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  • The Workshop will take place full day on Sunday, October 23, Kyoto, Japan
  • The workshop will be held in hybrid mode with free remote participation. We are awaiting for more information from IROS organizers on this subject. Once this is figured out, we will post specific information to take part in interactive sessions here.

Scope and Objectives

    Deformable objects are widely used in many industrial, agricultural and health applications. Robotizing the tasks that involve these objects would have a huge impact. However, robotic manipulation of soft objects in a dynamic and unconstrained situation is an ambitious research topic that includes different domains such as perception, planning, control, machine learning, human-robot-interaction, etc.
    Hence, we propose this workshop for deformable object manipulation with the interest in soft interaction which lies in the many potential robotic systems.

    Links to 1st and 2nd editions of the workshop:


Targeted Topics

    Here are some examples of topics that could be targeted:
  • Grippers/tools design and grasping for manipulation of deformable objects
    • The link between soft robotics and manipulation of deformable objects
    • Grippers for deformable objects
    • Grasping for deformable objects
  • Data management of deformable objects
    • Benchmarking for deformable objects
    • Simulation/modeling and sim2real for deformable objects manipulation<
    • Specific database for deformable objects
  • Perception for manipulation of deformable objects
    • Multi-modal perception for manipulation of deformable objects
    • Human-robot-Environment interaction for the manipulation of deformable objects
  • Control for manipulation of deformable objects
    • Manipulation planning for deformable objects
    • Control of deformable objects


Time Talk Comments
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome and foreword
9:10 - 10:10 Session 1 - Grippers and tools design 2 presentations (20’ each) discussion (20’)
10:10 - 10:40 Poster teasers 10 teasers (3’ each) or 6 teasers (5’ each)
10:40 - 11:40 Coffee break & Posters presentation
11:40 - 12:40 Session 2 - Data management 2 presentations (20’ each) discussion (20’)
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:00 Session 3 - Perception 2 presentations (20’ each) discussion (20’)
15:00 – 16:00 Coffee break & Posters presentation
16:00 - 17:20 Session 4 - Control 3 presentations (20’ each) discussion (20’)
17:20 - 18:20 Best papers presentation 2-4 presentations (10’ each) discussion (5’ each)
18:20 - 19:00 General discussion Round table with all invited speakers
19:00 End

Invited Speakers

  • Cosimo Della Santina, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, and German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
    "to be defined"
  • Fanny Ficuciello, Università di Napoli Federico II, Italy
    "Prostate biopsy using a soft/rigid robot"
  • Yiannis Karayiannidis, LTH, Lund University, Sweden
    "Manipulation of Deformable Linear Objects: From simulation to real world experiments"
  • Jeannette Bohg, Stanford University, USA
    "Real2sim for Deformable Objects"
  • Xiang Li, Tsinghua University, China
    "Global Model Learning for Large Deformation Control of Elastic Deformable Linear Objects: An Efficient and Adaptive Approach"
  • Doganay Sirintuna, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
    "Human-Robot Collaborative Carrying of Deformable Objects"
  • Daniele Meli, University of Verona, Italy
    "Soft tissue manipulation in robotic surgery"
  • Miguel Aranda, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
    "Shape control tasks in deformable object manipulation"
  • Adrien Escande, Japanese-French Joint Robotic Laboratory (JRL), Tsukuba, Japan
    "to be defined"

Important Dates & submission

All dates are still subject to modifications by IROS organizers.

  • Sept. 09 Contributed papers submission
  • Sept. 16 Contributed papers acceptance
  • Sept. 23 Video recordings submission
  • Authors are invited to submit full-length papers (6-8 pages) written in English, and formatted using the IEEE templates.
  • The papers should be submitted electronically in .PDF format to Mohammad.Alkhatib[AT]sigma-clermont[DOT]fr , with the following subject: Submission workshop ROMADO-SI.
  • Peer reviews will be used to pick the accepted papers, which will be judged on their originality, applicability, technical clarity, and presentation, with priority to new papers that have not been presented somewhere else.
  • Accepted papers' authors have to submit a 5 mins video presenting their paper (presentation, video results).
  • On the workshop website, the accepted papers and videos will be made available (upon authors' agreement).


  • Mohammad Alkhatib, Associate professor at CNRS, Clermont Auvergne INP, Institut Pascal, Université Clermont Auvergne, France (main organizer)
  • Youcef Mezouar, Full professor at CNRS, Clermont Auvergne INP, Institut Pascal, Université Clermont Auvergne, France
  • Claire Dune, Associate professor at Laboratoire COSMER-EA 7398, Université de Toulon, France
  • Juan Antonio Corrales Ramón, Researcher at CiTIUS laboratory, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Guillem Alenyà, Researcher and Director at the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC, Spain
  • Júlia Borràs, Researcher and Dep. Director at the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC, Spain
  • Adrien Koessler, Post-doc fellow at Université de Lorraine, Arts et Metiers Institute of Technology, LCFC, HESAM Université, Metz, France.
  • Jihong Zhu, Postdoctoral Researcher, TU Delft and Honda Research Institute EU, Incoming Assistant Professor, University of York, UK.
  • Irene Garcia-Camacho, PhD fellow at the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC, Spain


For all questions plase sollicitate the main organizer: Mohammad.Alkhatib[AT]sigma-clermont[DOT]fr