Full-day Workshop on

On Real World Challenges for Humanoids

In conjunction with the
12th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 9:30 - 17:00



Considerable progress has been made in humanoid research resulting in a number of advanced mechatronic systems able to move and perform well-designed tasks. Ambitious goals have been set for future humanoid robotics. They are expected to serve as companions and assistants for humans in daily life and as ultimate helpers in man-made and natural disasters. In 2050, a team of humanoid robots soccer players shall win against the winner of most recent World Cup. DARPA announced recently the next Grand Challenge in robotics: building robots which do things like humans in a world made for humans.

The goal of this workshop is bring together researchers to present their views on science and enabling technologies for the development of the next generation of high-performance humanoid robots.

Topics of interest:
  • High performance humanoids
  • Lessons learnt from humanoid research
  • Killer applications of humanoids
  • Real world challenges for humanoids





Masayuki Inaba and Tamim Asfour


Kazuhito Yokoi, AIST, Japan
What we have been doing with humanoid robots?


Sven Behnke, University of Bonn, Germany
From Humanoid Soccer to Domestic Service Tasks


Mike Stilman, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Planning with Movable Obstacles in the Real World


Giorgio Metta, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Force and tactile control for human-robot interaction


Mrinal Kalakrishnan, University of Southern California, USA
Real-world Autonomous Robotic Manipulation: Challenges faced and lessons learnt.


Lunch Break


Kei Okada, The University of Tokyo, Japan
From Mobile Manipulation to Humanoid Robot


Abderrahmane Kheddar, CNRS-AIST JRL (Japan) and CNRS-UM2 LIRMM-IDH (France)
Contact Humanoids


Nikos Tsagarakis, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Design Challenges and Perspectives of Compliant Humanoids: Introduction to the COMAN platform


Angel P. del Pobil, Jaume I University, Spain
The Challenge of Autonomous, Versatile and Dependable Physical Interaction


Coffee Break


Impulse talks (each 5-7 minutes) and discussion
Moderation: Tamim Asfour and Masayuki Inaba

  • Hirochika Inoue, Univeristy of Tokyo, Japan
  • Gill Pratt, DARPA, USA
  • RĂ¼diger Dillmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Minoru Asada, Osaka University, Japan
  • Jean-Paul Laumond, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France
  • Giulio Sandini, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
  • Jun Morimoto, ATR Computational Neuroscience Labs, Kyoto, Japan
  • Koichi Nishwaki, AIST, Toyko, Japan





Business Innovation Center Osaka, Room TA(5F), see Humanoids 2012 webpage




Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Masayuki Inaba, University of Tokyo, Japan
Ales Ude, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
RĂ¼diger Dillmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany