2nd Workshop on Modular Concepts for Assembly and Handling at European Robotics Forum 2019

March 20th 14:00-15:30, Bucharest, Romania

At this years European Robotics Forum, taking place March 20th to 22nd in Bucharest, Romania, the

2nd Workshop on Modular Concepts for Assembly and Handling

is taking place on March 20th 14:00.

The objective of the workshop is to continue the discussion on how modular approaches can overcome limitations of solutions based on monolithic robots.


  • 14:00 - 14:05 Welcome, Introduction

  • 14:05 - 14:15 Recap of first workshop

  • 14:15 - 15:00 Presentations

    • Jordi Pages (PAL Robotics): Modular design of robotic arms for assembly

    • Ethan Fowler (Shadow Robot): Modular grasper and system-level modularity

    • Andreas Bihlmaier (robodev): Internal and external modularity

  • 15:00 - 15:25 Moderated audience discussion on "modularity"

  • 15:25 - 15:30 Wrap-up

Call for Contributions

Contributions from academic researchers, companies as well as startups in form of a 7 or 15 minute presentation are highly welcome. If you work on new hardware or software solutions that are targeted at solving the automation entry barrier problem, you will likely have something valuable to add in the discussion. A particular focus is set on handling and assembly systems. All three combinations (off-the-shelf hardware + new software, new hardware + off-the-shelf software, new hardware + new software) are of interest.

Apart from proposing novel solutions, the contribution of real-world use cases, requirements and KPIs for flexible modular(?) robotics handling and assembly systems are encouraged.

The preliminary agenda of the workshop is divided into five parts:
I) Welcome, Introduction
II) Software approaches, 3 presentations, 7 minutes each
III) Hardware approaches, 3 presentations, 7 minutes each
IV) Hardware-software approaches, 3 presentations, 7 minutes each
V) Moderated audience discussion on "modularity"; Wrap-up
Depending on the number of contributions in each segment, 15 minute presentations can also be fitted in.

If you are interested, please send an email with a brief summary of your proposed contribution to bihlmaier@robodev.eu. Also include your preference for a 7 minute or a 15 minute presentation slot. Slots are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis, i.e. the sooner you send your proposal, the sooner you will receive a confirmation.


You can download the slides here:

Bihlmaier: Recap; Internal and External Modularity; Discussion Pages: Modular Design of Robotic Arms For Assembly Fowler: Modular Grapser and System-Level Modularity