Euron Europ 2010

3Europ Euron Annual Meeting, 10,11,12 of March 2010

Programme

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10 March 2010
EUROP Day
11 March 2010
EUROP / EURON Day
  
12 March 2010
EURON Day
10 March 2010 - EUROP Day

Plenary:
EUROP – Welcome address and report

a. Organiser/speaker:
Rainer Bischoff, KUKA Roboter, EUROP coordinator
b. Motivation and objectives:
• Report on EUROP activities and recent developments
• Latest news (euRobotics,…)
• Revised goals of EUROP
• EUROP Member Assembly

Workshop:
Analysing fundamental technical problems hindering the industry to develop new products and services

a. Organiser/speaker:
Tim Guhl, KUKA Roboter
b. Motivation and objectives:
Research done by academia does not always fulfil (all) the needs of industry. Sometimes academia even considers a problem solved and does not know the solution is still far from industrial applicability. In this workshop we will brainstorm about these fundamental problems from the point of view of the European robotics industry.
c. Approach and expected results:
The workshop will be conducted in five parallel sessions facilitated by the EUROP Working Group chairs. As results will be a prioritised list of the fundamental problems of the robotics industry. The results of the parallel workshops will be condensed and presented to the EURON community on Day 3 to seek for solutions.
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Prepare a list of fundamental problems that you are aware of and present it at the workshop. If possible, please send your list of problems to the organisers (timguhlATkuka-roboterDOTde) in advance. Try to prioritise: Which problems are important and could / should be solved fast? Which problems are more long-term? If you have time, please also think about how your problem could be rephrased as an interesting Grand Challenge (-> refer to Grand Challenge workshop).
e. Further information:
Some fundamental problems can be derived from the Strategic Research Agenda for robotics in Europe at http://www.robotics-platform.eu/sra.

Workshop:
What can robotics offer to tackle societal challenges?

a. Organizer/speaker:
Anne Wendel, EUnited Robotics
b. Motivation and objective:
Ageing society, security, climate change, sustainable production – societal challenges have been under heavy discussion lately. In the near future, public funding and policies will be directed more and more towards societal challenges. European robotics has much to contribute to tackle these challenges, which should be brought up to the attention of policy makers. This workshop is a preparatory step for a EUROP position paper.
c. Approach and expected results:
• Session in parallel tracks according to EUROP Working Groups
• Unique solutions robotics has to offer to tackle societal challenges

  Get together & dinner (approx. 30 € per person) 


10 March 2010
EUROP Day
11 March 2010
EUROP / EURON Day
12 March 2010
EURON Day
11 March 2010 - EUROP / EURON Day

"Robotics on the run - together with the EURON/EUROP coordinators!"
       When: 2010/03/11 at 7h00
       Duration: 30 min / 5-6 Km
       Meeting point (See on the map): "Los relojes" at "La concha" beach (Start - Km0@43.317003,-1.986671)
Possible routes:
Option A: to Peine de los vientos - Haizeen orrazia - Km2,2
Option B: to Port - Km1,2
See the map:
EURON/EUROP lasterketa - jogging map

Plenary:
EURON / EUROP Welcome address

a. Organizer/speaker:
- Herman Bruyninckx, KU Leuven, EURON Coordinator
- Rainer Bischoff, KUKA Roboter, EUROP Coordinator

Workshop:
Autonomous systems in security and aerospace

a. Speakers/organisers:
- Bruno Tranchero, Alenia Aeronautica
- Flavio Fusco, SELEX Galileo
b. Motivation and objective:
Mission autonomy is increasingly a competitive element in several applications of robotic systems, even though, on the other side, it deals with technologies with a low maturity level and with constraining operational regulations. The aims of this workshop are: to share viewpoints about the goals of autonomy in general and how to reach them; to verify the applicability of discussed solutions to real-world missions; to collect experiences and study cases from existing applications or ongoing projects.
c. Approach and expected results:

To reach the previously described objectives tha adopted process will be the following:
• Organize a round table with representatives of companies and organisations involved in autonomy related products and initiatives.
• Provide a selection of examples of real-world applications, products and initiatives (existing or being developed), in which a significant degree of autonomy is implemented and essential to the purpose.
• Discuss about the perception of autonomy from an end user point of view.
• Considering the future needs of the industries operating in those fields, what are the technical challenges to make systems more autonomous and the related operational difficulties?
• Which kinds of architecture are more suitable in an autonomous multi-agent context?

