Interdisciplinary Exploration of Generalizable Manipulation Policy Learning:
Paradigms and Debates

RSS 2023 Workshop
July 10, 2023
Daegu, Republic of Korea


Acquiring generalizable manipulation policies through data-driven, learning-based approaches is a fundamental problem in robotics. Despite advancements in this field, there are many unresolved questions that have resulted in a variety of, sometimes conflicting, paradigms. This workshop is designed to bring together researchers and practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines, robotics, vision, graphics, machine learning to share their insights and perspectives, with the goal of advancing interdisciplinary collaboration and promoting the development of innovative, new paradigms in generalizable manipulation policy learning. More specifically, we aim to discuss questions that are important for the future development of this field, including but not limited to:

Our targeted participants are researchers and engineers who are interested in the field of robotics and embodied AI, and have a background in machine learning, computer vision, computer graphics, natural language processing or related areas. The workshop will also be of interest to practitioners in industry who are working on the development of intelligent robots and other related systems.

In affiliation to this workshop, we are also organizing the ManiSkill2 Challenge, which is a large-scale robotic manipulation challenge that seeks to benchmark generalizable robotic agents that can interact with the 3D world. We will announce winners and host winner presentations in this workshop.

Call for Papers

We encourage participants to submit their research in the form of a single PDF. Submissions may be up to 4 pages in length, including figures, excluding references and any supplementary material. Please use the RSS conference template. Accepted papers will be presented in a poster session and selected papers as spotlight talks. All submitted contributions will go through a double blind review process. The contributed papers will be made available on the workshop's website. However, this does not constitute an archival publication and no formal workshop proceedings will be made available, meaning contributors are free to publish their work in archival journals or conferences.

Paper topics

A non-exhaustive list of relevant topics:

We invite submissions that address the topic of generalizable manipulation policy learning. If you have any doubts about whether your submission aligns with the workshop's focus, please feel free to reach out to us for clarification.

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Important Dates:


Please refer to the ManiSkill2 Challenge website for details.

Workshop Schedule

    Start Time (KST, UTC+9) Event
    9:00 Welcome and introduction
    9:10 Invited talks: Dhruv Batra & Georgia Chalvatzaki
    Mini discussion: Robot hardware and software, Action space
    10:10 Coffee break & Poster session
    10:50 Invited talks: Joseph J.Lim & Andy Zeng
    Mini discussion: Skill chaining
    11:50 Lunch break
    13:30 Invited talks: Dinesh Manocha & Fabio Ramos
    Mini: discussion: Simulation and Sim2Real
    14:30 Contributed talks
    15:00 Coffee break
    15:20 Award ceremony of the ManiSkill2 challenge
    15:30 Winner presentations
    16:00 Panel discussion w/ winners
    16:45 Closing remark

    Program Committee


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