[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - HUMANOIDS 2014 Workshop on the Mechatronic Design of Humanoid Robots

Nikolaos Tsagarakis nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it
Tue Nov 11 03:11:10 PST 2014

Call for participation
HUMANOIDS 2014 Workshop on the Mechatronic Design of Humanoid Robots
Madrid, November 18, 2014 (Morning Workshop)
website: http://www.icub.org/other/humanoids2014-MDHR-workshop.html

Workshop Organizers
Alberto Parmiggiani, IIT
Masayuki Inaba, Univ. Tokyo
Nikos Tsagarakis, IIT

Humanoid robot technology has made significant progresses in the past
years. Research prototypes are now beginning to demonstrate relevant
tasks and significant autonomy levels. Nevertheless to be even more
helpful, robots need to improve their capability of interacting
physically with humans, and with unstructured environments. This, in
turn, poses new challenges in the design of safe, dependable, robust and
effective robotic systems.
Because of the high overall complexity, the design of humanoids requires
special attention. Indeed scaling platforms from a few degrees of
freedom to many, and combining all sub-modules poses significant systems
integration problems. Furthermore some humanoids are beginning to equip
series elastic actuators and variable impedance actuators, thus adding
further complexity. This workshop will present the challenges and
potential solutions concerning humanoid robot design. We will discuss
the state of the art and focus on new trends, such as compliant
actuation, improved design for better maintenance, new actuation
principles, and methodologies for defining and evaluating performance

The workshop consists of several invited presentations from experts in
the field. Slides will be made available on the workshop website.

Eric Meyhofer (CMU - USA)
Alberto Parmiggiani(IIT - Italy)
Brennand Pierce (TUM- Germany)
Hiroshi Kaminaga (Univ. Tokyo - Japan)
Nikos Tsagarakis (IIT - Italy)
Jose De Gea Fernandez (DFKI - Bremen)
Christian Ott (DLR - Germany)
Kenji Hashimoto (Waseda Univ. - Japan)

- State of the art in humanoid mechanical design
- New trends for humanoid mechanical design
- New technologies in humanoid mechatronics
- Mechanical design methodologies for humanoids
- Assessment of humanoid robots capabilities
- Modelling techniques for humanoid mechanics
- Biologically inspired humanoid mechanical design
- Modelling and simulation techniques for the development of new humanoid mechanics
- Torque controlled humanoid robots
- Mechanical design of compliant humanoid robots
- Hydraulically actuated humanoid robots
- Energy and power management in humanoid robots

Thank you very much for your attention. Looking forward to meeting you in Madrid.

Nikos Tsagarakis on behalf of the organizers

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