Approved Special Sessions proposals

List of approved special sessions

SS01: Robotic Teleoperation and Environmental Sensing
  • Code: q2x55
  • Organizer: Hanwool WOO, Yusuke TAMURA, Hitoshi KONO, Yonghoon JI, Hiromitsu FUJII
  • Abstract:
    Robotic teleoperation system is necessary for exploration of disaster sites and unmanned construction. To effectively achieve teleoperation tasks, human operators of robots need information of surrounding environment and robot itself. In this session, studies on robotic teleoperation are introduced from the aspect of remote control system and sensing technologies to supply the information of sites to operators.
  • Brief:
    Recently, demand for robotic teleoperation system is rising rapidly due to large number of calls for disaster responses such as decommissioning of nuclear power plants and unmanned construction for recovery after natural disaster. To achieve these missions, wide variety of specialities are required. Potential authors of this special session are chosen from several kinds of fields on robotic teleoperation such as nuclear professional, human interface and environmental sensing. Furthermore, the topics for the disaster response are gathering social attention. We believe the topics of this session will interest not only researchers of robotics but also ones of other fields.
  • Topics:
    • Robotic teleoperation
    • Environmental sensing
    • Decommissioning
    • Surveying in disaster site
    • Unmanned construction

SS02: Applied Field Robotics Through Machine Learning
  • Code: tew5c
  • Organizer: Atsushi YAMASHITA, Yuichi KOBAYASHI, Renato MIYAGUSUKU, Jun Younes LOUHI KASAHARA
  • Abstract:
    Robots today are gaining in popularity and complexity. At the same time, their tasks and environments are also increasing in complexity. Recent advances in machine learning have allowed to bridge that gap and enabled robotics to present itself as practical solutions to several real-world problems. The proposed special session aims to promote research focused on, but not limited to, robotics with applications to the environment, construction, forestry, agriculture, mining, subsea, infrastructure, search and rescue, … with emphasis on machine learning applications. Experimental robotics and works possessing both theoretical and practical significance will be promoted.
  • Brief:
    Robots are increasingly gaining in complexity, with an ever-increasing number of forms and functions. In parallel, the tasks, problems and environments tackled by robots are also increasing in complexity. Robotics with focus in field applications must therefore bridge across several fields such as sensing, machine learning through system integration in order to allow deployment of robots in the field. Potential authors of this special session are chosen across various applications of field robotics such as agricultural robotics, nuclear decommissioning robotics and infrastructure inspection robotics. They illustrate the popularity of robotics for field applications. We believe the topics of this session will interest researches across a large spectrum of fields.
  • Topics:
    • Robot sensing
    • Machine learning
    • Data-driven methods
    • Robots in construction
    • Robots in forestry
    • Robots in agriculture
    • Underwater robots
    • Robots in search and rescue

SS03: System Integration for Human Centric Design
  • Code: 486tt
  • Organizer: Qi AN, Yumeko IMAMURA, Yoshio TSUCHIYA, Shunsuke HAMASAKI
  • Abstract:
    In situations where COVID-19 is widespread, human-to-human contact is avoided, and more than ever, human-to machine system interaction and cooperative work is becoming more important. However, the design of human-centric systems is difficult, and this kind of system has not yet been achieved in many fields. In order to achieve human-robot systems work together, it is necessary to combine various knowledge in different field, such as robotics, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, sensor processing, psychology, and sociology. In this special session, the latest research about system integration for human centric design will be introduced and we will discuss how humans and machine systems will cooperate with each other in the future society.
  • Brief:
    As a result of the recent virus outbreaks, contact between humans has been avoided in many environments, and human-robot interaction is expected to accelerate. In order to create a system that can coexist properly with humans, it is necessary to integrate knowledge from various fields. Since this symposium is especially related to systems integration, and researchers in various fields gather, this symposium is a good opportunity to share the latest research about human robot interaction and discuss how robotics system will relate to new society in the future.
  • Topics:
    • Human Robot/System Interaction
    • Welfare System
    • Service Robot
    • Assistive Technology
    • Medical System

