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PI meeting for the National Robotics Initiative

September 15, 2013 Leave a comment

The National Robotics Initiative will have its first PI meeting on October 1-2, 2013. The meeting will be organized by the Robotics Virtual Organization (Robotics-VO) and take place at Hyatt Crystal City, Crystal City, VA.

It is anticipated that more than 200 people will attend the meeting. The program includes presentations by the NRI program managers / agencies, highlighted PI presentations, industry panels and presentations by program managers from other agencies such as ONR, DARPA and NIST. Finally all funded NRI projects will feature 1 or more posters. The event is an excellent opportunity to see the diverse of projects that are carried out within the NRI and also to get a sense of other opportunities that are emerging related to robotics.

Two tutorials are also organized as part of the program. One related to rapid prototyping of hardware using 3D printing, folding, … and another related to ROS/Gazebo.

M-ELROB 2012

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The European Robotics Group would like to invite you to the 7th European Land-Robot Trial (M-ELROB 2012).

The DEAD LINE for participants is: 18.Dec 2011

The ELROB is conducted in order to provide an overview of the European state-of-the-art in the field of unmanned ground vehicles with focus on short-term realizable robot systems.

The scenarios in 2012 are:

  1. Reconnaissance and surveillance
  2. Transport – Movement and Mule
  3. EOR/EOD/IEDD/CIED (for professionals only!)

We will have three different categories for the robots:

  1. tele-operated
  2. supervised autonomy (e.g. with safety driver)
  3. full autonomy

The ELROB will again be accompanied with a comprehensive exhibition covering a wide variety of robotics aspects.

For more information please visit the web-page ““. If you wish to participate in the trials and/or the exhibition, please
send your reply asap to:

ISRR-2011 Completed

September 4, 2011 Leave a comment

The ISRR-2011 symposium took place 28 August – 1 September in Flagstaff, Arizona. ISRR is traditionally the gathering of senior researchers in robotics across all continents. The meeting has a mixture of 50% invited and 50% contributed presentations. The invited talks are selected by the 24 IFRR officers. The selection is based on an elaborate nominating/voting scheme. This year ISRR has 18 invited presentations across US, Asia and Europe. In addition, there were 23 contributed papers.

This year ISRR had 3 special sessions. The first special session was exploring “robotics beyond the horizon”. In the session a view to the future of robotics was presented by representatives from industry (KUKA and Willow Garage), organizations (EURON, RSJ, IEEE/RAS, and Robotic Task Force), and government agencies (NASA, NSF, OSTP, …). Great way to get a sense for where robotics is going. The session was coordinated by Prof. Inoue, the past president of IFRR and one of the founders of humanoid robotics. The second session was related to  robotics pioneers and had presentations on 50 years of robotics – successes, promises, and lessons. The session included many of the pioneers in robotics and their direct decedents (Y. Shirai, R. Jarvis, B. Bolles, H. Inoue, R. Chatila (f. George Giralt), P. Dario, and J. Hollerbach). Great perspective on robotics and how many of the challenges identified 10-15 years ago are still valid such as robust perception, grasping, human-robot interaction, … Impressive perspective by a very impressive set of people. Finally ISRR included a multi-media session where people had an opportunity to give a 5 minute summary of their paper and then a longer session where they interactively could discuss/present their research. This is a great way to get an overview and decide who you need to go see for an in-depth discussion. It was an experiment and certainly a model to be used for the future.

Overall ISRR had many very good presentations, the discussions (always built in the program) were very valuable and the social program enabled great interaction between junior and senior researchers. ISRR is deliberately a “small” meeting (<90 people) to facilitate rich interaction across participants.

The symposium also had a strong social component with excursions to the NASA JSC test facility outside of Flagstaff, a visit to Grand Canyon and an optional tour to Monument Valley.

The papers from ISRR will be updated and published in the Springer STAR series. The preliminary papers are available for download from the ISRR program page. In addition selected papers will be invited to a special issue of IJRR. Finally a number of pictures from ISRR are available from the photo page. 

The next ISRR will be 2013 in Australia organized by Peter Corke, QIT. The possible venue will be Ayers Rock or Port Douglas, both are fantastic places.

Oussama Khatib and I and most grateful for the participation and interaction at the ISRR-2011. We are already looking forward to the next meeting.






Categories: Conference/Meeting, Travel

ISRR-2011 Program Updated

August 18, 2011 Leave a comment

The program for the International Symposium on Robotics Research has been updated. The papers to be presented at the conference have also been posted online (see detailed program for links). These are draft papers of publications that will revised and updated for inclusion in a volume of the Springer STAR series after the completion of the event.

ISRR-2011 Paper Announcements Out

The paper decisions for ISRR-2011 have been distributed. A total of 22 contributed papers have been accepted. This is in addition to 18 invited papers. Finally there will be two panels. One on – Robotics at the Horizon (Chaired by Prof. Inoue) and one on 50 years of robotics, a discussion among the ISRR pioneers (Chaired by Prof. Bajczy).

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Ro-Man 2011 (paper decisions posted)

The Ro-Man 2011 conference will take place in Atlanta – 31 July – 3 August. The conference focusses on Human Robot Interaction and Cooperation. The paper decisions have just been published by the Program Chair – Matthias Scheutz. 80 papers were accepted for presentation at the conference. We hope to have a great collection of participants at the conference.

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January 31, 2011 2 comments

The International Symposium on Robotics Research is taking place in Flagstaff, AZ by end of August. This years event is organized by Oussama Khatib, Stanford and Henrik I Christensen, Georgia Tech. ISRR is considered one of the premier robotics conferences. The acceptance rate is very competitive and close to 35% of the speakers are invited based on a selection process performed by the officers of IFRR.

The call for papers for ISRR has just been published (check the conference website). Papers will be published in a volume of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR) series. Deadline for submission of papers is April 15, 2011

The conference will be held at the Little America Facility at the edge of Flagstaff, AZ. One of the sessions will be held at the nearby Grand Canyon Village with a magnificent view of the Grand Canyon.

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