Invited Speakers


Nikolaus Correll

University of Colorado at Boulder

Jelizaveta Konstantinova

Queen Mary University of London,

Robotics Research, Ocado Technology

Frédéric Boyer

IMT Atlantique Bretagne-Pays de la Loire Ecole Mines-Telecom



Akihiko Yamaguchi

Tohoku University

Hansruedi Früh

F&P Robotics

Norbert Druml

Infineon Technologies AG





Speaker Nikolaus Correll

Invited Talk

Full body proximity sensing and human-robot interaction via sensor/actuator augmented skins
Abstract We describe our recent progress in developing a full-body sensor skin for the Universal Robot UR5 robot. The skin is equipped with a high density array of distance sensors and color LEDs, enabling the robot arm to detect objects as far as 2 meters away and provide feedback to a user. We will describe lessons learned in moving from a 8x8 research prototype, which was capable of differentiating between objects and user gestures using deep learning, to a full body sensor suit and discuss possible applications for mobile manipulation and further research.


Speaker Jelizaveta Konstantinova

Invited Talk

Proximity sensors for grasping applications in robotics
Abstract TBD


Speaker Frédéric Boyer / Vincent Lebastard

Invited Talk

Artificial electric sense for underwater robotics: state of the art and perspectives
Abstract Fish that can electrocute their prey have been known since antiquity and inspired Volta to design the first battery. However, the ability of other so-called weakly electric fish to perceive their near surroundings by sensing through a dense array of transcutaneous electroreceptors the perturbations of a self-generated electric field, was only discovered in the 1950's. Remarkably, these fish are able to detect, localize and analyze objects in confined environments and turbid waters, where neither vision nor sonar can work. Named Active Electrolocation by biologists, this perceptual ability recently has drawn the attention of roboticists with the aim of designing a novel generation of underwater robots able to navigate and operate in harsh environmental conditions. In this perspective, this keynote attempts to give a comprehensive overview of the recent progresses in artificial e-sense for underwater robotics. Starting from the fish, we will progressively move toward robotics and address several issues ranging from reactive autonomous navigation, localization and shape recognition, to haptic feedback teleoperation. While progressing, we will attempt to reveal further insights on how nature can inspire engineering.


Speaker Akihiko Yamaguchi

Invited Talk

Vision-based tactile sensor FingerVision for fragile object manipulation

FingerVision is a vision-based tactile sensor consisting of elastic and transparent skin and cameras. It provides multimodal sensation to robots, including force and slip distributions, and nearby object information such as position, orientation, and texture.
In this talk, I will demonstrate the use of FingerVision in manipulation of deformable and fragile objects. The high resolution slip-detection increases the robustness of grasping. It also enables robots to grasp objects with the sense of touch, which improves the sample efficiency of learning grasping. Another feature of FingerVision is giving additional modalities by analyzing (proximity) vision. For example, an application is inspecting the manipulated objects such as food products.


Speaker Hansruedi Früh

Invited Talk

Reliable and context related grasping for autonomous mobile robots
Abstract TBD


Speaker Norbert Druml

Invited Talk

Abstract TBD