[robotics-worldwide] [meetings]Eighth Summer School on Screw-Theory Based Methods in Robotics, December 2017, Monash University, Melbourne

zlatanov at dimec.unige.it zlatanov at dimec.unige.it
Sun Oct 1 05:44:58 PDT 2017

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you for a very special edition of our
long-running summer school including a celebration of the work and
contributions of Kenneth H. Hunt to our field:

The Eighth International Summer School on

Screw-Theory Based Methods in Robotics

2 December -- 10 December 2017

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

The 2017 Summer Screws will be held on a new continent, Australia,
and in an unusual month, December. Yet, the time and place could
not be more appropriate.

It is the beginning of the Southern summer, as befits a summer
school, in a time window immediately after IFToMM ISRM 2017 (the
International Symposium on Robotics & Mechatronics) and right
before ACRA 2017 (the Australasian Conference on Robotics and
Automation, the premier yearly robotics event in the region), both
held in Sydney.

The location, Monash University, and Australia, is uniquely
significant for our core subject. It is where nearly 50 years ago
Kenneth H. Hunt and his collaborators revitalized and updated screw
theory and started applying it to the emerging field of robotics.

As a special feature of the 2017 edition, a number of local guest
lecturers, including Kenneth Waldron (Stanford and University of
Technology Sydney) and Marcus Pandy (University of Melbourne), will
talk about the history of screw theory in Australia and the special
role played by Kenneth Hunt, whom they knew well.

Like every year, Summer Screws 2017 will gather a selection of our
regular lecturers, all recognized experts in the robotics
applications of screw theory, and up to 40 participants at Monash
University in Melbourne, Australia from 2 to 10 December. The
school will teach attendees how to apply existing methods and
empower them to develop new ones in their own research. The basic
theoretical notions will be introduced in a rigorous manner, with
emphasis on examples, applications, and exercises. As usual,
invited speakers from the region will briefly present current and
recent work.

The main topics, constantly developed and updated by our lecturers,

1. Basic vector-space properties of twists and wrenches: physical
interpretation of the linear operations; linear dependence and
independence, subspaces; bases and coordinates. Screw systems:
geometry and classifications. (Dimiter Zlatanov and Marco

2. Scalar products, dual spaces, reciprocity. Constraint and
freedom in mechanisms. Constraint analysis, type synthesis of
single-loop mechanisms, type synthesis of parallel manipulators.
(Xianwen Kong, Dimiter Zlatanov, and Marco Carricato))

3. Velocity and singularity analysis of parallel and
interconnected-chain mechanisms. Derivation of input-output
velocity equations and singularity conditions. (Matteo Zoppi and
Dimiter Zlatanov)

4. Mappings between screw spaces, stiffness and inertia. Structure
of robot compliance. Eigenvalue problems and eigenscrews. Synthesis
with springs. (Harvey Lipkin and Dimiter Zlatanov)

5. 6D formulation of the dynamics of individual rigid bodies and
rigid-body systems. Equations of motion. Dynamics algorithms. (Roy
Featherstone and Harvey Lipkin)

6. Basic Lie-group theory, matrix representations of the group of
rigid-body displacements. Lie algebras as related to screw theory.
The exponential map and its applications in modern robotics. (Jon
Selig and Peter Donelan)

Up to 40 registrations are available at the price of 490 AUD, no
later than 10 November 2017. Limited financial support is

The enthusiastic feedback from each of the completed seven very
successful Summer Screws events (Genoa-Italy, Shanghai-China, again
in Genoa, Florianopolis-Brazil, Bologna-Italy, Beijing-China, and
ÉTS-Montreal) proves that our continuing initiative provides a
service that the robotics community values and supports. We invite
you to come to Melbourne and support us by becoming a member of a
special and growing group of roboticists: our more than 250
graduates from all over the world.

Summer Screws 2017 is organized by the Laboratory of Motion
Generation and Analysis (LMGA) of Monash Univeristy, Melbourne,
Australia and the PMARlab Robotics Group of the University of
Genoa, Italy with the financial support of the Robotics and
Automation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE-RAS).

For more information visit the Summer Screws web pages:


Sincerely yours,

Dimiter Zlatanov, Chao Chen, and Matteo Zoppi
zlatanovATdimec.unige.it, chao.chenATmonash.edu

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