Hand-Object Interaction: from Human Demonstrations to Robot Manipulation – IEEE RO-MAN Special Session

Special Session on Hand-Object Interaction: from Human Demonstrations to Robot Manipulation

31st IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2022)

The conference

IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication is a leading forum where state-of-the-art innovative results, the latest developments as well as future perspectives relating to robot and human interactive communication are presented and discussed. This year RO-MAN will be held in Naples, Italy from August 29th to September 2nd, 2022.

Conference Website: http://www.smile.unina.it/ro-man2022/

Articles positively evaluated submitted to the Special Session will be invited to a Special Issue on Sensors MDPI. More news about the Sensors Special Session will be published soon on this webpage.

Important Dates

Submission: March 15, 2022 March 25, 2022
Paper Acceptance Notification: May 30, 2022
Camera-ready Submission: June 15, 2022

Submission Guidelines

Page Limit: 6 including references (+2 with extra charges)
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Special Session Code: 1d4vp
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The Special Session

The motivation behind this special session is generated from the InDex project that is founded through the CHIST-ERA scheme involving five European universities: Aston University (UK), TU Wien (Austria), University of Tartu (Estonia), Sorbonne Universite (France), and University of Genoa (Italy). This Special Session follows up on the themes explored in the RO-MAN 2022 HOBI workshop.

To study human in-hand dexterous manipulation to learn general skills for robotic hands, numerous observations and concepts extend to hand-object interaction and more general to the interaction between the human, environment, and robot. It is therefore of the utmost importance to focus research on how humans use their hands to drive the development of novel robot capabilities to deal with highly sophisticated tasks requiring interaction, collaboration, and communication with humans in a socially acceptable and safe manner. For example, a robot should be able to dexterously make use of tools, synchronize its movements with a human when collaborating, either for joint work or turn-taking or manipulating objects in a trustworthy way. These activities require robot hands to coordinate with human motions as well as advanced capabilities to interpret the objects or environment in a given social context. To advance robot dexterous capabilities and to fully leverage the interaction between the human and robot when learning requires the interplay between different research fields. Therefore, this special session targets new studies on conceptual and engineering tools to: (i) sense, understand and interpret human hand motions; (ii) recognize objects and their physical characteristics; and (iii) model and encode this knowledge to develop new robot behaviours.

Themes of interest to this special session include, but are not limited to:

  • Data extraction of human handling tasks
  • Datasets of in-hand manipulation
  • Hand pose estimation and tracking
  • Gesture, action, and intent recognition
  • Learning from demonstration
  • Imitation learning
  • Transfer learning
  • Object modeling, recognition, pose estimation, and tracking
  • Object grasping
  • Control of anthropomorphic hands


Alessandro Carfì, University of Genoa
Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, University of Genoa
Diego Faria, Aston University
Véronique Perdereau, ISIR – Sorbonne Université
Timothy Patten, University of Technology Sydney / TU Wien
Markus Vincze, TU Wien