Bimanual Manipulation: Learning, Planning and Control

Date: 31st May 2021


  • Fei Chen, Assistant Professor, T-Stone Robotics Institute, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR | Department of Advanced Robotics, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy. Email: f.chen [at] ieee.org (main contact)
  • Miao Li, Associate Professor, Wuhan University, China. Email: miao.li [at] whu.edu.cn
  • Sylvain Calinon, Senior Researcher, Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland. Email: sylvain.calinon [at] idiap.ch
  • Huan Tan, Director, UBTECH North America Research and Development Center, US. Email: huan.tan [at] ubtrobot.com
  • Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Professor, Nagoya University, Japan. Email: hasegawa [at] mein.nagoya-u.ac.jp
  • Yunhui Liu, Professor/Director, T-Stone Robotics Institute, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR. Email: yhliu [at] cuhk.edu.hk


Bimanual manipulation (dual-arm manipulation) encompasses a large variety of research activities. Human-centered environments provide affordances for and require the use of dual-arm, two-handed, or bimanual, manipulations. The coordination between two arms greatly increases the dexterity and flexibility of robot manipulation and therefore open new directions for both research and applications. In bimanual manipulation, one arm is usually playing as a grasper while the other arm is playing as a manipulator to interact with the grasped object. The two arms can further switch role during the manipulation process according to the real-time sensory information and high-level task priority planning. The driving force behind this interest is the vision that many practical robot applications, such as assembly, assist, which generally require the use of two arms to work together to accomplish the task or to support human beings. Current robots designed to function in, and physically interact with, these environments have not been fully able to meet these requirements because standard bimanual control approaches have not accommodated the diverse, dynamic, and intricate coordination between two arms. With recent trend, bimanual manipulation technologies are demanding to bring robots even closer to human to accomplish more complicated but mandatory tasks and assist more daily life but challenging tasks, with more and more easily accessible and affordable robot hardware (humanoids, collaborative arms, legged systems) in the market. It is important for roboticists from the community to join the effort together to review and investigate the future of bimanual manipulation technologies. 

Invited Speakers

  • Antonio Bicchi, University of Pisa/Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

  • Aude Billard, EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Christian Ott, DLR, German Aerospace Center, Germany

  • Danica Kragic, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

  • Julien Perez, Naver Labs Europe

  • Ken Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley, US

  • Kensuke Harada, Osaka University, Japan

  • Oussama Khatib, Stanford University, US

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