Oliver Brock, TU Berlin

Clutter - there is good and bad in everyone PDF
Not all kinds of clutter are created equal. Some clutter is in the way, making things more difficult, and some clutter can be exploiting, making things possible in the first place. One might even say that whether one likes clutter or not is a question of attitude. In this talk, I will discuss the difference and talk about methods for perception and manipulation that attempt to make the best of clutter. Specifically, I will talk about online interactive perception of articulated models of the environment and novel techniques for grasping with compliant hands that deliberately exploit environmental constraints provided by clutter.

Adolfo Rodriguez Tsouroukdissian, PAL Robotics

Mobile navigation in dynamic environments PDF

Tucker Hermans, TU Darmstadt

Tactile Sensing for Object Manipulation in Clutter PDF
Tactile sensing offers an exciting mechanism for advancing the in-hand manipulation capabilities of robots. This talk examines how tactile sensing for in-hand manipulation can be used to improve manipulation in clutter. We focus our analysis on two primary questions. First, how can tactile-aided, in-hand manipulation improve manipulation performance in and around clutter? Second, how can tactile sensors embedded in a robot's hand be used to improve perception in cluttered environments? We connect these problems to our recent work on slip detection and tactile exploration of object properties. We present experimental results from a robot with a tactile sensor in its end effector. We conclude the talk with a discussion of future research directions.

Chris Mansley, Robert Bosch LLC

Automated Driving: Object Perception at 120 KPH PDF
Automated driving presents a number of demanding research problems, all of which much be addressed under stringent engineering requirements regarding safety, cost, computation and user experience. In this talk, we motivate the difficult problems that occur in detecting, classifying and interacting with traffic participants at highway speeds both in the US and Germany. The problems will be placed in an automotive context and current industry challenges will be outlined.