Call For Papers: ICRA 2011 Workshop on Manipulation Under Uncertainty

ICRA 2011 Workshop on Manipulation Under Uncertainty, Shanghai, China

The organizers invite you to submit a paper for review to the ICRA 2011 Workshop on Manipulation Under Uncertainty. This full-day workshop will consist of two contributed paper sessions and six invited speakers. In order to encourage discussion and exchange of ideas between particpants, all contributed papers will be presented in a poster session format, prefaced by short overviews from the podium. All accepted work will be published in a citable digital archive of the proceedings.

Important Dates

  • submission deadline: March 1st, 2011
  • notification of acceptance: on or before March 20th, 2011
  • workshop: May 13th, 2011


This workshop will focus on robot manipulation strategies that are robust to the uncertainty inherent in unstructured environments. Recently, the problem of uncertainty has been addressed in different ways, including: identifying manipulation strategies that are robust in task-specific situations, designing manipulator hardware that makes classes of manipulation activities more robust, and proposing planning algorithms that explicitly model uncertain variables. Our goal is to better understand all of these approaches by fostering discussion amongst the involved researchers.

If you have original research relevant to the area of manipulation under uncertainty, we would be very interested in receiving your submission. Our interests include, but are not limited to, the following topics in the context of manipulation:

  • explicitly modeling and/or planning under uncertainty (including general planning algorithms that could be used in the context of manipulation, even if they are not explicitly designed for such)
  • strategies for implicitly reducing uncertainty in specific, manipulation scenarios
  • manipulator designs that effectively handle uncertainty
  • new sensor technologies and their applications
  • other methods and techniques for manipulation in real-world scenarios affected by variability and uncertainty


All submissions should be in PDF format using the ICRA template. Papers should be approximately 4-6 pages in length. Submissions should be emailed to by March 1st, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be on or before March 20th. All submission will be reviewed for relevance to the topic of the workshop as well as scientific merit. Reviews will be carried out by the organizing committee, with additional input from external reviewers as needed.

Invited speakers (confirmed)

  • Prof. Aaron Dollar, Yale University
  • Prof. Ken Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley
  • Prof. Kamal Gupta, Simon Fraser University
  • Prof. Matt Mason, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Prof. Joris De Schutter, Katholieke Universiteit (K.U.) Leuven
  • Prof. Jeff Trinkle, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Contact the workshop organizers via email at

Tentative schedule

  • 9:00 - 11:00: 3 invited talks, 40 mins each (including questions)
  • 11:00 - 11:15: podium poster introductions, 3 slides / poster
  • 11:15 - 12:00: poster session / free discussion / coffee and snacks
  • 12:00 - 1:30: lunch break
  • 1:30 - 3:30: 3 invited talks, 40 mins each (including questions)
  • 3:30 - 3:45: podium poster introductions, 3 slides / poster
  • 3:45 - 4:30: poster session / free discussion / coffee and snacks
  • 4:30 - 5:00: plenary discussion

Note: this tentative schedule is preliminary and subject to change.


  • Matei Ciocarlie (Willow Garage)
  • Kris Hauser (Indiana University)
  • Kaijen Hsiao (Willow Garage)
  • Robert Platt (M.I.T.)
  • Bill Smart (Washington University in St. Louis and Willow Garage)