Time & Location




   IEEE ICRA 2011 Workshop on:

Uncertainty in Automation

Full day workshop, Shanghai, China, May 9, 2011      


  Organizers: Ken Goldberg and Dezhen Song

  Introduction and call for proposal:

    This full day workshop to bring top researchers from China and the rest of world together to study the uncertainty issues in automation. Due to its booming manufacturing and other industry sectors, China can be viewed as the largest test bed for researchers in automation science and engineering. Automation has potential to improve quality (consistency), efficiency, safety, and cost for manufacturing, and has many other applications, such as healthcare and security. However, a major issue for automation systems is how to effectively cope with uncertainty and dynamics arising in the physical and human environment. This workshop will provide a gathering ground for researchers with common interests in the uncertainty issues to share and develop recent progresses such as new models and methods for effectively modeling and resolving uncertainty in automation.

    We would like to invite more researchers in this area to give a talk and/or participate this exciting workshop. The full call for proposal can be downloaded here. The workshop can be registered through ICRA conference registration website. If you are interested in presenting you recent work please send the following items to us (email: on or before March 1st,

1. Full contact info including affiliation
2. Proposed title (if there is any change)
3. A short (150 words) abstract addressing how the talk relates to workshop theme
4. A URL to the home page describing related research or a related research paper
(does not matter whether it is published elsewhere.)


  List of Topics:

  • Physical Uncertainty
    • Uncertainty in sensing and actuation: new sensors, sensing models, and calibration
    • Error models
    • New designs and algorithms to facilitate modulization and reconfigurability
    • Planning and scheduling with consideration of uncertainty
    • Response to change in environments and systems: flexible automation

  • Human-related uncertainty
    • Models of human-in-the-loop automation
    • Automation and occupation safety, human stress and mental health
    • Surveillance systems: detection of abnormality
    • Automation for drug delivery, health care and senior citizen care

  • Models, metrics, standardization, test bed developments, benchmarking methods, and experimental validations.

      Time: May 9, 2011        Session: WS-M-4   Location: Room 5F

      Program & Confirmed Speakers:

    • [08:30-08:40] Openning Remarks
    • [08:40-09:00] Prof. Timothy Bretl, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Ensemble Control as a Tool for Robot Motion Planning: Uncertainty, Optimality, and Complexity"

    • [09:00-09:20] Mr. Alberto Rodriguez and Professor Matt Mason, Carnegie Mellon University,"From caging to grasping"

    • [09:20-09:40] Professor Qianchuan Zhao, Tsinghua University, China, "Planning Production Line Capacity to Handle Uncertain Demands for a Class of Manufacturing Systems with Multiple Products"

    • [09:40-10:00] Professor Yangmin Li, University of Macau, Macau, China, "Model Uncertainty issues in Micro/Nano Manipulation by Parallel Manipulators"

    • [10:00-10:20] Discussion Session & Coffee Break
    • [10:20-10:40] Professor Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, "Aerial Robotics and Construction"

    • [10:40-11:00] Professor Mohan Sridharan, Texas Tech University, "Addressing Uncertainty for Autonomous Visual Perception on Mobile Robots"

    • [11:00-11:20] Professor Dezhen Song, Texas A&M University, "A PODS-based  Extended Kalman Filter: Quantifying Sensing Uncertainties in Automatic Bird Species Detection"

    • [11:20-11:40] Ms. Li (Emma) Zhang and Professor Jeff Trinkle, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "The Application of Particle Filtering to Grasping Acquisition with Visual Occlusion and Tactile Sensing"

    • [11:40-13:20] Discussion Session & Lunch Break
    • [13:20-13:40] Professor Dawn Tilbury, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, "Anomaly detection in event-based systems"

    • [13:40-14:00] Dr. Raj Madhavan and Elena Messina, NIST, "Addressing Uncertainty in Performance Measurement of Intelligent Systems"

    • [14:00-14:20] Dr. Heiko Hahn, University of Innsbruck, Austria, "Grasp Densities for Grasp Refinement in Industrial Bin Picking"

    • [14:20-14:40] Dr. Tamás Haidegger, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BMEIIT), Hungary, "Uncertainty: the barrier to automate medicine"

    • [14:40-15:00] Discussion Session & Coffee Break
    • [15:00-15:20] Professor Frank van der Stappen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, "Uncertainty in grasping and feeding"

    • [15:20-15:40] Professor Peter Luh, University of Connecticut, "Smart Building Smart Grid"

    • [15:40-16:00] Professor Michael Y Wang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, "Uncertainty and Closure Property in Workpiece Localization and Fixture Design"

    • [16:00-16:20] Professor Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley, "Robot Grasp Planning using Parallel Sampling to Estimate Uncertainty in Pose, Shape, and Mechanics"

    • [16:20-16:50] Discussion Session and Future Directions


      Registration: (from ICRA registration website)


    Ken Goldberg, Professor, IEOR and EECS
    College of Engineering and School of Information,
    Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1758, United States
    +1(510) 643-9565,

    Dezhen Song, Associate Professor,
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, United States