There will be a demonstration area. If possible bring your own hardware, please contact the organizers for this.


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Festo will demonstrate its Bionic Handling Assistant – flexible and compliant movement.

Coptermotion will demonstrate its outdoors multirotor technology for video footage and the Huginn X1, a full-autonomous close reconnaissance multirotor drone.

Lab Tour:

There will be a lab tour in the Royal Military Academy and the Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, there will you see for example the biped Lucy, the social robot Probo, the step rehabilitation robots ALTACRO and KNEXO, the prosthesis AMPfoot and Hekta,…

There will be a social dinner organized the first evening and a visit to the townhall with reception and Urban Game on Friday evening. More info on social events.


  • 8:30 – 8:50 Bram Vanderborght-Geert De CubberWelcome and Introduction
  • 8:50 – 9:30 Invited Talk 1: Prof. Giulio Sandini
  • 9:30 – 9:50 Talk 1: Markus Fritzsche, A tactile sensor for human robot interaction on complexly-shaped industrial robots (including demo) (abstract)
  • 9:50 – 10:10 Talk 2: Navvab Kashiri, Precise and Adaptable Motion Control of a Compliant Manipulator provided with Variable Clutch Actuation systems (abstract)
  • 10:10 – 10:30 Talk 3: Andrea Maria Zanchettin, Human-centric behaviour of redundant manipulators for ergonomic human-robot coexistence (abstract)
  • 10:30 – 10:50 COFFEE BREAK
  • 10:50 – 11:30 Invited Talk 2 Prof. Danica Kragic
  • 11:30 – 11:50 Talk 4: Sylvain Calinon, Teaching of bimanual skills in a compliant humanoid robot (abstract)
  • 11:50 – 12:10 Talk 5: Fabien Despinoy, A Step toward Robot Teleoperation with Eyes and Hand (abstract)
  • 12:10 – 12:30 Talk 6: Carlo Masone, Shared trajectory planning for human-in-the-loop navigation of mobile robots in cluttered environments (abstract)
  • 12:30 – 12:50 Presentation Demo Festo: Dr Frontzek (Festo AG & Co. KG Esslingen): Human-Machine Cooperation.
  • 12:50 – 14:00 LUNCH
  • 14:00 – 14:40 Invited Talk 3 Dr. Christian Ott
  • 14:40 – 15:00 Talk 7: Fabrizio Flacco, Integrated control for pHRI: Collision avoidance, detection, reaction and collaboration (abstract)
  • 15:00 – 15:20 Talk 8: Andrzej Maslowski, Towards Collaborative Human Robotics For Humanitarian Demining Through improved e-training tools (abstract)
  • 15:20 – 15:40 Talk 9: Andy Chang, Innovative Software for Robotic System Design (abstract)
  • 15:40 – 16:10 Poster run: 1 minute for every poster (see here for the slides)
  1. Vincent Francoise, Combining visual and force feedback for milling gesture guidance
  2. Sanne Sulejmani, Flexible Optical Fiber Sensor Skins for Robotic Touch Sensing (including demo) (abstract)
  3. Greet Van de Perre, A gesture system for social robots (abstract)
  4. Florentina Adascalitei, Designing an Expressive Robotic Head used in Human-Robot Social Interaction (abstract)
  5. Cristina Anamaria Pop, Using human-friendly robots in Robot Assisted Therapy (abstract)
  6. Serge Thill, Understanding human actions and intentions from observation (abstract)
  7. Kristof Van Moffaert, Adapting Control Policies to User Preferences (abstract)
  8. Benoît Herman, Performance Assessment of Kinematics and Control Interfaces for Laparoscope Positioners (abstract)
  9. Hasan Kivrak, Humanoid Assisted Sign Language Tutoring (abstract)
  10. Daniela Doroftei, Towards collaborative human and robotic rescue workers (abstract)
  11. Martin Riedel, Intercontinental haptic control and advanced supervisory interfaces for groups of multiple UAVs (abstract)
  12. Salah Saleh, Using Depth Information to Perceive an Interaction Partner (abstract)
  13. Francisco J.R. Lera,  Augmented Reality and robotics: Augmented assistance to elderly people (abstract)
  14. Frederic Fol Leymarie, Robot Drawing and Human Engagement (including demo) (abstract)
  15. Oliver Damm, A novel model for believable emotions in human-robot interaction (abstract)
  16. Vladislav Gribov, Engineering Process for Safe Autonomous Robots (abstract)
  17. Christophe Everarts, Variable Stiffness Actuator Based on Infinitely Variable Transmission: Application to an Active Ankle Prosthesis (abstract)
  18. Ron Stavenuiter, Performance Quantification of Variable Stiffness Actuators (abstract)
  19. Glenn Mathijssen, Series-Parallel Elastic Actuation (SPEA) for Reduced Torque Requirements (including demo) (abstract)
  20. Daniel Galinski, Evaluation of initialization procedures for estimating upper limb kinematics with MARG sensors (abstract)
  21. Gerard Dunning, Review of assistive orthoses for passive arm balancing (abstract)
  22. Louis Flynn, Development of a powered knee-ankle prosthesis for transfemoral amputees (abstract)
  23. Nikos Karavas, Standing and Sitting Motion Assistance using a Compliant Knee Exoskeleton. (abstract)
  24. Victor Grosu, Safety aspects for hardware architecture of the gait rehabilitation robot ALTACRO (abstract)
  25. Branko Brackx, Design of the gait rehabilitation robot ALTACRO: a powered exoskelton using compliant actuation (abstract)
  26. W. Hassani, An EMG-driven Lower Limb Powered orthosis for Movement Restoration (abstract)
  27. Karen Junius, Design of an actuated orthosis for support of the sound leg of transfemoral dysvascular amputees (abstract)
  28. Svetlana Grosu, Motor adaptation studies with altered gait pattern implementation (abstract)
  29. Pierre Cherelle, AMP-Foot 2.0 : An Active Trans-tibial Prosthesis that Mimicks Able-Bodied Ankle Behavior (including demo) (abstract)
  30. Joost Geeroms,  Design of a low-power actuated trans-tibial prosthesis with energy storage (abstract)
  31. Francis Wyffels, A Human-Friendly Way of Programming Robots (including demo (abstract)
  32. Cesar Vanderlinden, Design of a DIY social robot ONO (including demo) (abstract)
  33. Koen Willaert, Empathy experiments in Human-Robot Interaction (abstract)
  34. Selma Yilmazyildiz, Voice Style Study for Human-Friendly Robots: Influence of the Physical Appearance (abstract)
  35. Hoang-Long Cao, Using Keepon with a brain-machine interface (including demo ‪ (abstract)
  36. Dino Bortot, Directly or on detours? How should robots approximate humans? (abstract)
  • 17:40 – 18:00 Talk 10: Matthys Arnout, HEKTA (Harvest Energy from the Knee and Transfer it to the Ankle): A transfemoral prosthesis (abstract)
  • 18:00 – 18:20 Talk  Cooptermotion
  • 18:20 – 19:00 Demonstration + Q&A Cooptermotion
  • 19:00 – 19:20  Talk 11: Nicola Vitiello , Frontiers and design challenges of wearable robotics. Two case-study platforms: NEUROExos and HANDEXOS (abstract)
  • 19:20 – 19:40 Talk 12: Patricia Leconte , Design, prototyping and control of an active orthosis for the rehabilitation of the elbow articular complex (abstract)
  • 20:00 Social Dinner

