The research institutes Inria (France), KIT – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (Austria) and JOANNEUM RESEARCH ROBOTICS (Austria) organized a “Workshop on Proximity Perception in Robotics” at the worldwide well-known IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018). As flagship conference in the field of robotics and the biggest international event for researchers, companies and end-users the IROS 2018 took place in Madrid (Spain) from October 1st to 5th, 2018 with more than 3500 attendees.
The “1st Workshop on Proximity Perception in Robotics” focused on Proximity Perception which is going to play an essential role for service and industrial robotics as well as for human-robot collaboration and compliant robotics applications in the near future. Furthermore, the workshop aimed to build and strengthen its community. Bridging the gap to the industry, opening the topic to a wider robotics community, establishing vivid community and providing a platform for young researchers were the major goals of the workshop.
Inspiring talks of the invited speakers Joshua R. Smith (University of Washington), Matthias Brandl (Infineon Technologies AG), Gordon Cheng (TU Munich), Nathan Lepora (University of Bristol), Keysuke Koyama (University of Tokyo) and Robert Haschke (Bielefeld University) brought the topic of Proximity Perception into a spotlight in the robotics community and generated fruitful discussions especially with the tactile perception community. Two organizer talks given by Björn Hein (“Sensor Technology and Algorithms for Flexible Proximity and Tactile Perception”) and Hubert Zangl (“Near Field Tomography in Proximity Perception”) complemented the speaker session.
Highlights of this workshop included the Infineon industry talk “Ultra Short Range Radar Technology”, the “Airskin” presentation of Blue Danube Robotics as well as the demonstrations of the “Proximity Sensors” by MRK-Systeme and the “Proximity based Grasping” by the University of Tokyo. Demonstrations of the “Gesture-based Control of the Mobile Manipulator CHIMERA” from JOANNEUM RESEARCH ROBOTICS and Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt as well as a presentation of a “Modular Capacitive Tactile Proximity Sensor with flexible Spatial Resolution” by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology completed the workshop program. Thanks to these live presentations, the attendees of the workshop obtained first-hand insights of the latest research results in this field.
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