Cognitive Vision in Object Manipulation and Grasping

Workshop, 7th March, 11:00 

Which visual representations are needed for cognition? At this workshop, participants can listen to talks from leading researchers on the topic and discuss how to progress in the field.


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Vision-based manipulation is an active research area with still many challenges connected to issues, such as uncertainty of the visual information, active vision, dexterous manipulation, motion and action sequence planning. Moreover, the problems to be faced are so complex that it is unlikely that a full modelling of the problem is possible and - as a consequence - learning will take a major role.

At this workshop, we discuss the state of the art in the field of vision based manipulation and present current research in the field. We in particular encourage contributions addressing the overall complexity of vision based manipulation systems.

Topics to be addressed are: Object recognition and pose estimation, dexterous handling, haptics in manipulation, action sequence planning, and learning.

Agenda & Speakers


Birgit Graf (Fraunhofer Stuttgart):
Executing fetch and carry tasks in real world environments: experiences with Care-O-bot user evaluations


Giorgio Metta and Lorenzo Natale (LIRA-Lab, University of Genova):
The control of iCub for interaction and manipulation


Dirk Kraft and Norbert Krueger (CoViL, University of Southern Denmark):
Early Cognitive Vision


Markus Vincze (Technical University of Vienna):
Embodied object classification and grasping


Discussion on 'What visual representations are needed for Cognition?'

Key topics

  • Vision-based manipulation

Workshop category

  • Presentations
  • Discussion


  • Norbert Kruger and Henrik Gordon Petersen, University of Southern Denmark ( 
  • Ruediger Dillmann and Tamim Asfour, University of Karlsruhe
  • Danica Kragic, KTH Stockholm
  • Markus Vincze and Michael Zillich, Technical University Vienn

Planned follow-up

After the workshop, the information collected will be organized in a short report which will be made available on the EUROP Website and used for planning further awareness and training activities on Entrepreneurship.

Further information

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More than 300 robotics researchers from industry and academia, as well as entrepreneurs and public investors, are expected to discuss the latest developments, research challenges and business opportunities for European robotics. 
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