Coming Up At ICRA 2010: Workshops on Grasping and Manipulation

ICRA 2010 is fast approaching, and we're excited to pack up and head north for a week.  Until then, we'd like to share some of the work you can expect to see from us in Anchorage.  Over the next month, we'll periodically run blog posts spotlighting some of the papers we'll be presenting, and workshops we'll be participating in.  If you see something that strikes your fancy, drop on by!

First up is the Best Practice Algorithms in 3D Perception and Modeling for Mobile Manipulation workshop, organized by Radu Bogdan Rusu, Gary Bradski, Andreas Nuechter, and Alexey Zakharov.  The goal of this workshop is to identify the state of the art of 3D perception and modeling algorithms for mobile manipulation.

       This full-day workshop will take place on Monday, May 3 (9:00 am-12:30 pm and 2:00 pm-5:30 pm) in the Dena'ina Center, Kahtnu 1.

Next up is the Representations for Object Grasping and Manipulation workshop, aimed at discussing the needs for the design of a robot system capable of performing grasping and manipulation tasks in open-ended, unpredictable environments.  Willow Garage's Matei Ciocarlie and Radu Bogdan Rusu will be among the speakers, presenting "Combining Perception and Manipulation in ROS."

       This full-day workshop will take place on Monday, May 3 (9:00 am-12:30 pm and 2:00 pm-5:30 pm) in the Dena'ina Center, Tubughnenq' 4.

Another workshop to look for is the Workshop on Mobile Manipulation, organized by Patrick Pfaff, Wolfram Burgard, Kris Hauser, Sachin Chitta, and Oliver Brock.  This workshop will discuss the state of the art of mobile manipulation research. Willow Garage's Kaijen Hsiao, Matei Ciocarlie, Gil Jones, and Sachin Chitta will be among the participants, presenting "Contact-Reactive Grasping of Objects with Partial Shape Information."  For a glimpse of their work, see the video on reactive grasping, below. 

       The full-day workshop will take place on Friday, May 7 (9:00 am-12:30 pm and 2:00 pm-5:30 pm) in the Dena'ina Center, Tubughnenq' 3.