IEEE/RSJ International Workshop 

RoboTac: New Progress in Tactile Perception and Learning in Robotics

Welcome to our website on the full day workshop "RoboTac" on October 1 , 2018 as part of the IROS 2018 conference. This workshop will take place in Madrid/Spain.


Important Dates:

Paper Submission Deadline: August 15th, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: September 1st, 2018

Camera-Ready Deadline: September 15th, 2018

Call for contributions

Paper submission guidelines

We welcome submissions regarding any robotics application where tactile sensing modalities are used. As we aim to encourage meaningful discussion in the tactile perception and learning domain, work that is unpublished, recently published or under review can be accepted for presentation depending on the novelty, significance and contributions of the work to the workshop theme.

We solicit contributions in the form of extended abstracts (min 2 pages, max 4 pages) in IEEE paper format (author information available here), to be presented at the workshop as posters. Outstanding contributions will be selected for oral presentations.

Accepted papers and eventual supplementary material will be made available on the workshop website. However, this does not constitute an archival publication and no formal workshop proceedings will be made available, meaning contributors are free to publish their work in archival journals or conference.

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 Award: The outstanding posters and demos will receive awards.

Invited Speakers

Human Sense of touch
Roland Prof. Roland Johansson , Umeå University, Sweden:
Title: Tactile macrogeometric sensing supporting dexterous object manipulation
Allison Prof. Allison Okamura , Stanford University, USA:
Title: What can we learn from human touch in virtual and teleoperated environments?
Tactile Sensing in Robotics
Ravinder Prof. Ravinder Dahiya , University of Glasgow, UK:
Title: Self-Powered Tactile Skin
Akihiko Prof. Akihiko Yamaguchi , Tohoku University, Japan: Title: Visuotactile sensor FingerVision for deformable and fragile object manipulation
Tactile Perception in Robotics
Robert Dr. Robert Haschke , Bielefeld University, Germany
Alberto Prof. Alberto Rodriguez , MIT, USA,
Huaping Prof. Huaping Liu , Tsinghua University, Beijing, China:
Title: Bridge the gap between tactile and visual modalities
Oliver Prof. Oliver Kroemer , Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), USA
Title: Learning to Monitor and Adapt Manipulation Skills based on Tactile Events
Tactile Learning and Control
Mohsen Dr. Mohsen Kaboli , Technical University of Munich, Germany:
Title: New Methods for Active Tactile Object Perception and Learning with Artificial Robotic Skin
Kaspar Prof. Kaspar Althoefer , Queen Mary University of London, UK
Lorenzo Dr. Lorenzo Natale , Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy:
Title: Tactile perception and control on the iCub robot
Yasemin Dr. Yasemin Bekiroglu , Vicarious AI, CA, USA

Workshop Objectives

The sense of touch plays an important role in our daily lives from perceiving the environment, grasping and manipulating objects to identifying, learning about and interacting with them. Compensating for the lack of touch with other human senses is difficult. For robotic systems that interact with dynamic environments and objects therein, it is crucial to recognize objects via their physical properties (such as surface texture, stiffness, center of mass, and thermal conductivity) and to be able to safely manipulate them. However, these are difficult to achieve even with advanced vision techniques, which are often marred by occlusion, poor lighting situations, and a lack of precision. As an alternative, tactile sensing can simultaneously provide rich and direct feedback to the robotic systems. Moreover, the robots with the sense of touch need to learn continuously and efficiently from tactile experience and update their models of the objects and environment (Tactile Transfer knowledge). This tactile learning strategy keeps a robot stable and adaptable to respond to new stimuli receiving from the surrounding.


Topics of Interest

Human Sense of Touch  

  • Touch physiology from skin to brain
  • Haptic Perception o Action and Perception Loop
  • Perception for Learning

Tactile Sensing in Robotics 

  • Flexible and Stretchable Tactile Sensors
  • Multimodal Tactile Sensors
  • Pre-touch Sensing 
  • Sensor Coverage

Tactile Perception in Robotics 

  • Contact Level Information
  • Object Level Information 
  • Action Level Information o Tactile Information Processing
  • Tactile Feature Extraction / Feature Learning

Tactile Learning and Control 

  •  Tactile exploration
  •  Tactile-based object modeling and recognition
  •  Tactile based grasping and in hand manipulation
  •  Tactile Transfer Learning o Tactile Human-Robot Interaction

Intended audience

In our proposed workshop we will discuss the most recent approaches in the area of tactile perception and learning in robotic systems. This is a topic that is not widely represented in the general IROS2018 conference. The goal of this workshop is to disseminate results and benefits of novel approaches to a wider audience who is looking for emerging new technologies. We intend to invite well-known experts in the area to attract a larger set of IROS2018 attendees and to be a platform for more junior researchers. This workshop is intended for roboticists working in the areas of tactile sensation, perception, manipulation, and learning in the field of robotics. It is especially aimed at roboticists interested in improving the reliability and autonomy of robotic systems. We hope to bring together outstanding senior and young researchers as well as graduate students to discuss current trends, problems, and opportunities in tactile perception and learning in robotics.

Workshop Organizers

Mohsen Dr. Mohsen Kaboli, Technische Universität München, Germany
Jeannette Prof. Jeannette Bohg , Stanford University, USA
Qiang Dr. Qiang Li , Bielefeld University, Germany
Filipe Filipe Veiga , Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Harry Harry Zhe Su , University of Southern California, USA
Gordon Prof. Gordon Cheng, Technische Universität München, Germany

Workshop Schedule

Time Talk
09:00-09:15 Welcome by Prof. Gordon Cheng
Human Sense of touch
09:15-09:35 Prof. Roland Johansson
09:35-09:55 Prof. Allison Okamura
Tactile Sensing in Robotics
09:55-10:15 Prof. Ravinder Dahiya
10:15-10:35 Prof. Akihiko Yamaguchi
10:35-10:45 Student Talk 1
10:45-11:00 Poster teasers
11:00-11:30 Coffee break and poster session
Tactile Perception in Robotics
11:30-11:50 Dr. Robert Haschke
11:50-12:10 Prof. Alberto Rodriguez
12:10-12:30 Prof. Huaping Liu
12:30-12:50 Prof. Oliver Kroemer
12:50-13:00 Student talk 2
13:00-13:15 Poster teasers
13:15-14:15 Lunch break
Tactile Learning and Control
14:15-14:35 Prof. Kaspar Althoefer
14:35-14:55 Dr. Lorenzo Natale
14:55-15:15 Dr. Yasemin Bekiroglu
15:15-15:35 Dr. Mohsen Kaboli
15:35-15:45 Student Talk 3
15:45-16:00 Poster teasers
16:00-16:30 Coffee break and Poster discussion
16:30-16:45 Best Paper/Poster and Demonstration prizes
16:45-17:45 Panel discussion
17:45 Final remarks