Video Monday: IROS 2022 Award Winners

The best robotics research presented at IROS last week in Kyoto

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IROS 2022 took place in Kyoto last week, bringing together thousands of roboticists from around the world to share all the latest awesome research they’ve been working on. We’ve got a bunch of stuff to bring you from the conference, but while we work on that (and recover from some monster jetlag), here are the presentation videos of all of the IROS 2022 award-winning papers. This is the some of the best, most impactful robotics research presented this year. Congratulations to all of the winners!

IROS 2022 Best Paper Award

“SpeedFolding: Learning Efficient Bimanual Folding of Garment,” by Yahav Avigal, Lars Berscheid, Tamim Asfour, Torsten Kroeger, and Ken Goldberg from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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IROS 2022 Best Student Paper Award – Sponsored by ABB

“FAR Planner: Fast, Attemptable Route Planner Using Dynamic Visibility Update,” by Fan Yang, Chao Cao, Hongbiao Zhu, Jean Oh, and Ji Zhang from Carnegie Mellon University and the Harbin Institute of Technology.

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IROS Best Paper Award on Cognitive Robotics – Sponsored by KROS

“Gesture2Vec: Clustering Gestures Using Representation Learning Methods for Co-Speech Gesture Generation,” by Payam Jome Yazdian, Mo Chen, and Angelica Lim from Simon Fraser University.

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IROS 2022 Best RoboCup Paper Award – Sponsored by RoboCup Federation

“RCareWorld: A Human-Centric Simulation World for Caregiving Robots,” by Ruolin Ye, Wenqiang Xu, Haoyuan Fu, Rajat Kumar Jenamani, Vy Nguyen, Cewu Lu, Katherine Dimitropoulou, and Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee from Cornell University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Columbia University.

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IROS Best Paper Award on Robot Mechanisms and Design – Sponsored by ROBOTIS

“Aerial Grasping and the Velocity Sufficiency Region,” by Tony G. Chen, Kenneth Hoffmann, JunEn Low, Keiko Nagami, David Lentink, and Mark Cutkosky from Stanford University and Wageningen University & Research.

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IROS Best Entertainment and Amusement Paper Award – Sponsored by JTCF

“Robot Learning to Paint From Demonstrations,” by Younghyo Park, Seunghun Jeon, and Taeyoon Lee from Seoul National University, KAIST, and Naver Labs.

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IROS Best Paper Award on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics in memory of Motohiro Kisoi – Sponsored by IRS

“Power-Based Safety Layer for Aerial Vehicles in Physical Interaction Using Lyapunov Exponents,” by Eugenio Cuniato, Nicholas Lawrance, Marco Tognon, and Roland Siegwart from ETH Zurich and CSIRO.

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IROS Best Paper Award on Agri-Robotics – Sponsored by YANMAR

“Explicitly Incorporating Spatial Information to Recurrent Networks for Agriculture,” by Claus Smitt, Michael Allan Halstead, Alireza Ahmadi, and Christopher Steven McCool from the University of Bonn.

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IROS Best Paper Award on Mobile Manipulation – Sponsored by OMRON Sinic X Corp.

“Robot Learning of Mobile Manipulation With Reachability Behavior Priors,” by Snehal Jauhri, Jan Peters, and Georgia Chalvatzaki from TU Darmstadt.

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IROS Best Application Paper Award – Sponsored by ICROS

“Soft Tissue Characterisation Using a Novel Robotic Medical Percussion Device with Acoustic Analysis and Neural Network,” by Pilar Zhang Qiu, Yongxuan Tan, Oliver Thompson, Bennet Cobley, and Thrishantha Nanayakkara from Imperial College London.

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IROS Best Paper Award for Industrial Robotics Research for Applications – Sponsored by Mujin Inc.

“Absolute Position Detection in 7-Phase Sensorless Electric Stepper Motor,” by Vincent Groenhuis, Gijs Rolff, Koen Bosman, Leon Abelmann, and Stefano Stramigioli from the University of Twente, IMS BV, and Eye on Air.

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof

In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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