Physical Robot Interaction @ICAR19

Welcome to the official page of the workshop on Physical Robot Interaction, that is going to happen during the International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR) 2019, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. It is going to be held at the 5th or 6th of December.


Robots are more and more among humans in different scenarios and contexts, such as industries, houses, restaurants, and construction sites. Either working directly with humans as direct contact handlers or assembling different parts, robots often need to perform tasks that require physical interaction with objects, other robots or people.

And as the amount of robots grow in our midst, physical robot interaction requirements will also be more demanding and challenging, which might call for different controller designs and paradigms.

To properly control physical interaction is critical in both manipulation and collaborative tasks in unstructured environments where contact forces exist. However, most of industrial robots in industry do not have interaction controllers available at hand. Therefore, they are not suitable for collaborative tasks, which is a trend in this field. Also, wearable robotic devices, as exoskeletons and rehabilitation, are also motivators for a deeper comprehension of physical robot interaction.

This half-day workshop will bring together key researchers of academia and industry to discuss the potential, the implementation, and limitations of physical robot interaction applications and controllers.

Call for participation

Come join us! Click here to check the call and participate.


9:00 – 9:10Opening by the organizers
9:10 – 9:30TBD
9:30 – 9:50TBD
9:50 – 10:10TBD
10:10 – 10:30TBD
10:30 – 11:00Poster session + industrial spotlight + Coffee break
11:00 – 11:20TBD
11:20 – 11:40TBD
11:40 – 12:00TBD
12:00 – 12:30Discussion Panel


  • Adriano Siqueira, University of São Paulo (Brazil), lower limbs rehabilitation devices; status: confirmed
  • Thiago Boaventura, hydraulic torque actuators for interaction control, University of São Paulo (Brazil); status: confirmed
  • Michele Focchi, Italian Institute of Technology (Italy), legged robotics; status: confirmed.
  • Emilia Villani, Aeronautics Institute of Technology (Brazil), aircraft manufacturing systems; status: to be confirmed.
  • Neville Hogan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA); bio-robotics in rehabilitation; status: to be confirmed.
  • TBD, EMBRAER S.A., systems automation and control; status: confirmed.


Prof. Glauco A. P. CaurinUniversity of São PauloE-mail:
Prof. Thiago BoaventuraUniversity of São PauloE-mail:
Prof. Neville HoganMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyE-mail:
Eng. José Otávio SavazziEMBRAERE-mail:
MSc. Gustavo LahrUniversity of São Paulo E-mail:


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The organizers would like to thank FAPESP, CAPES and CNPq as technical sponsors.