Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Paolo Boscariol
Dept of Management and Engineering – University of Padua (Italy)
Lecture Topic: Motion design for industrial applications

Bio: Paolo Boscariol was born in Sacile (PN) in 1982. Achieved the Master degree in Electronic Engineering in January 2008, at the University of Udine, Italy. Achieved the PhD in Industrial and Information Engineering at the University od Udine in 2012. Since then has been a research associate at DIEGM, University of Udine from 2012 to 2016. Has joined DTG in Vicenza, University of Padova in August 2016 as a fixed-term assistant professor, and since April 2018 is a tenured-track assistant professor in the same department. Has taught several courses at the University of Udine, University of Bolzano, and University of Padova. He currently teaches Mechanics of Machines. 
His research interests include the motion planning of mechatronic devices, the energy-efficient operation of automatic machines, the modeling and control of flexible-link mechanisms. 

Prof. Giuseppe Carbone
Dept of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering – University of Calabria (Italy)
Lecture Topic: TBA

Bio: Giuseppe Carbone has got the Ph.D. degree at University of Cassino (Italy) where he has been a key member of LARM (Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics) for about 20 years. Among others, he has been Senior Lecturer and Member of the Executive Board of Sheffield Robotics, Sheffield, UK; Visiting Professor at Humanoid Robotics Institute (Waseda University, Japan), at Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (University Carlos III Madrid, Spain), at Beijing Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Beihang University, Beijing, China), at Pprime Institute (University of Poitiers, France). Currently, he is Deputy Chair of IFToMM Technical Committee on Robotics and Mechatronics, Deputy Chair of the Youth Committee of the International Society of Bionics and Biomechanics, Treasurer of the IFToMM Italy Organization. He published over 300 research papers supervising more than 10 PhD students. He has been principal investigator (PI) or co-PI of more than 20 projects including 7th European Framework and H2020 funds.

Prof. Marco Ceccarelli
Dept of Industrial Engineering – University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)
Lecture Topic: A History Outline on Robot Design in IFToMM 

Bio: Marco Ceccarelli received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 1988. He is Professor of Mechanics of Machines at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, where he chairs LARM2: Laboratory of Robot Mechatronics. His research interests cover subjects of robot design, mechanism kinematics, experimental mechanics with special attention to parallel kinematics machines, service robotic devices, mechanism design, and history of machines and mechanisms whose expertise is documented by several published papers in the fields of Robotics and Mechanical Engineering. He has been visiting professor in several universities in the world and since 2012 at Beijing Institute of Technology. He is ASME fellow. Professor Ceccarelli serves in several Journal editorial boards and conference scientific committees. He is editor of the Springer book series on Mechanism and Machine Science (MMS) and History of MMS. Professor Ceccarelli has been the President of IFToMM, the International Federation for the Promotion of MMS in 2008-11 and 2016-19. He has started several IFToMM sponsored conferences including (HMM) Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms, MEDER (Mechanism Design for Robotics) and MUSME (Multibody Systems and Mechatronics).

Prof. Karl von Ellenrieder
Faculty of Science and Technology – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)
Lecture Topic: Higher Order Sliding Mode (HOSM) Control of Mobile Robots

Bio: Karl Von Ellenrieder received his B.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics, with a specialty in avionics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) in 1990 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University, (USA) in 1992 and 1998, respectively. Since 2016, he has been Full Professor of Automation in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy). From 2003 to 2016, he was with the Department of Ocean & Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University (USA) where, after being promoted through the ranks from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, he ultimately served as Full Professor of Ocean Engineering and as the Associate Director of the SeaTech Institute for Ocean Systems Engineering. His research includes automatic control, the development of robotic unmanned vehicles, human-robot interaction and the experimental testing of field robots.

