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Transferability in Robotics

Track: Autonomy /collaborative and cloud

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 11:40-13:00

Organisers: Rebecca Schedl-Warpup, Aude Billard, Danica Kragic Jensfelt

Main questions to be answered: What does transferability in different subdisciplines of robotics mean?

Additional questions: What are most pressing scientific question for increasing transferability?

Additional questions 2: What, When and How should be transferred?

Workshop Description: Transferability in Robotics is a key step to achieving sufficient scale and robustness in order to make robots ubiquitous in our everyday lives. The concept of transferability covers a wide range of topics such as i) Embodiment transfer – transferring from one robotic platform to another while considering their different embodiments, ii) Task/skill transfer – transferring methods or capabilities from one task to another, and iii) Knowledge transfer – transferring high-level concepts from one to another. These different areas also have different definitions of transferability and employ different approaches (e.g., representation learning, reinforcement learning, meta-learning, sim2real, interactive learning) for the respective task. While each of these fields has made headway in its own right, to really push forward the state of the art in transferability, a combination of contributions from the different fields is needed. The EU Horizon project euRobin aims to achieve transferability by not focusing on any specific sub-category but to share knowledge in a higher/more abstract way. The goal of this workshop is to combine the advances made in the individual fields into a more global picture by facilitating a common understanding of transferability, as well as highlighting contributions and encouraging collaborations between the different areas.

Intended Outcome: Information about community involvement and services offered (e.g. DIHs, open calls, platforms, …), Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with, Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper

Approach: Presentation of several concepts and solutions of transferability within the euROBIN project o Alin Albu-Schäffer: introduction to transferability in euROBIN project (5 min). o Ales Ude: introduction to transferability in robotics, presentation of speakers (5 min). o Andrej Gams: task/skill transfer (12 min). o Bernardo Fichera: machine learning to robotics (12 min). o Rudolph Triebel: knowledge transfer (12 min). o Ilias El Makrini: embodiment transfer (12 min). Open discussion (15 min) involving Session Chair (Ales Ude), speakers, and panel (Markus Vincze, Anibal Ollero, and Uwe Kockermann). Conclusions from workshop (7 min).

Contributors: Alin Albu Schäffer (euROBIN Project Coordinator, Confirmed), DLR German Aerospace Center , Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics. Aleš Ude (Session Chair, Confirmed), Jožef Stefan Institute, Humanoid and Cognitive Robotics Lab (HCR). Andrej Gams (Speaker, Confirmed), Department of Automatics, Biocybernetics and Robotics, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Bernardo Fichera (Speaker, Confirmed), Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Rudolph Triebel (Speaker, Confirmed), German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Ilias El Makrini (Speaker, Confirmed), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Robotics & Multibody Research Group. Markus Vincze (Panel, Confirmed), TU Wien. Anibal Ollero (Panel, Confirmed), University of Seville. Uwe Köckermann (Panel, Confirmed), Örebro University

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