============ ABSTRACT ============
Significant progress is being made in robotic research and at an unprecedented rate. The substantial difference between robotic developments in research labs and implementations in the real-world is the "reality gap" that needs to be closed at a faster pace. There are various challenges that need to be addressed to close this reality gap. On one hand, robotics researchers may not fully appreciate the difficulties related to applying research in real-world applications. On the other hand, there are external limitations from social, economic, political and other factors. This workshop aims to provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and strategies related to applying robotics research in practical applications to generate significant economic and societal impact. There will be prominent experts and distinguished academics with strong backgrounds in both Academia and Industry discussing the latest challenges and breakthroughs in
============ TOPICS ============
* Autonomous and intelligent robots for real world applications;
* Robotics research for solving real industry problems;
* 'Co-design' or researcher and end-user collaboration;
* Strategies facilitating robotics research for practical applications;
============ CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ============
* Dr. Rainer Bischoff (KUKA Robotics): "Leveraging Research Results through Technology Development at KUKA"
* Prof. Tim Lueth (Technical University of Munich): "Robotics and Mechanisms Design for Robots on Demand"
* Prof. Kazuhiro Kosuge (Tohoku University): "Challenges and Opportunities for Robotics"
* Prof. Rodney Brooks (MIT/Rethink Robotics): video message
Please keep an eye out on the website (link above) for details on other keynote speakers and regular updates.
============ Workshop Program ============
09:00 - 09:05 Opening Address
09:05 - 09:10 Video Message from Committee Member Prof. Rodney Brooks
09:10 - 11:00 Keynote / Invited talks
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30 Panel discussion
12:30 - 13:00 Wrap-up and discussion on future plans
============ ORGANIZERS ============
** Main Organizers **
Professor Kazuhiro Kosuge (Department of Robotics, Tohoku University)
Professor Dikai Liu (Director, UTS Centre for Autonomous Systems, University of Technology Sydney)
** Co-organizers **
Dr. Jose Salazar (Tohoku University, Japan)
Dr Mahdi Hassan (University of Technology Sydney)
============ FOR MORE INFORMATION ============
Contact Dr. Jose Salazar ([hidden email]) or Dr Mahdi Hassan ([hidden email]). Alternatively please visit the website on the link above.
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