Prof. Alessandro Gasparetto
Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture – University of Udine (Italy)
Lecture Topic: Trajectory planning in robotics  

Bio: Alessandro Gasparetto is Full Professor of Mechanics of Machines at the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Udine (Udine, Italy), where he is the head of the research group in Mechatronics and Robotics and has several scientific and institutional appointments. He is currently Deputy Rector for Quality Assurance at the University of Udine and Chair of IFToMM Italy, member organization of IFToMM (the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science). His research interests are in the fields of: modeling and control of mechatronic systems, robotics, mechanical design, industrial automation, mechanical vibrations. He is author of about 200 international publications and of three patents in the field of industrial automation.

Dr. Andrea Giusti
Fraunhofer Italia Research (Italy)
Lecture Topic: Control of Modular & Collaborative Robots

Bio: Andrea Giusti is researcher at Fraunhofer Italia Research (FhI), Italy and scientific coordinator of the FhI’s application center. He was Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow within the EU FP7 project SMART-E – “Sustainable Manufacturing through Advanced Robotics Training in Europe” and received his Ph.D. degree at the Department of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time systems of the Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany. He was teaching assistant for “Fundamentals of artificial intelligence”, organizer and lecturer of the lab course “Control of modular robots” at the faculty of informatics at TUM, and visiting researcher at the department of Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genova. He received his Master’s Degree in Mechatronic Engineering, summa cum laude, in 2013, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering in 2010, both from University of Trento, Italy. His research interests include control design, modelling and identification of mechatronic and robotic systems. 

Dr. Michael Hofbaur
Joanneum Research – Institut für Robotik und Mechatronik (Austria)
Lecture Topic: Safety in Collaborative Robot Applications

Bio: Dr. Hofbaur is director and chief scientist of JOANNEUM RESEARCH ROBOTICS with research focus on innovative industrial and service robotics and human-robot interaction. Model-based and systems theoretic methodologies for the control of complex mechatronic systems, as well as AI based concepts for systems diagnosis, planning and control build the foundation of his scientific work in the field of robotics and mechatronics. Work on functional- and robot safety, as well as reliability support his focus on building safety-rated control concepts for modern robot systems. 
Prior to serving as a director for JOANNEUM RESEARCH ROBOTICS, he was professor for Automation and Control at the private University UMIT in Hall/Tyrol from 2009-2014. He earned his PhD from Graz University of Technology in the field of Electrical Engineering in 1999 and became associate professor for Automation and Complex Systems at Graz University of Technology in 2004. In 2000/2001 he was visiting associate professor at the Space Systems Laboratory and the AI Laboratory at M.I.T. in Cambridge USA. In addition to his scientific career path, he became a Chartered Engineer in Electrical Engineering in 2011 and worked as consultant for functional safety from 2012-2014. 

Prof. Stephen Licht
University of Rhode Island (USA)
Lecture Topic: Experimental Control of Mobile Robots

Bio: Stephen Licht received the Ph.D. degree in oceanographic and mechanical engineering from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 2008, where he created “Finnegan the RoboTurtle.” He was a Senior Research Scientist with Maritime Research Group, iRobot, Bedford, MA, USA, and a Senior Robotics Engineer with Vecna Robotics, Cambridge, MA, USA. He is Associate Professor with University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA, where he is the Director of the Robotics Laboratory for Complex Underwater Environments.

Prof. Angelika Peer
Faculty of Science and Technology – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)
Lecture Topic: Intention recognition and shared control in human robot collaboration

Bio: Angelika Peer is currently Full Professor at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. From 2014 to 2017 she  was Full Professor at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK and before senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Automatic Control Engineering and TUM-IAS Junior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Technical University of Munich, Germany. She received the Diploma Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in 2004 and the Doctor of Engineering degree in 2008 from the same university. Her research interests include robotics, haptics, teleoperation, human–human and human–robot interaction as well as human motor control.

Prof. Martin Pfurner
Unit Geometry and CAD University of Innsbruck (Austria)
Lecture Topic: Kinematic Analysis of Parallel Mechanisms

Martin Pfurner is associate professor at the University of Innsbruck, and he earned his PhD from the same university in the subject of Kinematics and Geometry in 2006. He has a master’s degree in geometry and mathematics as high school teacher from Graz University of Technology and University of Graz. He is currently in the executive board of the Campus Technik Lienz of the University of Innsbruck, secretary of the Technical Committee for Computational Kinematics of IFToMM and associate editor of the Journal Mechanism and Machine Theory. His research interests include algebraic analysis and synthesis of serial, parallel and hybrid manipulators, over-constrained single-loop mechanisms, geometry of mechanisms and didactics in geometry for teaching at university and high school levels.

