See you at ICRA 2010!

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We've finished packing up our robots, and we're headed north to Anchorage! Below, you'll find a complete list of Willow Garage-related talks, workshops and tutorials.  Many of these events were organized in collaboration with other institutions.  Drop on by if you see a topic that strikes your fancy.  We'll also be camped out at our booth, and we hope to see you there!

Monday, May 3 Events:

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 4 Events:

Vision-Based Detection for Learning Articulation Models of Cabinet Doors and Drawers in Household Environments at the AI Reasoning Methods session.  The authors will present an approach for detecting, tracking, and learning articulation models for cabinet doors and drawers without using artificial markers.

       This talk will take place on Tuesday, May 4 (from 8:30 to 8:45 am) in the Egan Center Lower Level, Room 9/10.

Projected Texture Stereo at the Range Sensing session on Tuesday morning. Kurt Konolige will discuss the development of a practical stereo projector system with excellent depth precision and resolution, especially in the range out to 1.5m.

       This talk will take place on Tuesday, May 4 (from 9:45 to 10:00 am) in the Egan Center Lower Level, Room 1.

The Office Marathon: Robust Navigation in an Indoor Office Environment at the Autonomous Nagivation session. Eitan Marder-Eppstein will discuss our second Milestone, during which the PR2 navigated autonomously for 26.2 miles in a real office environment. Eitan will present the methods required to achieve this level of robustness, including an efficient Voxel-based 3D mapping algorithm that explicitly models unknown space.

       This talk will take place on Tuesday, May 4 (from 9:15 to 9:30 am) in the Egan Center Street Level, Room Cook Hall.

Autonomous Door Opening and Plugging in with a Personal Robot at the Personal and Service Robots session.  This paper also discusses our second Milestone, focusing on opening doors and plugging into wall outlets.

       This talk will take place on Tuesday, May 4 (from 2:50 to 3:05 pm) in the Egan Center Lower Level, Room 1.

Planning for Autonomous Door Opening with a Mobile Manipulator at the Mobile Manipulation session.  This presentation will discuss the use of graph search-based motion planning to handle the wide variety of conditions under which doors need to be opened.

       This talk will take place on Tuesday, May 4 (from 6:45 to 7:00 pm) in the Egan Center Lower Level, Room 13/14.

Wednesday, May 5 Events:

Tactile Object Class and Internal State Recognition for Mobile Manipulation at the Haptics and Human Augmentation session. The authors propose a hybrid velocity-force controller, that grasps an object safely and reveals at the same time its deformation properties. As an application, they show that a robot can use these features to distinguish the open/closed and fill state of bottles and cans -- purely from tactile sensing -- from a small training set.

       This talk will take place on Wednesday, May 5 (from 9:00 to 9:15 am) in the Egan Center Lower Level, Room 2.

Combining Planning Techniques for Manipulation Using Realtime Perception at the Motion Planning for Manipulation and Grasping session.  The authors will present a novel combination of motion planning techniques to compute motion plans for robotic arms.

       This talk will take palce on Wednesday, May 5 (from 3:20 to 3:35 pm) in the Egan Center Lower Level, Room 13/14.

Search-Based Planning for Manipulation with Motion Primitives at the Motion Planning for Manipulation and Grasping session.The authors will present a heuristic search-based manipulation planner that deals effectively with the high-dimensionality of manipulation problems.

       This talk will take place on Wednesday, May 5 (from 3:35 to 3:50 pm) in the Egan Center Lower Level, Room 13/14.

Thursday, May 6 Events:

User-Controlled Variable Impedence Teleoperation at the Teleoperation with Haptics session.  The authors, from Stanford University and Willow Garage, propose a telerobotic architecture with user-controlled variable impedance and show a single degree of freedom experimental implementation.

       This talk will take place on Wednesday, May 6 (from 6:15 to 6:30 pm) in the Egan Center Street Level, Room Cook Hall.

Friday, May 7 Events:

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." 

       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.

Tutorial on ROS: from nodes and messages to sensing, planning, and control, taught by Brian Gerkey, Gary Bradski, Ken Conley, Eitan Marder-Eppstein, Morgan Quigley, and Melonee Wise. Participants will use existing ROS software libraries, while also learning to write new code.  You'll get a hands-on opportunity to work on the PR2, as well as in simulation.

       This 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 Egan Center, La Perouse Hall.

Past ICRA 2010 posts:
Coming Up At ICRA 2010: Personal and Service Robots Session
Coming Up At ICRA 2010: Tutorial on ROS
Coming Up At ICRA 2010: Workshops on Grasping and Manipulation
Coming Up At ICRA 2010: Tuesday Technical Program