SS04: Novel Sensing and Perception for Robotic System Integration
  • Code: 9g65c
  • Organizer: Van Anh HO, Trung-Dung NGO, Hung LA, Quang-Cuong PHAM
  • Abstract:
    Nowadays, robots are becoming increasingly smart and adaptive to unconstructed surrounding environment, thanks to recent advances in sensing techniques and perceptual algorithms. For accomplishment of complicated tasks such as environmental exploration, it requires a harmonic cooperation between the actuating system and the sensory feedback system. Thus, the integration of sensing and perception into motor system should be clarified. This special session aims to promote design of sensors and related perception for integration in robotics, especially for emerging systems such as soft robotics, field robots, multi-robot systems, human-robot interaction and collaboration, and so on.
  • Brief:
    Novel approaches of integrating sensing into motor system to increase sensorimotor capacity have been highly concerned in robotic systems, especially for the systems that operate in unconstructed environment while interacting to each other or with humans. Current robots are equipped with fusion of sensors, and associated perception so that they can actively deal with the high complexity of the real world. Specially, for novel, emerging systems such as soft robots, multi-robot systems, field robots, the integration of sensing and perception is indispensable, since such robots possess high dynamic states that cannot be detected and processed by single sensor. Therefore, this special session welcomes submissions with insightful solutions for the following topics.
  • Topics:
    • Novel sensing systems
    • Perception for robotic system
    • Sensorimotor system integration
    • Data processing methods
    • Learning approaches for novel sensing and perception
    • New research trends and applications of sensing and perception in robotics

SS05: System Integration for Underwater Investigation
  • Code: 2v4fh
  • Organizer: Shinichi SAGARA, Fumiaki TAKEMURA, Norimitsu SAKAGAMI
  • Abstract:
    Oceans covers about 70% of Earth surface and have abundant resources, so various ocean developments are underway. In addition, changes in the ocean environment in recent years may have a significant impact on the ecosystem, and many investigations on the environment and ecology of marine organisms are being conducted by human divers. Since the ocean is an extreme environment for humans, it is necessary that research and development of underwater robots for capable of measuring ocean environment and various operations, construction of environmental measurement methods, and so on. In this SS, we would like to discuss system integration with respect to ocean environment, such as underwater robot, ocean measurement and communication.
  • Brief:
    In spite of the desirability of ocean development, there are very few underwater robots in practical use other than underwater vehicles such as UAV. Regarding ocean environment measurement and analysis, it is important to acquire physical data such as temperature, salinity, radiation, seabed images, soil samples and so on. However, most of the investigation and measurement are done by human divers. Therefore, topics related to system integration such as underwater robots that realize environmental measurements and various tasks are important. It is also meaningful to discuss not only the topics of underwater robots used in the ocean but also those of underwater robots used in lakes, rivers, and dam.
  • Topics:
    • Underwater robot
    • Ocean measurement
    • Underwater communication
    • Ocean vehicle
    • UVMS

SS06: Human-Robotic Systems Collaboration
  • Code: brnn7
  • Organizer: Gabor SZIEBIG, Jinhua SHE, Sho YOKOTA, Mihoko NIITSUMA, Bjørn SOLVANG
  • Abstract:
    The session will focus on cutting edge technology for human-robotic systems collaboration, where stress-free sensing and assisting, flexibility and safety for harmonizing human-machine communication are core topics. The theme of humanrobotic systems collaboration includes robotic system use in research for assistance of productive activity and the development of robotic systems that interact collaboratively with human users. In this session, new results and recent research activities will be introduced. In addition, it will be an opportunity to discuss the topics of state-of-the-art humanrobotic systems collaboration and explore further new potential directions of the research on human-robotic systems collaboration. This special session will be organized by IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Technical Committee on Human factors and Technical Committee on Control, Robotics, and Mechatronics.
  • Topics:
    • System integration in the field of human-robotic systems collaboration
    • Advanced sensing in the field of human-robotic systems collaboration
    • Advanced human interface in the field of human-robotic systems collaboration
    • Applications and case studies in the field of human-robotic systems collaboration
    • Human factors in the field of human-robotic systems collaboration
    • Approaches to standardizing display and control of technologies
    • Biological control
    • Human-agent teaming
    • Perceptual and cognitive abilities of robots
    • Prediction of mechatronic behavior
    • Real-world implications for human-robot interaction

