The ANA Avatar XPRIZE was an international, $10 million
to build a telerobotic “avatar” system that allows human operators to
transport their senses, actions, and presence across long distances.
Potential applications of avatars are diverse and include
telecommuting, emergency response, service, healthcare, space, and
Telepresence through avatars is a relevant and topical area in robotics research because avatars represent a next generation of telecommuting devices that enable workers to not only communicate through audio and video, but also navigate remotely and manipulate objects in the distant environment. The process of developing a robotic avatar touches on many areas of robotics research, including telerobotics, haptics, tactile sensing, robot hands, VR/AR, and human robot-interaction.
In November 2022, 17 teams from ten countries competed in the ANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals. The workshop is an opportune time for XPRIZE teams, observers, and researchers in related areas to discuss and reflect on their perspectives on the current state of avatar technology, as well as future research challenges in the areas of telerobotics, haptics, VR/AR, and human-robot interaction. The program will consist of invited presentations, contributed talks and demos, and a panel discussion.
|9:00 –||Welcome and introduction (organizers)|
|9:10 –||Invited presentation by Fumihiro
Kato, Waseda University, Japan:
Telexistence Avatar Robot TELESAR VI and its Application to Telemedicine
|9:35 –||Invited presentation by David
Locke, Senior Program Director,
ANA Avatar XPRIZE, USA:
The ANA Avatar XPRIZE and the Push for an Avatar Future
|10:00 –||Contributed presentations (5
|10:30 –||Coffee break with poster session|
||Invited presentation by Max
Schwarz and Sven
Behnke, University of
The NimbRo Immersive Telepresence System Winning the ANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals
|11:35 –||Invited presentation by Pierre
Rouanet, Pollen Robotics,
Simplicity, Adaptability, and Homogeneity: Designing Robots for Natural Interactions
|12:00 –||Contributed presentations (5
|12:30 –||Lunch with poster session|
|13:30 –||Invited presentation by Peter
Taskin Padir, Northeastern University, USA:
A Progress Report on Team Northeastern’s Avatar Technology
|13:55 –||Invited presentation by Jeremy
Tangible Research / Sanctuary AI, USA:
From High-Dexterity Tactile Telerobots to General-Purpose Robots with Human-Like Intelligence
|14:20 –||Invited presentation by Daniel
Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany:
The Surface Avatar Experiment: A Glimpse Into the Future of Astronaut-Robot Collaboration for Planetary Infrastructure Maintenance
|14:45 –||Invited presentation by Daniele
Institute of Technology, Italy:
iCub3 Avatar System
|15:10 –||Contributed presentations (5
break with poster session
|16:20 –||Invited presentation by Oussama
Stanford University, USA:
From Romeo & Juliet to OceanOneK Deep-Sea Robotic Exploration
|16:45 –||Invited presentation by
& CEO avatarin, Japan:
Instantaneous Mobility for a Better World
|17:10 –||Panel discussion (invited speakers, moderated by organizers)|
The workshop took place in the Exhibition Centre London (ExCeL) in the ICC Capital Suite 2 as part of the 2023 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).
Participants had to register through the 2023 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).
We were soliciting contributed presentations and
all aspects related to robotic avatars.
[Link to the call]
Contributors are encouraged to submit extended results to the
special issue Robot
Avatars for Telepresence and Social Interaction of
the International Journal of Social Robotics.