Prof. Giuseppe Quaglia
Dept of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Lecture Topic: Mechanism Design for Mobile Robots, Electric Wheelchairs and Agricultural UGV

Bio: In 1994 Giuseppe Quaglia entered the role of researcher, in applied mechanics, at the Department of Mechanics of the Politecnico di Torino, where he became Associate Professor in 2003 and Full Professor in 2018. 
His main research fields are robotics, mechatronics, dynamics of vehicles and mechanical systems, industrial automation and fluid automation, applied mechanics, synthesis of mechanisms, mechatronic systems for disabled, appropriate technologies and human development (systems and devices for construction, agriculture and transport), energy saving and recovery systems. The research has produced not only theoretical analyses, mathematical models and projects, but often led to the creation of innovative prototypes (wheelchairs, actuators and pneumatic systems, vehicle suspensions, kinematics and wrists for robots, mobile robots, steer by wire systems), some of them are described in national and international patents. He has also carried out and/or coordinated numerous research projects between Politecnico di Torino  and private companies including COMAU, FIAT FERROVIARIA SpA, DAYCO, MERLO, CORCOS SpA , TEXA AT, RANCILIO, CF Rubber, SKF industrie S.p.A, TESEO, FREUDENBERG SEALING TECHNOLOGIES. He is member of the Academic Senate of the University “Politecnico di Torino”, member ASME, deputy chair of IFToMM Italy and deputy chair of the World IFToMM Technical Committee on Sustainable Energy System. 

Dr. Giulio Reina
Department of Engineering for Innovation – University of Salento, Lecce (Italy)
Lecture Topic: Mobile Robots for Planetary Exploration

Bio: Giulio Reina received the Laurea degree and the Research Doctorate degree from the Politecnico of Bari, Italy in 2000 and 2004 respectively, both in Mechanical Engineering. From 2002 to 2003, he worked at the University of Michigan Mobile Robotics Laboratory as a Visiting Scholar. In 2007, he was awarded a Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship for a one-year research at the Space Robotics Laboratory of Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. In 2010, Dr. Reina was also selected to receive an Endeavour Research Fellowship at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics of the University of Sydney, Australia. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in Applied Mechanics with the Department of Engineering for Innovation of the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy. His research interests include mobile robotics for planetary exploration, vehicle dynamics, and advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) for automotive and agriculture industry towards self-driving vehicles. He is involved as principal investigator in the H2020 project: Autonomous DEcision making in very long traverses (ADE).

Prof. Giulio Rosati
Dept of Industrial Engineering – University of Padua (Italy)
Lecture Topic: TBA

Bio: Giulio Rosati received the Laurea degree “magna cum laude” in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Padua, Italy, in 1999 and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mechanics at the University of Brescia, Italy, in 2003. Associate Professor (since 2006) and Assistant Professor (since 2004) at the School of Engineering of the University of Padua, Italy. Full Professor of Machine Mechanics and Robotics at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Padua (since 2018). He is responsible of the Robotics and Automation Labs of the Department of Industrial Engineering.
His research activity spans from industrial robotics to medical/interactive robotics, machine mechanics and mechanical systems control, and received several national and international awards. He is author or co-author of more than 130 scientific papers published in international journals and international conference proceedings, and 4 patents.
He participated to several National and International Research Projects, among which: one PRIN Project funded by the Italian Ministry of Research, entitled “Intelligent CAble-driven roBOTs (ICABOT): an adaptive approach to robot design and control” (Principal Investigator); one FIRB Project funded by the Italian Ministry of Research, entitled “Flexible haptic system for rehabilitation” (Research Unit PI). Main scientific collaborations: S.K. Agrawal, Columbia University in the City of New York (New York, NY, USA); D.J. Reinkensmeyer, Univ. of California at Irvine (Irvine, CA, USA); S. Kautz, Medical Univ. South Carolina (Charleston, SC, USA); D. Prattichizzo, Univ. di Siena e IIT.

