[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP: RSS 2020 Workshop on “Closing the Reality Gap in Sim2Real Transfer for Robotics”

Hoefer, Sebastian hoefersh at amazon.de
Fri Mar 20 01:12:24 PDT 2020

Dear colleagues,

We kindly invite you to submit your poster/demo contributions to the 2nd RSS 2020 workshop on “Closing the Reality Gap in Sim2Real Transfer for Robotics”, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 12 in Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

Important: Despite the current COVID-19 situation and uncertainty regarding travel, please consider submitting your contributions to the workshop anyway. We are actively looking into the possibility of remote attendance and will share more updates as soon as they become available to us.


*2nd Workshop on Closing the Reality Gap in Sim2real Transfer for Robotic*


When & where (tentative): Sunday July 12 (full day), RSS 2020, Corvallis, Oregon

Important dates
Submission Deadline: April 9th, 2020 AoE time (UTC-12)
Notification of Acceptance: April 16th, 2020
Confirmation of Presenters*: April 18th 2020
Camera ready submission: May 31st, 2020
Workshop: July 12, 2020 (full day)

* For each accepted paper, we need a list of presenters with their full name and nationality, so that the RSS organizers can issue visa letters. The organizers expect long visa processing times.


Physical simulation is an important tool for robotic manipulation. While simulation has been well-established for robotics education and integrated robot software testing for a long time, only recently the robotics community has made significant progress in transferring manipulation capabilities learned in simulation to reality, a concept termed Sim2Real transfer.

Sim2Real refers to the concept of transferring robot skills acquired in simulation to the real robotic system. Sim2Real draws its appeal from the fact that it is less expensive, safer and more informative to perform experiments in simulation than in the real world. Yet, Sim2Real faces significant challenges.

In this workshop, we invite subject matter experts to debate the state-of-the-art and the impact of Sim2Real on robotics. The workshop will primarily consist of debates focussed on controversial key topics with a few spotlight presentations.

Invited Speakers

- Chris Atkeson (Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University)
- Anca Dragan (UC Berkeley)
- Dieter Fox (University of Washington and Nvidia Research)
- Ken Goldberg (UC Berkeley and UCSF)
- Abhinav Gupta (Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University)
- John Leonard (MIT)
- Karen Liu (Georgia Tech)
- Jan Peters (Technische Universität Darmstadt, MPI for Intelligent Systems)
- Shuran Song (Columbia University)
- Peter Welinder (OpenAI)
- Martha White (University of Alberta)

Topics of Interest

The workshop will follow a debate-based format. Each debate will focus on a key - rather controversial - statement regarding Sim2Real, and will be discussed by two proponents and two opponents of that statement. Each debate consists of short introductory pitches by the two sides, providing an opportunity to presenters to also highlight their work, followed by a moderated discussion. Example statements include:

- “Sim2Real will never work for complex robotic tasks”;
- “Sim2Real is able to successfully leverage inaccurate simulations. Accurate physics-based simulation and photorealistic rendering is not required”;
- “Sim2Sim performance is sufficient to indicate progress in Sim2Real”;
- “Sim2Real is nothing more than system identification / model-based RL”.

Call for Contributions

Participants are invited to submit extended abstracts (maximum 2 pages in length, excluding references). We encourage justified position papers (wrt. to the aforementioned debate points) as well as sim2real-related entries.

Accepted abstracts will receive a poster presentation slot and selected submissions will additionally be allowed to give a spotlight presentation for 5min each, ahead of the corresponding debate.

Submissions must not exceed 2 pages in length, excluding references. Submissions must be in PDF following the IEEE style available from:

Submissions must include a short abstract. The extended abstract should go in the main section of the template and the short abstract in the abstract section.

Submission website: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/SIMREALRM2020/Submission/Index__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!_ZJH7jA4c2FMpe3_sXPAPt6xSzOFudSkVHDvWnannxYB7eVfD8tTCPe8qkFlL9yfT6gmtrLk$ 


- Sebastian Höfer, Amazon Robotics AI
- Kostas Bekris,  Amazon Robotics AI and Rutgers University
- Ankur Handa, NVIDIA Robotics
- Juan Camilo Gamboa, McGill University
- Florian Golemo, Mila / Element AI
- Melissa Mozifian, McGill University

Contact Information

Email:    sim2real at sebastianhoefer.de
Website:  https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://sim2real.github.io/__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!_ZJH7jA4c2FMpe3_sXPAPt6xSzOFudSkVHDvWnannxYB7eVfD8tTCPe8qkFlL9yfT4sjseyy$ 
Twitter:  https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://twitter.com/sim2realaiorg__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!_ZJH7jA4c2FMpe3_sXPAPt6xSzOFudSkVHDvWnannxYB7eVfD8tTCPe8qkFlL9yfT7NrS8cS$ 

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