The expected results of the workshop are the following ones:
• Short summary of opinions and viewpoints about autonomy, as encountered along the discussion, in particular regarding: products and real-world applications; projects and initiatives; a preliminary list of challenges and difficulties to face when introducing autonomous (or at least partially autonomous) robots in real-world applications; architectural suggestions and ideas
• New Space and Security working groups members.

d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Do you know or have direct experience of autonomous systems?
What are in your opinion the major open issues on the road to autonomous systems, either technical or operative?
e. Further information:
Contact: Flavio Fusco, SELEX Galileo

Workshop:
EURON CRSIG/RoboCup Workshop on Cooperative Robotics Challenges

a. Organiser/speaker:
Pedro Lima, Lisbon Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico

Alessandro Saffiotti, Örebro University
Gerhard Kraetzschmar, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
Daniele Nardi, DIS, Sapienza Univ. Roma
Andrea Bonarini, Politecnico di Milano - Department of Electronics and Information
Serge Kernbach, University of Stuttgart
Alberto Sanfeliu, Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial (UPC-CSIC)

b. Motivation and objective:
Research challenges and application relevance on RoboCup@Home, RoboCup Rescue, RoboCup Soccer, Swarm Robotics, Networked Robot Systems.
c. Approach and expected results:
09:45 Welcome Remarks and Brief Presentation of the Ws format
10:00 RoboCup@Home: Research challenges and application relevance (Gerhard Kraetzschmar)
10:30 RoboCup Rescue: Research challenges and application relevance (Daniele Nardi)
11:00 RoboCup Soccer: Research challenges and application relevance (Andrea Bonarini)
11:30 Coffee Break
11:45 Swarm Robotics: Research challenges and application relevance (Serge Kernbach)
12:15 Networked Robot Systems: Research challenges and application relevance (Alberto Sanfeliu)

Workshop:
SRA Workshop on Grand Challenges

a. Organiser/speaker:
Reinhard Lafrenz, , Technical University Munich
b. Motivation and objective:
Discussion Panel on: SRA Grand Challenges and Different Brands of Cooperative Robotics: common goals, common benchmarks?

Workshop: 
Encouraging Entrepreneurship: Sources of Finance and Early Stage Experience

a. Speakers/organisers:
Speakers:
Iñaki Azpiazu - Business Angels Network of Euskadi
Javier Mendibil - Leadership Adventure Team Academy experience
Nicola Tomatis - CEO of BlueBotics
Sergio Perez – Investor manager at Caixa Capital Risc.
Organisers:
Jon Agirre Ibarbia, Fatronik-Tecnalia
Geoff Pegman, RURobots

Thilo Zimmermann, GPS
b. Motivation and objective:
This workshop is primarily addressed to young (potential) entrepreneurs to raise the awareness of robotics spin-off companies and some of the practical issues involved with developing a start-up company. The workshop also addresses early stage finance for the research and development by SMEs and also the opportunities for raising finance from underutilised patents.
c. Approach and expected results:
The workshop will consist of a series of targeted presentations of approximately 15 minutes on different aspects of raising finance and practical issues involved in company start-up and growth. This will be followed by a round table session focussing on the potential information and support needs of young companies.
The expected results of the workshop are:
• to make researchers more aware of the opportunities for setting up a company and some potential sources of funding
to assist in setting the agenda for further support action in raising the level of entrepreneurship in robotics in Europe
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Delegates can contribute to this workshop session by active participation in the round table. Practical experience, both positive and negative, of attempts to set up companies are welcomed from attendees

