Dr. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs and Ph.D. student Sven Lilge represented CRL and the University of Toronto Robotics Institute at ICRA, the largest international robotics conference. The conference was a five days event, held in Philadelphia from May 23rd to 27th.
On the first workshop day, Dr. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs talked about autonomy in continuum robotics at the Frontiers of Endoluminal Intervention: Clinical opportunities and technical challenges workshop. Jessica also co-organized a workshop on the New Frontiers of Parallel Robotics together with Dr. Sébastian Briot, Dr. Marco Carricato, Dr. Guiseppe Loianno, and Sven Lilge.
Sven shares his experiences at ICRA:
On Monday, the first day of the conference, I attended the workshop “Frontiers of Endoluminal Intervention: Clinical opportunities and technical challenges”, in which Jessica gave a great talk about approaching autonomy in continuum robotics. There was a welcome reception dinner in the evening – a great networking event, where we were also got to try some famous Philly Cheesesteaks!
I attended a lot of different sessions over the following days, mostly focusing on soft and continuum robots. I was able to have engaging discussions and meet lots of great people, including grad students working on similar research as myself and well-known senior researchers from our field!
I co-organized the workshop “New Frontiers of Parallel Robotics”. This workshop’s goal is to bring together researchers from distinct communities (e.g. soft/continuum robotics, aerial robotics, physical interactions, and more) with common interest in parallel robotics to share their experiences, methods, challenges, and issues. We had a great line-up of workshop submissions and invited speakers. I was able to present my Ph.D research on Tendon-Driven Parallel Continuum Robots in a 15 minute talk and gathered some valuable feedback from the community which was definitely the highlight for me!”
Some images from the conference, shared by Sven
The workshop recordings are linked [here]