Call for Posters – IROS 2012 Workshop “Learning and Interaction in Haptic Robots”

IROS 2012 Workshop on Learning and Interaction in Haptic Robots, Friday October 12, 2012
Location: Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

Dongheui Lee (Technische Universität München, Germany)
Sylvain Calinon (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)

Motivation and Objectives:
Research on robot learning from demonstration has received great attention in the last decade since it can serve a useful methodology for intuitive robot programming, even by general users without robotics expertise. In the pioneering research investigations of this field, demonstrations were provided either by teleoperating the robot, or by vision/motion sensors recordings of the user doing the task. The recent hardware and software developments towards compliant and tactile robots are changing this picture. New solutions are now being offered to the user to physically interact with the robot to transfer or refine skills. This full day workshop will focus on the new robot learning perspectives that such new interaction modality offers.
Physical interaction in the context of robot learning is a young but promising upcoming research topic. It provides a natural interface to kinesthetic transfer of skills to the robot, where the user can demonstrate or refine the task in the robot’s environment while feeling its capabilities and limitations. With the new development of compliant controllers, backdrivable motors and artificial skins, new perspectives in learning arose by exploiting the natural teaching propensity of the user, already being familiar with social interaction such as scaffolding, molding or kinesthetic teaching. In this workshop, experts in machine learning, physical human robot interaction, and compliant robot control will introduce their research along this direction, sharing their views from different research perspectives, and discussing new challenges in this uprising field. Topics such as skill transfer, kinesthetic teaching interfaces, learning and prediction, compliant robot control, safe physical interaction, haptic and tactile guidance will be covered.

• Skill transfer
• Kinesthetic teaching
• Haptic/tactile guidance
• Learning interaction/impedance control
• Learning by imitation
• Physical human robot interaction
• Machine learning for robot control, adaptive robot control
• Biological inspired principles for learning interaction

Invited speakers:
• Heni Ben Amor (Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany)
• Aude Billard (EPFL, Switzerland)
• Etienne Burdet (Imperial College London, UK)
• Abderrahmane Kheddar, Andre Crosnier (CNRS-AIST JRL, Japan / LIRMM, France)
• Kazuhiro Kosuge (Tohoku University, Japan)
• Fabio Dalla Libera (Osaka University, Japan)
• Yoshihiko Nakamura (University of Tokyo, Japan)
• Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (INRIA Bordeaux, France)
• Jan Peters (Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany)
• Gordon Cheng, Marcia Riley (Technische Universität München, Germany)
• Andrea Thomaz (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
• Sethu Vijayakumar (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: July 31, 2012
Notification of acceptance: August 24, 2012
Final paper Deadline: September 14, 2012

Extended abstracts (1-2 pages) will be reviewed by the program committee members. Accepted contributions will be presented as posters. Submissions should be in pdf, formatted according to the IEEE conference templates and submitted via email to and with the keyword “IROS12WS” in the subject line.

This workshop is supported by the FP7 European Project SAPHARI “Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction”.

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