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Starting time: 8.30 AM - Room to define

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Dear Colleagues,

We are glad to announce the workshop entitled “Locomotion and Manipulation: Unifying Solutions Across Aerial and Terrestrial Regimes”.

It will be held on November 15th, 2017, at IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoids Robots (Humanoids 2017), Birmingham, UK.

This workshop will bring together researchers working on Manipulation and Locomotion, either Aerial or Terrestrial.

The goal is to investigate the technological and theoretical feasibility of robotic platforms implementing a degree of Manipulation, Aerial, and Terrestrial locomotion capabilities.

You are welcome to to contribute and participate to this workshop!

Important dates

November 5, 2017: Submissions due

November 8, 2017: Acceptance notification

November 15, 2017: Workshop



Invited speakers


Support letters

Organizers: Daniele Pucci, Arash Ajoudani, Matteo Fumagalli, Patrick Wensing, Jaeheung Park


This workshop aims to bring humanoid and flying robots closer, both in their theory of control and in the physical platforms themselves, by encouraging discussion between scientists from humanoid and aerial robotics.

The goal of providing humanoids with capabilities of locomotion and manipulation has driven much recent research in the robotics community. Legged and wheeled locomotion have proven to be feasible on various platforms, supporting a growing envelope of agile ground mobility. Nevertheless, underactuation combined with a large number of degrees-of-freedom commonly challenge the control of locomotion and manipulation in these platforms. With the recent outgrowth of aerial manipulation, these traditionally disparate communities have faced similar challenges.

Thus, this workshop aims to gather scientists towards unifying solutions for challenges in flight, contact locomotion, and manipulation. The envisaged applications belong to the domains of both Whole-Body Loco-Manipulation and Aerial Manipulation. Historically, control systems for humanoids and flying robots have developed along different paths. Whole-body control of humanoids has addressed high-DoF challenges, but largely has neglected underactuation. Control of aerial vehicles has a strong theoretical underpinning with roots in the control community, providing rigorous methods to address underactuation. Yet, the recent introduction of aerial manipulation has introduced increasingly challenging high-DoF control problems in this domain. Thus, there is yet strong potential in bringing humanoid and flying robots closer: both in the theory upon which their control is grounded, and physically in the platforms themselves. A system combining aspects of both platforms may have the capacities of flight, contact locomotion, and manipulation. Such future systems would enlarge the application domain of humanoid and aerial robots, inheriting expanded versatility for future deployment in challenging environments.

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Invited speakers

Name and Surname Institution Talk topic Status
Daniele Pucci IIT Introductory Confirmed, II
Robin Deits MIT Locomotion Confirmed, II
Olivier Stasse LAAS CNRS Locomotion Confirmed, I
Jaeheung Park Seoul National University Locomotion Confirmed, I
Tamim Asfour Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Manipulation Confirmed, I
Abderrahmane Kheddar LIRMM CNRS Manipulation Confirmed, II
Antonio Bicchi IIT Manipulation Cancelled
Arash Ajoudani IIT Manipulation Cancelled
Vincenzo Lippiello Università Federico II di Napoli Aerial Confirmed, I
Antonio Franchi LASS CNRS Aerial Confirmed, I
Koushil Sreenath UC Berkeley Aerial Confirmed, II
Matteo Fumagalli Aalborg University of Copenhagen Aerial Confirmed, II
Lorenzo Marconi Universita di Bologna Aerial Confirmed, I

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Time Speaker Talk title Topic
8.30 - 8.45 Organizers Introduction Perspectives
8.45 - 9.00 Daniele Pucci Towards Aerial Humanoid Robotics
9.00 - 9.30 Robin Deits Locomotion
9.30 - 10.00 Lorenzo Marconi Extremum seeking control for quick aerial localization of victims buried by avalanches Aerial
10.00 - 10.30 Tamim Asfour Generation of Whole-body Loco-Manipulation Actions based on Scene Affordances, Human Motion Data and Natural Language Models Manipulation
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
11.00 - 11.30 Two contributing presentations
11.30 - 12.00 Olivier Stasse Locomotion
12.00 - 12.30 Antonio Bicchi Manipulation
12.30 - 13.00 Vincenzo Lippiello Visual-Impedance Control of a Dual-Arm Aerial Manipulator with Eye-Hand Coordination Aerial
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break
14.00 - 14.30 Jaeheung Park Locomotion
14.30 - 15.00 Abderrahmane Kheddar Multi-(robot, modal, objectives) control using quadratic programming Manipulation
15.00 - 15.30 Koushil Sreenath Aerial
15.30 - 16.30 Coffee Break and poster session from contributions Coffee Break and poster session from contributions All
16.30 - 17.00 Antonio Franchi Aerial
17.00 - 17.15 Arash Ajoudani Manipulation
17.15 - 17.30 Matteo Fumagalli Aerial
17.30 - 18.00 Panel discussion

