Program (updated)

Time Talk
09:00 – 09:30

Avik De

co-authored by: Daniel E. Koditschek & Gavin Kenneally

KOD*LAB, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Platform design using dynamic motor, electronics, and transmission models


09:30 – 10:00

Nic Radford

Houston Mechatronics, USA
Actuating Aquanaut: Designing the ideal electric motor for wide torque/speed operation


10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00

Interactive & Demonstrator Session

Interactive Presentations

Design of a Lightweight Elbow-Wrist Exoskeleton Using Series Elastic Actuators with High Torque-to-Weight Ratios

Yin-Yu Su, Kuan-Yi Wu and Chao-Chieh Lan


Aquanaut – Houston Mechatronics

Modular Series Elastic Actuators by HEBI Robotics

AnyDrives by AnyBotics

11:00 – 11:30

Yasutaka Fujimoto

Yokohama National University, JPN
Design of highly backdirvable reduction gears for robotic actuators


11:30 – 12:00

Sangbae Kim

Massechussets Institute of Technology, USA
Propriocetpive actuation: robots for physical interaction


12:00 – 12:30

Hae-Won Park

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, USA
Design of a Torque-Controlled Actuator for Dynamic Maneuvers


12:30 – 14:00
(Time Updated)

Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:30
(Time Updated)

Sehoon Oh

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), KOR
Robust Force Estimation of Series Elastic Actuator

14:30 – 15:00

Masayuki Inaba

University of Tokyo, JPN
Humanoid Activities and Evaluations for Actuator, Controller and Systems



15:00 – 15:30

(Time Updated)


  Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00

(Time Updated)

Interactive  & Demonstrator Session

Interactive Presentations

Design and Benchtop Validation of a Powered Knee-Ankle Prosthesis with High-Torque, Low-Impedance Actuators

Toby Elery, Siavash Rezazadeh, Christopher Nesler, Jack Doan, Hanqi Zhu and Robert Gregg

Certification of Torque-controlled Actuators

Thiago Boaventura Cunha, Jonas Buchli and Jan Okle


Robotic Leg Demonstration by Dynamic Robotics Lab, Illinois

Minature Actuators by MIT

Series Elastic Actuation by DGIST Motion Control Lab


16:00 – 16:30

(Time Updated)


Arne Wahrburg

ABB Robotics & Automation, GER
Torque Controlled Actuators for Industrial Manipulators – From “Feels Good” to Quantifiable Performance Criteria

16:30 – 17:00

Bram Vanderborght

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE
When to select a locking mechanism, serial or parallel spring as part of actuation topology


17:00 – 17:30

Alin Albu-Schäffer

German Aerospace Center (DLR), GER
Controlled Compliance, SEA, VIA: how close do we get to biological muscle performance?


17:30 – 18:30

Round Table Discussion