Perception and Action in Dynamic Environments

ICRA 2021 Full Day Workshop


Humans and animals have an innate capacity to make predictions about their surroundings, which allows them to react to both static and dynamic obstacles during an action. Thanks to this ability, for example, a seagull can catch a fast-moving fish in a short amount of time. In contrast, artificial agents struggle to interact with complex and dynamic environments and often rely either on the assumption that the world is static or on simplified motion models of their surroundings. This workshop will bring together researchers coming from different backgrounds (computer vision, machine learning, and robotics) and applications, to discuss existing solutions, research problems, and the way forward to make robots interact with a permanently moving world. Besides the usual mix of invited talks and poster presentations, we will organize the DodgeDrones challenge, where participants will need to develop perception and control algorithms to navigate a drone in a highly dynamic environment.

The workshop will take place online on June the 4th from 3pm to 8pm GMT time (which is basically London time). Feel free to follow @antoniloq on Twitter for updates.

Invited Speakers


Time Title Speakers
15:00 GMT Welcome
15:10 GMT TBA Luca Carlone (MIT)
15:30 GMT Learning Agile Flight Davide Scaramuzza and Antonio Loquercio (U. Zurich)
15:50 GMT Skydio Autonomy Hayk Martiros (Skydio Autonomy)
16:10 GMT Panel Discussion 1
16:30 GMT Winner of DodgeDrones Challenge Papers Oral Presentations
17:00 GMT Tactile Perception for Physical Human-Robot Interaction Katherine J. Kuchenbecker (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems)
17:20 GMT Towards Autonomous Agents at Scale Aleksandra Faust (Google Brain)
17:40 GMT Robots that Anticipate and Adapt to Change Chelsea Finn and Annie Xie (Stanford)
18:10 GMT Panel Discussion 2
18:30 GMT TBA Wolfram Burgard (U. Freiburg and TRI)
18:50 GMT TBA Raquel Urtasun (U. Toronto)
19:10 GMT TBA Richard Newcombe (Facebook Reality Labs)
19:30 GMT Panel Discussion 3 and Conclusions


Chelsea Finn

Annie Xie

Richard Newcombe
Facebook Reality Labs

Hayk Martiros
Skydio Autonomy

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker
MPI for Intelligent Systems

Aleksandra Faust
Google Brain

Wolfram Burgard
U. of Freiburg and TRI

Raquel Urtasun
U. of Toronto