Objectives

The improvements in design and control of robotic systems achieved over the past few decades in software/hardware development, result in rapid functioning of robots in designed and structured environments e.g. in industry. In contrast, the manipulation/locomotion agility of even the most dynamic robots when operating in unstructured environments, is yet many times lower than that of most of biological systems, i.e. humans and animals. Such a deficiency results in slow performance of robotic platforms in real-world scenarios, ranging from disaster-response cases to health-care and service tasks. It consequently leads to failure in fulfilling the tasks, as it is often crucial for the robot to quickly respond/react. The progress in robot agility can therefore considerably influence the viable exploitation of robotics in all real-world applications demanding responsiveness and agility. To this end, it is necessary to utilize novel design and control approaches. The proposed workshop focuses on a set of state-of-the-art interdisciplinary topics required for novel robot design and control, to allow for the development of agile robotic systems capable of executing dynamic motions and quickly responding to external/internal state changes.