Workshop II
- Parallel and Cable Robots: Learning From Past For Future Frontiers

Prof. Philippe Cardou, Laval University

Speech Title: "The analogy between cable robots and robotic hands"

Bio: Philippe Cardou received the B.Eng. degree in mechanical engineering from Universite Laval, Quebec City, in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree from McGill University, Montreal, in 2008. In 2007, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universite Laval, where he currently works as a professor. He specializes in the design of robots and articulated mechanisms, with a strong interest in kinematics and optimisation. In his perpetual quest for “the optimal solution”, he tries to combine the creativity of the designer with the computing power of the machine.

Prof. Hamid D. Taghirad, K. N. Toosi University of Technology

Speech Title: "Cable Robots applications in Art: Challenges and Developments"

Bio: Hamid D. Taghirad has received his B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1989, his M.Sc. in mechanical engineering in 1993, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1997, both from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is currently the University Vice-Chancellor for Global strategies and International Affairs, Professor and the Director of the Advanced Robotics and Automated System (ARAS), Department of Systems and Control, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He is a senior member of IEEE, and Editorial board of International Journal of Robotics: Theory and Application, and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. His research interest is robust and nonlinear control applied to robotic systems. His publications include five books, and more than 250 papers in international Journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Darwin Lau, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Speech Title: "Relating the Fundamental Research of Cable-Driven Parallel Robots to Practical Developments"

Bio: Darwin Lau currently works at the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Darwin does research in Robotics Kinematics, Dynamics and Control Systems Engineering of redundantly actuated complex mechanisms, such as anthropomorphic and cable-driven robots. Applications of the work include biomechatronics, and construction and architecture robotics.

Dr. Mohammad A. Khosravi, Amirkabir University of Technology

Speech Title: "Cable-Driven Parallel Robots: Control Challenges and Solutions"

Bio: Dr. Mohammad A. Khosravi has received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree both from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2013, respectively, in electrical engineering. He is currently an assistant professor with Amirkabir University of Technology. His research interests lie in the areas of parallel robotics, cable driven robots, robust control and nonlinear control theory.

Prof. Tobias Bruckmann, University of Duisburg-Essen

Speech Title: "Transfer of Cable Robots into Applications for Construction Automation"

Bio: Dr. Tobias Bruckmann received the Dipl.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany, in 2004 and the Dr.-Ing. In 2010. He is currently working as a Lecturer and Research Group Leader at the Chair of Mechatronics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, where he is leading a research team with experiences in numerous fields of robotics, including cable-driven parallel manipulators, construction machines and human-machine interaction. His interests focus on cable-driven parallel manipulators, mechatronic system design and real-time control. Dr. Bruckmann is co-initiator and member of the scientific committee of the “International Conference on Cable-Driven Parallel Robots”, that took place in Stuttgart, Germany, 2012, in Duisburg, Germany, 2014, in Québec, Canada, 2017 and in Krakow, Poland, 2019. In parallel, he was member of the scientific committees of the annual IFToMM D-A-CH Conferences 2015 to 2020.

Prof. ‪Stéphane Caro, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Prof. Marco Carricato, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Speech Title: "Coming soon..."

Bio: Marco Carricato (Senior Member, IEEE) received the M.Sc. degree (Hons.) in mechanical engineering, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanics of machines, in 2002. He has been with the University of Bologna, since 2004. He was a Visiting Researcher with the University of Florida, USA; Laval University, Canada; University of Guanajuato, Mexico; Inria Sophia Antipolis, France; Ecole Centrale of Nantes, France; and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is currently a Full Professor. His research interests include robotic systems, servo-actuated automatic machinery, and the theory of mechanisms. He was awarded the AIMETA Junior Prize 2011 by the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics for Outstanding Results in the field of Mechanics of Machines. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Mechanism and Machine Theory (Based on document published on 5 April 2021).

Prof. ‪Stéphane Caro, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Stéphane Caro, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Speech Title: "Cable-Driven Parallel Robots and Industrial Applications"

Bio: Stéphane Caro works as Director of Research at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is the head of the “Robots and Machines for Manufacturing Society and Services” (RoMaS) Team at LS2N. Dr. Caro received his Engineering and M.Sc. degrees in mechanical engineering from Ecole Centrale Nantes in 2001, and his Doctorate degree in from the University of Nantes in 2004. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Centre for Intelligent Machines, McGill University in 2005 and 2006. Dr. Caro’s research focuses on design, modeling and control of cable-driven parallel robots and reconfigurable parallel robots. He is the author of 67 papers published in international journals, 159 papers presented in international conferences, 46 contributions in books and 6 patents.

Prof. ‪Stéphane Caro, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Dominique Martinez, LORIA, a computer science laboratory in Nancy, France

Speech Title: "Automatic tracking of free-flying insects using a cable-driven robot"

Bio: Dominique Martinez is a CNRS senior scientist (Director of Research) and works at LORIA, a computer science laboratory in Nancy, France. His research is based on an interdisciplinary approach using engineering techniques for system neuroscience and applying neurophysiological principles to technical implementations.