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    Workshop on Benchmarking Bipedal Locomotion
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    @ IEEE-RAS Humanoids 2014 Conference, Nov 18, 9:00 – 18:00

    Dear colleagues,

    The need for reliable benchmarks of bipedal locomotion is becoming more and more relevant. Despite this increasing interest, no consensus has been achieved yet about the set of benchmarks that should be adopted. To fill this gap, three European Project (H2R, Koroibot, and Walk-Man) have set this workshop to involve the international community in a thorough discussion about the above key features, with a specific focus on the assessment methods and protocols that can be easily applied across different laboratory settings.

    THE DISCUSSION HAS ALREADY STARTED: We recently launched a web-based survey, which received more than 100 responses so far! The survey is still open at the following link:

    The preliminary results of this survey will be presented and discussed during the workshop.

    The aim of this workshop is to really WORK together. To this aim, the organization of this workshop will deviate from the usual talk-based structure. After several very short challenge talks, the workshop will essentially be structured in small discussion groups, in order to promote real debate and reasoning, which possibly result, at the end of the day, in a preliminary proposal of benchmarks to be proposed to the international forum. The discussion groups will be focusing on the different aspects related to functional performance and human-likeness, such as stability, efficiency, dynamic similarity, passive dynamics, etc. The discussion groups will then present their results to all workshop participants. A Poster Session will be also included, in order to promote the interchange of ideas among the participants during the coffee breaks.

    9:00 – 9:10: Introduction, goals of the workshop (Organizers)
    9:10 – 10:30: Challenge talks (part I)
    10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break and Poster Session
    11:00 – 11:30: Challenge talks (part II)

    11:30 - 12:30: Split of participants in discussion groups, 1st round of discussions
    12:30 – 14:00: Lunch break
    14:00 – 15:45: Presentation of results of different discussion groups. 2nd round of discussions

    15:45 – 16:30: Coffee break and Poster Session
    16:30 – 17:00: Presentation of results of different discussion groups
    17:00 – 18:00: Final discussion

    - Franco Mastroddi (EU) - Title: "Benchmarking and performance evaluation in robotics: a European contribution"
    - Katja Mombaur (University of Heidelberg, Germany, KoroiBot project) - Title: “Benchmarking of humanoid locomotion performance in Koroibot project"
    - Olivier Stasse (LAAS-CNRS, France, KoroiBot project) - Title: "Measuring key performance indicators for HRP-2 in different walking situations"
    - Jose Gonzalez (CSIC, Spain, H2R project) - Title: “Benchmarking human-likeness of bipedal locomotion"
    - Jan Veneman (TECNALIA, Spain, BALANCE project) - Title: “Web-based survey on benchmarking: preliminary results”

    - Nikos Tsagarakis (IIT, Italy, Walkman project) - Title: “Development of a High Performance, Compliant and Efficient Humanoid: Design specifications and Validation tasks in close Interaction"
    - Diego Torricelli (CSIC, Spain, H2R project) - Title: “A proposal of benchmarking scheme for bipedal walking and posture”

    - Diego Torricelli, CSIC, Spain,
    - Katja Mombaur, University of Heidelberg,,
    - Nikos Tsakarakis, IIT, Italy,
    - Alexander Schubert, University of Heidelberg, alexander.schubert@iwr.uni--
    - Jose L. Pons, CSIC, Spain
    - Zibin Li, IIT, Italy

    This workshop is organized by the European projects: H2R (, KoroiBot (, WALKMAN (
    This workshop is also supported by:
    - “List on benchmarking bipedal locomotion” (
    - IEEE-RAS Technical committee on Model-based optimization for Robotic:

    Diego Torricelli, PhD
    Neural Rehabilitation Group
    Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
    Avda. Doctor Arce, 37, 28002 Madrid, Spain

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    Summer School on Neurorehabiliation 2015 (