Live Session


July 19th, 2020, TBD

Invited Talks

The talks of the invited speakers will be available here and in our Youtube playlist soon.

Live Session Link

Microsoft Teams, TBD

The recorded live session will be available online after the workshop



Outline and Objectives

Floating-base manipulators represent the short-term future core technology in factories and are aimed to achieve sophisticated, high-performance industrial processes allowing flexibility and reliability. These robots offer substantial benefits for many industrial applications due to enhanced dynamic and interaction skills. They are less specialized systems than fixed-based robots, providing several opportunities in terms of versatility and adaptability. However, this also implies that new issues not presented in traditional industrial robotics have to be faced. Some of the most relevant ones include a high level of complexity due to kinematic redundancy, working in unstructured environments, coexistence/cooperation with human workers, and a lack of systematic industrial design of human-robot interaction interfaces. Overall, numerous challenges regarding such wide-opened topics as whole-body control, underactuated systems, motion planning, physical robot interaction, or human-robot collaboration, among others, have to be determined.

In this respect, the correct definition of the opportunities involved in implementing these platforms is key to attracting the industrial sector's interest. Likewise, it is imperative to determine the challenges that must be faced to make floating base robots in real industrial applications a reality. This workshop will address the application of floating-base robots in manufacturing and logistics environments. In particular, the workshop will focus on setting up the challenges and opportunities on this topic according to the following questions:

  1. What are the main issues and challenges regarding the application of floating-base robots to manufacturing and logistics operations?
  2. How should these challenges be tackled?
  3. What benefits would the solution to these challenges bring to society and the manufacturing and logistics processes? 

Consequently, this workshop aims to provide a platform for top researchers from the robotics and industrial communities to share their work and inspire cross-discipline collaboration, motivating more integrated research approaches to apply floating-base robots in manufacturing and logistics.




Call for Presentations

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: TBD
  • Notification of acceptance: TBD
  • Final submission: TBD
  • Workshop live session: July 19th, 2021

Topics of interest

  •  Industrial and real-world applications of floating-base robots
  •  Floating-base robots (Humanoids, mobile manipulators, legged robots)
  •  Whole-body control
  •  Grasping and manipulation
  •  Collaborative automation for flexible manufacturing
  •  Human-Robot Interaction and collaboration

Submission website


Instructions for authors




Invited Speakers

  • Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • Abderrahmane Kheddar, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
  • Concepcion A. Monje, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain
  • Dongheui Lee, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany
  • Johannes Englsberger, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
  • Jun Ueda, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA




Juan M. Gandarias, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Arash Ajoudani, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Jesús M. Gómez-de-Gabriel, Universidad de Málaga

Jaeheung Park, Seoul National University





  • IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Whole-Body Control
  • IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Mobile Manipulation
  • IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Automation for Flexible Manufacturing





This workshop is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 871237 (SOPHIA), and from the European Research Council program under grant agreement No. 850932 (Ergo-Lean).