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FinE-R 2015 : The Path to Success: Learning from Failures in real Robots (IROS Workshop)


When Oct 2, 2015 - Oct 2, 2015
Where Hamburg, Germany
Submission Deadline Jul 13, 2015
Notification Due Aug 10, 2015
Final Version Due Aug 21, 2015
Categories    robotics   IROS   robust   challenges

Call For Papers

FinE-R 2015: The Path to Success: Learning from Failures in real Robots

IROS 2015, October 2, Hamburg (Germany)
Submission Deadline: extended to Monday July 13 (midnight PST)

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Aim and Scope

Along the history there are many important discoveries that resulted from long trials and error processes (e.g. the electric light bulb from Edison) or from analyzing 'failed' results (e.g. the Michelson-Morley experiment). In each case, the key contributor for the final success was the willingness to learn from previous mistakes and to share the gained experience with the research community.

The path to progress in the field of robotics is not free of failures and caveats. These failures provide valuable lessons and insights on future approaches by analyzing errors and finding methods to avoid them. As such, the robotics community could benefit from the experience of those who had faced and overcome similar failures before.

The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers to share their personal experiences on their 'failure to success' stories, to present what they have learnt, what others should avoid while experimenting in similar context, providing tips for better research practices and for creating more successful robots that meet people's expectations.

The topics of the workshop include, but are not restricted to:

* Analysis of failures when participating in robotic challenges
* Design of robust human-computer interfaces for robots
* When failure is not an option: creating an outstanding robot from hardware to software
* The search for errors: benchmarking and tools for testing robots
* Avoiding common but frequently seen errors when deploying robots for industrial or general public environments
* Advanced techniques for failure recovery and troubleshooting
* Matching the expectations and needs of industries and consumers with the current technology
* Alternatives to techniques and algorithms that are prone to fail
* The keys for successful research projects and proposals on robotics
* Analysis of failed results and projects when using smart algorithms, well-established techniques or brilliant designs

Submission Information

All papers must be written in English and submitted electronically in PDF format that has to conform to the manuscript preparation guidelines ( All papers are reviewed using a single-blind review process. The paper extension should be no less than 4 pages and not more than 8 pages, excluding references. The organizing committee is managing to publish selected best papers in a well-known journal (more information will be provided later).

The papers should be submitted via EasyChair to

Important Dates

Submission deadline: extended to Monday July 13 (midnight PST)
Notification of acceptance: August 10
Camera ready submission: August 21
Workshop day: October 2


Luis Fernando D'Haro
SERC Robotics Program, A*STAR
Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore

Andreea Ioana Niculescu
SERC Robotics Program, A*STAR
Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore

Aravindkumar Vijayalingam
TUM CREATE, Singapore

Current Program Committee in alphabetical order (Updated list on the website)

Aamir Ahmad, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
Marcelo Ang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Rafael E. Banchs, Human Language Technologies - A*STAR, Singapore
Antonio Bandera, University of Malaga, Spain
Pablo Bustos, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain
John-John Cabibihan, Qatar University, Qatar
Raffaella Carloni, University of Twente, Netherlands
Chih-Hong Cheng, ABB, Germany
Luis Fernando D'Haro, SERC Robotics Program - A*STAR, Singapore
Gamini Dissanayake, University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)
Ismael GarcГ­a-Varea, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Marco Antonio Gutierrez Giraldo, Robolab, Universidad de extremadura, Spain
Martin Hägele, Head of Department Robotics and Assistive Systems, Fraunhofer IPA, Germany
Haizhou Li, Human Language Technologies - A*STAR, Singapore
Dilip Kumar Limbu, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Luis J. Manso, University of Extremadura, Spain
Jose Moreno, University of Extremadura, Spain
Omar Mubin, University of Western Sydney, HCI & Robotics
Suraj Nair, TUM, Germany
Andreea Ioana Niculescu, SERC Robotics Program - A*STAR, Singapore
Pedro Nuñez, University of Extremadura, Spain
Helmuth Radrich, KUKA, Augsburg, Germany
Eloy Retamino, TUM CREATE, Singapore
Markus Rickert, Fortiss, Germany
Sean Sabastian, SIMTech - A*STAR, Singapore
Eduardo B. Sandoval, University of Canterbuy HIT Lab NZ
Allison Sauppé, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA
Yeow Kee Tan, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Keng Peng Tee, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Aravindkumar Vijayalingam, TUM CREATE, Singapore
Erik Wilhelm, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Martin Wojtczyk, Baylabs, California (USA)
Thilo Zimmermann, GPS Stuttgart, Germany

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