[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: RSS 2018 - Unusual Appendages: Novel, multi-modal, or multi-functional uses for limbs, tails, and other body parts (RSS 2018)

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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: RSS 2018 - Unusual Appendages: Novel, multi-modal, or multi-functional uses for limbs, tails, and other body parts (RSS 2018)

Amir Patel
Call for Contributions

*                       RSS 2018                          *
*                     Unusual Appendages: Novel, multi-modal, or
multi-functional uses for limbs, tails, and other body parts *

Key Facts

RSS 2018 Workshop, Friday, June 29, 2018
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Submission Deadline: June 01, 2018 (AoE)
Notification:        June 08, 2018

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Aaron M. Johnson (CMU), Amir Patel (UCT), and Tom Libby (UW)

Mobile robots locomote by pushing on the environment with appendages: legs and wheels on ground, wings or propellers in the air, etc. Intuitively, appendages are generally optimized for the chosen modality. By contrast, animal appendages are diverse and incredibly versatile, enabling multi-modal utility across many tasks. Robots can also benefit from more creative use of appendages: swinging tails that generate inertial forces, walking on wings, swimming with legs, and more. This workshop will broaden our understanding of appendages by exploring their design for novel, multi-modal or multi-functional interactions with the environment or inertial forces. We will explore diverse appendages in animals and robots including tails, wheels, legs, arms, gyros, tracks, and more. What modalities can be harnessed to aid locomotion, and how is morphology shaped by task performance? Robots are not constrained by evolutionary history, so their appendages should be even more diverse than those foun
 d in nature. What new appendages can we imagine that add functionality, agility or robustness? The format will consist of a number of invited and contributed presentations from biologists and roboticists on cutting edge research in the field, as well as an open discussion prompted by the questions listed below. The workshop will also accept submissions from non-invited speakers for consideration.

This workshop falls under the "Mechanisms and Design" special theme for RSS 2018. The organizers will assign a chair to each session who will be responsible for reading in advance the material to be presented. In addition to moderating questions from the workshop participants, the chair will raise specific questions prepared in advance of each speaker after their talk. Beyond these question periods between speakers, a dedicated discussion session in the afternoon will provide a venue to summarize the conclusions of the day's proceedings and consider the future and potential of this line of research. A few discussion questions will be sent to the presenters and listed on the workshop website in advance so that participants can have time to prepare and consider their answers. Presenters will also be encouraged to touch on the following set of overarching topics in their talks:

-What kinds of appendages exist in animals and robots and how are they used?
-What modalities can appendages engage, and how does multimodality increase robustness and agility?
-What new capabilities or behaviors arise when adding an appendage to a robot?
-What are the relative merits of specialized appendages and multifunctional appendages?
-How are the constraints and compromises of multifunctionality negotiated through design?

After the workshop, there will be a journal special issue for which the speakers at the workshop will be invited. This special issue, as with the workshop, will aim to bring together the many varied approaches being explored for understanding the design and multi-modal use of appendages.

Invited Speakers
List of confirmed or likely speakers:

-Pinhas Ben-Tzvi - Virginia Tech
-Sarah Bergbreiter - University of Maryland
-Howie Choset - Carnegie Mellon University
-Jonathan Clark - Florida A&M University
-Avik De - University of Pennsylvania
-Ron Fearing - University of California, Berkeley
-Ardian Jusufi - Max Plank Institute
-Chen Li - Johns Hopkins University
-Zachary Manchester - Stanford
-Jim Schmiedeler - Notre Dame
-Andrew Spence - Temple University


We invite researchers to present their latest results or ongoing work for presentation (poster or talk)
during our workshop.

Submission Format

Please submit a 1-2 page abstract in the RSS 2018 format via email to
[hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>  by June 1, 2018.  Accepted contributions
will be notified by June 8, 2018

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