Call for Extended Abstracts for:
Toward High-Performance Computing Support for the Simulation and Planning of Robot Contact Tasks

The organizers invite you to submit an extended abstract to be considered for oral or poster presentation at the RSS 2011 Workshop: Toward High-Performance Computing Support for the Simulation and Planning of Robot Contact Tasks. The goal of this 1.5-day, NSF-supported workshop is to evaluate the state of the art in simulation methods for contact problems and related applications, especially in robotics (day one) and to chart a path toward meeting the future contact simulation needs of the robotics community (day two, morning).

Topics of Interest
The organizers are particularly interested in receiving submissions on analysis, simulation, design, and planning of all types of contact tasks that are difficult to simulate accurately or carry out automatically with a real system: assembly, locomotion, grasping, repair, cleaning, and loading. We also encourage submissions on general methods that use simulation models such as particle filtering and model predictive control. Application areas outside the mainstream of robotics are desired as they will broaden the range of discussions. Generally, submissions should focus on the state of the art in your research area and the shortcomings of current simulation tools in meeting your research goals.

Important Dates

Submission Information
Extended abstracts should be no more than 6 pages including figures and references, with text not smaller than 11 points. Supporting videos should be cited using urls to allow the reviewers to view them. All submission will be reviewed for relevance and scientific merit by the organizers. Accepted posters, videos, and extended abstracts will be archived on the workshop web page.

Partial Financial Support
Partial financial support will be available for all presenters of posters and oral presentations. More information is here.

For questions, contact Jeff Trinkle (

March 25, 2011