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The 3rd International Conference on  
Autonomous Robots and Agents    
12-14 December 2006  -  Palmerston North, New Zealand


Two half-day Tutorials, given by the Conference keynote speakers, will be held on 11 December, the day before the Conference proper.

You may register for either Tutorial or both. Please note that registration does not cover lunch.

Tutorial 1: Haptic Interfaces for Robotic Telemanipulation (9 am to 12 noon in room AH3)

Emil M Petriu, FIEEE, is a Professor and University Research Chair in the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE), University of Ottawa, Canada

Human haptic perception is the result of a complex investigatory dexterous manipulation act involving two distinct sensing components: (i) cutaneous information from touch sensors which provide data about contact force, topology, texture, and temperature of the touched object-area, and (ii) kinesthetic information about the positions and velocities of the kinematic structure of the hand.

Robotic dexterous manipulation is an object-oriented act which requires not only specialised robotic hands with articulated fingers but also force, tactile, and kinesthetic sensors for the precise control of the forces and motions exerted on the manipulated object. As fully autonomous robotic dexterous manipulation is not yet able to handle changing and unstructured environments, an alternative approach is to combine the low-level robot computer control with the higher-level perception and task planning abilities of a human operator.

Haptic and visual perception modalities complement each other. The resulting multi-sensor perception allows human operators to have a telepresence experience virtually identical with what they would have had while manipulating real physical objects.

The potential of the emergent biologically inspired haptic perception technologies is significant for applications requiring object telemanipulation. such as:
  1. robot-assisted handling of materials in industry, hazardous environments, high risk security operations, or difficult to reach environments;
  2. telelearning in hands-on virtual laboratory environments for science and arts;
  3. and medical training simulators.

The tutorial will present development issues of the human-computer-robot haptic interfaces for robotic telemanipulation, namely:

  • biologically inspired haptic interfaces;
  • haptic robot sensors for robotic telemanipulation systems;
  • haptic interfaces for object manipulation in interactive virtual environments and robotic telemanipulation systems;
  • instrumentation and sensor data fusion techniques for the production of composite geometric and haptic object models which are conformal representations of real physical objects, accounting for their geometric shape and elastic behaviour while interacting through direct contact with other objects;
  • computing techniques for the storage and real-time rendering of the composite geometric and haptic object models;
  • an experimental haptic interactive virtual environment.

Tutorial 2: Robotics and Mechatronics Technology (1 pm to 4 pm in room AH3)

Professor Toshio Fukuda, Professor of Department of Micro-Nano System Engineering at Nagoya University, Japan

This tutorial will highlight the background technology for today's current robotics and mechatronics and demonstrate how useful it can be when used appropriately.

  • Definition and scope of robotics and mechatronics
  • Sensor, actuator and design problems
  • Control problems
  • System integration
  • Examples of applications
  • Problems and future development to be expected