Robotics: Science and Systems - Robot Manipulation: Sensing and Adapting to the Real World
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Call for Papers

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The organizers invite you to submit a demo, poster, or paper for review to the RSS 2007 Workshop on Robot Manipulation: Sensing and Adapting to the Real World. The workshop will take place on Saturday, June 30th at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Important Dates:

  • submission deadline - *Extended to May 11th*
  • notification of acceptance - *on or before May 30th*
  • workshop - June 30th


The workshop will explore new approaches to autonomous robot manipulation that are specifically designed to handle the uncertainties of real world applications. There is a resurgence of interest in robot manipulation as researchers seek to push autonomous manipulation out of controlled laboratory settings and into applications such as domestic assistance, health care, and space exploration. This workshop will investigate promising approaches that address the challenges of autonomous manipulation within domains that require the robot to sense the world and adapt to the unexpected.

This full-day workshop will consist of talks, discussions, a poster session, and demos. It will conclude with a moderated discussion of potential future applications for autonomous robot manipulation focused on identifying tomorrow's driving applications and the research required to enable these applications.

This workshop is a successor to the RSS 2005 Workshop on Humanoid Manipulation and the RSS 2006 Workshop: Manipulation for Human Environments.

Appropriate topics include:

  • Manipulation and mobile manipulation in poorly modeled environments
  • Feedback control to achieve robust manipulation
  • Emulation of everyday human manipulation capabilities
  • Human-robot interaction for cooperative manipulation
  • Semi-autonomous manipulation with human-in-the-loop control
  • Sensing for manipulation in real-world environments (e.g., visual and tactile)
  • Learning, adaptation, and development for real-world manipulation
  • Applications for autonomous robot manipulation
  • Formal measures of performance in real-world environments
  • Design and control of compliant and force controlled manipulators
  • Reviews of the state of the art


All accepted work will be published in a citable digital archive of the proceedings. New results are welcome. We also encourage researchers with relevant work to retarget previously published results to the workshop topic. Authors will be asked to present their work as a talk, poster, or demo.

All submissions should be in PDF format using the RSS template Papers should be between 4 and 6 pages in length. Proposals for demos and posters should be 1 page in length. Demo proposals should describe the work to be demonstrated and include a relevant image. Poster proposals should include a description of the material to be presented.

Submissions should be emailed to by May 11th. Notification of acceptance will be given on or before May 30th.


  • Charles C. Kemp (Georgia Tech) (lead)
  • Aaron Edsinger (MIT)
  • Robert Platt (NASA JSC)
  • Neo Ee Sian (AIST)

Program Committee:

  • Oliver Brock (UMass Amherst)
  • Henrik Christensen (Georgia Tech)
  • Aaron Dollar (MIT)
  • Andrew Fagg (University of Oklahoma)
  • Paul Fitzpatrick (Italian Institute of Technology)
  • Rod Grupen (UMass Amherst)
  • Ayanna Howard (Georgia Tech)
  • Chad Jenkins (Brown)
  • Danica Kragic (KTH)
  • Giorgio Metta (University of Genoa / Italian Institute of Technology)
  • Lorenzo Natale (Italian Institute of Technology)
  • Christian Ott (DLR)
  • Alan Peters (Vanderbilt)
  • Ashutosh Saxena (Stanford)
  • Eduardo Torres-Jara (MIT)