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Robotics: Science and Systems - Robot Manipulation: Intelligence in Human Environments

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The organizers invite you to submit a demo, poster, or paper for review to the RSS 2008 Workshop on Robot Manipulation: Intelligence in Human Environments. The workshop will take place on Saturday, June 28th at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland.

Please download the Call for Paper here

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline extended - 04/30/08 New deadline: 05/13/08
  • Notification of acceptance - 05/25/08
  • Submission of final camera-ready papers: 06/16/08
  • Workshop - June 28th


This full-day workshop will explore new approaches to robot manipulation with an emphasis on the relationship between intelligence and successful interaction with human environments. This is the fourth in a series of manipulation-centered workshops at RSS. There has recently been renewed interest in robot manipulation as researchers seek to push autonomous manipulation out of controlled laboratory settings and into less structured domains including the factory, health care, space exploration, and the home. The problem of autonomous robot manipulation in human environments poses a number of key challenges. These include: sensing relevant information; using sparse and incomplete information effciently and adapting to unforeseen characteristics of the environment. These challenges connect manipulation to the larger problem of robot intelligence.

This workshop will explore these issues and feature research that addresses the challenges of autonomous manipulation in this context.

This workshop is a successor to the RSS 2005 Workshop on Humanoid Manipulation, the RSS 2006 Workshop: Manipulation for Human Environments, and the RSS 2007 Workshop: Sensing and Adapting to the Real World.

Appropriate topics include

  • Mobile manipulation
  • Task-space control and representations of manipulation
  • Behavior-based approaches
  • Using object affordances
  • Learning, adaptation, and development for real world manipulation
  • Visual perception for manipulation in real-world environments
  • Manipulation with partial or incomplete information
  • Neuroscience and robot manipulation
  • Safety to humans
  • Force sensing and actuation for manipulators
  • Force and impedance control of manipulators
  • Formal measures of performance in real-world environments
  • Reviews of the state of the art


All accepted work will be published in a citable digital archive of the proceedings. New results are welcome. We also encourage researchers with relevant work to retarget previously published results to the workshop topic. Authors will be asked to present their work as a talk, poster, or demo.

All submissions should be in PDF format using the RSS template Papers should be between 4 and 6 pages in length. Proposals for demos and posters should be 1 page in length. Demo proposals should describe the work to be demonstrated and include a relevant image. Poster proposals should include a description of the material to be presented.

For those whose contributions were accepted as posters: We offer boards to pin posters up to A0 (ca. 80 cm x 120 cm).

Submissions must be submitted to http://rss08-manipulation.confmaster.net. Notification of acceptance will be given on or before May 15th.

Authors should take care not to reveal their identities since the review is double blind.


Program Committee:

  • Oliver Brock (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Aaron Dollar (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Andrew Fagg (University of Oklahoma)
  • Paul Fitzpatrick (Italian Institute of Technology)
  • Rod Grupen (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Ayanna Howard (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Chad Jenkins (Brown University)
  • Harada Kensuke (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
  • Danica Kragic (Royal Institute of Technology)
  • Giorgio Metta (Italian Institute of Technology and University of Genova)
  • Francesco Nori (Italian Institute of Technology)
  • Christian Ott (University of Tokyo)
  • Alan Peters (Vanderbilt University)
  • Angel Pasqual del Pobil (Jaume I University)
  • Ashutosh Saxena (Stanford University)
  • Mike Stilman (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Alexander Stoytchev (Iowa State University)
  • Euduardo Torres-Jara (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Thomas Wimböck (German Aerospace Center - DLR)

General Contact

Organizers - organizers-rss08-manipulation(at)robotic.de
RSS 2008 - http://www.robotics-conference.org/
Workshop - http://www.robotic.de/rss08-manipulation/

For Other Inquiries:

Robert Platt

Johnson Space Center, NASA
2101 NASA Road One
Houston, TX 77058

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