Keynote Speakers and Greatest Hits

As the flagship symposium of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR), this 17th edition of ISRR follows up on a long history of extraordinary meetings.

The goal of the ISRR Symposia is to bring together active leading robotics researchers and pioneers from academia, government, and industry to assess and share their views and ideas about the state of the art in robotics, and to discuss promising new avenues for future research.

Papers representing authoritative reviews of established research areas as well as papers reporting on new areas and pioneering work are sought for presentation at the Symposium. In addition to the open call, a well selected number of leading researchers will be solicited to contribute by personal invitation.

A “Greatest Hits” session track will be introduced in ISRR’15. A selected number of research papers which have been selected for the most prestigious awards in the last year will be invited for presentation. This will be a unique possibility to have a synoptic view of what the robotics community considers to be the best of  robotics research, and put it in a larger context.   

Keynote Speakers

Nancy Amato, Texas A&M University, USA
Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Michael Beetz, University  of Bremen, Germany
Matei Ciocarlie, Columbia University, USA
Fumiya Iida, University of Cambridge, UK
 Sangbae Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Jean-Paul Laumond, Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems, CNRS, France
Robert Mahony, The Australian National University, Australia
Domenico Prattichizzo, University of Siena, Italy
Fabio Ramos, University of Sydney, Australia
Paolo Robuffo Giordano, CNRS, France
Ashutosh Saxena, Cornell University, USA
Nikos Tsagarakis, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
Eiichi Yoshida, The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Greatest Hits 

  • Nelson Bradley, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
    ICRA'14Best Medical Robotics Paper with "Automated Capsulorhexis based on a Hybrid Magnetic-Mechanical Actuation System", by Franziska Ullrich, Simone Schuerle, Roel Pieters, Avraham Dishy, Stephan Michels, Bradley J. Nelson
  • Pierre Dupont, Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School
      pdf IROS 2014 Best Paper Award with “MRI-Powered Robotics, by Becker, Aaron; Felfoul, Ouajdi; Dupont, Pierre
  • Dieter Fox, University of Washington
    CVPR 2015 Best Paper: DynamicFusion: Reconstruction and tracking of non-rigid scenes in real-time. By R. Newcombe, D. Fox, and S. Seitz
  • Sami Haddadin, University of Hannover
    2015 RAS Early Career Award "For fundamental contributions to robot safety, physical Human-Robot Interaction, and soft-robotics control"
  • Tomohiro Kawahara, Kyushu Institute of Technology
    RSJ 2014 Best Journal Paper Award with "Geometrically-Constrained Cell Manipulation for High Speed and Fine Positioning" Journal of Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ), by Wataru Fukui, Makoto Kaneko, Tomohiro Kawahara, Yoko Yamanishi, Fumihito Arai, 
  • Kei Okada, University of Tokyo
    ICRA’14 Best Conference Paper with "Manipulation Strategy Decision and Execution based on Strategy Proving Operation for Carrying Large and Heavy Objects", Masaki Murooka, Shintaro Noda, Shunichi Nozawa, Yohei Kakiuchi, Kei Okada, Masayuki Inaba
  • Daniela Rus, CSAIL, Massachussets Institute of Technology
    IROS 2014 Best Paper Awardwith “Cogeneration of Mechanical, Electrical, and Software Designs for Printable Robots from Structural Specifications” Mehta, Ankur; DelPreto, Joseph; Shaya, Benjamin; Rus, Daniela
  • Sethu Vijayakumar, University of Edinburgh
    T-RO Best paper Awardwith "Robots Driven by Compliant Actuators: Optimal Control under Actuation Constraints", David J. Braun, Florian Petit, Felix Huber, Sami Haddadin, Patrick van der Smagt, Alin Albu-Schäffer, Sethu Vijayakumar. 
  • Robert J. Webster III, Vanderbit University
    2015 RAS Early Career Award for innovations in the design, modeling, and control of flexible minimally invasive surgical robots
  • Mark Yim, University of Pennsylvania
    ICRA'14 Best Automation Paperwith "Self-Assembly of a Swarm of Autonomous Boats into Floating Structures", by Ian O'Hara, James Paulos, Jay Davey, Nick Eckenstein, Neel Doshi, Tarik Tosun, Jonathan Greco, Jungwon Seo, Matt Turpin, Vijay Kumar, Mark Yim