Robot Manipulation: What has been achieved and what remains to be done?

Organizers: Erol Sahin and Siddhartha Srinivasa
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2014
Full day Workshop, 14 September 2014, Sunday


Paper submission: August 3
Notification of acceptance: August 14
Final papers due: August 31
Workshop: September 14


Call for papers

We expect the initial submission to be an extended abstract up to 3 pages long, in standard two-column IEEE format. We encourage preliminary results and position papers on algorithms and systems that enable real-world robotic manipulation. Each submission will receive two reviews from the program committee. Accepted final submissions can be up to 6 pages long and will be hosted on this page.

Please email your submission to Erol Sahin [erol at] with the subject line "Manipulation Futures Submission"


Research on robotic manipulation has achieved important theoretical and technical advances in the last 50 years. Robot manipulators in factories have become a key element of industrial manufacturing, and are widely considered to be a success story for robotics. However, there remain several challenges in extending this success beyond factory floors. Successful demonstrations in specific tasks have not yet yielded general and integrated manipulation systems that can operate lifelong in uncertain environments with and around humans.

The objective of the workshop is to discuss, understand and underline the key challenges inherent in robot manipulation that prevented its transition towards becoming a technology. Towards this end, the workshop will host review and research presentations, and a closing panel discussion.

Invited Speakers

Rob Howe, Harvard University
Jean-Paul Laumond, LAAS-CNRS
Tomas Lozano-Perez, MIT
Matt Mason, Carnegie Mellon University
Pieter Abbeel, Berkeley

Program Committee

Sahar El-khoury, EPFL
Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Giorgio Metta, Italian Institute of Technology
Mark Lee, University of Aberystwyth
Alexander Stoytchev, Iowa State University
Aaron Dollar, Yale University
Heni Ben Amor, Georgia Tech
Dmitry Berenson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Oliver Brock, Technical University of Berlin


Organization of this workshop is supported by the IEEE RAS Mobile Manipulation Technical Committee and the Marie Curie IOF project titled "Towards Better Robot Manipulation: Improvement throught Interaction".