Workshop:
Service Robotics: reasons that are delaying the expected “take-off” of the sector

a. Speakers/organisers:
Speakers:
3-4 robotics companies

R
odolphe Gelin (Alderaban)
Jose Luis Rubio (MoviRobotics)
David Bisset (iTechnic)
Stephen von RUMP (Giraff AB)
Organisers:
Jon Agirre Ibarbia, Fatronik
Geoff Pegman, RURobots
Thilo Zimmermann, GPS
b. Motivation and objective:
For many years it has been said that service robotics would soon become a tremendous market. The development so far is not as positive as expected and the forecasts are deferred year by year. This workshop will discuss the reasons that have delayed service robotics becoming a huge business so far and elaborate on steps that are necessary for Service Robotics to take off.
c. Approach and expected results:

The workshop will consist of a series of three short (10 minute) presentations on the practical difficulties faced by companies active in the service robot sector. This will be followed by a round table session aimed at identifying the key challenges that are restricting the growth of the industry and the actions needed to overcome them. This session will attempt to classify the main barriers in terms of technological, regulation and standards, finance and business models, and societal.
The expected result of the workshop is input to an action plan for confirming the key challenges and identifying the actions required to overcome them, key actors involved and realistic timescales for their resolution.
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Delegates can contribute to this workshop session by active participation in the round table. A short survey form will be made available before the workshop which should be handed in at the start of the session.

Workshop:
How to strengthen industry-academia collaboration (with focus on technology transfers) in robotics?

a. Speakers/organisers:
- Rainer Bischoff, KUKA Roboter GmbH
- Herman Bruyninckx, KU Leuven
- Bruno Siciliano, University of Naples
- Reinhard Lafrenz, Technical University of Munich
b. Motivation and objective:
Robot manufacturers often complain about too future oriented research done by academia, but they often do not know what academia has to offer. On the other side, robotics researchers often complain that industry is not using their nice results, but they do not know how to best sell their results. This workshop wants to open the dialogue between academia and industry and focus on the importance of technology transfer.
c. Approach and expected results:
• Measures on how to improve mutual trust
• Opening communication channels
• Finding ways to cooperate
• Ways to make the results of 250 European robotics research labs visible and appealing to the robotics industry (manufacturers, system integrators) and end users
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Think about concrete action points on how to achieve the results and present/discuss these points at the workshop.
Do you know about successful tech transfers? Please send us your success stories. What tech transfers have been the result of funded research projects? Are bilateral collaborations better for successful tech transfers?
e. Further information:
Reference to euRobotics and ECHORD websites
link to EUROP-EURON Tech Transfer Award
Please have a look at the Strategic Research Agenda for robotics in Europe at <http://www.robotics-platform.eu/sra> as an example of industry-academia collaboration.

Workshop:
Feedback on the SRA

a. Speakers/organisers:
- Oliver Schwandner
- Tim Guhl
b. Motivation and objective:
The Strategic Research Agenda for Robotics in Europe published on July 2009. For three years industry and academia had jointly collaborated on the SRA. In this workshop you are asked to state what you like and what you miss.

Workshop:
How to raise public awareness of European robotics

a. Organiser/speaker:
• Anne Wendel, EUnited Robotics
• Bruno Siciliano, University of Naples
b. Motivation and objective:
Although robots and robot technology are quite popular with the general media, European robotics is often underrepresented despite the fact that Europe has much to offer both in terms of industrially relevant developments and academic research.
In this workshop the European robotics community is invited to discuss on how to raise the profile of European robotics.
c. Approach and expected results:
We will present and discuss our main idea, the press center, to the participants and welcome their feedback and comments. Other ideas from the interested participants are highly encouraged. We hope for a productive brainstorming session on how to raise public awareness of European robotics.
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Think about your “success stories”: when, how, why did you manage to bring your robotics products into the general press?
What is it that you (as a member of the public) are interested in learning / knowing about robotics in the press?
Help us improve our press distribution list. Share your press contacts with us. For a common European approach it is necessary to work on a European robotics press distribution list.

