Workshop on Mobile Manipulation in Manufacturing


The manufacturing sector is nowadays the largest robot user. It has in-depth knowledge of the advantages and limitations of the traditional robotics systems, and therefore offers application scenarios par excellence to the mobile manipulators research community.

The objective of this workshop is to open a discussion forum that allows experts and potential end-users in mobile manipulation to cross share recent developments, challenges and future research trends with the potential end-users of this technology.



Agenda of the workshop for Friday, March 13th, Room 3:

  1. 08:30-08:35 Introduction by the moderators

  1. 08:35-08:55 Part handling in manufacturing automation. STAMINA project

  2. Presenter: Volker Krüger, Germano Veiga

  3. 08:55-09:15 Cooperative outfitting inside ship blocks. CARLoS project

  4. Presenter: Antón Garcia, Germano Veiga, Volker Kruger, Rafael Lopez

  5. 09:15-09:35 Mobile manipulators for aerospace production. VALERI project

  6. Presenter: José Saenz, Uwe Zimmermann

  7. 09:35-10:00 Open discussion on industrial applications of cooperative manipulation:    

  8. Challenges and benchmarks

  9. Technology needs for SPARC roadmapping 


  1. Volker Kruger, Aalborg University, Denmark,  

  2. Germano Veiga, INESC-TEC, Portugal,

  3. Antón Garcia-Diaz, AIMEN, Spain, 

  4. José Saenz, Fraunhofer IFF, Germany,

  5. Uwe Zimmermann, KUKA Roboter, Germany,

Further information:

We will have industrial and RTD partners involved in mobile manipulators projects in manufacturing application scenarios such as logistics for the automotive industry (STAMINA), large scale manufacturing operations for shipyards (CARLoS), and assembly in aerospace manufacturing (VALERI). Topics of interest include:

  1. Challenges on mobile manipulators for industrial applications,

  2. Localization and Navigation,

  3. Arm navigation and path planning,

  4. Human robot interaction and cooperation,

  5. Safety for collaborative robotics

  6. Manipulation and Object recognition and localization.

Friday, March 13th, Room 3