CloPeMa workshop at euRobotics

euRobotics Forum 2014

CloPeMa organises workshop at euRobotics Forum 2014: 

Dexterous Robotic Manipulation Systems for Clothing and Flexible Materials

Where: euRobotics Forum 2014 (Rovereto, Italy held during 12th – 14th March)

When:  13 March, 13:30-18:00

Organizers: Dr Gerardo Aragon-Camarasa, Dr Paul W. Cockshott, Susanne Oehler, Dr J. Paul Siebert

Overview: International experts will present the current state-of-the-art in systems for robotic manipulation of flexible materials. The workshop will address the challenges found in sensing, perception, cognition, planning and handling, as well as manipulator design. Expertise and capability in dexterous manipulation of flexible materials being of critical importance to EU manufacturing robotics, this workshop is intended to serve as a forum to identify key unsolved problems in this field. We also intend this workshop to act as a catalyst for forming new collaborations targeting Horizon 2020 robotics funding.

Follow links these links for details of the euRobotics Forum, full programme and registration.

Worskshop Programme:

13.30 Introduction by the Chair:  Dr W. Paul Cockshott, University of Glasgow, UK

13.50 Presentations I

  • Byphasic fluid variable stiffness actuation and tactile sensing in a flexible hand for manipulation of garments: Dr Matteo Zoppi/Prof. Giorgio  Cannata, University of Genoa, Italy
  • Autonomous unfolding of garments: Dr Sotiris Malassiotis, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • A unified computational framework for prosthetic manipulation: Prof. Hongai Liu, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Understanding, dual-arm folding of a piece of garment on the CloPeMa test bed: Prof. Vaclav Hlavac, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

15:30 Coffee & Networking

16:00 Presentations II

  • Mechanisms of the human hand, and how to emulate them: Dr Nick Hockings, University of Bath, UK
  • Algorithms for nonrigid object reconstruction and recognition: Dr Francesc Moreno, Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, Spain
  • Active Binocular Range Sensing and Interpretation for Clothing Manipulation: Dr Gerardo Aragon-Camarasa, University of Glasgow, UK
  • The Shadow Dexterous Hand: Rich Walker, The Shadow Robot Company, UK

17:40 Discussion

18:00 Close

CloPeMa Glasgow participated at SICSA Demofest’13

Dr. Gerardo Aragon Camarasa at the CloPeMa stand, SICSA Demofest'13

Dr. Gerardo Aragon Camarasa at the CloPeMa stand, SICSA Demofest’13


CloPeMa Glasgow presented the CloPeMa project at the SICSA Demofest’13.

We had the great opportunity to present our research to a variety of industry partners on the 5th of November 2013, at the SICSA Demofest. SICSA stands for Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, who created the Demofest as an event to introduce industry to ongoing academic research. It is a chance to find industry partners who are interested in investing and collaborating in cutting edge research around the country.

Glasgow Stereo Image Database of Garments has been released !!!

The new Glasgow Stereo Image Database of Garments is now available online for download!

Cosine shaded masked cardigan range image.

Cosine shaded masked cardigan range image.

The Glasgow Stereo Image Database of Garments is a collection of 80 stereo-pair colour images of garments with corresponding horizontal and vertical disparity maps and mask annotations. This database is based on 16 different off-the-shelve garments. Each garment has been imaged in five different pose configurations using the CloPeMa active binocular robot head. The aim of this database is to serve as a benchmark tool for algorithms for recognition, segmentation and various range image properties of non-rigid objects.

For information, please visit:

Sliding the gripper under the garment

Demonstration of the gripper functionality. The gripper is provided by flexible element which allows finger flexible moving. When the fingers touch desk of the table, the finger flexible moves back. The finger push down on the desk by force correspond to 20N / 10mm. Flexible finger allow us follow the desk of the table and grasping garment lying on the table.