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Contact

Co-chairs of the Technical Committee on Robot Learning:

Ross Knepper
Ross Knepper
Cornell University, USA
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wataru takano
Wataru Takano 
University of Tokyo, Japan
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JKober
Jens Kober 
TU Delft 
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Founding Date:

May 22, 2008

Member Count:

248

Activities

Recent Activities of the Technical Committee:

The technical committee regularly organizes special sessions associated with the "Robot learning" RAS keyword. If you want your paper to be considered for such a session and have used the above keyword in your submission, please forward an email to the TC co-chairs (contact info at: http://www.ieee-ras.org/robot-learning/contact). 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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TC-organized and sponsored Workshops

This is a summary of the workshops which were organized or sponsored by the IEEE TC on Robot Learning:

Detailed list of TC activities

  • Motor Skill Learning for Cognitive Robotics
    Tutorial July 22, 2008 - Patras, Greece

    Tutorial on Robot Learning to the International Workshop on Evolutionary and Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Robot Systems and The 6th International Cognitive Robotics Workshop.

 

 

Robot Learning

 

The robot hardware is progressively becoming more complex, which leads to growing interest in applying machine learning and statistics approaches within the robotics community. At the same time, there has been a growth within the machine learning community in using robots as motivating applications for new algorithms and formalisms. Considerable evidence of this exists in the use of robot learning approaches in high-profile competitions such as RoboCup and the DARPA Challenges, and the growing number of research programs funded by governments around the world. Additionally, the volume of research is increasing, as shown by the number of robot learning papers accepted to IROS and ICRA, and the corresponding number of learning sessions.

iCub robot archer - additional photo - IMG 5144  Pancake flipping robot - IMG 4086  

The primary goal of the Technical Committee on Robot Learning is to act as a focus point for wide distribution of technically rigorous results in the shared areas of interest around robot learning. Without being exclusive, such areas of research interest include:

  • learning models of robots, tasks or environments
  • learning deep hierarchies or levels of representations, from sensor and motor representations to task abstractions
  • learning of plans and control policies by imitation and reinforcement learning
  • integrating learning with control architectures
  • methods for probabilistic inference from multi-modal sensory information (e.g., proprioceptive, tactile, vison)
  • structured spatio-temporal representations designed for robot learning such as low-dimensional embedding of movements
  • developmental robotics and evolutionary-based learning approaches

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News

  • [September 2016] Sponsored workshop at Humanoids 2016. More info in Activities.
  • [April 2016] Sponsored workshop at IROS 2016. More info in Activities.
  • [March 2016] New chairs of the TC. After three very successful years for this TC on Robot Learning, Petar Kormushev, Edwin Olson, and Ashutosh Saxena are stepping down as chairs of the committee. They will be replaced by Jens Kober and Ross Knepper who have kindly agreed to take the reign of the committee. Please see the changes in the mailing list addresses here.
  • [April 2014] New workshops are being organized: one at ICRA 2014 and two at RSS 2014. More info in Activities.
  • [November 2013] Call-for-Papers: Special issue on Humanoid Robotics. Details here: http://kormushev.com/news/special-issue-on-humanoid-robotics/
  • [May 21, 2013] New Job opening - Post-doc in Robot Learning on topic: "Machine Learning for Robotics". Details here: http://kormushev.com/news/postdoc-opening-in-machine-learning-for-robotics-2013/
  • [August 10, 2012] New IROS 2012 Workshop: "Beyond Robot Grasping - Modern Approaches for Dynamic Manipulation". The workshop will be held on October 12, 2012 in Algarve, Portugal. More information at the website of the workshop: http://www.ias.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/Research/IROS2012
  • [March 28, 2012] New AIMSA 2012 Workshop organized by the TC on "Advances in Robot Learning and Human-Robot Interaction". The workshop will be held on September 12, 2012 in Varna, Bulgaria. More information at the website of the workshop: http://kormushev.com/AIMSA-2012/
  • [March 13, 2012] New chairs of the TC. After three very successful years for this TC on Robot Learning, the founding chairs Jan Peters, Jun Morimoto, Russ Tedrake and Nicholas Roy are stepping down as chairs of the committee. They will be replaced by Petar Kormushev, Edwin Olson, Ashutosh Saxena, and Wataru Takano who have kindly agreed to take the reign of the committee. Please see the changes in the mailing list addresses here.