Welcome to the 3rd Workshop on Proximity Perception in Robotics at IROS 2020:
Towards Multi-Modal Cognition

Starting 25th of October, IROS On-Demand 2020

Panel Discussion + Q&A for Invited Speakers, October 28th:

3pm-5pm CET via ZOOM:

Panel Discussion (Zoom)

PhD-Forum, October 29th, 3pm-5pm CET via ZOOM:

PhD-Forum (Zoom)


Attention: As announced by the IROS 2020 organizing committee, the conference will not take place as an in-person event and will be moved to an on-demand online format. Our workshop will therefore also move to this online format. The invited talks will be available on-demand and some parts of the workshop will be held live, such as the panel discussion and the PhD-Forum. We plan to add recordings of the live-events to the on-demand platform later on. Please see the program for details.


In its 3rd edition, this workshop aims at exploring and showing the potential that proximity perception has for cognitive robotics. Active proximity perception has great potential for Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) as well as for modeling objects and the environment in a multi-modal context. Proximity perception is complementary to vision and touch and today the technology is mature enough to be deployed alongside cameras and tactile sensors. For example, many researchers have already successfully addressed the challenge of multi-modal skins that include tactile and proximity perception. However, not much research has been directed towards active perception and sensor fusion that includes the proximity modality. To address this, in this workshop we feature experts from multi-modal HRI and visio-haptic perception as well as from the industry, who will foster the discussion with their experience in these domains. At the same time, we expect that their contributions will inspire multi-modal cognitive approaches for proximity perception. Furthermore, we will feature a demo-session that will anchor these ideas to concrete hardware, already available today from both research and industry participants.

  • Foster the community of roboticists and hardware developers working in this domain
  • Let experts in multi-modal perception and HRI give an account of their experience, to help
  • motivate novel cognitive approaches for proximity perception in robotics.
  • Continue to bridge to industry via invited industrial talks and demos
  • Offer PhD-students a forum for their work through short talks, posters and demos
  • Foster scientific collaborations between the participants of the workshop

Mailing-List: see here.


Toyoda Gosei (Homepage)

Blue Danube Robotics (Homepage)



We are grateful for the support of the following organizations:


- IEEE RAS Technical Committee Robotic Hands, Grasping and Manipulation (Homepage)

- IEEE RAS Technical Committee Human-Robot Interaction and Coordination (Homepage)

- IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Haptics (Homepage)

- IEEE RAS Austria Section (Homepage)