The Organizing Committee has decided to run UR 2020 online, connecting virtually and staying safe, on the same dates as originally scheduled: June 22-26. The technical program will consist of pre-recorded video and live presentations, followed by interactive discussions when possible. Even though we can not gather in person, we can attend and engage in the conference both synchronously and asynchronously. Detailed guidelines for attending and preparing presentations will be posted in due course.
17th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots
Welcome to Ubiquitous Robots 2020 in Kyoto!
The 17th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots (UR 2020) will be held in the Ritsumeikan University - Suzaku Campus, Kyoto, Japan, from June 22-26, 2020. 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 and cultural interaction, transportation, medical, rehabilitation, healthcare, agriculture, construction, security, disaster, and many others.
Ubiquitous Robots 2020 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 2020, and to come experience the myriad attractions of Kyoto.
Title: SymBionics: From Human Robot Interaction to Human Robot Integration
Recent research advancements in the field of robotics have made it possible not only to have machines that approach or beat the computational intelligence of humans, but are also capable of ever more natural motion and exploit the "physical" intelligence embodied in their structure. Informed by neuroscientific models of human behavior in interaction with the physical world, new robots can safely touch humans and the environment to physically act on it. New sensing and display tools make it possible for other senses than just vision to share information on the world between a robot and a human. The union of such technologies, together with a deeper understanding of how to interface humans and machines, is enabling a new relationship between humans and robots, that is really more an integration than an interaction in the classical sense. We will consider examples of partial integration, as in prosthetics and rehabilitation, augmentation with supernumerary limbs, augmentation with exoskeletons, and robotic avatars, with the robot executing the human's intended actions and the human perceiving the context of his/her actions and their consequences.
Antonio Bicchi is a scientist interested in robotics and intelligent machines. After graduating in Pisa and receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Bologna, he spent a few years at the MIT AI Lab of Cambridge before taking the first professorship in Robotics at the University of Pisa. In 2009 he founded and directs the Soft Robotics Laboratory at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. Since 2013 he is Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. He has coordinated many international projects, including four grants from the European Research Council (ERC). He launched pioneering initiatives like the WorldHaptics conference, the major conference on natural and artificial touch, and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, today the largest Journal in the field.
He has authored over 500 scientific papers cited more than 20,000 times. He supervised over 60 doctoral students and more than 20 postdocs, most of whom are now professors in universities and international research centers. His students have received prestigious awards, including two first prizes and two nominations for the best theses in Europe on robotics and haptics. He is a Fellow of IEEE since 2005. In 2018 he received the prestigious IEEE Saridis Leadership Award.