ISR - 52nd International Symposium on Robotics December 09-10, 2020 - Online-Event


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Anna Valente, SUPSI Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland)

"Autonomous Robots in Manufacturing: Challenges and Trends"

"Autonomous Robots in Manufacturing: Challenges and Trends"

Anna Valente is a Professor of Industrial Robotics. She got a PhD in Manufacturing Technologies and Production Systems at the Politecnico di Milano and a Post-doctorate in interoperability for adaptive factories from UBath, UK. Since 2006, she has been working in cooperation with big research institutions and industrial stakeholders operating in the manufacturing value chain. She is currently Head of the Laboratory for Automation, Robots and Machines with SUPSI-DTI-ISTePS where the core research deals with the design, engineering and prototyping up to TRL 7 industrial solutions integrating advanced process chains to realize high value added products.  She is the author of two books and more than 100 papers on system (re)configuration, robotics and control platforms. She is an associate member of CIRP - The International Academy for Production Engineering and an expert of the Innosuisse Agency. Since 2012 she has been coordinating several European Funded Projects under FP7 and H2020 Frameworks and recently was awarded with the Woman-Led Innovation and the Grand Prix for Innovation from European Commission. Since 2020, she is member of the Swiss Science Council. 

Alin Albu-Schäffer

Prof. Dr. Alin Albu-Schäffer - Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V.

"Service Robotics: From Space to Industrial Manufacturing and Healthcare"

Alin Albu-Schäffer

"Service Robotics: From Space to Industrial Manufacturing and Healthcare"

Alin Albu-Schäffer received his M.S. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Timisoara, Romania in 1993 and his Ph.D. in automatic control from the Technical University of Munich in 2002. Since 2012 he is the head of the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which he joined in 1995 as a Ph.D. candidate. Moreover, he is a professor at the Technical University of Munich, holding the Chair for "Sensor Based Robotic Systems and Intelligent Assistance Systems" at the Computer Science Department. His personal research interests include robot design, modeling and control, nonlinear control, flexible joint and variable compliance robots, impedance and force control, physical human-robot interaction, bio-inspired robot design and control. He received several awards, including the IEEE King-Sun Fu Best Paper Award of the Transactions on Robotics in 2012 and 2014; several ICRA and IROS Best Paper Awards as well as the DLR Science Award. He was strongly involved in the development of the DLR light-weight robot and its commercialization through technology transfer to KUKA.

Carl Doeksen - Global Robotics & Automation Leader | 3M (USA)

Carl Doeksen is the Global Robotics & Automation Leader of the 3M Abrasive Systems Division at 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, MN where he leads teams to accelerate full-robotic, and fixed automation, solutions for 3M’s industrial customers around the world. Prior to joining 3M, he spent 4 years at Honeywell’s Sensors & Signal Processing Laboratory. Mr. Doeksen  has a BS in Finance from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (DMAIC and DFSS).  Moreover, he has held multiple International Leadership positions for 3M (UK, DE, CN) and has spent most of his career in international operations. He’s active in the Robotics Industry, serving on the Board of Directors of the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) as well as the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) Marcom Committee.

Dr. Andrew A. Goldenberg - University of Toronto (Canada)

"Bridging Between AI and Robotics for Business and Product Development"

"Bridging Between AI and Robotics for Business and Product Development"

Dr. Goldenberg is the founder of the field of Robotics at University of Toronto where he has been since 1982 as a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, cross appointed in the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, and in the Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently a Professor Emeritus. Dr. Goldenberg is also an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University and Guest Professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, P.R. China. Dr. Goldenberg has supervised to-date the largest number of graduate students in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (46 PhD and 64 MASc). 

Dr. Goldenberg is the founder and President of Engineering Services Inc. (ESI) -, established in 1982. ESI is a high-technology company involved in the development of robotics-based automation and technology. Dr. Goldenberg is a former editor of the archival international journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, and a member of the editorial boards of Robotica, Robotics in Japan, Journal of Robotics, Robotics Journal, Scientific World Journal, Industrial Engineering and Management Journal, SOJ Robotics and Automation and International Journal of Automation and Computing.

