RSS 2011 Workshop on Mobile Manipulation: Learning to Manipulate

When: June 27

Where: Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2011, University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Important Dates: 

  • Submit manuscripts by: Friday, May 6, 2011
  • Receive notification of review decision by: Friday, June 3, 2011
  • Submit final camera-ready papers by: Friday, June 17, 2011
  • The workshop: Monday, June 27, 2011


Short description: 

This workshop explores new approaches to mobile manipulation with an emphasis on the relationship between machine learning and successful interaction in human environments. Autonomous manipulation in human environments is challenging because of the associated high dimensional state space and its inherent uncertainties. It requires perceptual and manipulation skills which are robust against sparse, incomplete and noisy information. In such environments, leveraging past experience, oftentimes resulting from the robot's own interactions, promises an increased robustness and reliability. Therefore, these challenges naturally connect autonomous manipulation to machine learning. This workshop will explore these issues through a discussion of how the intersection of perception, learning, and manipulation are required to create flexible robust systems.


This workshop will consist of invited talks, presentations submitted by participants, and a poster session. The entire workshop will focus on the relationship between machine learning and mobile manipulation. The first part of the day will emphasize perception for mobile manipulation. The second part of the day will emphasize robotic manipulation, and end with a poster session. Below is a tentative schedule for the workshop.

This would be the seventh in a series of manipulation-centered workshops at RSS. Previous RSS workshops were:

  • 2005: Humanoid Manipulation
  • 2006: Manipulation for Human Environments
  • 2007: Robot Manipulation: Sensing and Adapting to the Real World
  • 2008: Robot Manipulation: Intelligence in Human Environments
  • 2009: Mobile Manipulation in Human Environments
  • 2010: Strategies and Evaluation for Mobile Manipulation in Household Environments


We invite you to submit papers in RSS format of 2-5 pages that describes at least one of the following:

  • A system that performs mobile manipulation tasks
  • Incorporation/application of planning or learning techniques to manipulation
  • Work on perceptual issues for manipulation

Submit your manuscript by email to with “[RSS 2011 WORKSHOP SUBMISSION]” in the subject line.


Program Committee: 

  • Henrik Christensen
  • Steve Hart
  • Kaijen Hsiao
  • Mrinal Kalakrishnan
  • Peter Pastor
  • Robert Platt
  • Mario Prats
  • Alin-Albu Schaeffer
  • Jivko Sinapov
  • Siddhartha Srinivasa
  • Jurgen Sturm
  • Markus Vincze
Invited Speakers: