IROS 2018 Workshop

Experimental Robotic Grasping and Manipulation -- Benchmarks, Datasets, and Competitions

Call for Posters and Demo Videos

The poster and demo session at this workshop will give the opportunity to researchers to discuss and show their latest results and ongoing research activities with the community. During flash talk and demo presentations, presenters will have the opportunity to introduce their work or show their submitted videos to all workshop attendees.
To participate, please submit by August 15, 2018, an extended abstract of 1-3 pages (in PDF format, IEEE regular paper format) or a 1-2 min video via email to:
All contributions will undergo a review by the organizers, and the authors will be notified of acceptance by August 22, 2018.

Important Days

Workshop date: October 5, 2018
Demo video submission deadline: August 15, 2018
Abstract submission deadline: August 15, 2018
Acceptance notification: August 22, 2018


The workshop will focus on promoting comparable researches in robotic grasping and manipulation. Recently, there is a worldwide trend on designing benchmarks for performance evaluation, establishing community consensus for tasks and rules in competitions, collecting and organizing grasping and manipulation datasets for learning, evaluations, and comparisons. In the last several years, a number of groups in the robotics society have produced high-quality grasping evaluation objects (such as YCB object set), benchmarking metrics (such as the NIST grasping and manipulation performance metrics and benchmarks), daily-living manipulation evaluation tasks (such as the IROS RGMC tasks), manufacturing evaluation tasks (such as the IROS RGMC tasks and WRC tasks), and grasping and manipulation datasets (such as the MIT pushing dataset, IIT robotic hand dataset, USF manipulation dataset, Upenn tactile dataset and Harvard tactile dataset). These are great assets and very valuable for the progression of research in robotic grasping and manipulation. The objectives of the workshop are to bring together researchers from different domains for their common interests in experimental robotic grasping and manipulation, to consolidate their efforts, achievements, and resources, to address the need in promoting comparable research, and to produce fair, easily-implementable, and widely-acceptable benchmarks and evaluation tasks.

Topics of interest

  • Gripper/end effector assessment
  • Performance metrics and benchmarks
  • Manipulation datasets
  • Benchmark-oriented design and development
  • Learning manipulation from datasets
  • Benchmarking mobile manipulations
  • Grasp planning based on manipulation datasets
  • Force/tactile sensing datasets for manipulation
  • Non-prehensile manipulation datasets and models
  • Experience-based motion planning for manipulation
  • Pick-and-place in logistics competition
  • Daily-living manipulation competition
  • Manufacturing manipulation competition

Invited Speakers

  • Matteo Bianchi, UNIPI, Italy (Confirmed)

    Tentative Title: From human hands to soft artificial hands for robots and humans: datasets and lessons learned from competitions

  • Josie Hughes, University of Cambridge, UK (Confirmed)
  • Yasemin Bekiroglu, Vicarious AI, U.S.A (Confirmed)
  • Siddhartha Srinivasa, University of Washington, USA (Confirmed)
  • Fuchun Sun, Tsinghua University, China (Confirmed)
  • Aaron Dollar, Yale University, USA (Confirmed)
  • Nikolaus Correll, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA (Confirmed)
  • Albert Causo and I-Ming Chen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Confirmed)
  • Juxi Leitner, Queensland University of Technology, Australia (Confirmed)
  • Tentative Title: From Benchmarking to Tidying Up Rooms: How we can compare robotic manipulation skills

  • Karl Van Wyk, NIST, USA (Confirmed)
  • Alberto Rodriguez, MIT, USA (Confirmed)
  • Yu Sun, University of South Florida, USA (Organizer, Confirmed)

    Tentative Title: A Dataset of Daily Interactive Manipulation


Tentative program for the workshop:

Time Talk Comments
8:30 – 10:00 Invited Talks The start time will be coordinated with the other workshops
10:00-11:00 Posters and Coffee Break The coffee break will be coordinated with the other workshops
11:00 – 12:30 Invited Talks
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch The lunch will be coordinated with the other workshops
13:30 – 15:00 Invited Talks
15:00 -16:00 Posters and Coffee Break The coffee break will be coordinated with the other workshops
16:00 – 17:00 Invited Talks
17:00 – 18:00 Panel Discussion
18:00 End The end time will be coordinated with the other workshops


Yu Sun, University of South Florida, USA,
Hyungpil Moon, SungKyunKwan University, South Korea,
Joe Falco, NIST, USA,
Berk Calli, Yale University, USA,