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Fabrizio Flacco
Sapienza Universita di Roma, Italy
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Sertac Karaman
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
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Lydia Tapia
University of New Mexico, USA
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Recent Activities of the Technical Committee

The technical committee will organize a special session during 2013 associated with the "Motion and Path Planning" RAS keyword:

If you want your paper to be considered for this session and have used the above keyword in your submission, forward an email to one of the TC co-chairs (list of co-chairs available at: The technical committee will not be involved in the reviewing process but will organize the session based on the list of accepted submissions with this keyword.

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Online discussion regarding RAS keywords related to control and planning algorithms

The technical committees have been asked by the RAS Technical Activities Board to review the list of keywords that are used for RAS conferences (ICRA, IROS, etc.) This is an important task that influences how reviewers and editors are assigned to papers, and this opportunity does not arise very often.

IROS 2012 Workshop on "Robot Motion Planning: Online, Reactive, and in Real-time"

The workshop covered research related to the following topics: Online trajectory generation and replanning, Kinematic and dynamic constraints, Physical Cooperation, Real-time Adaptive Motion Planning, Task-level Motion Planning, Collision Avoidance in Dynamic Environments. Organizers: Torsten Kroeger, Corrado Guarino Lo Bianco.

IJRR Special Issue on Motion Planning for Physical Robots

The International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) invited papers for a special issue on Motion Planning for Physical Robots. This Special Issue was organized by Prof. Jean-Paul Laumond and Prof. Dinesh Manocha.

IROS 2011 Tutorial: Motion Planning for Real Robots

This full-day tutorial taught both novice and experienced participants how to setup, configure and use motion planning on a real robot. The organizers were Sachin Chitta, E. Gil Jones, Ioan Sucan, Mark Moll and Lydia E. Kavraki.

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IROS 2011 Symposium: Robot Motion Planning: Achievements and Emerging Approaches

This symposium explored and discussed key achievements in the area of motion planning as well as emerging approaches for planning robot motions in new real-world contexts. The symposium featured a keynote talk by motion planning pioneer Prof. Tomas Lozano-Perez from MIT followed by a series of papers on new motion planning approaches. Organizers: Ron Alterovitz and Maxim Likhachev.

IROS 2011 Symposium: Foundations and Future Prospects of Sampling-Based Motion Planning

This symposium aimed to highlight some of the recent developments regarding the foundations of sampling-based motion planners, as well as their use in increasingly more realistic instances of motion planning challenges and applications. It specifically focused on contributions by young researchers active in the field. Organizers: Steve LaValle and Kostas Bekris.

IROS 2011 Workshop: Progress and Open Problems in Motion Planning

The goal of this full-day workshop was to highlight current progress and identify challenging open problems in robot motion planning, in order to provoke further theoretical advancement and accelerate the translation of this research into practice. Organizers: Tim Bretl, Dan Halperin and Kostas Bekris.

RSS 2010 Workshop on "Motion Planning: From Theory to Practice"

This workshop brought together motion planning researchers to discuss: What new or recent developments in algorithms and formal theories will enable exciting robotics applications in 2020 What compelling, topical applications call upon the motion planning community to make new theoretical breakthroughs Organizers: Ron Alterovitz, Kostas Bekris, Juan Cortes, Kris Hauser.

Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot Motion

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As modern robots address real-world problems in dynamic, unstructured, and open environments, novel challenges arise in the areas of robot control algorithms and motion planning. These challenges stem from an increased need for autonomy and flexibility in robot motion and task execution. Adequate algorithms for control and motion planning will have to capture high-level motion strategies that adapt to sensor feedback. The technical committee for Algorithms for planning and Control of Robot Motion promotes algorithms research, both basic and application-driven, towards these objectives.

Priority areas for the technical committee include:

  • consideration of sensing modalities and uncertainty in planning and control algorithms;
  • development of representations and motion strategies capable of incorporating feedback signals;
  • motion subject to constraints, arising from kinematics, dynamics, and nonholonomic systems;
  • addressing the characteristics of dynamic environments;
  • developing control and planning algorithms for hybrid systems;
  • understanding the complexity of algorithmic problems in control and motion planning;
  • encouraging the application of planning algorithms in novel application area.