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This workshop is focused on two relevant functionalities of aerial robots physically interacting with the environment: robotics manipulation and load transportation. These functionalities have many particular applications and can be also combined in inspection and maintenance, search and rescue, environment protection, logistics and many other scenarios. In most cases the physical interaction poses complex control, perception and planning problems.

It is the continuation of the successful Workshops Organized in ICRA, IROS and other events. It is jointly supported by the IEEE RAS TC 1 Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, the Topic Group on Aerial Robotics of euRobotics/SPARC and the projects “Aerial Robotics Cooperative Assembly Systems” (ARCAS) and “Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activities in Alpine environments” (SHERPA). The panel includes distinguished researchers leading the aerial robotics community.

The workshop will include presentations related to the main scientific and technological topics involved in aerial robotics manipulation and load transportation Simulations and implementations by using multi-rotor systems and helicopters will be presented.

The attendants will be able to exhibit posters and to participate in the Panel Session including short presentations to interact with other participants, speakers and organizers. An industry panel is also being considered.



This workshop is dedicated to the methods, technologies and applications of aerial robots in physical contact with the environment involved in robotics manipulation and autonomous load transportation and deployment.

The workshop will include presentations related to the main scientific and technological topics (see below) including the cooperation of several aerial robots. Thus, new methods and technologies together with simulations and implementations by using multi-rotor platforms, and helicopters will be included. Relevant application scenarios will be also analyzed.

ICRA provides an ideal venue to effectively engage a wide audience of subject matter experts and hence motivates this workshop. The objectives of the workshop are:

(1) Present some of the scientific and technological results already obtained in dynamics of articulated aerial robots, control of aerial robots (helicopters and multi- rotors) with manipulators, grasping devices and suspended loads, perception and planning in environments relevant for applications.

(2) Point out what is needed to solve practical applications.

(3) Facilitate discussion on technology gaps, research directions and identify collaborations.


Intended Audience

Researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry interested in the research topics related to the aerial robotic manipulation and load transportation and their potential technology transfer and applications including inspection and maintenance, search and rescue, environment protection, and space.

  • Very light arm grasping

  • AMUSE multirotor

  • Flettner platform