Legacy Disruptors in Applied Telerobotics: Improving the Machine, the Interface, and the Human.

  • Workshop Summary

    Monday 4th November – IROS 2019 – The Venetian Macao, Macau

    The workshop will bring together individuals from the broad field of Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction research, to discuss the future of Human-Machine Interfaces in telerobotics. The focus is to discuss the legacy issues that occur in telerobotics and to draw on innovative approaches that might be introduced. The workshop aims to encourage discussion of new methods and technologies for disrupting existing legacy systems in telerobotics. Examples of established systems from research and industrial applications will be reviewed to identify the lessons learned, and considered alongside areas that have high levels of innovation. The workshop invites participation across industry, academia and throughout all applications in telerobotics.

    The two primary goals of the workshop are (i) to identify the technologies and methods that could introduce improvements to existing operations, and (ii) to capture the best practices in human-machine interaction that have been identified through a long history of telerobotics operations.

    The proposed speakers come from a rich variety of backgrounds, aiming to drive a diverse and cross-collaborative discussion. Speakers bring experience on the challenges and insights of updating legacy telerobotics systems (be it surgical, nuclear, or space), and will present discipline specific solutions brought to these challenges. A plenary discussion will collate the experiences from the participants and focus on a roadmap and general guidelines for best practices moving forward. We expect that the work discussed in the submitted papers will present cutting-edge applications in telerobotics across all fields, giving a great overview on innovative solutions in applications of telerobotics.

    Additional aims include:
    • Identify lessons learned and features that can carry forward from established tele-operation systems.
    • Provide an insight and encourage innovation from new applications of tele-operation (e.g., search and rescue).
    • Produce a clear roadmap for the future of teleoperating system design and guidelines of best practice to adopt.


  • Topics of Interest

    • Disruptive Technologies (VR/AR/etc.)
    • Legacy systems in all areas of telerobotics
    • All applications telerobotics including:
      • Medical and Surgical Robotics
      • Nuclear, Remote, and Hazardous Environments Robotics
      • Off-Shore Remote Inspection and Mining Robotics
      • Space Robotics
      • Search & Rescue Robotics
    • Human Machine Interfaces
      • Physical, Graphical, Augmented and Virtual Realities
  • Registration

    Register here

  • Call for abstracts

    We invite abstracts for short presentations across all applications and topics of telerobotics ranging from managing legacy systems through to new innovations. Abstracts can be submitted for selection in the lightning interactive demo session or for a standard presentation talk.

    Please send your abstract to:


    Submission deadline: 12th Aug 2019

    Decision: 26th Aug 2019

    Format: 500 words. Limit of 2 Figures. Successful submissions will be made available online, subject to author confirmation.

    Please indicate which of the following you would like your abstract to be considered for:

    • Lighting Interactive Presentation (consisting of a two minute talk, followed by interactive poster and/or demonstration session. A monitor for each presenter will be provided by the IROS organisers.
    • Standard Presentation (format: 10 min + 5 min for questions).
    • Either Format.
  • Tentative Programme

    9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
    9:15 – 10:15 Invited Talks 1 and 2 Historical Discussion of Legacy systems
    10:15 – 11:00 Submitted Talks
    11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
    11:30 – 12:30 Invited Talks 3 and 4 New approaches with disruptive technologies
    12:30 – 13:30 Interactive Session Lightening talks and Interactive Posters
    (‘What is a technology you are using and how is it disrupting legacy in your area?’)
    13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
    14:30 – 15:30 Invited talks 5 and 6 Industrial perspective and methodology development
    15:30 – 16:30 Interactive Session Lightening talks and Interactive Posters
    (‘What is a technology you are using and how is it disrupting legacy in your area?’)
    16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
    17:00 – 18:00 Invited talks 7 and 8 Grand outlooks for the future of telerobotics
    18:00 – 19:00 Roadmapping discussion Outlining strategic vision and next steps
    19:00 End
  • Speakers

    Prof Katherine Kuchenbecker


    "Haptic Feedback of Teleoperated Tool Vibrations"


    Katherine J. Kuchenbecker directs the Haptic Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany. She earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2006, did postdoctoral research at the Johns Hopkins University, and was an engineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania before she moved to the Max Planck Society in 2017. Her research centers on haptic interfaces, which enable a user to touch virtual and distant objects as though they were real and within reach, as well as haptic sensing systems, which allow robots to physically interact with objects and people. She delivered a TEDYouth talk on haptics in 2012 and has been honored with a 2009 NSF CAREER Award, the 2012 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Academic Early Career Award, a 2014 Penn Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and various best paper and best demonstration awards. She co-chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics from 2015 to 2017 and co-chaired the IEEE Haptics Symposium in 2016 and 2018.

