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 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 this workshop, please email:

smghames@lincoln.ac.uk or aghalamzanesfahani@lincoln.ac.uk

The workshop will be held on May 31, 2021 

Registration Link: will be posted between 1 – 9 May

Zoom Link for Live Event: will be posted soon (in May)

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:

  • Agri-food manipulation,
  • Mobile manipulation,
  • Data-driven manipulation for agri-food applications,
  • Grasping and manipulative movements in cluttered environments,
  • Motion planning and 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
  • Benchmarks and datasets for grasping and manipulation in cluttered environments

 

Call for Papers

Deadline: 7 May 2021 (no extension)

Notification of acceptance: 16 May 2021

We invite researchers to submit their recent work on/around the topics of interest mentioned above. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The organisers will ensure no affiliation relations exist between the authors of the submitted papers and the reviewers. The accepted papers will be placed on our website.

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 

Schedule virtual event

A short event of 3-hours will be hosted by Zoom cloud meetings application. In the first 2-hours, the speakers will give short talks of 10-minutes each. Then, spotlight paper and poster presentations will last for 10-minutes, after which a live Q&A session will take place for the remaining 20-minutes between the
general audience and speakers. Following this, a panel discussion will be in place, live, for 40-minutes duration. The length of the live event will allow a large number of researchers to attend independently from different time-zones. Along with the 3-hours event, the speakers (as listed in the schedule of the physical event above) will record a longer presentation of 25-mins, that we will release on a Youtube channel 2 days before the date of the workshop. Researchers whose extended abstract or full paper is accepted to the workshop will have to record a 5-minutes presentation of their work, which we will upload alongside the speakers’ talk. Moreover, they will have a 1-minute spotlight during the live event. The audience will have the chance to see the full talks on the Youtube channel of the workshop before listening to the live shorter talks.
 

Schedule physical event (talks definite title will follow up soon)

Organisers  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
Achim Walter   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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Invited Speakers (updates will follow soon):

Matthew Howard

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Bio: Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, UK.

Pieter Abbeel

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Bio: Professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Director of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab, and co-director of the Berkeley AI Research Lab at the University of California, Berkeley.

Bruno Siciliano

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Bio: Professor of Automatic Control at the University of Naples Federico II, Director of the ICAROS Center, and Coordinator of the PRISMA Lab at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

Robert Katzschmann

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Bio: Assistant Professor of Robotics at ETH Zürich where he founded the Soft Robotics lab.

Salah Sukkarieh

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Bio: Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, and is the CEO of Agerris, a new Agtech startup company  from the ACFR developing autonomous robotic solutions to improve agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability.

Achim Walter

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Bio: Professor in Crop Science at the institute of agricultural sciences at ETH Zurich

Manoj Karkee

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Bio: Associate Professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department, Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems, at Washington State University.

 
Fei Chen
 

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Bio: Assistant Professor of Robotics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Zhuoling Huang 

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Bio: PhD Candidate at King’s College London, UK.

Lorenzo Jamone

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Bio: Senior Lecturer in Robotics at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Peter Allen

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Bio: Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. His current research interests include robotic grasping, 3-D vision and modeling, and medical robotics. 

Marc Hanheide

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Bio: Professor of Intelligent Robotics & Interactive Systems in the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Maximo Roa

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Bio: Research scientist and Group Leader on Robotic Planning and Manipulation in the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Lewis Anderson

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Bio:  Co-Founder & CEO at Traptic Inc., California

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