Plenary:
PhD Award

a. Organisers:
Georges Giralt PhD Committee,
Herman Bruyninckx, EURON Coordinator and PhD Jury President

b. Motivation and objective:
The Georges Giralt PhD Award is an annual award given by EURON for the best PhD thesis in Europe. The aim is to encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers in their first research period. The prize consists of a diploma and, in addition, the authors of all short-listed theses are offered an opportunity to publish their thesis as a monograph with Springer.
The PhD award is named the Georges Giralt PhD Award in recognition of the significant effort made by Georges Giralt (LAAS) to set up and maintain a European community in robotics.
c. Further information:
http://www.euron.org/activities/phdaward

Plenary:
European Commission Forum

European funding of robotics research: current activities and perspectives. Libor Kral (European Commission - Head of Unit Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics).
Factories of the Future PPP: Multi Annual Roadmap.
Rikardo Bueno (FoF Ad-Hoc Industrial Advisory Group coordinator / Fatronik-Tecnalia)

Plenary:
Technology Transfer Award

a. Speakers/organisers:
- Martin Hägele, Fraunhofer IPA
b. Motivation and objective:
The call for application for the EUROP / EURON Technology Transfer Award was published in December 2009. The aim of this award (now in its seventh year) is to improve the impact of robotics research and to raise the profile of technology transfer between science and industry. Outstanding innovations in robot technology and automation that result from cooperative efforts between research and industry are eligible for the prize. During the EUROP / EURON meeting the winner(s) will be decided.

Get together / dinner and award ceremony


10 March 2010
EUROP Day
11 March 2010
EUROP / EURON Day
12 March 2010
EURON Day
12 March 2010 – EURON Day

"Robotics on the run - together with the EURON/EUROP coordinators!"
       When: 2010/03/12 at 7h00
       Duration: 30 min / 5-6 Km
       Meeting point (See on the map): "Los relojes" at "La concha" beach (Start - Km0@43.317003,-1.986671)
Possible routes:
Option A: to Peine de los vientos - Haizeen orrazia - Km2,2
Option B: to Port - Km1,2
See the map:
EURON/EUROP lasterketa - jogging map

Workshop:
GEMBENCH10: Good Experimental Methodology and Benchmarking in Robotics Research

a. Speakers/organisers:
Fabio Bonsignorio
b. Motivation and objective:
On the one hand, reliable benchmarks are called for in order to allow the comparison of the many research results in robotics research, so that their industrial application is eventually possible. On the other hand, if robotics aims to be regarded as serious science, replication of experiments deserves consciencious attention; it is necessary to be able to verify if and by which measure new procedures and algorithms proposed in research papers constitute a real advancement and can be used in new applications. We have now been working on this issues for some time: what we need to go forward and allow and spread a fully replicable and measurable way of reporting in our discipline?
c. Approach and expected results:
• Relationship between replication of experiments and benchmarking of robotic systems
• Robotics experiment methodology
• The development of replicable/refutable experimental scenarios to show capabilities, evaluate performance, demonstrate generality, and measure robustness
• Performance modelling of the relationship between a task and the environment where it is performed -Measuring and replicating knowledge representation, perception (sensing), and learning -Metrics for sensory motor coordination and visual servoing effectiveness/efficiency -Benchmarking autonomy and robustness to changes in the environment/task -Scalable autonomy measurements
• Shared ontologies to discuss robotic cognitive systems
• Detailing and understanding better the requirements for robot experiments in terms of their generality replicability comparison of performance, the approaches to meeting these requirements, the trade-offs in terms of performance
Results : spread awareness of the issues, gather ideas, some possible action items to foster research and facilitate applications
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Send a short abstract, for a 20 minute interactive talk, book a 3 min flash talk, attend actively. We aim at a possibly chaotic but productive meeting
e. Further information:
Fabio Bonsignorio, Heron Robots srl,16121 Genova, Italy
and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 28911 Leganes (Madrid), Spain,+39–339–8406011

