Prof. Antonio Bicchi

University of Pisa – centropiaggio.unipi.it/~bicchi

Title of the presentation: Adaptable, Resilient, Safe End-of-Arm Tooling for Collaborative Robotics: Are we there yet?

Short BIO
Antonio Bicchi is a researcher interested in Automatic Control, in Haptics, and in Robotics.

After graduating from the University of Bologna, he has been with the MIT AI Lab in Cambridge, USA, and is now Professor of Robotics at the University of Pisa. He was Director of Centro “E. Piaggio” from 2004 to 2012. Since 2009 he leads the Soft Robotics Lab at the  Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. From 2013 he is Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

He has published more than 400 peer reviewed papers on international journals, books, and refereed conferences (h=59 on Google Scholar). In 2015 he founded the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, which in two years become the largest Journal in the field. His 2012-2017 ERC Advanced Grant “SoftHands” established the basis for the theory of soft synergies in human manipulation, and led to the design of a new generation of robotic and prosthetic hands. He helped start up several companies as spin-offs of research activities in the lab.

Antonio Bicchi is a Fellow of IEEE since 2005.

Dr. Olivier Stasse

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LAAS-CNRS – homepages.laas.fr/ostasse

Title of the presentation: Motion generation for humanoid robots and its application to industrial use cases

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Olivier Stasse (CNRS) is a CNRS Research Director in the Gepetto team at LAAS, Toulouse, France. He received the PhD in robotics of University of Paris VI in 2000, and the habilitation of University of Toulouse III in 2013. His main research topic is reactive and vision motivated motion generation for humanoid robotics. He is associate editor at Robotics Automation-Letters and the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics.

He is animating the technical group on humanoid robotics in the French Research Group in Robotics.

Prof. Alessandro De Luca

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Sapienza University – diag.uniroma1.it/~deluca

Title of the presentation: Experiences with a control architecture enabling safe human-robot collaboration

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Alessandro De Luca received the PhD in Systems Engineering in 1987 and is Full Professor of Robotics, Automation, and Automatic Control at DIAG, Sapienza University of Rome since 2000, where he is also Director of the Master of Science in Control Engineering, a program fully taught in English since 2013. He served as an Associate Editor (1994-98), an Editor (1998-2003), and the Editor-in-Chief (2003-04) of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the renamed IEEE Transactions on Robotics from its birth in 2004 until September 2008, and has served as RAS Vice-President for Publication Activities in 2012-13.  He was General Chair of ICRA 2007 held in Rome and Program Chair of ICRA 2016 in Stockholm.

He is an IEEE Fellow (class of 2007), received the German Helmholtz Humboldt Research Award for foreign scientists in 2005, and the IEEE-RAS Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

His research interests cover modeling, motion planning, and various control methods for robotic systems (in particular, for flexible manipulators, kinematically redundant manipulators, underactuated robots, wheeled mobile robots and mobile manipulators), as well as physical human-robot interaction and fault detection/isolation. He has published over 200 journal and conference papers and book chapters, receiving two best conference paper awards (ICRA 1998, BioRob 2012) and one best application paper award (IROS 2008). He is one of the authors of the PROSE-awarded Springer Handbook of Robotics (2008, 2016). With the DIAG Robotics group, he was/is principal investigator in five European research projects (PROMotion, PHRIDOM, FP6 CyberWalk, FP6 PHRIENDS, H2020 SYMPLEXITY) and in many national projects, and participates to H2020 COMANOID. He was national coordinator of the MIUR PRIN project SICURA (2008-10) and coordinator of the FP7 project SAPHARI – Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction (2011-15).


Prof. Pedro Neto

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University of Coimbra – dem.uc.pt/pedro.neto/

Title of the presentation: Collaborative robotics challenges for safe and intuitive interaction: ColRobot use cases in automotive and spacecraft industry.

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Pedro Neto obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from the University of Coimbra in 2012. He is currently Professor Auxiliar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Coimbra, being supervisor of several Ms.C. and Ph.D. students, and Postdoc researchers. Pedro Neto created in 2016 the Collaborative Robotics Laboratory (CoRLuc) with an investment of more than 1 Million Euros. CoRLuc research activities focus in collaborative robotics, human-robot interaction, and the application of robots in advanced manufacturing activities in the context of industry 4.0. Pedro Neto is author of more than 100 publications, including books, book chapters, international journal papers, conference proceedings, reports and demonstration videos. He served in the scientific committees of several conferences and is member of the IEEE Factory Automation technical committee since 2016. Pedro Neto coordinates at the University of Coimbra several research projects, including flagship projects supported by the European Commission under HORIZON 2020 framework.

Dr. Federico Vicentini

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CNR ITIA – linkedin.com/in/federicovicentini

Title of the presentation: Collision-less collaborative mode “Speed and Separation Monitoring”: Technological and normative insights, differences with traditional safeguarding, designing shared spaces between humans and robots.

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Federico Vicentini is a researcher of the National Research Council (CNR) at the Institute of industrial Technologies and Automation (ITIA). His research interests are in industrial robot safety, human-robot interaction and validation procedures. He serves as member of national and international standardization committees for robot and machine safety.

Ing. Sebastien Boria


Title of the presentation: Intrinsic safety robotic control: a new architecture paradigm for Airbus’ shopfloor robotic application

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Sébastien BORIA joined Airbus in 2003 and is located in Blagnac (Fr). He holds M.S Engineering in mechatronics from ENIT (Fr) and M.S Research in low level automation control from INPT ENSEEIHT (Fr). He is in charge of mechatronics and robotics development streams dedicated to manufacturing systems. Therefore his main research topics are smart production systems (using autonomous CPS in an industrial content) and advanced robotics (modular, lightweight, fully integrated robots, with various kinematics including humanoids). He has in charge E2E solution development as well as troubleshooting task forces on existing systems.