• Emerging paradigms for robotic manipulation:
    from the lab to the productive world

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Full day Workshop at ICRA 2021, online

Abstract: Small and medium enterprises are increasingly adopting collaborative robots to gain a competitive edge in global markets, and a growing number of companies are producing and using service robots. In these scenarios, robotic systems must be able to grasp and manipulate a variety of tools, and interact with fast changing or even unstructured environments involving human users or co-workers. These real-world applications require innovative grasping and manipulation paradigms that are robust to uncertain environments. Solutions dealing with this challenge are currently active areas of research in robotics, and include soft manipulation, data-driven grasp planning, and human-robot collaborative manipulation. This workshop will bring together research experts as well as representatives of companies to discuss how new approaches in the field can efficiently be transferred from the research labs to the productive world.

Virginia Ruiz Garate, Maria Pozzi, Maximo Roa
  • Juxi Leitner (LYRO Robotics, Title: “Getting a grip of manipulation in the real world”) - Slides
  • Kensuke Harada (Osaka University, Title: "Robotic manipulation research aiming at industrial application") - Slides
  • Oliver Brock (TU Berlin, Title: “New Old Paradigms of Manipulation: The Eighties are Back!”) - Slides
  • Uwe Zimmermann (KUKA AG, Title: “Mobile manipulation: chances and challenges”)
  • Beatriz Leon (Shadow Robot Company, Title: “Real-world challenges on grasping and manipulation using a dexterous robot hand”) - Slides
  • Francesco Ferro (PAL Robotics/euRobotics, Title: “Robotic manipulation: perspective and approach from industry”) - Slides
  • Jeannette Bohg (Stanford University, Title: “Interactive Perception from the lab to industry”) - Slides
  • Henrik Christensen (UC San Diego, Title: “A perspective on key challenges in manipulation for the next decade”) - Slides
  • Accepted Posters:
  • "Industrial Robotic Sorting of Recyclable Waste" (Papadopoulos et al.) - Slides
  • "Can Robots Refill a Supermarket Shelf?" (Costanzo et al.)
  • "An Attention Mechanism for Deep Q-Networks with Applications in Robotic Pushing" (Ewerton et al.) - Slides
  • "Domestic waste detection and grasping points for robotic picking up" (De Gea et al.) - Slides
  • "A Decentralized Framework for Efficient Cooperation of Heterogeneous Robotic Agents" (Logothetis et al.) [Winner of the Poster Award] - Slides
  • "Exploiting embedded and environmental constraints with a soft reconfigurable gripper" (Turco et al.) - Slides
  • "SyDeBO: Symbolic-decision-embedded bilevel optimization for long-horizon manipulation in dynamic environments" (Zhao et al.) - Slides
  • "The Stewart Hand: A Highly Dexterous, 6-DoF Manipulator Based on the Stewart-Gough Platform" (McCann et al.) - Slides
  • "Application of Nonlinear and Coupled Parallel Compliance Towards Reliability and Efficiency" (Mincheol and Deshpande)
  • "Electrostatic and gecko adhesion in soft material handling" (Han et al.) [Winner of the Poster Award] - Slides

  • Full day Workshop at Robotics Science and Systems 2019, Freiburg

    Maria Pozzi, Virginia Ruiz Garate, Maximo Roa
  • Júlia Borràs Sol (CSIC-UPC) - Robot manipulation of textile objects
  • Robert Platt (Northeastern University) - Deictic action abstractions for robotic manipulation
  • Gionata Salvietti (University of Siena) - Design and modeling of novel robotic soft devices for grasping and manipulation
  • Hussein Mnyusiwalla (OCADO Technology) - Benchmarking for Next-Gen Warehouses: Evaluation of Soft Manipulation Solutions
  • Hilario Tomé (PAL Robotics) - Humanoid robots manipulating in domestic and industrial scenarios: PAL Robotics experience
  • Leonel Rozo (Bosch BCAI)
  • Dominik Bösl (Festo AG & Co. KG)
  • Accepted Posters:
  • Online Learning of Feed-Forward Models for Variable Impedance Control in Manipulation Tasks - Michael J Mathew [Winner of the Poster Award]
  • Effects of Coupled Parallel Compliance on Maximizing Achievable Controller Stiffness Range - Mincheol Kim
  • Inferring Occluded Geometry Improves Performance when Retrieving an Object from Dense Clutter - Andrew Price
  • Practical Robot Learning from Demonstrations using Deep End-to-End Training - Akansel Cosgun
  • Integrating Deep Learning and Hand Modelling for Grasp Planning with Robotic Soft Hands - Sara Marullo
  • Learning Precise Peg-in-hole Assembly from demonstration - Xiao Gao
  • IEEE RA-M Special Issue:
    Based on the workshop outcomes, we decided to propose a Special Issue to IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine to collect works demonstrating how new technologies and results in robotic manipulation can be applied in real-world scenarios.


    We gratefully acknowledge the funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 645599 (SoMa) and No. 688857 (SoftPro).