Workshop:
Ethical, Legal and Societal issues: non-technical constraints
a. Speakers/organisers:
- Christophe Leroux, CEA
- Roberto Labruto, Alenia Aeronautica
b. Motivation and objective:
ELS implications and constraints are frequently under-estimated. The widespread introduction of robots will raise more and more non-technical issues that may become barriers to the market. This workshop will elaborate on the considerable non-technical challenges faced by European companies in delivering (service and security) robots to the market.
The aims of this workshop are: to find out how euRobotics could help in overcoming ELS issues (e.g. by lobbying, networking, sharing information), to disseminate about euRobotics initiative on ELS issues regarding robotics, to stimulate a way to get information of the material produced : website, documents, name of actors, etc, clarifying since the beginning that euRobotics is a tool for people dealing with ELS issues in robotics not a competitor to existing initiatives.
c. Approach and expected results:
Keeping in mind the previously described objectives, during the workshop we will organize a round table with different profile of actors and critical issues able to be obstacles to the robotic development in the society, starting from the preliminary elements gathered by the organisers before the workshop itself, focusing in particular the attention on some case studies on professional services (e.g. elderly care or surgery) and security (e.g. aerial surveillance and intervention). However, the discussion will be open to all countries willing to provide experience to all type of applications: assistive robotics, security, surgery, cobotics,etc.
At the end of the discussions, hopefully, there will be an expansion of the information previously gathered together with actions and the relative time scale required to face and / or resolve those issues, the potential problems caused and their impact on market; possible differences among countries will be highlighted. A summary of the viewpoints about ELS will be done.
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Have you ever had direct experience with issues dealing with ELS? 
What are your suggestions to face them in order to avoid those issues that could hinder the development of robotics in the society?
e. Further information:
Contact: Christophe Leroux (CEA-LIST), Roberto Labruto (Alenia)
Workshop:
New EU Projects

a. Speakers/organisers:
Markus Vincze, TU Wien
b. Motivation and objective:
This session gives an overview of the projects starting in 2010 as a result of Call 4.
c. Approach and expected results:
A representative of the projects will give a primer. 19 projects have been approved, so we expect 15-19 primers, each 10 minutes duration.

Workshop:
Industrial news flash: State-of-the-art robotics products and R&D challenges

a. Speakers/organisers:
Speakers:
Rainer Bischoff, KUKA Roboter
Peter Eriksson, ABB
Christof Eberst, CIT
Nicola Tomatis, Bluebotics
Bruno Petit, Aldebaran Robotics
Sergi Plana, m-BOT Solutions
Robotnik Automation

Organisers:
Peter Eriksson, ABB
Rainer Bischoff, KUKA Roboter
b. Motivation and objective:
This workshop will give European robot manufacturers to present their latest state of the art products.

Workshop:
What are the real robotics challenges, from an industrial point of view, to be solved by academia?

a.Speakers/organisers:
- Tim Guhl, KUKA Roboter GmbH
b. Motivation and objective:
For a successful technology transfer two things are essential: a) an academic solution with the potential of solving a real industrial problem and b) a close collaboration to allow industry to turn this approach into (components of) products. For both parts of the problem a common understanding of the challenges and the solutions is essential.

c. Approach and expected results:
In this workshop a list of fundamental problems developed offline and at workshops on Day 1 will be presented. The first goal is to add problems you are aware of (e.g. where your technology does not meet (all) industrial requirements) to this list. The second goal is to identify which of the problems on the list could be solved by current approaches, be it immediately or after further work. The overall goal is to improve dialogue between academia and industry and enhance technology transfer
.
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Please think of examples where your technology did not get used by industry and the reason for this (-> the first goal in the previous paragraph).
Please come up with ways industry could use your technology to their advantage. Do you have specific industrial partners in mind?
If possible, please send your contributions to the organisers (timguhlATkuka-roboterDOTde) in advance
.
e. Further information:
Some industrial requirements can be derived from the Strategic Research Agenda for robotics in Europe at
<http://www.robotics-platform.eu/sra>. This document could also serve as an inspiration on products where your technology could be used.

