16th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots
Welcome to Ubiquitous Robots 2019 in Jeju!
The 16th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots (UR 2019) will be held in the Maison Glad Jeju, Jeju, Korea, from June 24-27, 2019. Since its inception in 2004, Ubiquitous Robots has now established itself as a leading mid-size robotics conference, bringing together robotics researchers from around the world who share the vision that robots, like mobile phones, will become ubiquitous in our daily lives, and help connect and empower humans.
Robotics is the ultimate interdisciplinary field, and Ubiquitous Robots invites contributions from the entire foundational spectrum—design, perception, manipulation, interfaces, mobility, intelligence—and application domains— industrial, social, transportation, medical, rehabilitation, healthcare, agriculture, construction, security, disaster, and many others.
Ubiquitous Robots 2019 promises to be an exciting and innovative event, with plenary and invited talks, oral presentation, posters, and workshops. We invite you to submit your latest work to Ubiquitous Robots 2019, and to come experience the myriad attractions of Jeju.
Title: The Era of Human‐Robot Collaboration: Deep Sea Exploration
The promise of oceanic discovery has intrigued scientists and explorers, whether to study
underwater ecology and climate change, or to uncover natural resources and historic secrets
buried deep at archaeological sites. This quest to explore the oceans requires expert human
access, but much of the oceans is inaccessible to humans. Reaching these depths is imperative
for understanding the ecology, maintaining and repairing underwater structures, and working
in archaeological sites over this immensely unknown part of our planet. This challenge demands
human‐level abilities at depths where humans cannot or should not be. Ocean One was
conceived to create a robotic diver with a high degree of autonomy for physical interaction with
the environment while connected to a human expert through an intuitive interface. The human
expert instructs the robot through high‐level cognitive guidance and can intervene at any level
of the operation through a high‐bandwidth sensory‐rich visual and haptic interface. The robot
was deployed in an expedition in the Mediterranean to Louis XIV’s flagship Lune, lying off the
coast of Toulon at ninety‐one meters. Ocean One’s demonstrated‐ability to distance humans
physically from dangerous and unreachable spaces while connecting their skills, intuition, and
experience to the task promises to fundamentally alter remote work. Ocean One’s achievement
has shown how human‐robot collaboration induced synergy can expand our abilities to reach
new resources, build and maintain infrastructure, and perform disaster prevention and
recovery operations ‐ be it deep in oceans and mines, at mountain tops, or in space.
Oussama Khatib received his PhD from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of
Computer Science and Director of the Robotics Laboratory at Stanford University. His research
focuses on methodologies and technologies in human‐centered robotics. He is a Fellow of IEEE,
Co‐Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR) series, and the Springer Handbook
of Robotics. Professor Khatib is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics
Research (IFRR). He is recipient of the IEEE RAS Pioneer Award, the George Saridis Leadership
Award, the Distinguished Service Award, the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award, the Rudolf
Kalman Award, and the IEEE Technical Field Award. In 2018, Professor Khatib was elected to the
National Academy of Engineering.
Social robots are coming to appear in our daily lives. Yet, it is
not as easy as one might imagine. We developed a human-like social robot,
Robovie, and studied the way to make it serve for people in public space,
such as a shopping mall. On the technical side, we developed a human-
tracking sensor network, which enables us to robustly identify locations of
pedestrians. Given that the robot was able to understand pedestrian
behaviors, we studied various human-robot interaction. We faced with many
of difficulties. For instance, the robot failed to initiate interaction
with a person, and it failed to coordinate with environments, like causing
a congestion around it. Toward these problems, we have modeled various
human interaction. Such models enabled the robot to better serve for
individuals, and also enabled it to understand people's crowd behavior,
like congestion around the robot. I plan to talk about a couple of studies
in this line, and some of successful services provided by the social robot
in the shopping mall, hoping to provide an insight about what the social
robots in public space in a near future will be.
Takayuki Kanda is a professor in Informatics at Kyoto
University, Japan. He is also a Visiting Group Leader at ATR Intelligent
Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan. He received his B.
Eng, M. Eng, and Ph. D. degrees in computer science from Kyoto University,
Kyoto, Japan, in 1998, 2000, and 2003, respectively. He is one of the
starting members of Communication Robots project at ATR. He has developed a
communication robot, Robovie, and applied it in daily situations, such as
peer-tutor at elementary school and a museum exhibit guide. His research
interests include human-robot interaction, interactive humanoid robots, and