Aims and Topics

Parallel robots technology is enormously increasing during last years, and some classical obstacles of robotics area find a better solution when using parallel mechanisms.

By other side, the increase on the computational capacity of new processors has renewed researchers interest on parallel robots. New formulations have been appeared recently, and new commercial robots are continuously getting into market.

The special characteristics of this kind of robots, (low inertias, high rigidity, compactness, precise resolution and high load/power ratio) make them suitable for many applications, as for example, machine tools, robot manipulators, haptic devices robots, climbing robots or surgical applications.

This WinterSchool is primarily addressed to young researchers (PhD and advanced Master students) interested on parallel robots, the theory that is behind them and the applications of these mechanisms to different areas. The participants will get in touch with other young researchers in the field and have the opportunity to improve their knowledge through the tutorials given by experts.

The main goal is that participants improve their knowledge about robotic systems, learn the analysis techniques and share their experiences with other colleagues that are in the same area. Simulations and practical sessions with parallel robots will contribute to this sharing experience. The lectures will be organized in three parts:

  • Parallel robot fundamentals (1 day): parallel mechanisms, mechanism design, spherical wrists.
  • Theory and analyses (2 days): Kinematic and workspace analysis. Singularities, performance indices. Dynamic analysis. Control of parallel robots. Control of cable-driven parallel robots.
  • Applications of parallel robots (2 days): Parallel robot in underwater tasks. Parallel robot in construction. Parallel robot as parallel machines. Parallel haptic interfaces. Parallel minirobots in telesurgery.

Students will be exposed to the latest technologies in the analysis of parallel robots, and will closely interact for one week with some of the top-level researchers in the world in this domain. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their research work with these researchers, as well as with other European students.