Jonathan Hurst
Co-Founder and Chief Robot Officer, Agility Robotics

Robert Griffin
Research Scientist, IHMC
Technical Advisor, Boardwalk Robotics

Jeremy Fishel
Principal Researcher, Sanctuary AI

Tony Yang
North America Sales Director, Unitree


We are excited to announce our 8th Can we build Baymax? workshop! This workshop will be on topics related to safe, commercially viable humanoids.

Baymax is a humanoid robot character in the Disney animation “Big Hero 6.” It is a healthcare robot with an inflatable body, capable of walking, bumping into surrounding objects, learning motions and physically interacting with people. In the movie, students in a university lab (Nerd Lab in San Fransokyo Institute of Technology) develop many interesting technologies including Baymax. However, in the real world, it is not easy to build such a robot.

As a continuation of our previous workshops, this workshop will bring together researchers working on safe, commerically viable humanoid robots. In particular, we will draw attention to efforts towards the safe commercialization of humanoids including application domains, safety considerations for real-world deployment, and design considerations for manufacturing and production at scale.

Since the first workshop was organized in 2015, our workshop series has taken place at the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots every year. We invite you to contribute and to participate in this workshop!

Previous Workshops:

2022: Education and Open Source for Humanoid Robots
2021: Superhuman Abilities in Current Humanoids
2019: Human-Humanoid Communication
2018: Fail-Safe HW & SW and Learning in Humanoid Robots
2017: Design and Control for Soft Human-Robot Interaction
2016: Making Hard Robots Soft: Sensors, Skin and Airbags
2015: Soft Robotics and Safe Human-Robot Interaction in Humanoids

Poster Session:

The workshop will host an invite-only poster session reserved for soon-to-graduate students and those looking for jobs in industry. If you know of someone exceptional you believe should be invited, please let us know.
Poster template: [pptx] [pdf]

Please take a look at our invited poster presenters!

Tentative Workshop Schedule

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and Introduction
09:10 - 09:40 Talk #01:
Bernt Øivind Børnich
CEO and Co-founder, 1X Technologies
09:40 - 10:30 Poster Lightning Talks*
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break & Poster Discussion*
11:00 - 11:30 Talk #02:
Robert Griffin
Research Scientist, IHMC & Technical Advisor, Boardwalk Robotics
11:30 - 12:00 Talk #03:
Taro Takahashi
Project Manager, Toyota's Frontier Research Center &
Technical Adviser, Toyota Research Institute
12:00 - 12:30 Talk #04:
Nick Paine
CTO, Apptronik
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch with speakers
13:30 - 14:00 Talk #05:
Jonathan Hurst
Co-Founder and Chief Robot Officer, Agility Robotics
14:00 - 14:30 Talk #06:
Jeremy Fishel
Principal Researcher, Sanctuary AI
14:30 - 15:00 Talk #07:
Tony Yang
North America Sales Director, Unitree
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break & Poster Discussion*
15:30 - 16:00 Talk #08
Zen Koh
Global CEO, Fourier Intelligence
16:00 - 16:30 Talk #09:
Francesco Ferro
CEO, PAL Robotics
16:30 - 17:00 Talk #10:
Jerry Pratt
CTO, Figure AI
17:00 - 17:30 Open Discussion & Closing Comments
*Our poster session is invite-only and reserved for soon-to-graduate students and those looking for jobs in industry. If you know of someone exceptional you believe should be invited, please let us know.
Poster template: [pptx] [pdf]


Cornelia (Schlagenhauf) Bauer
Ph.D Student
Carnegie Mellon University

Dominik Bauer
Ph.D Student
Carnegie Mellon University

Joseph Byrnes
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Grzegorz Ficht
University of Bonn

Ernesto Hernandez Hinojosa
Research Fellow
University of Illinois Chicago

Yunho Han
Ph.D Candidate
Kookmin University

Donghyeon Kim
Ph.D Candidate
Seoul National University

Cornelius Klas
Research Scientist
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Niranjan Kumar
Ph.D Student
Georgia Institute of Technology

Daegyu Lim
Ph.D Candidate
Seoul National University

Romerik Lokossou
MS in Engineering AI

Robert Schuller
Ph.D Candidate
Technische Universität München (TUM)
& Research Scientist, DLR

Young-Woo Sim
Ph.D Student
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Lightning Talks!


Christopher G. Atkeson

I am a Professor in the Robotics Institute and Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. My life goal is to fulfill the science fiction vision of machines that achieve human levels of competence in perceiving, thinking, and acting. A more narrow technical goal is to understand how to get machines to generate and perceive human behavior. I use two complementary approaches, exploring humanoid robotics and human aware environments. Building humanoid robots tests our understanding of how to generate human-like behavior, and exposes the gaps and failures in current approaches.

Joohyung Kim

Joohyung Kim is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on design and control for humanoid robots, systems for motion learning in robot hardware, and safe human-robot interaction. He received BSE and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from Seoul National University, Korea, in 2001 and 2012. He was a Research Scientist in Disney Research from 2013 to 2019. Prior to joining Disney, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University for the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2013. From 2009 to 2012, he was a Research Staff Member in Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Korea, developing biped walking controllers for humanoid robots.

KIMLAB (Kinetic Intelligent Machine LAB)

Jinoh Lee

Jinoh Lee is a Research Scientist with the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany. He received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, in 2003 (awarded Summa Cum Laude), and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, South Korea, in 2012. Prior to joining DLR in 2020, he held the Research Scientist position at the Department of Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy. His professional focus is on robotics and control engineering, which include manipulation of highly redundant robots such as dual-arm and humanoids, robust control of nonlinear systems and compliant robotic system control for safe human-robot interaction.

Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics

Katsu Yamane

Dr. Katsu Yamane is a Principal Research Scientist at Path Robotics Inc. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1997, 1999, and 2002 respectively from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Prior to joining Path Robotics in 2022, he held research scientist positions at Bosch Research North America, Honda Research Institute USA, and Disney Research, Pittsburgh. He was also an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, and a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. While his current research focuses on manipulation planning and control for manufacturing, he is still passionate about humanoid robot control and motion synthesis, physical human-robot interaction, character animation, and human motion simulation.

Alex Alspach

Alex designs and builds soft systems for sensing and manipulation at Toyota Research Institute (TRI), where he currently leads the Whole-Body Manipulation Team. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Drexel University with time spent in the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) and KAIST's HuboLab. After graduating, Alex spent two years at SimLab in Korea developing and marketing tools for manipulation research. While there, he also worked with a production company to develop artists' tools for animating complex, synchronized industrial robot motions. Prior to joining TRI, Alex developed soft huggable humanoid robots and various other creative robotic systems at Disney Research with Joohyung and Katsu!
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