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  • Workshop: "Learning of Manual Skills in Humans and Robots" at ICRA 2020

    COVID-19 Update: please see the updated date and schedule in the following post.


    Dear colleagues,

    We would like to invite poster contributions to our workshop “Learning of Manual Skills in Humans and Robots” at the International Conference for Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2020), Paris, France, May 31 - June 4, 2020. The full-day workshop will take place on Sunday May 31.

    Due to the current uncertainty regarding COVID-19, we extend the submission deadline to April 6. If safety concerns lead to changes of the conference date or location, alternative solutions for the workshop will be sought.

    With best wishes
    Dagmar Sternad and Aude Billard







    Learning of Manual Skills in Humans and Robots

    Organizers:
    Aude Billard and Dagmar Sternad

    Objective of Workshop:
    Physical interactions with objects and the environment comprise a plethora of dexterous movements, ranging from tool making, playing a musical instrument, to surgical actions. Human skill displays not only low levels of variability while maximizing speed and accuracy, higher-dimensional actions also exploit the null space to be less sensitive to perturbations and noise. Unlike locomotory activity and grasping, such manual skills require extensive and continued practice to reach and maintain high levels. In robotics fine control of manual actions remains an open challenge. While robots can grasp a variety of objects, they remain fairly clumsy when it comes to manipulate the object once in hand. Robots are also ill at ease when it comes to manipulate objects with uneven inertia and friction, and objects that can deform. Learning has become an unavoidable step to achieve more manual dexterity in robotics. This workshop brings together researchers from human motor control and from robotics to answer the following questions: How do humans achieve such manual dexterity? What kind of practice schedules can shape these skills? Can some of these strategies be transferred to robots? To which extent is robot manual skill limited by the hardware, what can be learned and what cannot?


    Program
    8:45-9:00: Introduction by organizers

    9:00-10h30:
    Session 1: Intrinsic mechanics and finger coordination
    Madhusudhan Venkadesan: TBA
    Alberto Rodriguez: TBA
    15 minutes spotlights of poster presentations
    15 minutes panel discussion

    10h30-11h: Coffee break + Poster Session + Demos

    11h-12h30:
    Session 2: From grasping to manipulation
    Frederic Danion: Adaptation of manual tracking to challenging cursor-target mappings
    Oliver Brock: Low-dimensional representations of manipulation actions for learning
    15 minutes spotlights of poster presentations
    15 minutes panel discussion

    12h30-13h30: Lunch Break + Poster Session + Demos

    13h30-15h00:
    Session 3: Learning skills
    Jeannette Bohg: Learning to scaffold the development of robotic manipulation skills
    Dagmar Sternad: Learning and control in skilled interactions with objects: A task-dynamic approach
    15 minutes spotlights of poster presentations
    15 minutes panel discussion

    15h-15h30: Coffee break + Poster Session + Demos

    15h30-17h00:
    Session 4: Similarities and Differences in manipulation skills
    Andrea d'Avella: Inter-individual differences in real-life motor skills and muscle synergy learning
    Antonio Bicchi: From individualities in prosthetics to synergies for robotics hands and back again
    15 minutes spotlights of poster presentations
    15 minutes panel discussion

    17-18h00:
    Closing lecture: Etienne Burdet: Augmented manipulation in humans and robots
    Closing discussion - organizers
    Last edited by Reza Razavian; May 10th, 2020, 05:06 PM.

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    *** UPDATED SCHEDULE ***


    Dear colleagues,


    The ICRA Workshop on “Learning Manual Skills in Humans and Robots” will be held virtually on May 31, 9am EST. Poster spotlight presentation is invited with the deadline on May 17, 2020. There are no registration fees. The workshop will be held on Zoom and also be video-recorded.



    ICRA Workshop on Learning of Manual Skills in Humans and Robots
    International Conference of Robotics and Automation
    Organizers: Aude Billard and Dagmar Sternad

    May 31, 2020

    Schedule – Eastern Standard Time
    · 9:00-9:10am: Introduction by organizers

    · 9:10-10:00:
    Session 1: Intrinsic mechanics and finger coordination
    Madhu Venkasedan: Stability of static fingertip contact 20 min
    Alberto Rodriguez: (TBA) 20 min
    Discussion with collected questions: 10 min


    · 10:00-10:50:
    Session 2: From grasping to manipulation
    Frederic Danion: Adaptation of manual tracking to challenging cursor-target mappings, 20 min
    Oliver Brock: Low-dimensional representations of manipulation actions for learning, 20 min
    Discussion with collected questions: 10 min


    · 10:50 - 11:20: Spotlight presentations

    · 11:20-12:10
    Session 3: Learning skills
    Jeannette Bohg: Learning to scaffold the development of robotic manipulation skills, 20 min
    Dagmar Sternad: Learning and control in skilled interactions with objects: A task-dynamic approach 20 min
    Discussion with collected questions: 10 min


    · 12:10-13:00
    Session 4: Similarities and differences in manipulation skills
    Andrea d'Avella: Inter-individual differences in real-life motor skills and muscle synergy learning, 20 min
    Antonio Bicchi: Human and robot use of artificial hands, 20 min
    Discussion with collected questions: 10 min


    · 13:00-13:30: Spotlight presentations

    · 13:30-13:50:
    Closing Lecture
    Etienne Burdet: Augmented manipulation in humans and robots, 20 min
    · Open discussion with all speakers and attendants until 14:30pm

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