Lecturers

Dimiter Zlatanov, obtained the Diploma in Mathematics and Mechanics from the University of Sofia (Bulgaria) in 1989, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto (Canada) in 1998. His PhD work placed singularity analysis on solid ground, providing a general definition of singularity, and characterizing the lower-level singularities that can be found in a mechanism. His research interests include the design, kinematics, dynamics and control of mechanisms and robotic systems. He has held positions at Laval University (Quebec City, Canada), the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and Tokyo City University (Japan). He is currently a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering of the University of Genoa, Italy.

Andreas Müller is a full professor and the head of the Institute of Robotics at the Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. He has been working on singularities of mechanisms for more than 20 years, making fundamental contributions to the local analysis of linkage singularities and mobility identification. He is a member of the IFToMM Technical Committees for Computational Kinematics and Multibody Systems. He is also a member of the ASME Technical Committees on Mechanisms and Robotics and of Multibody Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics. He serves as associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and Meccanica. He has served as associate editor of the IFToMM journal Mechanism and Machine Theory.

Manfred Husty is a full Professor of Geometry at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck. He has been working on theoretical kinematics, robot kinematics workspace and singularity analysis for more than 35 years. His most important contributions are the solution of the forward kinematics of the general Stewart-Gough platform, an efficient (real time) algorithm for the inverse kinematics of general serial 6R robots, as well as on workspace and singularity analysis of different types of parallel mechanisms applying methods from algebraic geometry. He is scientific board member of Joanneum Research Institute of Robotics. He got the doctorate of technical sciences from the Technical University Graz in 1983 and the habiltiation in 1989. In the years 1993-94 he was Erwin Schrödinger fellow at McGill Center of Intelligent Machines in Montreal, Canada. From 2004 to 2008 he served as dean of the faculty of Technical Sciences at University of Innsbruck. He is long time chair of IFToMM Austria and past chair of the TC of Computational Engineering of IFToMM. In 2013 he obtained an honorary doctorate from Cluj Technical University and in 2017 he received the "Mechanism and Machine Theory 2017 Award for Excellence to celebrate and reward the top 10 most-cited papers since its first publication".

Philippe Wenger is a full-time CNRS Director of Research at Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes (IRCCyN, until 2016) and Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes (LS2N, from 2017). He has been working on robot kinematics and singularities for more than 30 years, both on theoretical aspects and for industrial applications. His most remarkable results include those on connectivity analysis of robot workspaces, the formalization and classification of cuspidal robots, and the design of isotropic parallel manipulators (Orthoglide 3-axis and 5-axis). He serves as a Professor of École Centrale de Nantes, as a vice-chair of the IFToMM Technical Commitee for Computational Kinematics, and as an Associate Editor for the IFToMM MMT and the ASME JMR journals.

Oriol Bohigas, is a Robotics PhD and Aerospace engineer. He obtained the PhD degree in Robotics with the Kinematics and Robot Design group of Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI, CSIC-UPC), working on the analysis, numerical computation, and avoidance path planning of singularities of robot mechanisms. He has combined his academic activities with work at private and public companies from the aerospace sector. From 2007 to 2008 he was orbital mechanics engineer at the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (Toulouse, France). He has been a visiting researcher of the IBM Watson Research Center (New York, USA) in 2010, and of University of Genoa (Italy) in 2011. Currently, he works at his own robotics company, Beta Robots, which provides robotics and artificial perception solutions to the industry.