Call for Papers: ICRA 2011 Workshop on Mobile Manipulation: Integrating Perception and Manipulation

When: Friday, May 13, 2011

Where: ICRA 2011 Shanghai, China.


Submission deadline: Update - The deadline has been extended to March 21, 2011

The purpose of this full-day workshop is to provide a forum for researchers across various fields to discuss methods for integrating perception and manipulation in the context of a unified mobile manipulation system. Recent years have seen tremendous progress toward the goal of autonomous mobile robots that can interact with unstructured, dynamic, and human-centered environments. Research in mobile manipulation has gained momentum with the development of integrated systems, (like Willow Garage's PR2 robot, Intel's HERB, DLR's Justin, the iCub, HRP2, etc.) with the necessary onboard sensing, computation, manipulation and mobility capabilities to start tackling such environments. Mobile manipulation is a highly integrative, interdisciplinary field. The workshop will bring together researchers from academia and industry from diverse disciplines to discuss innovations, applications, success stories, and future prospects for mobile manipulation. While contributions in all the relevant fields will be welcome, this workshop will focus on methods of integrating perception with manipulation and how methods in one field may inform another. The workshop aims to spark vibrant discussion with speakers from a wide range of disciplines, as well as lively panel discussions that address the current state of the art and future directions.

The workshop will include invited talks on the state of the art in different areas of mobile manipulation research. The list of invited speakers includes:

  • Matt Mason (CMU)
  • Tamim Asfour (KIT)
  • Stefano Soatto (UCLA)
  • Katherine Kuchenbecker (Penn)
  • Kurt Konolige (Willow Garage)
  • Satoshi Kagami (AIST)
  • Xiaofeng Ren (Intel)

The program committee includes:

  • Aaron Edsinger
  • Aaron Dollar
  • Ashutosh Saxena
  • Michael Beetz
  • Danica Kragic
  • Kei Okada
  • Ravi Balasubramanian

This workshop is the most recent in a series of workshops at RSS, ICRA and IROS centered on mobile manipulation.


We solicit paper submissions, optionally accompanied by a video, both of which will be reviewed (not double-blind) by the program committee. An optional interactive poster session will be organized if there is a larger number of submissions. Accepted papers and videos will be archived at the Internet Archive.  If there is sufficient interest, we will pursue publication of a special journal issue to include the best papers.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Mobile manipulation systems
  • Perception of unstructured environments
  • Modeling for mobile manipulation
  • Task and motion planning, planning under uncertainty, planning for sensing
  • Robust motion control
  • Learning by demonstration, learning by instruction

Papers should be in PDF, conform to the ICRA regular paper style guidelines, and be a maximum of 8 pages in length (shorter papers are welcome).  Videos should be in the MPEG format, 3-5 minutes in length, and easily viewed with free video players (please try playing your video on a couple of different machines before submitting).

Email submissions to: icra-mobile-manipulation-2011 at Please do not attach video files to email; include a URL instead.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: March 7, 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: March 28, 2011


  • Sachin Chitta, Willow Garage
  • Siddhartha Srinivasa, Intel Labs
  • Oliver Brock, TU Berlin
  • Dmitry Berenson, CMU
  • Dov Katz, TU Berlin