*** Important Dates ***
 Paper Submission Deadline: April 3, 2020
 Notification of Acceptance: April 24, 2020
 Camera-Ready Deadline: May 1, 2020 
 
*** Topics of Interest ***
 Task-oriented grasping
 Grasp metrics
 Grasp algorithms
 Grasping and manipulation in robotics
 Perception for grasping and manipulation
 Learning for grasping and manipulation
 Neuroscience of grasping
 Psychology of grasping

Please use the standard ICRA format and aim for 2 pages.

We will not consider any contribution longer than 4 pages.

Send the contributions to:

metricmaniptask@gmail.com

 

ABOUT THE EVENT

Literature in neuroscience and psychology has long suggested that human grasping is a purposive action. Effectively, object manipulation is the high-level action, and grasping can be regarded as one sub-action of the manipulation task. In this perspective, at least five factors seem to prime a grasp: object, task, human hand, the experience of the grasper and chance. For instance, parameters such as hand shaping and hand placement are suggested to depend heavily on these factors.
Differently, research in robotics appears to have focused attention mainly on the stability and the speed of a grasp. These two features are necessary while performing a grasp; however, they do not fully represent the ecosystem of choices behind a grasp since they do not account for the overall manipulation task to perform.
An effective object manipulation is increasingly requested, as robots need to successfully manipulate the surrounding environment to be accepted. In smart factories, robots need to be smart grasper and capable partners to human workers, thus enabling an efficient human-robot interaction. Moreover, imagine a robotic nurse that has to help injured patients to stand up, hence supporting their weight. In these examples, and many others can come to mind easily, robots must adapt their grasping strategy to the task to perform.
For all these reasons, the aim of this workshop is to discuss the role of the manipulation task over the choice of a grasp, starting from analysing the human behaviour (Neuroscience and Psychology) and touching also on what could be the implications of the so-called task-oriented grasping, for the design of flexible robotic grippers and hands, and for the identification of suitable control and planning strategies. Also, a discussion will be facilitated on the definition of a quality metric which is shaped by the ultimate manipulation task and which helps synthesising grasps accordingly. The organisers have recently put forward such a metric that includes the abovementioned stability and speed, and this metric will also be used during the discussion.
In this event, we want to bring together scientists from three macro-areas of research on object manipulation and grasping, i.e., 1) grasping and manipulation in humans, 2) grasping and manipulation in robotics and 3) metrics for robot object manipulation and grasping. We believe that thematic conversations and discussions can help shedding a deeper light on grasping and manipulation, and shaping an overarching metric of quality on grasping and manipulation that can be adopted by and will benefit the whole community.

 

SPEAKERS

Behavioural Psychology: Grasping and Manipulation in humans

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A. WING

Professor, University of Birmingham

E. OZTOP

Professor, Ozyegin University

S. KALENINE

CNRS Researcher, University of Lille, France

P. FATTORI

Professor, Universita' di Bologna

 

SPEAKERS

Grasping and Manipulation in robotics

M. MASON

Professor, CMU

A. DOLLAR

Professor, Yale

O. BROCK

Professor, TU Berlin

M. KOKIC

PhD student, KTH

 

SPEAKERS

Metrics in robot grasping

K. GOLDBERG

Professor, University of California, Berkeley

A. BICCHI

Professor, University of Pisa and IIT

M. MATTEUCCI

Assistant Professor, Politecnico di Milano

A. RODRIGUEZ

Associate Professor, MIT

 

SCHEDULE

Don’t Miss Out

8:30 AM

INTRODUCTION

11 AM

SESSION ON: 
GRASPING AND MANIPULATION IN ROBOTICS

9:00 AM

SESSION ON: 
BEHAVIOURAL PSYCHOLOGY: GRASPING AND MANIPULATION IN HUMANS

3 PM

SESSION ON: 
METRICS FOR ROBOT OBJECT MANIPULATION AND GRASPING

 

V. ORTENZI

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

T. PARDI

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

M. CONTROZZI

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy

F. CINI

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy

M. ROA

DLR, Germany

M. BIANCHI

Universita' di Pisa, Italy

J. LEITNER

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

P. CORKE

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

 

OUR FUNDING

The activities for organizing this workshop have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (H2020-ICT-2019-2/ 2019-2023) under grant agreement No. 871237 (SOPHIA).

 

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Birmingham, UK

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