Introduction speakers

Darwin G Caldwell
Compliance - Enhancing Stability Locomotion and Interaction in Humanoids


Darwin G Caldwell is a founding Director at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, Italy, and a Honorary Professor at the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Bangor, Kings College, London and Tianjin University China. His research interests include innovative actuators, humanoid and quadrupedal robotics and locomotion (iCub, cCub, HyQ and COMAN), haptic feedback, force augmentation exoskeletons, dexterous manipulators, biomimetic systems, rehabilitation and surgical robotics, telepresence and teleoperation procedures. He is the author or co-author of over 350 academic papers, and 15 patents and has received awards from several international journals and conference including; IMechE Publications Best Paper Award 2009, Industrial Robot Journal 2010, ICRA 2007, IROS 2007 & 2012, ICAR 2003, Humanoids 2008 & 2012, MMVR 2011, ACHI 2010, IEEE CASE 2008, IEEE ICMA 2011 and Virtual Concepts 2006. He is an associate editor for the IEEE Trans. on Mechatronics and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Social Robotics and Industrial Robot.

Short Abstract

For robots in human-centred applications, traditional (rigid, heavy, hard-bodied) approaches to design may need to be replaced by hybrid philosophies combining the best engineering principles (speed, robustness, accuracy, and endurance), with biological concepts that emulate ’softer’ compliant structures. Key to this new compliant philosophy is the actuator and sensing technology, and the control structures. This presentation examines new torque controlled and compliant actuation technologies for the Compliant huMANoid robot, COMAN. The hardware and software structures that provide the robot with controlled, stable, full body interaction will be examined, and results will show the robot walking on non-flat surfaces, on/across unstable slopes, rejecting simultaneous upper and lower body impacts, rejecting disturbance impacts during walking, and stabilisation on a moving platform

Enrico Dini
The Large Scale 3D Printer, Exploring 3D printing-based building techniques for a new Renaissance into Architecture


Since 2004 the Italian engineer Enrico Dini is pioneering the application of the principles of 3D Printing as a large scale building system for the construction industry. In 2007 Enrico adopted an eco-friendly binding chemistry and developed the D-Shape™, a Giant 3D Printer based on sand layered deposition system. Running D-Shape he printed the Radiolaria, a 2 meter tall building free-form sandstone structure. During the following years Enrico printed more objects for the Art and Design market, but never forget his original aim to revolutionise the Architecture exploring the possible methods to make 3D Printing as a real Building Construction Technique

Maarten Steinbuch
From World Champion RoboCup to World Nation in Robotics

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Maarten Steinbuch is professor in Systems- and Control at Eindhoven University of Technology. He received the M.Sc. and PhD degrees from Delft University of Technology, in 1984 and 1989 resp. From 1987-1999 he was with Philips Research and CFT. Since 1999 he is full professor of the Control Systems Technology group of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2008 his research group obtained the excellence rating [5555]. His research interests are modelling and control of motion systems, robotics, automotive powertrains and of fusion

He is also editor-in-chief of IFAC Mechatronics, director of the TU/e Graduate Program Automotive Systems and 3TU scientific director of the Centre of Competence High Tech Systems.

Short Abstract

In the Netherlands we are world leader in Mechatronics and also in soccer, with robots! The capabilities we have in systems thinking and integration are unique and gives us advantages in robotics. With this aim the RoboNed initiative unites robotics research groups from academia and industry and gives focus in common strategies.

As an example, some minimal surgical procedures in eye surgery require extreme precision, and are challenging procedures for the surgeon. Using master/slave robotics new solutions are developed, supporting medical technology and application. Both high precision design as well as
appropriate control system technology is required.
For home applications of robotics, autonomous systems are challenging in many respects, as is the case with playing soccer with robots. Finally, cars become robots: they are intelligent systems, "iPad on wheels", with clean electrical propulsion and driving in platoon in future.