October 19th

  • 8:50 – 9:30 Invited Talk 5 Prof Luc Steels
  • 9:30 – 9:50 Talk 14: Renaud Detry, Compressing Grasping Experience into a Dictionary of Prototypical Grasp-predicting Parts (abstract)
  • 9:50 – 10:10 Talk 15: Consuelo Granata, Robust multimodal interactions with a mobile robot (abstract)
  • 10:10 – 10:30 talk 16: Quentin Oggero, Prototype of active ankle orthosis with specific actuator design and capitalizing on additive manufacturing (abstract)
  • 10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break
  • 10:50 – 11:10 talk 17: Bruno Depraetere  Player adaptive energy-efficient control of a badminton robot (abstract)
  • 11:10 – 11:30 Talk 18:  Georgios Athanasopoulos, Towards Autonomous Child-Robot Interaction (abstract)
  • 11:30 – 11:50 Talk 19: Amir Aly, How to Infer the Intention of Human while Interacting with a Robot? (abstract)
  • 11:50 – 12:10 Talk 20: Ramona Simut, Social robots for ASD therapies: limitations and future directions (abstract)
  • 12:10 – 12:30 Talk 21: Marie-des-Neiges Ruffo, Why autonomous UAVs will lose the War (abstract)
  • 12:30 – 12:45 Organizing CommitteeSummary and Farewell
  • 12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Visit of the different labs (RMA and VUB)
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Visit Town hall Brussels
  • 19:00 – 22:00 Urban game in Brussels (using smartphones with GPS modules)