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Support letters

We received the support from four IEEE techinical committes, stated in the following letters

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  1. At submission time, we had not received the support letter from the IEEE RAS Techinical Committee on Aerial Robotics and UAV, and for this reason we did not list it in the workshop proposal. We received the letter on August the 3rd.

  2. Most of support letters cite the workshop with a different title, e.g. Towards Whole-Body Aerial Loco-Manipulation. This because we decided to change the workshop title at the very last moment.

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Daniele Pucci

Daniele received the bachelor and master degrees in Control Engineering with highest honors from “Sapienza”, University of Rome, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In 2013 he received the PhD title in Information and Communication Technologies from University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, and in Control Engineering from “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy. Since then, Daniele has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Italian Institute of Technology at the Dynamic Interaction Control laboratory. Within the CoDyCo project (FP7-ICT-2011.2.1, number: 600716), he has been the principal scientific contributor and he has developed innovative control techniques for whole-body motion control with tactile and force/torque sensing. Daniele’s research interests include control of nonlinear systems and its applications to aerial vehicles and robotics.

Arash Ajoudani

Arash Ajoudani received his PhD degree in Robotics and Automation from Centro “E Piaggio”, University of Pisa, and Advanced Robotics Department (ADVR), Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy (14 July 2014). His PhD thesis was a finalist for the Georges Giralt PhD award 2015 - best European PhD thesis award in robotics. He is currently a tenure-track scientist and the leader of the Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI2) lab of the IIT. He was a finalist for the best manipulation paper award at ICRA 2012, a winner of the best student paper award at ROBIO 2013, a finalist for the best oral presentation award at Automatica (SIDRA) 2014, and a finalist for the best interactive paper award at Humanoids 2016. He is the author of the book “Transferring Human Impedance Regulation Skills to Robots” and several publications in journals, international conferences, and book chapters. He is currently serving as the executive manager of the IEEE-RAS Young Reviewers’ Program (YRP), chair and representative of the IEEE-RAS Young Professionals Committee, and co-chair of the IEEE-RAS Member Services Committee. He has been serving as a member of scientific advisory committee and as an associate editor for several international journals and conferences such as IEEE RAL, Biorob, ICORR, etc. His main research interests are in physical human-robot interaction and cooperation, robotic manipulation, robust and adaptive control, rehabilitation robotics, and tele-robotics.

Matteo Fumagalli

Matteo Fumagalli is Assistant Professor in Mechatronics within the Department of Materials and Production at Aalborg University. He received my M.Sc. in 2006 from Politecnico di Milano, and the PhD degree from the University of Genoa, after a 4 years collaboration with the IIT – Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. He was post-doc at the Robotics and Mechatronics group of the University of Twente, where he carried out research on mechatronic design of advanced robotic systems, including aerial manipulators and compliant mechanisms for robotics. His research interests are in the study and control of the interaction between mechanical systems, and design of robotic mechanisms (such as aerial manipulators) and sensors to control and accomplish safe physical interaction tasks. He have been involved in several EU projects, including CHRIS, AIROBOTS, SHERPA. Moreover, during the last period at the University of Twente, he was the PI for the H2020 project AEROWORKS.

Patrick Wensing

Patrick Wensing is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2014, and completed Postdoctoral training at MIT in 2017. He was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his dissertation research on balance control strategies for humanoid robots. At MIT, the results of his postdoctoral work on the MIT Cheetah robot have received considerable publicity worldwide, with features from TIME, WIRED, and the Wall Street Journal.

Jaeheung Park

Jaeheung Park received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1995 and 1999, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, U.S. in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, He was a Post-doctoral researcher and later a Research Associate at Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. From 2007 to 2008, he worked part-time at Hansen Medical Inc., a medical robotics company in U.S. Since 2009, he has been a professor (now associate professor) in the department of Intelligent Convergence Systems at Seoul National University, Korea. His research interests lie in the areas of robot-environment interaction, contact force control, robust haptic teleoperation, multicontact control, whole-body dynamic control, biomechanics, and medical robotics.