Program Overview

The detailed ICRA 2024 program can be found through the PaperPraza, which is now available in the following link:

Program at a glance

Program is tentative and may subject to change.

Plenary Talks

May 14th 9:00-10:00, National Convention Hall

Dr. Yoky Matsuoka

Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Holdings, CEO of PanasonicWELL, and Founder & CEO of Yohana

How to Turn a Roboticist into a Corporate Explorer

In recent decades, the robotics industry has undergone a remarkable transformation. Technological advancements and robotics researchers embracing entrepreneurship have led to an increase in funding for robotics companies and an overall growth of companies producing significant revenue. It’s an exciting time to be in the field of robotics! In this talk, we will discuss various ways to innovate and create a meaningful business in the current global market. Specifically, I will introduce the concept of the corporate explorer and talk about a non-traditional path to innovation, incubation, and creating a massive impact.

May 15th 9:00-10:00, National Convention Hall

Prof. Sami Haddadin

Robotics and Systems Intelligence, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

The Great Robot Accelerator: Collective Learning of Optimal Embodied AI

Robots have achieved unprecedented performance jumps over the last decade. As of today, however, robot design and build are laborious and suboptimal, costly and constitute a major limitation in achieving the anticipated robotics revolution. At the same time, we see intelligent machines that learn and perform tasks, and are able to generalize their skills to new contexts. However, robot learning faces seemingly unsolvable hurdles such as disembodied machine learning not being able to leverage our understanding of the physical reality, finding energy and time efficient solutions, or generalize to complex and dynamic manipulation skills. In this talk I will discuss the autonomous Co-Evolution of Embodiment and Intelligence as the central challenge of robotics. Only, when robots will evolve in an AI-propelled highly evolutionary process, we can finally reach the tipping point and automatically synthesize general purpose robots. I will introduce the concepts of Collective Learning and Optimal Embodied AI as two main pillars vital to this transformation towards an AI-Accelerated Robot Evolution.

May 16th 9:00-10:00, National Convention Hall

Prof. Sunil K Agrawal

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Rehabilitation Medicine, Columbia University

Rehabilitation Robotics: How to Improve Daily Functions in People with Impairments?

Neural disorders, old age, and traumatic brain injuries limit activities of daily living. Robotics can be used in novel ways to characterize human neuromuscular responses and retrain human functions. Columbia University Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory designs innovative robots with these goals and performs scientific studies to improve human functions such as standing, walking, stairclimbing, trunk control, head turning, and others. Human experiments have targeted individuals with stroke, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and elderly subjects. The talk will provide an overview of these robotic technologies and scientific studies performed with them to demonstrate strong potential of rehabilitation robotics to improve human functions and quality of life of people around the world.

Keynote Talks

May 14th 15:30-16:00

NameAffiliationTalk Title
Prof. Lianqing LiuShenyang Institute of Automation,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Biosyncretic sensing, actuation and intelligence for robotics
Prof. Dawn M. TilburyUniversity of Michigan, USADigital Twins for Manufacturing Automation
Dr. Claudio PacchierottiCNRS, Univ Rennes, Inria, IRISA, FranceBeyond Force Feedback: Cutaneous Haptics in Human-centered Robotics
Prof. Yu SunRobotics Institute, University of TorontoMedical Robotics for Cell Surgery – Science and Applications
Prof. Yasuhisa HirataTohoku University, JapanAdaptable AI-enabled Robots to Create a Vibrant Society  – Moonshot R&D Projects in Japan –

May 15th 15:30-16:00

NameAffiliationTalk Title
Prof. Calin BeltaUniversity of Maryland, College Park, USAFormal Methods for Safety-Critical Control
Dr. Manuel CatalanoFondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Research Line Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and RehabilitationRobots in the Wild: From Research Labs to the Real World
Prof. Harold SohNational University of Singapore (NUS) and Smart Systems Institute (SSI), SingaporeBuilding Guidance Bridges with Generative Models for Robot Learning and Control
Prof. Lorenzo SabattiniUniversity of Modena and Reggio EmiliaUnleashing the power of many: decentralized control of multi-robot systems
Prof. Myunghee KimMechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at ChicagoHuman-wearable robot co-adaptation

May 16th 15:30-16:00

NameAffiliationTalk Title
Prof. Yoko YamanishiKyushu University, JapanEmergent Functions of Electrically-induced Bubbles and Intra-cellular-CA(Cybernetic Avatar)
Prof. Kensuke HaradaOsaka Univ. JapanRobotic manipulation aiming for industrial applications
Prof. Iolanda LeiteKTH Royal Institute of Technology, SwedenThe Quest for Social Robot Autonomy
Prof. Rong XiongZhejiang  University, ChinaIntegration of Robotics and AI: Changes and Challenges
Prof. Mariana Medina-SánchezIkerbasque – NanoGUNE, SpainTBA



