Summer Screws 2014 - International Summer School on Screw-Theory Based Methods in Robotics

From 3 Sep, 2014 08:00 until 11 Sep, 2014 18:00
Categories: Education Programs

Motivation and Objective


Applications of the theory of screws are based on a combined representation of angular and linear velocity, or similarly force and moment, as a single element of a six-dimensional vector space.

The importance of screw theory in robotics is widely recognised, in principle. In practice, almost nowhere is it taught to engineering students and few know how to use it. Yet, in a variety of areas of robotics, methods and formalisms based on the geometry and algebra of screws have been shown to be superior to other techniques and have led to significant advances. These include the development of fast and efficient dynamics algorithms, discoveries in the nature of robot compliance and mechanism singularity, and the invention of numerous parallel mechanisms.

The summer school instructors are the authors of many of these results. They will teach the participants to apply existing techniques and to develop new ones for their own research. The basic theoretical concepts will be introduced in a rigorous manner, but the emphasis will be on applications, with numerous examples and exercises.

The course delivers a comprehensive overview of the basic concepts and some of the main applications of screw-theory, and hence will be particularly attractive to doctoral students and young researchers in robotics, mechanical engineering, or applied mathematics. As has been the case in all previous editions of Summer Screws, the advanced topics and the presentation of current progress in this very active field will also be of considerable interest to many senior researchers. The key role of the presented methods in robot design determines the value of the course material to robotics experts from industry.

Important Dates:
Early Registration: 14 May 2014
Scholarship Application Deadline: 1 June 2014
Registration Deadline: 30 June 2014

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