11th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots

Workshop on humanoid service robot navigation in crowded and dynamic environments

During the Humanoids 2011 conference in Bled Slovenia, PAL Robotics is organizing a full day workshop! A great opportunity to meet PAL’s navigation team!

Date: October 26th, 2011 Bled, Slovenia

General Scope of the event


Humanoid service robotics is a challenging robotics application where the frontier of science meets that of technology. Safe navigation is a core skill these robots must meet in order to be able to deploy these technologies to the mass market. Recent advances in humanoid robot navigation, either wheeled or legged, have shown successful navigation in moderately complex environments. However, safe, reliable, long-term, robust navigation is still an open challenge to robotics scientists.

This workshop will discuss innovative solutions and show state of the art results that address the problem of humanoid robot navigation in dynamic and crowded human-like environments such as, office spaces, homes, shopping malls, etc. Some of the difficulties in solving this problem include safe obstacle avoidance in 3D, robust localization in dynamic environments, people-aware motion planning, and situation awareness; all of them guaranteeing systems integrity as well as human safety.

Main Topics

  • Localization in real environments (highly dynamic and crowded)
  • Gait and step planning
  • Full body motion planning in crowded environments
  • 3D collision avoidance
  • Human-aware navigation
  • Human-robot emphatic behaviours
  • Semantic navigation
  • Environment perception


Preliminary Program

Opening ceremony (morning)
Chairman: Ricardo Tellez from PAL Robotics

Session I (morning): Invited speakers
Chairman: Juan Andrade-Cetto

Talks to be confirmed

Session II (afternoon): REEM demonstration
Chairman: Luca Marchionni

REEM will perform a demonstration of its navigation abilities in crowded environments.


Luca Marchionni
PAL Robotics,
+34 934 145 347

Ricardo Téllez
PAL Robotics,
+34 934 145 347


Juan Andrade-Cetto
Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial
+34 934010775

Prospective Speakers

  • Sebastien Lengagne (confirmed)
  • Oliver Stasse (confirmed)
  • Nikolaos Tsagarakis (confirmed)
  • Kenji Hashimoto (confirmed)
  • Ricardo Tellez (confirmed)
  • Maren Bennewitz (confirmed)
  • James Kuffner
  • Oussama Khatib
  • Kazuhito Yokoi

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