Task-Informed Grasping: Agri-Food manipulation (TIG-III)

A Full-day workshop at International Conference on Robotics and Automation
From 30 May to 5 June 2021
Xi’an – China

Previous workshops from this series:

TIG-II at RSS 2019 ( https://lcas.lincoln.ac.uk/wp/tig-ii/ )

TIG-I at IROS 2018 (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/iros18)

This workshop is at a proposal stage (more details will be updated soon)

This workshop is supported by IEEE/RAS Technical Committees on: (1) Mobile Manipulation, (2) Agricultural Robotics & Automation, (3) Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot Motion, (4) Soft Robotics and (5) Robot Learning.

If you require further information on support/endorsement for this workshop, please email: smghames@lincoln.ac.uk

TIG-I and II workshop IROS 2018 and RSS 2019 can be found at

https://lcas.lincoln.ac.uk/wp/tig-ii/ and https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/iros18

Abstract

Agri-food robotics is a key element for precision agriculture (and precision food production) which has been identified as a solution to the increasing demands for agri-food products due to the population growth and raised labour shortage. One of the critical challenges of agri-food robotics is grasping and manipulation of agri-food objects. This workshop aims to bring together world-leading experts in robotic grasping/manipulation applied in the agri-food sector to discuss challenges and possible approaches of agri-food manipulation, ranging from agriculture (e.g. robotic harvesting) to food production (e.g. sandwich making). The challenges involved in the agri-food tasks, such as differentiating between items (e.g. toppings) when making a sandwich or picking ripe fruits from clusters,  create many interesting research questions for the robotics community. In TIG-I and TIG-II, we brought together frontiers in control and perception to discuss the general robotic manipulation problem.
This workshop, instead, will mainly focus on the research challenges, e.g. motion planning and control, robot perception, task scheduling, soft robotics and human-robot interaction in the agri-food sector. The workshop will therefore overview the state-of-the-art in agri-food robotics through invited research talks, paper and poster presentations to raise awareness about the scientific and societal challenges in the community.

Topics of interest include (but not limited to):

  • Agri-food manipulation,
  • Mobile manipulation,
  • Data-driven manipulation for agri-food applications,
  • Grasping and manipulative movements in cluttered environments,
  • Motion planning/control challenges for agri-food robotics
  • Tactile sensing and enhanced manipulation
  • Agri-food sensing technologies
  • Robotic vision challenges in agri-food applications
  • Soft-Robotics for agri-food applications
  • Task-oriented end-effectors: requirements and specifications
  • Benchmarking and dataset for grasping and manipulation in cluttered environments

 

Paper submission:

Deadline: 5 May 2021 (no extension)

Notification of acceptance: 16 May 2021

Camera ready: 24 May 2021

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

  • Extended abstract (maximum 2 pages) will be accepted for poster presentation at this workshop.
  • Full papers Contributed papers (maximum 6 pages) will be accepted based on their quality, originality, and relevance to the workshop. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication anywhere else. Submissions should follow the IEEE/RAS format.

Please submit your paper by emailing it to  workshop.tig@gmail.com

Programme (tentative)

Sariah Mghames
 09:00 — 9:10  Opening

Matthew Howard

 09:10 — 9:35 Leveraging on learning techniques for optimal agri-robotic manipulation

Pieter Abbeel

 09:40 — 10:05

Recent trends in robot learning

  10:10 — 10:20

Coffee Break

Bruno Siciliano

 10:20 — 10:45 Robotics in the service of food making

Robert Katzschmann

 10:50 — 11:15 Food manipulation and the challenges of automating food assembly tasks – Soft Robotics

Salah Sukkarieh

  11:20 — 11:45 Robotic motion planning in dynamic agriculture environments

Walter Achim

  11:50 — 12:15 On the dynamics characterization of plant growth
  12:20 — 13:20 Lunch

Manoj Karkee

  13:20 — 13:45 Vision-based robotic harvesting and pruning

Fei Chen

  13:50 — 14:15 Vision on the service of robotic pruning 

Zhuoling Huang

  14:20 — 14:45 Automated fruit harvesting in complex environment

Lorenzo Jamone

  14:50 — 15:15 Tactile sensing: application to fruit quality control

Peter Allen

  15:20 — 15:45 Visual-Tactile Geometric Reasoning

Marc Hanheide

  15:50 — 16:15 Mobile robotics and HRI in the fruit harvesting chain 
    16:20 — 16:30    Lightning talks of posters and papers
  16:30 — 17:00 Poster round and coffee break

Maximo Roa

  17:00 — 17:25 End-effectors for soft manipulation: application to agri-food technology

Lewis Anderson

  17:30 – 17:55 Advances in machine learning for fruit harvesting
  18:00 – 18:30 Panel discussion — Closing remarks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Organisers

Sariah Mghames, PhD.
Postdoc Research Fellow
School of Computer Science
University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Tommaso Pardi,
PhD Candidate
School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Fumiya Iida, PhD.
Reader in Robotics
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Mehmet Dogar, PhD.
Associate Professor
School of Computer Science
University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Amir Masoud Ghalamzan Esfahani, PhD. 
Associate Professor
Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology – Lincoln Agri Robotics
University of Lincoln, United Kingdom