dynamics, USA) /
  * *Sangbae Kim*/ (MIT, USA)/
  * *Stelian Coros*/ (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)/
  * *Claudio Semini*/ (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy)/
  * *Avik De*/ (Ghost Robotics, USA) /
  * *Marco Hutter */(ETH Zurich, Switzerland)/
  * *Xingxing Wang*/ (Unitree Robotics, China) /
  * *Aaron Ames*/ (California Institute of Technology, USA) /
  * *Rafael Cisneros*/ and /*Mehdi Benallegue *(/AIST, Japan)/
  * *Ludovic Righetti *(/New York University, USA and MPI, Germany)/
  * *Jonathan W. Hurst *(/Agility Robotics and Oregon State
    University, USA)/
  * *Olivier Stasse*/ (CNRS-LAAS, France)/
  * *Robert Griffin*/ (IHMC, USA/)
  * *Luis Sentis*/ (Univ. Texas Austin, USA)/

*This proposed workshop is supported by the *IEEE RAS Technical 
Committees* on:
1) *Whole-Body Control* [Prof. Jaeheung Park, Dr. Federico Moro, Prof. 
Alexander Dietrich, and Prof. Luis Sentis]
2) *Mechanism and Design* [Prof. Claudio Semini, Prof. Kyujin Cho, Prof. 
Matei Ciocarlie, and Prof. Aaron Dollar]
3) *Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot Motion* [Prof. Lydia 
Tapia and Prof. Sertac Karaman]


*This proposed workshop is supported by the H2020- ICT-2017-1 
(no.780883) THING, ICT-23-2014 (no. 644727) CogImon European Commission 
projects, and the Swiss National Science Foundation through the National 
Centres of Competence in Research Robotics (NCCR Robotics).

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