SS07: Real Space Service System
  • Code: 1722u
  • Organizer: Kazuyoshi WADA, Kenichi OHARA, Mihoko NIITSUMA, Sousuke NAKAMURA
  • Abstract:
    Recently, the integration of information technology, network technology, and robot technology has discussed from various point of view. This special session discusses on real space service system that served various services using above technologies in the environments such as homes, offices, stores, nursing homes, hospitals, and etc. The main topics of interest are practical technology/theory to solve actual problems when installing robotics assistive services in the actual environments.
  • Brief:
    Manpower shortage is becoming a big problem especially in Japan. The technologies are expected to solve the problem. However, real problems are sometimes too complicated to solve with present methods, or sometimes no novelty but requires muddy works to meet each problem. Therefore, new theory, more efficient system integration method and practical technology are required.
  • Topics:
    • Service Robots
    • Robot Companions and Social Robots in Home Environment
    • Observation of Human Activity in Living Space
    • Human-Robot Interaction
    • Sensor Networks
    • Structuralization of Environmental Information
    • Welfare systems
    • Logistics systems

SS08: Intelligent Sensing Applications for Human Assistive Systems
  • Code: 76x6d
  • Organizer: Naoki MOTOI, Hiroshi IGARASHI, Shin-ichi ITO, Sota SHIMIZU
  • Abstract:
    The recent advances of sensing technology are expected to contribute to intelligent systems in future human assistive applications. The sensory factors may involve broad functions in system integration. Therefore the session focuses on human factors, IoT and human assistive systems. For example, the human intention is expected to be estimated by several physical information. Furthermore, how to apply the detected sensor information is a key for the assistive systems, e.g. power assist wheeled chairs, human life support, remote control systems. This session aims to discuss new trends of sensing and its applications for emerging system functions, mobility and robotics.
  • Brief:
    The recent advances of sensing technology make it possible to contribute to not only the developments of intelligent systems but new innovative functions in future human assistive applications. The sensory factors may involve broad functions in system integration. Therefore this session focuses on human factors, IoT and human assistive systems. Potential authors of this special session are chosen across various researchers/developers related to sensing and its applications for emerging system functions, mobility and robotics. We believe the topics of this session will interest researches across a large spectrum of fields.
  • Topics:
    • Innovative Sensing Instruments
    • Sensor-based Assistive Control for Robotic Systems
    • Sensor-based Human Assistive Applications/Devices
    • Signal Processing for Sensing Applications
    • Human-Machine Interactions

SS09: Middleware Technology for System Integration
  • Code: 8g52q
  • Organizer: Kenichi OHARA, Noriaki ANDO
  • Abstract:
    Recently, several kinds of systems have become large and complex. Thus, development procedure is also complex, especially software development for system integration. To solve the problems, middleware technology is one of the important frameworks to support the development procedure. In this session, we would like to expect the original research work and State-of-Art work about system integration with middleware technology and its related works.
  • Brief:
    Middleware technology is one of the important and absolutory necessary technology for system integration. In this sense, the topic of this session is variable for audience, because of the conference main topic is “System Integration”.
  • Topics:
    • Middleware Technology and its framework
    • Tools for Middleware
    • System development and Integration with middleware
    • System Modeling for middleware-based system integration

SS10: Robot Audition and its System Integration
  • Code: t4ri7
  • Organizer: Katsutoshi ITOYAMA, Kotaro HOSHIDA, Makoto KUMON, Reiji SUZUKI, Shiho MATSUBAYASHI
  • Abstract:
    Robot audition is the research field which addresses advanced auditory/audio signal processing technologies in robotics. This topic has been studied for over a decade, and it enabled to handle tasks of robots by integrating the robot audition technologies into various systems such as drone audition, bird song/frog chorus analysis, in-vehicle information systems, and so on. This session is proposed to share and discuss the cutting-edge technology of robot audition, to foster its application with system integration, and to set a roadmap of further research issues in robot audition for system integration. The scope covers from core components of robot audition to end-user level applications.
  • Brief:
    The indispensability of robot audition is twofold: to communicate with people for providing services and information interactively, and to perceive the surrounding environments for robot’s autonomous behaviors and sharing contexts with people. The former has been studied in robotics through human-robot interaction scenarios and applied to other fields such as in-vehicle information systems. The latter has been studied to extend robot audition to become deployable outdoors. To deploy robot audition technologies into above various systems/fields, system integration aspects of robot audition are getting more significant. We organized the special session of robot audition in SII2020 and it was effective in discussions of robot audition technologies across several projects. Therefore, same special session is proposed in SII2021 to continue providing effective discussions.
  • Topics:
    • Robot audition (sound source localization, separation, tracking, classification, recognition…)
    • Auditory scene analysis/understanding
    • Speech processing
    • Field-oriented auditory systems
    • Drone audition
    • Acoustic natural environment monitoring
    • Acoustic simulation
    • Multimodal integration (audio-visual, etc)
    • Dialogue system