Workshop:
Robot Application Development Process

a. Speakers/organisers:
Walter Nowak-GPS Gesellschaft für Produktionssysteme GmbH
Uli Reiser-Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
b. Motivation and objective:
For service robotics, formal development processes seem to be less established than in other, similar domains. The development of robot systems and robot applications often appears to be more an art than a systematic engineering discipline. From-scratch developments or substantial differences in hard- and software make technological and scientific comparisons difficult, present major obstacles for software re-use, and seem to delay progress in the field in general. Interest in transferring new, innovative software development concepts to the robotics domain has recently risen significantly, but it is not clear how to combine, integrate, and optimize them for requirements specific to robotics. Examples are component-based and model-driven software development.
c. Approach and expected results:
• Experiences and lessons learned from software and hardware development in past and current service robot projects
• Models of robot development processes and supporting tool chains
• A proposal for a robot application development process supplied by the BRICS project
Expected results :
Try to point out common and repeating issues in recent robotics projects. Identify process steps, methods, or tools that worked well and helped you solve a problem or subtask quickly and with foreseeable effort. Determine major factors for delays or problems during development. Ideally, derive from that a catalogue of measures or single steps which may improve and accelerate the development of robot systems and applications. In the BRICS project, the outcome of the workshop shall be taken up and further elaborated.
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Think in advance about your own development processes. Try to illustrate these processes in a few figures and collect your key experiences in a few sets of bullet points. Put these into a short presentation and send it to the workshop organizers by email. Join the discussions at the EURON/EUROP Annual Meeting and bring in your own viewpoints and ideas.

Workshop:
Orocos: roadmap to 2.0 and links to other software projects 

a.Speakers/organisers:
Peter Soetens, KU Leuven
b. Motivation and objective:
This is the second workshop of the open source robot control software framework Orocos <www.orocos.org>. It falls right in the transition phase of the project towards a significant 2.0 update, while new large players are also trying to shape the world of open source robotics (Willow Garage, OpenRTM, OPRoS,...) The Orocos developers will explain what lies ahead for Orocos, what success stories have been achieved in the last year, but also want to brainstorm about all these topics with existing and potentially new users.
c. Approach and expected results:
The new "component model" for the RealTime Toolkit, including more decoupled and configurable communication and coordination; the new features of the Kinematics and Dynamics Library, including the constraint-based motion and skill specification; the extension of the Bayesian Filtering Library, including Hidden Markov and Factor Graph algorithms; (to be) established links with other software frameworks (ROS, Blender, OpenRTM, Eclipse,...).
Expected results:
An improved understanding of our user base and of the motivations behind the planned updates; an understanding of how Orocos can help coping with a heterogeneous robotics software environment; constructive feedback from users about where Orocos should improve, and how they can contribute to make that happen; better information about in which applications Orocos is being used, or being considered to be used.
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Bring your "use cases" to the workshop, so that we can discuss how it could be designed with the component-based approach of Orocos.
Make a short presentation about where you think you could contribute to improve the project, or about a success/failure story that you have experienced with the Orocos code.

Workshop:
Nao a development platform for humanoid and companion robotics
a. Organiser/speaker:
Rodolphe Gelin, Aldebaran Robotics
b. Motivation and objectives:
More and more Academic institutions are using Nao as a platform to tackle the challenges of humanoid robotics. Aldebaran will ultimately be targetting a larger audience with applications such as companionship or service to people. These markets can only be addressed when Nao can provide innovative functions developed by academic partners. The aim of this workshop is to collect experiences from existing research with Nao and elaborate on steps that are necessary for Companion Robotics to take off.
c. Approach and expected results:
The workshop will consist in presentations of approximately 15 minutes on real life experiences of research with Nao and practical issues involved with this platform. Aldebaran will start the workshop by talking 15 minutes about recent developments and how new features have been added to Nao.
The expected results of the workshop are to make researchers aware of experiences lead by other academics and by the manufacturer of the robotic platform.
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Send a short abstract, for a 15 minute interactive talk with videos and examples. Nao will be attending. If you wish to show things live you can bring your own USB key. We aim at a fun and productive meeting together.
The structure of the presentation could be as follows:
-e Description of the research objectives
- How Nao contributed to this research
- Which tools / approach have been used
- What are the results
- How do you plan to use Nao in the future
- Ideas of improvements for Nao
Workshop:
Blender for Robotics

a. Speakers/organisers:
Herman Bruyninckx, KU Leuven
b. Motivation and objective:
This is the second workshop of the
"Blender for robotics" initiative, which works with the Blender community to make that open source 3D computer animation programme a perfect fit for advanced robot simulation and programming.
c. Approach and expected results:
The 1.5h workshop invites participants to discuss where the initiative should work towards, and reports on major ongoing work. Such as the "OpenRobots Simulator", the constraints-based IK solver,
simulating human motions and doing virtual motion capturing, simulation of dynamics of robots including aerial vehicles, and ways to use Blender as a virtual sensor server (in particular cameras) via "middleware" integration.
Also the new opportunities offered by the
2.5 version will be discussed: easily customized panels (e.g., to make robot-specific GUIs), game engine improvements, etc
New concrete cooperation ideas (including a concrete development roadmap) should come out of the workshop, and existing ones should get a boost from the interaction with the participants.

