Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics Lab



IROS2020 Full-day Workshop
Mechanisms and Design from Inception to Realization


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


Mechanisms and design are critical to many advances in various fields of robotics. Still, many aspects of the design process are often left out of the reports on the work (like publications and presentations), which focus almost exclusively on the final iteration and its performance. This workshop aims to provide its audience an instructive view into the complete design process of some of the most successful of today's robots, from idea to realization. Invited speaker and contributors will present their work, starting from the original idea that sparked the process, through multiple design iterations (including failed prototypes and lessons learned), and finally arriving at the "demo unit". The workshop will illustrate this process in multiple domains. Instead of focusing on a particular research advancement, presentations and contributions will center on the process of design as fundamental to many areas, and illustrate it through multiple novel mechanisms and robots at the leading edge of the state of the art.





Mechanism and design
Design process
Failure resilient, robot safety
Human-robot collaboration
Exoskeletons and wearable robots
Soft robots, surgical robots





Hao Su
City University of New York
City College

Matei Ciocarlie
Columbia University

Kyujin Cho
Seoul National University

Darwin Lau
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Claudio Semini
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Damiano Zanotto
Stevens Institute of Technology





Roland Siegwart, ETH (confirmed)
Mark Cutkosky, Stanford (confirmed)
Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary University of London (confirmed)
Bram Vanderborght, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (confirmed)
Koichi Suzumori, Tokyo Institute of Technology (confirmed)
Jean-Pierre Merlet, INRIA (confirmed)
Sangbae Kim, MIT (confirmed)
Carmel Majidi, CMU (confirmed)
Ronald Fearing, UC Berkeley (confirmed)
Elliott Rouse, University of Michigan (confirmed)





(6 invited speakers will present 30min/person, 4 invited speakers will present 15min/person, 4 contributed speakers will present 15min/person)

08:20 -- 08:30 | Welcoming Remarks

08:30 -- 09:00 | Roland Siegwart, Invited Speaker #1

09:00 -- 09:30 | Mark Cutkosky, Invited Speaker #2

09:30 -- 10:00 | Two talks from contributed papers, Young Researchers

10:00 -- 10:30 | Poster and demo spotlight, Short pitch about their poster/demos

10:30 -- 11:00 |-------------Coffee break, poster/demo session-------------

11:00 -- 11:30 | Koichi Suzumori, Invited Speaker #3

11:30 -- 12:00 | Bram Vanderborght, Kaspar Althoefer, Invited Speaker #4-5

12:00 -- 13:30 |------------------------------Lunch--------------------------------------

13:30 -- 14:00 | Jean-Pierre Merlet, Invited Speaker #6

14:00 -- 14:30 | Sangbae Kim, Invited Speaker #7

14:30 -- 15:00 | Two talks from contributed papers, Young Researchers

15:00 -- 15:30 |------------Coffee break, poster/demo session--------------

15:30 -- 16:00 | Ronald Fearing, Invited Speaker #8

16:00 -- 16:30 | Elliott Rouse, Carmel Majidi, Invited Speaker #9-10

16:30 -- 17:00 | Panel Discussion and Awards, Best Poster and Best Demo awards ceremony