Prof. Yukio Takeda
Tokyo Institute of Technology, School of Engineering (Japan)
Lecture Topic: Kinematic Design of Parallel Robots 

Bio: Yukio Takeda is a Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and also serves as the Director of the Industry-University Cooperation Office in School of Engineering at Tokyo Tech. He joined Tokyo Tech in 1989 as a Research Associate. He received his Doctoral Degree in Engineering from Tokyo Tech in 1995 and became an Associate Professor in 1996. He was a Visiting Scholar at Technical University of Munich, Germany, and University of Florida, USA in 2000. He has previously served as the Program Officer at Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology from 2002 to 2004. He has been a full professor of Mechanical Engineering Department as a chair of Mechanical Systems Design Laboratory since 2012. He is currently the chairman of the Technical Committee for Robotics and Mechatronics, IFToMM since 2017, and was the chairman of the Technical Division of Machine Design and Tribology, JSME, 2016-2017. He is currently an associate editor of Mechanism and Machine Theory, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems and J. of Advanced Mechanical Design, Systems, and Manufacturing. 

Prof. Alberto Trevisani
Dept of Management and Engineering – University of Padua (Italy)
Lecture Topic: Performance evaluation of rigid-link and cable driven robotic manipulators

Bio: Alberto Trevisani is full professor of Mechanics of Machines at the Department of Management and Engineering (DTG) of the University of Padova (since 2015). He is the President of the Degree Course in Product Innovation Engineering (B.Sc & M.Sc). Previously, he has also served the University of Padova as Coordinator of the Ph.D. Curriculum in Mechatronics and Industrial Systems of the Doctoral School of Industrial Engineering and as Deputy Director of the Doctoral School of Mechatronics and Product Innovation Engineering.
His current research interests are in the fields of flexible-link multibody systems (model reduction, model updating, state estimation, motion and vibration control), design optimization of vibrating systems (inverse dynamic structural modification, vibration confinement), industrial manipulators (performance evaluation, energy efficient trajectory planning, collaborative robots) and cable driven robots (modeling, trajectory. planning, performance evaluation, recovery strategies after cable failures). He has published more than 130 papers, 52 of which in international journals. He has served as invited peer reviewer for more than 20 indexed journals and 5 national and international founding agencies. He is also the co-inventor of a European patent. He has been the principal investigator of 5 research programs funded by public or private agencies and coordinator of 12 research and technology transfer projects with private companies.

Dr.-Ing. Erich Wehrle
Faculty of Science and Technology – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)
Lecture Topic: Optimal design of compliant mechanisms and motion planning

Bio: Erich Wehrle is Assistant Professor for Applied Mechanics at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA) and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich (Germany). He carried out research in structural design optimization with crash loading under uncertainty at Institute of Lightweight Structures of the Technical University of Munich leading to the Doktor-Ingenieur (doctor of engineering) degree. His postdoctoral research at the Associate Professorship of Computational Mechanics of the Technical University of Munich encompassed shape and topology optimization under crash loading. His current research includes design optimization of lightweight mechanical systems and structures, topology optimization for compliant mechanisms, uncertainty analysis with nonlinear mechanics, multibody dynamics, finite-element analysis and engineering education.

Prof. Theeraphong Wongratanaphisan
Dept of Mechanical Engineering – Chiang Mai University (Thailand)
Lecture Topic: Some Aspects in Design of a 6-DOF 3-Legged Parallel Robots

Bio: Dr. Theeraphong Wongratanaphisan received the Ph.D. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, PA, USA in 2001.  He is currently an associate professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chiang Mai University. He has been teaching courses on classical controls, modern controls, robotics, dynamic fundamentals, and mechatronics. In 2002, he established the Motion and Control Laboratory to conduct research in the area of dynamic systems and control, design of mechatronic system and robotics. He is currently focusing on applications related to rehabilitation robotics and agriculture robotics.