d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
You can contribute to the workshop by volunteering to take up some development work (e.g., via visits to the labs that are already contributing), and by providing constructively critical remarks to the ongoing activities and suggestions for future work and potential applications.
e. Further information:
<http://wiki.blender.org> 

Workshop:
Education and Training

a. Speakers/organisers:
- Herman Bruyninckx, KU Leuven
b. Motivation and objective:
To inform the community about the ideas and the roadmap of the newly established Education and Training Board: summer/winter school quality stamping, the new European PhD Programme, European accreditation plan, advanced training for industry, etc.
c. Approach and expected results:
The preliminary ETB will present its draft proposal, for an open discussion, and an eventual decision making about (I) the final composition of the ETB, and (ii) a prioritized roadmap for the following year.
d. How can you contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?
Reflect on the documents that the ETB will send around via the EURON mailinglist.

Workshop:
Knowledge representation and Reasoning

a. Organiser:
Jacek Malec, Department of Computer Science, Lund University, Sweden
b. Motivation:
Since early days of robotics one of the goals of research
in this area has been to develop a truly autonomous, intelligent device.  Current robots though do not yet have enough capabilities to make use of common-sense knowledge, or even of generic use of domain- and task-specific knowledge. There exist specialized solutions based on dedicated algorithms and hand-crafted representations (e.g. path planning, SLAM, active vision, just to name a few). However, irrespective of whether that knowledge has been programmed in, or comes from a database, or from other robots in the neighbourhood, the state of the art in the formal representation of that knowledge in an explicit manner (and the reasoning methods around it!) is still immature.

This workshop wants to open a discussion about the approaches adopted in various research projects (e.g. Rosetta, RoboEarth, CoTeSys), in order to identify common concepts, terminology, software tooling, etc., but also differences of ideas and approaches.
TOPICS:
- knowledge representation for robots
- robotic ontologies (of robots, for robots, by robots)
- representation languages and tools
- representation and reasoning about dynamic phenomena
- reasoning paradigms
- common-sense reasoning by robots
- methods specific for industrial robots
- representation and reasoning about automation systems

c. Expected results:
The creation of a sub-community around the topic of knowledge representation; the identification of existing software and standards; the documentation and exchange of "best practices";...
d. Contact the organizer:
Jacek Malec, Department of Computer Science, Lund University, Sweden / jacekDOTmalecATcsDOTlthDOTse

Workshop:
Loop-closing in robot exploration

a. Speakers/organisers:
Speakers:

Basilio Sierra (EHU-UPV): "The loop-closing problem".
Luca Carlone (Politecnico di Torino): "An Application of Kullback-Leibler Divergence to Active SLAM and Exploration with Particle Filters".
Itziar Irigoien (EHU-UPV): "Typicity approach to the Loop-closing problem".
Ekaitz Jauregi (EHU-UPV): "Loop-closing using the INCA test".
Organisers:
I. Irigoien, E. Jauregi, E. Lazkano, Y. Yuramendi, B. Sierra (University of the Basque Country/EHU-UPV)
b. Motivation:
Loop-closing has long been recognized as a critical issue when building maps from local observations. Topological mapping methods abstract the problem of how loops are closed from the problem of determining the metrical layout of places in the map and dealing with noisy sensors. Different partial solutions found are to be presented in the workshop. Possible new solutions could appear after it. - Topics: The aim of the workshop is to comment the different approaches used to detect the loop-closing in an autonomous robot navigation/exploration phase -
c. Expected results:
Common papers combining different techniques - How can you contribute: It is a difficult problem, everyone who can present an idea about posible solutions will be wellcome -
d. Contact the organizer:
b.sierraATehudDOTes (Basilio Sierra) University of the Basque Country

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