Debates on the Future of Robotics Research

Half-Day Virtual Workshop proposed for ICRA 2022

"It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it."

Joseph Joubert

As an interdisciplinary field that has the potential to change and be changed by numerous diverse stakeholders, the future and potential impact of robotics research are frequent subjects of debate. We believe making these debates more formal and public can be beneficial to the general community.

Following on from previous workshops at ICRA 2019, 2020, and 2021, the fourth iteration of the debates has been proposed for ICRA 2022.

Confirmed participants


Prof. Aaron M. Dollar

Yale University

Debater

Prof. Gusz Eiben

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Debater

Prof. Ayoung Kim

Seoul National University

Debater

Dr. Vasumathi Raman

Zipline

Moderator

Prof. Dylan Shell

Texas A&M University

Moderator

Prof. Camillo J. Taylor

University of Pennsylvania

Moderator

...and more to come!

Debate Structure

Total Length: 80 minutes

  • Introductions & initial audience poll (5 min)

  • Opening arguments (20 min = 4 debaters x 5 min each)

  • Moderated discussion between debaters + audience Q&A (20 min)

  • Closing remarks (10 min = 4 debaters x 2.5 min each)

  • Final audience poll + polling results (5 min)

  • Moderated panel debrief + audience Q&A (20 min)

Organizers

Prof. Sylvia Herbert

UCSD

General Co-Chair

Shreyas Kousik

Stanford University

General Co-Chair

Sudharshan Suresh

Carnegie Mellon University

Technical Chair

Prof. Karthik Dantu

University at Buffalo

Organizing Committee

Maíra Saboia

Vale Institute of Technology

Organizing Committee

Iris Andrussow

Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems

Organizing Committee

Alexis E. Block

UCLA

Organizing Committee

Federico Rossi

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Organizing Committee

Khen Elimelech

Rice University

Organizing Committee

Benoit Rosa

CNRS

Organizing Committee

Advisory Committee

Prof. Florian Shkurti

University of Toronto


Prof. Jonathan Kelly

University of Toronto


Prof. Nico Hochgeschwender

Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Duygun Erol Barkana

Yeditepe University

Prof. Alexander Badri-Spröwitz

Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems

Prof. Xuesu Xiao

George Mason University | X, The Moonshot Factory | The University of Texas at Austin


Contact

Please address all inquiries and questions about the workshop to roboticsdebates@gmail.com.