[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Participation: Humanoids 2014 Workshop on Anthropomorphic Robotic Hands: Design and Control

Gianluca Palli gianluca.palli at unibo.it
Mon Oct 27 00:03:17 PDT 2014

[ Apologies for any duplication ]

Call for Participation

Humanoids 2014 Half-Day Workshop on Anthropomorphic Robotic Hands: 
Design and Control
Madrid, Spain, November 18-20th 2014.


Despite 40 years of research in the field of robotic hands, the 
reproduction of human capabilities for dexterous manipulation still 
seems far to be achieved by state-of-the-art technologies. From a design 
perspective, even defining what are the “optimal functionalities” of a 
robotic hand is a very challenging task due to the number of different 
requirements in terms of degrees of freedom, force, speed, compactness, 
robustness and so on.
In the specific fields of humanoid robotics and prosthetics, the robotic 
hand is expected to provide high flexibility and adaptability, ideally 
replicating the overall functionality of the human hand. The general 
perception, however, is that current robotic hands able to provide (even 
limited) human-like dexterity and functionalities are either too complex 
and expensive or too bulky and unreliable to truly represent effective 
solutions for the market, limiting their usage to research labs.
A closer look to the specific aspects involved in the development of a 
robotic hand shows that, even if the mechanical structure of the device 
is somehow inspired by the biological counterpart, a large range of 
solutions can be found for the implementation of joints, actuators and 
sensors, but none of those represents “the” solution to the specific 
Also from the point of view of control algorithms and user interfaces, 
the actual scenario is quite controversial, since the use of current 
robotic hands is in some way largely limited by the difficulties in task 
planning, problem that is sometimes amplified by the limited portability 
of the solutions developed for a specific hand to the others. The result 
is that only very specialized and well-trained experts can effectively 
use a specific robotic hand exploiting its full potential, while the 
generalization and the standardization of the robotic hand control 
problem is still a serious issue.

Invited Speakers
Markus Grebenstein, DLR, 
http://www.dlr.de/rmc/rm/de/staff/markus.grebenstein, functional hand design
Claudio Melchiorri, University of Bologna, 
http://www-lar.deis.unibo.it/people/gpalli/, tendon-driven hands
Maximo Roa, DLR, http://www.robotic.dlr.de/Maximo.Roa, evaluation of 
hand capabilities
Giorgio Metta, IIT, http://www.iit.it/en/people/giorgio-metta.html, 
Sensing for hands
Maxime Chalon, DLR, http://www.robotic.dlr.de/Maxime.Chalon, control 
approaches for multifingered hands
Antonio Bicchi, University of Pisa, 
http://www.centropiaggio.unipi.it/~bicchi, control of underactuated hands
Rich Walker, Shadow Robot Company, http://www.shadowrobot.com/about, 
tendon-actuated hands
Marco Controzzi, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, founder of Prensilia, 
http://sssa.bioroboticsinstitute.it/user/186, Hand prosthesis

Important dates
Nov. 18, 2014   Workshop in Madrid, Spain, as part of Humanoids 2014

Gianluca Palli, University of Bologna, gianluca.palli at unibo.it

Maximo A. Roa, German Aerospace Center (DLR), maximo.roa at dlr.de

Markus Grebenstein, German Aerospace Center (DLR), markus.grebenstein at dlr.de

Gianluca Palli, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Bologna
DEI - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering
CIRI - Advanced Applications in Mechanical Engineering and Materials 
LAR - Laboratory of Automation and Robotics
Viale Risorgimento 2
40136 Bologna - Italy

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