Touch is a crucial sensor modality for both humans and robots, as it allows us to directly sense object properties and interactions with the environment. Recently, touch sensing has become more prevalent in robotic systems, thanks to the increased accessibility of inexpensive, reliable, and high-resolution tactile sensors and skins. Just as the widespread availability of digital cameras accelerated the development of computer vision, we believe that we are rapidly approaching a new era of computational science dedicated to touch processing.

However, a key question is now becoming critically important as the field gradually transitions from hardware development to real-world applications: How do we make sense of touch?
While the output of modern high-resolution tactile sensors and skins shares similarities with computer vision, touch presents challenges unique to its sensing modality. Unlike images, touch information is influenced by temporal components, its intrinsically active nature, and very local sensing, where a small subset of a 3D space is sensed on a 2D embedding. We believe that AI/ML will play a critical role in successfully processing touch as a sensing modality. However, this raises important questions regarding which computational models are best suited to leverage the unique structure of touch, similar to how convolutional neural networks leverage spatial structure in images.

The development and advancement of touch processing will greatly benefit a wide range of fields, including tactile and haptic use cases. For instance, advancements in tactile processing (from the environment to the system) will enable robotic applications in unstructured environments, such as agricultural robotics and telemedicine. Understanding touch will also facilitate providing sensory feedback to amputees through sensorized prostheses and enhance future AR/VR systems.

The goal of this second workshop on touch processing is to continue to develop the foundations of this new computational science dedicated to the processing and understanding of touch sensing. By bringing together experts with diverse backgrounds, we hope to continue discussing and nurturing this new field of touch processing and pinpoint its scientific challenges in the years to come. In addition, through this workshop, we hope to build awareness and lower the entry barrier for all AI researchers interested in exploring this new field. We believe this workshop can be beneficial for building a community where researchers can collaborate at the intersection of touch sensing and AI/ML.

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Call for Papers

We welcome submissions focused on all aspects of touch processing, including but not limited to the following topics:

We encourage relevant works at all stages of maturity, ranging from initial exploratory results to polished full papers. Accepted papers will be presented in the form of posters, with outstanding papers being selected for spotlight talks.


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