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


Welcome address by the Chair of ISR 2020

Robotics in the dawning era of digitalization and artificial intelligence! After two years, the 52nd International Symposium on Robotics – ISR 2020 will be held online from December 09–10, 2020.

In two conference tracks and a poster session over two days, the ISR 2020 will offer an insight into the latest state-of-the-art robot technologies to participants from both industry and research. Sessions will be held on relevant topics such as Modeling, Planning and Control, as well as Components and Technologies. Developments from the area of Robotics in Production and Industrial Robots will also be addressed, as well as Service and Mobile Robotics. Additionally, we are planning sessions on Robotics in New Markets & Applications, as well as Human-robot-collaboration / Future of Work. Additionally, the newly designed Business Track will offer guest speakers from the industry the opportunity to present their current products and developments. The special session for the IERA Award finalists will round off the conference program.

This international conference is jointly organized by the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) and the Information Technology Society (ITG) within VDE. The ISR 2020 was originally organized as customary parallel to the automatica, the leading exhibition for smart automation and robotics. Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the trade show has been cancelled in 2020. Messe München is now working with exhibitors to develop a new in-person event with digital elements, adapted to the circumstances in times of the coronavirus. The new event has been conceived as a compact 'exhibition before the exhibition' for early summer 2021 and is to become an add-on to automatica. Detailed information on this will follow shortly.

Chair of ISR 2020 on behalf of International Federation of Robotics (IFR)


Prof. Alexander Verl
University of Stuttgart, Germany

Conference Chairs & Technical Program Committee

Alexander VerlUniversity of Stuttgart, GER
Junji Tsuda


Hiroshi FujiwaraJARA, JP
Walter ZulaufEUnited Robotics, BEL
Technical Program Committee
Rainer BischoffKUKA Deutschland, GER
Norbert ElkmannFraunhofer IFF, GER
Bernd KuhlenkötterRuhr-Universität Bochum, GER
Mehdi SalihyEPSON Deutschland, GER
Olav EgelandNTNU, NO
Mircea NitulescuRobotics Society of Romania, RO
René KirstenABB Forschungszentrum, GER
Karsten BernsUniversity of Kaiserslautern, GER
Jörg FrankeUniversity of Erlangen, GER
Erwin PrasslerHochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, GER
Horst-Michael GroßTechnical University Ilmenau, GER
Dominique SchärGüdel Group, CH
Werner KrausFraunhofer IPA, GER
Jürgen RoßmannRWTH Aachen, GER
Thorsten SchüppstuhlTechnical University Hamburg-Harburg, GER
Bernardo WagnerLeibnitz Universität Hannover, GER
Alexander MeißnerDürr Systems, GER
Ulrike ThomasTechnical University Chemnitz, GER
Franz DietrichTechnical University Berlin, GER
Anna ValenteUniversity of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, CH
Lufti Taner TuncSabanci University, UK
Erdem OzturkUniversity of Sheffield, UK
Bruce MacDonaldThe University of Auckland, NZ
Frank Kirchner DFKI Bremen, GER
Cornel BrisanUTCN Cluj-Napoca, KR
Hein WörnKIT Karlsruhe, GER
Jong-oh ParkChonnam National University, KR
Peter XuThe University of Auckland, NZ


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2018-03-28 event information

For this year´s ISR 2020, we have compiled an excellent conference program.

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Sponsors of the ISR 2020

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The ISR 2020 proudly presents the following companies as their sponsoring partners.

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Highlights of the ISR 2018


The ISR once again took place as a part of automatica, the leading exhibition for smart automation and robotics.

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Business Track Partner