Towards Humanoid Robots OS

November 15 - HUMANOIDS 2016 - Full-day Workshop

Thank You everyone for this great workshop day at HUMANOIDS 2016!

We are attaching contributions and media within their corresponding section of the workshop program.

Workshop Program

09:15 AM - Introductory talk by the organizers
09:30 AM - [PAL] Francesco Ferro, CEO at PAL Robotics (via Skype)
10:00 AM - [ArmarX] Nikolaus Vahrenkamp, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
10:30 AM - Coffee Break
11:00 AM - [OpenRTM] Fumio Kanehiro, Dr. at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) {slides}
11:30 AM - [RICE] Neil T. Dantam, Rice University
12:00 PM - [TU-D] Alexander Stumpf, Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt {slides}
12:30 PM - Lunch Break
02:00 PM - [SROS] Ruffin White, Dr. at Contextual Robotics Institute {paper}
02:30 PM - [OSC] Ye Zhao, University of Texas (UTexas) {paper} {slides}
03:00 PM - [RD] Juan G Victores, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) {paper} {slides}
03:30 PM - Coffee Break
04:00 PM - [XBOT] Luca Muratore, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) {paper} {slides}
04:30 PM - [YARP] Lorenzo Natale, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) {slides}
05:00 PM - Round Table (until before Conference Welcome Reception which is at 06:00 PM)


The goal of the workshop is to discuss the state of the art and the future of humanoid robot OS. Right when the "browser wars" for robot middleware had seemed to reach an end, blends of young and expert blood with novel and different approaches keep the flame burning. This is a maturing, but still novel area of R&D in robotics, which involves coping with new use cases that include: (i) on-board embedded computing in addition to workstation-class computational resources, (ii) real-time constraints intrinsic to work in humanoid robotics, (iii) multiple robot scenarios, swarms and also simultaneous user groups cohabiting on shared and bridged networks, (iv) maintaining quality of service in the presence of network connectivity issues, (v) efforts to adapt towards industrial standards and improved robustness towards production environments, (vi) increasing interest in robotic cyber-security a.k.a. cryptobotics, and (vii) general philosophy regarding interoperability, flexibility, and reuse of OS resources open new horizons. The proposed theme also involves to jointly deepen our understanding of requirements for a robotics middleware and ultimately humanoids OS, while advancing robotic systems capable of being seamlessly integrated from the works of experts in different fields all required for humanoid robotics.

The workshop will discuss best practices, including intra-process and inter-process design patterns, abstraction layers and reusable APIs, reconfigurable build systems, documentation and configuration files, robot 3D and kinematic model descriptions, and novel forms of managing single processing units as well as full clusters. Robotic middleware have proved to extend way beyond the classical issue of remote procedure calls, extending from compatibility layers across existing OS towards advanced graphical launch, monitoring and analysis tools useful for humanoid robotics as well as automated intelligent deployment of computational resources.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Open Call Submission information (Past Dates)

An call for participants is open, whom are invited to submit a contribution as an Extended Abstract of maximum 2 pages in length. A video contribution may be added to your submission. Selected contributions will be presented during the workshop as spotlight talks. Related Posters can be placed as additional support for interactions.

All submissions will be reviewed using a single-blind review process. Submissions must be sent in PDF, following the IEEE conference style (two-columns), emailed directly to jcgvicto_AT_ing_DOT_uc3m_DOT_es indicating [Humanoids 2016 Workshop] in the e-mail subject.

Important dates (Past Dates)


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