    Prof Jee-Hwan Ryu


    "Beyond the Stability of Telerobotics: Methods to Relieve Operator’s Workload"


    Jee-Hwan Ryu received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Inha University, South Korea, in 1995, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from KAIST, South Korea, in 1995 and 2002, respectively. From 2002 to 2003, he worked as a post-doc researcher in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Washington, and at the similar time, he was also affiliated with the institute of robotics and mechatronics in DLR as a visiting scientist. Prior to joining KOREATECH, from 2003 to 2005, he was a research professor in the department of electrical engineering at KAIST. He is currently a full professor with the department of mechanical engineering, KOREATECH, South Korea. His research interests include haptics, telerobotics, exoskeletons, and autonomous vehicles. He has received several awards including IEEE Most Active Technical Committee Award as a Co-chair of TC Haptics in 2015, Best poster award in 2010 IEEE Haptic Symposium. He has been served as an Associate Editor in IEEE Transactions on Haptics, and since 2017, he has been serving as an Associate Editor-in-chief in World Haptics Conference. He was involved in many international conference organization, and especially, he was a general chair of AsiaHaptics2018.

    Dr Mario Di Castro


    “Robotic Solutions for CERN Accelerator Harsh Environments”


    Mario Di Castro received the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Naples "Federico II", Italy. From 2007 until 2011, he works at DESY in charge of advanced mechatronics solutions for synchrotron beamlines and industrial controls. Since 2011, he works at CERN and since February 2018, he leads the Measurements, Robotics and Operation section in the Survey, Mechatronics and Measurements group. The section is responsible for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of control systems based on different platforms (PLC,PXI,VME) for all the equipment under the group’s responsibility, mainly movable devices characterized by few um positioning accuracy (e.g. scrapers, collimators, shielding and target) in hard radioactive environment. Important section activities are the design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of robotic systems in hazardous environments for the whole CERN accelerators. His research interests are mainly focused on automatic controls, mechatronics, motion control in harsh environment and robotics.

    Prof Young Soo Park


    "3D reconstruction, Augmented Reality, and Telerobotic Operation"


    Program Leader, Robotics and Remote Systems, Argonne National Laboratory

    Young Soo Park leads the Robotics and Remote Systems (R&RS) Program in Argonne National Laboratory, USA. The program aims at applying the traditional R&RS and emerging technologies for development of new robotics and automation technologies for next-generation energy and manufacturing processes. He is also a senior fellow of the UChicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (CASE).

    Young Soo has over 25 years of experience in the development of robotics and remote systems technologies for applications mainly in nuclear as well as in other industrial and healthcare areas. He has developed broad expertise in design and development of software and hardware related to robotics, simulation, I&C, and AI technologies. He serves as a subject matter expert on robotics for the DOE-EM, and an executive officer of the ANS R&RS division.

    Recently, he has worked on the development of new telerobotics operation technology for nuclear facility decommissioning, where enhanced robustness and dexterous manipulation performance is achieved by integrating 3D sensing/reconstruction, augmented-reality, human-robot interface, and robust robot manipulator design. His particular future interest is in the enhancement of human-robot interface/interaction for co-robotic manufacturing processes and human-assistive devices.

    Dr Thomas Hulin


    “Control Concepts for VR-Based Haptic Telemanipulation”


    Prof Darwin Caldwell




    Dr Emily Collins




    Rob Skilton




    Prof Dario Floreano




  • Organisers

    Ioannis D. Zoulias – RACE UKAEA

    United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
    Culham Science Centre (RACE - B1)
    OX14 3DB, UK

    Emily C. Collins – University of Liverpool

    Department of Computer Science
    Room G22, Ashton Building
    University of Liverpool
    L69 3BX, UK

    William S. Harwin – University of Reading

    Biomedical Engineering, School of Biological Sciences
    Polly Vacher Building, University of Reading
    RG6 6AY, UK
  • Support

    IEEE TC Haptics

    IEEE TC Human-Robot Interaction & Coordination



    University of Liverpool

    University of Reading