[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] 2nd CFP Workshop on Benchmarking Tools for Evaluating Robotic Assembly of Small Parts

Norton, Adam Adam_Norton at uml.edu
Mon Mar 23 17:05:52 PDT 2020


We are inviting 1-2 page extended abstracts for:


Benchmarking Tools for Evaluating Robotic Assembly of Small Parts


a Workshop at the upcoming Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2020 Conference to be held at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. The half-day workshop will be held on Monday July 13, 2020 and is being organized by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


Workshop website: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.uml.edu/research/nerve/assembly-workshop-rss-2020.aspx__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!-TN0OhNxFTr7j8B2xrUEkwtkJJa-5xqRXBXqqmEE6OW9PZSwk4mXxU4bexeTh_qSFcdNfcd0$ 


Benchmarking tools have advanced the research and development of robotic manipulation capabilities, particularly for grasping (e.g., YCB Object Set). As robot capabilities progress and domains like manufacturing become populated with robot systems, performance artifacts for more advanced capabilities are needed. This workshop aims to promote the usage of a performance artifact for benchmarking robotic manipulation and assembly capabilities. The NIST Assembly Task Boards (NIST-ATB) are designed to quantify a robot system’s grasping, manipulation, and perception capabilities when used in small parts assembly operations. NIST-ATB #1 requires competencies including peg insertions, gear meshing, electrical connector insertions, and nut threading. It has been used in robotic manipulation competitions (e.g., IROS 2017 and 2019) and is currently being proliferated throughout the research community. Workshop content includes presentations of robotics research that utilizes the NIST-ATB for benchmarking purposes, such as the development of force sensing capabilities for insertion or the design of dexterous end-effectors to manipulate small objects. Related benchmarking and evaluation efforts involving the NIST-ATB will also be covered, as well as a discussion of the current and future plans for the benchmarking tool.


Submissions are elicited for extended abstracts of ongoing or proposed research using the NIST-ATB #1 benchmarking tool, which will be provided to authors of accepted contributions for free (a $450 value). Task boards can be shipped to your institution (if outside of the US, recipient may have to pay import duties/taxes upon delivery which can range between $50-150) or the task board can be picked up at the workshop. The goal of this workshop is to spur the development of advanced robotic capabilities and begin building a user community around robotic assembly research.


More information on the NIST Assembly Task Boards can be found here: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nist.gov/el/intelligent-systems-division-73500/robotic-grasping-and-manipulation-assembly/assembly__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!-TN0OhNxFTr7j8B2xrUEkwtkJJa-5xqRXBXqqmEE6OW9PZSwk4mXxU4bexeTh_qSFbEWvQp0$ 


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Submissions



We welcome contributions focused on research towards robotic assembly and manufacturing, which may include end-to-end solutions and/or development of relevant components including vision algorithms, tactile sensing, end-effector design, and teaching/programming techniques. All contributions should cover ongoing or proposed research that will utilize the NIST-ATB #1 as part of their experimentation plan.


We are requesting 1-2 page extended abstracts using the RSS 2020 format. Anonymization is not required. When emailing the paper, please include the title, author list, affiliations, and e-mail addresses in the body of the email.


All submissions will be reviewed and authors of accepted papers will be asked to give a 3-5 minute lightning talk at the workshop and provide a poster for a session following the lighting talks. At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop.


- March 6, 2020: Call for submissions open

- April 9, 2020, 23:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE): Submission deadline for extended abstracts

- April 16: Notification of acceptance for workshop submissions


Submissions should be e-mailed to nistatb.rss2020 at gmail.com<mailto:nistatb.rss2020 at gmail.com>. Authors of accepted submissions will be offered the option of having their papers uploaded to a workshop-specific archive on arXiv.org. Inclusion in this archive will not be mandatory since it may create problems for authors who wish to submit follow-on work to venues with strict prior publication rules. Accepted authors will also be asked about how they would like to receive their task board.


All questions regarding the workshop can be e-mailed to nistatb.rss2020 at gmail.com<mailto:nistatb.rss2020 at gmail.com>


We look forward to your participation,

Adam Norton, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Holly Yanco, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Joseph Falco, National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST)

Kenneth Kimble, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


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