TAB x SAC Dinner (May 12, 17:30-)

For Student and Post-Doctoral Researchers

Date: Sunday, May 12, 2024 (Note: one day before ICRA officially begins)
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Queen’s Grand Ballroom, Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu
Fee: There is no charge for this event; however, space is limited. Please register in advance.

Students and postdoctoral researchers attending ICRA 2024 are cordially invited to the IEEE-RAS TAB (Technical Activities Board) x SAC (Student Activities Committee) Dinner, an event that aims to foster community engagement between current/former Technical Committees (TCs) and students and postdoctoral researchers prior to ICRA 2024.

Please Note: Students must be registered for the conference to attend this event. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

At this gathering, each TC will be seated at designated tables, which provides a unique opportunity to interact and engage with your preferred TCs. We are confident that this event will greatly enhance your understanding of the TCs and SAC.

Learn more about IEEE RAS Technical Committees here. Learn more about the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) here.

The Present and Future of Humanoid Robots (May 14, 13:30-)


Katja Mombaur

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Mitsuharu Morisawa

Deputy Director
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Lorenzo Natale

Senior Researcher
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Date & Time: May 14th, 13:30-18:00

Location: North G1 room


The field of humanoid robots has recently seen amazing progress with several companies getting close to the commercial deployment of new humanoid models within the next year. At the same time, new prototypes are being developed in leading humanoid research labs all over the world. We are getting closer to the vision of humanoids serving humankind by supporting them in monotonous, dirty and dangerous jobs. Competitions and benchmarks are established to evaluate the use of humanoids for different applications. Following up on the success of the recent IEEE RAS Humanoids 2023 conference in Austin, the purpose of this forum is to showcase latest developments in the field of Humanoid Robots to the entire robotics community at ICRA 2024. We bring together leaders from industry and research labs in the area of Humanoid Robotics to give them a short speaking opportunity about their latest robot prototype or product and the planned applications. The focus is on humanoid hardware and their availability to a large base of customers and for new applications. We close the forum with a panel discussion about the present and the future of humanoid robots and the most efficient split of tasks between industry and academia to make the best humanoids available to humankind.


Each speaker is allocated 10 minutes for a talk and 2 minutes for questions .

13:4010’+2’Chen Li, Unitree Robotics, Hangzhou China
13:5210’+2’Prof. Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
14:0410’+2’Dr. Jeremy Fishel, Sanctuary AI, Vancouver, Canada
14:1610’+2’Prof. Jaeheung Park, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
14:2810’+2’Alex-Jie Gu, Fourier Intelligence, China
14:4010’+2’Dr. Daniele Pucci, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy
14:5210’+2’Francesco Ferro, PAL Robotics, Barcelona Spain
15:15Coffee break
15:4510’+2’Prof. Dr. Sven Behnke, University of Bonn, Germany
15:5710’+2’Dr. Masayuki Kamon, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Japan
16:0910’+2’Prof. Dr. Shigeki Sugano, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
16:2110’+2’Dr. Pras Velagapudi, Agility Robotics Portland, USA
16:3310’+2’Dr. Robert Griffin, The Institute for Human & Machine Cognition and Boardwalk Robotics, Pensacola, USA
16:4545’Panel Discussion. Moderator: Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics
17:30Happy Hour


TC Cluster Forum (May 14, 18:00- or 19:00-)

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm or 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ※Bento can be provided from 6:00 pm.
Location: 201-205, Annex 2F, PACIFICO Yokohama
Fee: There is no charge for this event; however, space is limited. Please register in advance.


Robotics Foundations Cluster (Room:201)

Automation Cluster (Room:202)

Human Centered and Lifelike Robotics Cluster (Room:203)

Robots for Unstructured Environments Cluster (Room:204)

Healthcare and Medical Robotics Cluster (Room:205)

Cluster Forum will provide an opportunity for students, postdoctoral researchers, and anyone who is interested in to hear from distinguished researchers across the breadth of robotics, including plenary talks and panels that cover the relevant topics as well as a view to the future.


Government Forum: Federal Funding for Robotics Research in the United States (May 15, 10:30-)

Yi Guo

Thomas E. Hattrick Chair Professor
Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Juan P. Wachs

Program Director
National Science Foundation, USA

Marcia K. O’Malley

Thomas Michael Panos Family Professor
Rice University, USA

Date & Time: May 15th, 10:30-12:30

Location: National Convention Hall

The Government Forum is a set of talks where speakers from government agencies from the United States convene to present funding opportunities, success stories, and roadmaps to the attendees of ICRA 2024. These agencies include: National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and National Institute of Standards and Technology. The structure of the session is a series of presentations followed by a panel with discussions on new opportunities for engaging with government agencies to promote robotics research, development, and education. The format of the forum will consist of short lighting talks accompanied with a presentation from each program director, with a Q&A session moderated by the chairs at the end of the round of presentations.

Chairs: Yi Guo, Marcia K. O’Malley

Time table:

Enhancing Service Robots for Future Homes: Insights and Learnings (May 16, 13:30-)


Justin Hart

The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Assistant professor

Matteo Leonetti

King’s College London, UK
Associate professor

Katarzyna Pasternak

University of Miami, USA
Doctoral student

Komei Sugiura

Keio University, Japan

Ubbo Visser

University of Miami, USA
Associate professor

Sven Wachsmuth

University of Bielefeld, Germany
Lecturer and managing director of the COSY@Home-Lab CITEC

Corresponding organizer: Katarzyna Pasternak

Date & Time: May 16th, 13:30-18:00

Location: North G1 room

Abstract: Enhancing Service Robots for Future Homes: Insights and Learnings Forum is dedicated to fostering discourse on the research and advancement of service robots geared towards assisting people in their daily lives. This includes the investigation of various contributing domains, spanning from the areas of human-robot interaction and scene understanding to navigation and object manipulation necessary for creating an at-home service robot with humans in the loop. Presently, pressing societal challenges, notably the increasingly aging population, offer a fertile ground for robotic researchers to investigate technological remedies. The constrained availability and expenses associated with elderly care compel a response within the robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) research community on domestic service robots capable of addressing the growing societal demand. This forum seeks to discuss recent technological advancements’ impact on the way service robots are developed for such tasks and bring context of RoboCup competition environment.


Chair(s): same as organizers


13:30-13:40 Opening Remarks

Is Machine Learning the answer for service robots, or do we still need programmers?
Dr. Claude Sammut, University of New South Wales, Australia, Professor

Making Robots Explainable, Safe, and Trustworthy
Dr. Lars Kunze, Oxford University, UK, Professor

Humanoid robot and Human at home: a fully embedded solution for data confidentiality and environment concerns
Dr. Cédric Buche, National Engineering School of Brest (ENIB), France, Professor

14:40-15:20   Panel I – Enhancing Service Robots for Future Homes

15:20-15:55  Coffee Break

Perception, Planning, and Learning for Cognitive Service Robots
Dr. Sven Behnke, Universität Bonn, Germany, Professor

Advancement of Home Service Robots through Robotics Competitions
Dr. Hakaru Tamukoh, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan, Professor

16:40-17:15   Panel II – Mapping the Future: Benchmarking Strategies and RoboCup@Home Roadmap for Enhancing Service Robots in Future Homes

17:20-17:30   Closing Remarks