Monday 13th May 2024

The robotics, psychology and neuroscience of body augmentation
Workshop on Field Robotics
Continuum and Soft robotics for medical applications with rising stars on the stage
3rd Workshop on Future of Construction: Lifelong Learning Robots in Changing Construction Sites
6th Workshop on Long-Term Human Motion Prediction
2nd HERMES Workshop: Multi-Robot Sensing & Perception in Extreme Environments
Towards Collaborative Partners: Design, Shared Control, and Robot Learning for Physical Human-Robot Interaction
Society of Avatar-Symbiosis through Social Field Experiments
Agile Robotics: From Perception to Dynamic Action
What does Responsible Robotics mean?: Stretching roboticists’ horizons from an academic, government and philosophical perspective
Workshop on Ontologies and Standards for Robotics and Automation
Robot Trust for Symbiotic Societies
Applications and Future Directions of Affective Technologies
C4SR+: Continuum, Compliant, Cooperative, Cognitive Surgical Robotic Systems in the Embodied AI Era
Dynamic Duos: Human-Robot Co-Worker Adaptation in Manufacturing
Autonomy in Robotics Surgery: State of the art, technical and regulatory challenges for clinical application
MAD-Games: Workshop on Multi-Agent Dynamic Games
Back to the Future: Robot Learning Going Probabilistic
(Re)designing the tree of robotic life: a game of alternative timelines
Impulsive motion in soft robotic and microrobotic systems
Agile Movements II: Animal Behavior, Biomechanics, and Robot Devices
Exploring Role Allocation in Human-Robot Co-Manipulation
ProxyTouch: Whole-body Proxy-Tactile Architectures for Industrial and Service Applications
Debates on the Future of Robotics Research
Bio-inspired robotics and robotics for biology
A Future Roadmap for Sensorimotor Skill Learning for Robot Manipulation
Robotics and Sustainability: A Bidirectional Relationship
2nd Workshop on Mobile Manipulation and Embodied Intelligence (MOMA) Integrating Perception, Learning and Control for Full Autonomy
Bioinspired, soft and other novel design paradigms for aerial robotics
Advancing Sustainable Food Systems through Agri-Robotics Innovations
Co-design in Robotics: Theory, Practice, and Challenges
Soft Continuum Manipulators: Bottlenecks and Applications
Advanced human-robot interfaces based on physiological signals and sensory stimulations
Assistive Systems: Lab to Patient Care
2nd Robot-Assisted Medical Imaging ICRA-RAMI
Sustainable Soft Robots: Working with the Environment
Workshop on Robot Ethics – Ethical, Legal and User Perspectives in Robotics and Automation (WOROBET)

Friday 17th May 2024

3D Visual Representations for Robot Manipulation
Advancements in Trajectory Optimization and Model Predictive Control for Legged Systems – 2nd Edition
Robots for Understanding Natural Ecosystems
Cooking Robotics: Perception and motion planning
Robot Software Architectures (RSA24)
Multi-Object Grasping: Progress and Prospects
First Workshop on Vision-Language Models for Navigation and Manipulation
Radar in Robotics: Resilience from Signal to Navigation
Breaking Swarm Stereotypes
Loco-Manipulation: Algorithms, Challenges & Applications
Unconventional Robots: Universal Lessons for Designing Unique Systems
Humanoid Whole-body Control: From human motion understanding to humanoid locomotion
RoboNerF: Neural Fields in Robotics
Supervised autonomy: how to shape human-robot interaction from the body to the brain
Advancing Wearable Devices and Applications through Novel Design, Sensing, Actuation, and AI
Nursing Robotics: a new field emerging from the integration between robotics and nursing science
Speed-dating to long-term relationships: Art-robot Residencies Enabled by Common Language
Workshop on Human-aligned Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Agents and Robots
2nd Workshop on NeuroDesign in Human-Robot Interaction: The making of engaging HRI technology your brain can’t resist
Cognition across species: from nature to robotic application
Expanding Frontiers of Sim2Real: Robotics, biomechanics, plasma physics, chip design, and beyond
Human-Robot Companionship for Healthcare and Wellness: Which Form of Companionship for What Type of Care?
ViTac 2024: Robot Embodiment through Visuo-Tactile Perception
Accelerating Discovery in Natural Science Laboratories with AI and Robotics
Human-Centric Multilateral Teleoperation: Perception, Telecommunication, and Coordination
Innovations and Applications of Human Modeling in Physical Human-Robot Interaction
How to Ensure Correct Robot Behaviors? Software Challenges in Formal Methods for Robotics
Wearable Intelligence for Healthcare Robotics (WIHR): from Brain Activity to Body Movements
Anthropomorphic and zoomorphic end-effectors: asset or useless bias?
4th Workshop on Representing and Manipulating Deformable Objects
Robotics and Automation in Nuclear Environments
Workshop on Resilient Off-road Autonomy
Emerging Technologies in Smart Exoskeleton Systems
Robots and roboticists in the age of climate change


Monday 13th May 2024

Connected Robotics Platform for ROS Deployment in Real-world Network Settings
Tutorial on Ergodic Control

Friday 17th May 2024

Riemann and Gauss meet Asimov: 2nd Tutorial on Geometric Methods in Robot Learning, Optimization and Control
Cloud and Fog Robotics: A Hands-on Tutorial with ROS2 and FogROS2
How to manage fleets of robots with open source software
Choreographic swarms: From scripting to emergent expressive behaviors to CONNECT humans and robots