Poster Session

"Quasi-static loaded circular testing of serial articulated industrial manipulators"Nikolas Alexander Theissen; Arian Hosseini; Monica Gonzalez; Andreas Archenti Nikolas Alexander Theissen, Arian Hosseini, Monica Gonzalez and Andreas Archenti (KTH Royal Institute)Robotics in New Markets & Applications
"Communication-based Path Planning for Coordinated Planetary Surface Rovers"Shreya Santra (Tohoku University, Japan)Robotics in Service / Mobile Robotics
"Robot programming system for human-robot cooperation and collaboration"Julia Berg (Fraunhofer IGCV, Germany); Johannes Schilp (University of Augsburg, Germany)Robotics in Production / Industrial Robots
"Multi-modal Visual Withdrawal Detection for Inventory Management on a Robotic Care Cart"Jochen Lindermayr; Cagatay Odabasi (Fraunhofer IPA, Germany); Timur Alexander Wohlleber (Universität Stuttgart, Germany); Birgit Graf (Fraunhofer IPA, Germany)Robotics in Service / Mobile Robotics
"Multitask Robot Framework Platform for Surgery"Paulo Henrique Polegato; Victor Daisuke Araki; Renan Matsuda; Oswaldo Baffa; Glauco Caurin (University of São Paulo, Brazil)Robotics in New Markets & Applications
"Can knowledge-based offline-programming compensate for the lack of welding specialists?"Jobst Bickendorf (Autocam Informationstechnik GmbH, Germany)Robotics in Production / Industrial Robots
"A Pendulum Apparatus to Evaluate Unconstrained Human-Robot Contact"Harald Staab (ABB AG, Germany); Bjoern Matthias (ABB AG Corporate Research, Germany); Christoph Byner (ABB AG, Germany)Human-robot-collaboration / Future of work
"Structure of an Industry 4.0 Compliant Architecture Component for the Development of Simulation-based"Marc Priggemeyer (RWTH Aachen University, Germany); Juergen Rossmann (Technical University of Aachen, Germany)Robotics in Production / Industrial Robots

Symposium Topics

1. Modeling, Planning and Control

  • Mechanisms and kinematics
  • Calibration and identification
  • Theoretical foundations

2. Components and Technologies

  • Vision / tactile / auditory sensors
  • Visual serving and tracking
  • Actuators and controllers
  • Virtual Commissioning
  • Robot end-effectors / robot infrastructure

3. Robotics in Production

  • Industrial Robots Assembly, handling, painting, machining, processing, logistics etc. 
  • Robot programming and languages Intelligent manufacturing systems
  • New applications
  • Matrix Production
  • Digital Twin
  • Open Source Software
  • OPC UA

4. Robotics in Service

  • Mobile Robotics
  • Home and office robotics
  • Service robotics for professional services Rescue / surveillance / security / defence robotics
  • Assistance / rehabilitation / medical robotics
  • Educational and entertainment robotics
  • Exploration / space / aerial / underwater robotics

5. Robotics in New Markets & Applications

  • Food / pharmaceutical / biology robotics
  • Micro / nano robotics
  • Cognitive robotics / learning and adaptive systems / network and ubiquitous robotics Biologically inspired robotics: humanoids /
  • biomimetics / legged robots
  • Platform economy

6. Human-robot-collaboration / Future of work

  • Standards / safety / profitability / ergonomics / socio-economics / industrial engineering
  • Industrial papers related to applications and case studies are welcome
  • Safe human-robot-collaboration

7. AI in Robotics – Robotic Applications that use AI

  • Autonomous Robots,
  • Machine Vision,
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Probabilistic Reasoning,
  • Estimation, Decision