Emerging paradigms for assistive robotic manipulation: from research labs to the real world

ICRA 2023 Full Day Workshop (FW11)

June 2nd, 2023, ExCel London


The capability to grasp and manipulate objects allows people to interact with their surrounding environment, and is key in daily working and social activities. Assistive technologies such as wheelchair-mounted robotic arms, prostheses, and supernumerary limbs have already shown their capability in providing more independence to people lacking manipulation skills due to an innate or acquired upper-limb motor disability.

This workshop aims at connecting developers, distributors, and end-users of assistive robots with expert researchers in the field of robotic manipulation to discuss how new and advanced grasp planning and control algorithms (e.g., techniques for grasping deformable objects), as well as new design paradigms for robotic hands (e.g., soft/smart materials, innovative sensing/actuation systems), have already been, or have the potential to be, adopted in assistive applications.

A special focus will also be the analysis of guidelines and best practices for a user-centric design, development and transfer of new approaches in the field from the research labs to the assistive world. For the transfer to be successful, not only the robotic solutions should work effectively and reliably, but they should, above all, be accepted by the end-users and the society.




Carme Torras (Polytechnical University of Catalunya - UPC, Spanish Scientific Research Council - CSIC)

Jorn Voegel (German Aerospace Center - DLR)

Manuel Catalano (University of Pisa, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)

Maria Fossati (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)

Domenico Prattichizzo (University of Siena)

Masahiko Inami (University of Tokyo)

Francesca Burgo (Existo S.r.l.)

Narcis Miguel (PAL Robotics)

Jose González-Vargas (Ottobock, Germany)

Simon Fielden (Rahana Life, UK)

Charlie Kemp/Aaron Edsinger (Hello Robot Inc., the US)

Ana Perez (Hospital Clínic de Barcelona)

Giulia Pompili (Siena Surgery)

Tomohiro Shibata (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan)

Yan Wu (A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)

Siddhartha Srinivasa (University of Washington, the US)

Maya Cakmak (University of Washington, the US)

Harold Soh (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Birgit Graf (Fraunhofer IPA, Germany)


Researchers interested in presenting their work during the workshop can submit an extended abstract in standard IEEE conference template, 2 pages. Please note that it is possible to use material that has already been presented in a previous conference. Abstracts will be reviewed by the organizers.

Extended abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to:

  • Maria Pozzi (maria.pozzi@unisi.it)

  • Virginia Ruiz Garate (Virginia.RuizGarate@uwe.ac.uk)

  • Jihong Zhu (jihong.zhu@york.ac.uk)

  • Fan Zhang (f.zhang16@imperial.ac.uk)

Authors of accepted abstracts will have to prepare a poster and present it in person during the workshop.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: March 10th, 2023 (AoE)

Notification of acceptance: March 24th, 2023 (AoE)

Workshop: June 2nd, 2023


Maria Pozzi

(University of Siena, Italy)

Jihong Zhu

(University of York, the UK)

Fan Zhang

(Imperial College London, the UK)

Virginia Ruiz Garate

(University of the West of England, Bristol, the UK)

Zackory Erickson

(Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University, the US)

Maximo A. Roa

(German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany)

Jens Kober

(TU Delft, the Netherlands)

Michael Gienger

(Honda Research Institute EU, Germany)

Yiannis Demiris

(Imperial College London, the UK)


The previous editions of this workshop were held at RSS2019 and ICRA2021. More details are available here.


We gratefully acknowledge the funding from the projects "HARIA - Human-Robot Sensorimotor Augmentation" (Horizon Europe, GA No. 101070292) and "THE - Tuscany Health Ecosystem" (PNRR, MUR, Italy).