Nashville is host to IEEE international conference on humanoid robots

The 2010 IEEE-Robotics and Automation Society’s (RAS) international conference on humanoid robots opens today and continues through Wednesday in Nashville.

The theme is Intelligent and Dependable Humanoid Robots, reflecting growing interests in developing intelligent robots that can interact with humans to improve quality of life.

Kazuhiko Kawamura, professor of electrical engineering and director of Center for Intelligent Systems at Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, is the general chair. Mitchell Wilkes, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering, is the publications chair.

The conference includes workshops, panel discussions, plenary talks, and poster sessions. American attendees are joined by researchers and industry participants from France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan, among other locations.

Conference topics include, but are not limited to design and control of humanoid robots; software, hardware, control and system architectures; robotics for human science (behavioral/psychological/cognitive/neural science); human-humanoid interaction; whole body motion planning and control; humanoids education and ethics; and humanoid robot applications.

Contributed papers will be presented either as single-track oral-presentation sessions or at poster sessions. All the contributed papers will appear in IEEE Xplore.

Corporate sponsors include Robotis, Aldebaran Robotics and PAL Robotics.