I strongly believe that multidisciplinary discussions can help drive science forward. To foster such discussions, I have helped organize workshops at international robotics conferences. I have done so with the help of great friends and colleagues from a diverse set of backgrounds. Together, we have strived to ensure a diverse representation of genders and racial backgrounds in the panels of invited speakers, and targeted audiences.
RSS 2021 Workshop on Social Robot Navigation
I organized this workshop together Pete Trautman, Francesca Baldini, Marynel Vázquez, Leila Takayama, and Siddhartha Srinivasa. The workshop brought together researchers from robotics, human-robot interaction, and social sciences. We discussed the state and challenges facing the field of social robot navigation. [ website
RSS 2021 Workshop: Geometry and Topology in Robotics: Learning, Optimization, Planning, and Control
I organized this workshop together Noémie Jaquier, Claire Liang, Leonel Rozo, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, Hans-Peter Schröcker, Søren Hauber, Subhrajit Bhattacharya, Florian Pokorny, Siddhartha Srinivasa, and Suvrit Sra. The workshop brought together researchers from core robotics areas and mathematics. We discussed the role, value and promises of geometric and topological tools for applications in robotics and automation. [ website
ICRA 2021 Workshop: Towards Curious Robots: Modern Approaches for Intrinsically-Motivated Intelligent Behavior
I organized this workshop together Heni Ben Amor, David Isele, Soshi Iba, and Josh Tenenbaum. The workshop brought together researchers from robotics, human-robot interaction as well as machine learning, cognitive science and psychology. We discussed the role and value of curiosity for robotics and human-robot interaction applications. [ website