Full day Workshop

Cognitive Humanoid Robotics Research

In conjunction with the
2014 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots

Tuesday, November, 18, 2014, 8:50 - 17:30



The aim of the workshop is to bring together leading researchers from collaborative European projects funded under the Robotics Programme, to present achievements and highlights of their work in the area of humanoid robotics. The workshop will focus on cognitive capabilities applied to the key research challenges faced in this domain, notably knowledge representation, learning, grasping and dexterous manipulation, human-robot interaction, whole-body control and locomotion. The workshop will show the importance of the scientific and technical progress made for the future use of humanoid robots and humanoid technologies in a real-world context.

The European Union programme on Cognitive Systems & Robotics (now Robotics) has invested in the topics of artificial cognition for robotics since its inception in 2004. Amongst the hundred or so ongoing projects, roughly one third of them address humanoid–related issues. A key point of discussion in this workshop will be the future prospective for cognitive systems research in forthcoming EU programmes, research and innovation roadmaps.

Topics of interest:
  • Representation and Cognitive Architectures
  • Learning
  • Grasping and dexterous manipulation
  • Adaptive locomotion
  • Human-Robot-Interaction
  • Open Software and hardware platforms



8:50 Welcome and Introduction
Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Giorgio Metta Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
9:00 Joint research on human and humanoid cognition:
nature of nurture?

Giulio Sandini - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
» read abstract
9:45 Cognition for robotics in H2020
Cécile Huet - European Commission, Robotics, DG Connect, EC
10:00 Xperience - Robots Bootstrapped through Learning from Experience
Rüdiger Dillmann - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
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10:15 Building biologically and psychologically grounded anthropomorphic machines: The Distributed Adaptive Control theory of mind, brain and behaviour
Paul Verschure - Universitat Pompeu Fabra and ICREA, Spain
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10:30 Fundamental Cognitive Mechanisms for Humanoid Robots: The POETICON Contribution
Katerina Pastra - Cognitive Systems Research Institute, Greece
» read abstract
10:45 Break
11:15 AMARSi - Adaptive Modular Architectures for Rich Motor Skills
Jochen Steil - Bielefeld University, Germany
» read abstract
11:30 The role of audio-visual fusion in human-robot interaction
Radu Horaud - INRIA, France
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11:45 Neural Dynamics: how a theoretical language of embodied cognition and dynamical systems thinking enable cognitive robotic behaviours.
Yulia Sandamirskaya, Gregor Schoner - Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
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12:00 Tactile sensing in manipulation: from humans to machine learning
Patrick van der Smagt - TU Munich, Germany
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12:15 Whole-body compliant dynamical contacts in cognitive humanoids.
Francesco Nori - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
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12:30 Lunch
14:00 THE Hand Embodied - Science and Technology going hand in hand
Antonio Bicchi - University of Pisa, Italy
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14:15 Control Issues in Human-Robot Collaboration: Results from the SAPHARI project
Marilena Vendittelli, Alessandro De Luca - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
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14:30 Results from the CYBERLEGs system and perspectives for wearable robotics
Nicola Vitiello - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
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14:45 PacMan: Grasping in Unstructured Enviroments
Jeremy Wyatt - University of Birmingham, UK
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15:00 The power of social humanoids: lessons from child-robot interaction
Tony Belpaeme - Plymouth University, UK
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15:15 Break
15:45 COMAN Experience to WALK-MAN Humanoid: Development of Compliant Humanoids with Enhanced Physical Interaction and Efficient Performance.
Nikos Tsagarakis - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
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16:00 KoroiBot - Developing Methods to improve humanoid walking capabilities
Katja Mombaur - University of Heidelberg, Germany
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16:15 Integrative Approach for the Emergence of Human-like Robot Locomotion (H2R project)
Diego Torricelli, José L. Pons - CSIC, Spain
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16:30 COMANOID: Multi-contact Collaborative Humanoids in Difficult Access Airliner Assembly Line Operation
Abdelrahman Kheddar - CNRS (France/Japan)
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16:45 Panel Discussion
17:30 End


  • Giulio Sandini, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
  • Rüdiger Dillmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • Abdelrahman Kheddar, CNRS (France/Japan)
  • Antonio Bicchi, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Paul Verschure, Univeritat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Radu Horaud, INRIA, France
  • Katerina Pastra, Cognitive Systems Research Institute, Greece
  • Marilena Vendittelli, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Jeremy Wyatt, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Jochen Steil, Bielefeld University, Germany
  • Tony Belpaeme, Plymouth University, UK
  • Patrick van der Smagt, Technical University Munich (TUM), Germany
  • Nicola Vitiello, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
  • Nikos Tsagarakis, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
  • Katja Mombaur, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Diego Toricelli, CSIC, Spain
  • Francesco Nori, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy



Melia Castilla Madrid, Patio 2 see Humanoids 2014 webpage.





Tamim Asfour
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics