Welcome to the 2nd Workshop on Proximity Perception in Robotics at IROS 2019


In this year‘s edition we propose to continue on this path. To further build up the community, for this edition we have renewed the list of invited speakers. The scope of the previous workshop is expanded by bio-inspired approaches and the presence of speakers that have started to work in the field more recently. Therefore, this is an excellent opportunity to increase the visibility of the field and to consolidate the community that is being formed around this subject.

Regarding the broader objectives, we observe that Proximity Perception technologies have the potential to play an essential role for service, industrial robotics, HRC, compliant robotics applications and even bio-inspired robotics in the near future. A similar trend can be observed for Tactile Perception. On the one hand, designs of robotic graspers that include Proximity Sensors allow for novel control strategies for exploration, grasping and manipulation. On the other hand, the sensors will allow safety features to fulfill leading technical specifications such as ISO/TS 15066 for the operation of collaborative robots and improve the autonomy and perception of robotic systems in all fields.

In the workshop we want to highlight what benefits Proximity Perception can offer to robotics, especially to those unfamiliar with it. Another important aspect is the networking within the community as well as bridging the gap to the industry. Oftentimes the backgrounds of the researchers will be quite diverse, because of many different sensing principles suitable for implementing Proximity Perception (optical, acoustic, capacitive, radar, inductive, etc.). Here it is also important to us to feature content from industrial participants. Furthermore, we aim to offer hands-on experience including live demos with sensors and systems currently used by different research groups. This will be interesting for participants that are new to the field but also for participants who already use Proximity Perception as capabilities and limitations of the various concepts will be discussed. Finally, as Proximity Perception is closely related to Tactile Perception we will also feature contents from this domain, with a focus on how Proximity Perception can profit from established approaches in Tactile Perception.

To further engage the participants we want to organize a paper-/poster-session, together with the hands-on demo-session, where participants will be able to present current results of their research projects. Especially young researchers (PhD students) will be able to gain experience presenting their results to their peers. Finally, we will feature a panel discussion including all invited speakers to have an open ended discussion to round off the workshop.

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