This full-day IROS workshop targets to cover the recent advancements in new robot design principles and control that target to reduce their energy consumption and lead to robots that are more efficient. The workshop has a twofold objective:

The first objective is to bring together researchers working on the development and control of robotics systems with emphasis on the energy consumption reduction of these new robot machines and to present a complete overview of their recent activities.  Contributions on the biological side, particularly on the energy economy of humans and animals as well as on the biomechanics of locomotion efficiency, are complimentary and will provide the ground reference for today’s robot efficiency as well as they will set the energy efficiency goal of future robotic machines. The second goal is to foster collaboration and disseminate the relevant knowledge among researchers that are studying the energy of biological systems and those working on the development and control of robot machines that can demonstrate lower energy expenditures advancing the state of the art in the field.

This multidisciplinary workshop will therefore consist of a mixture of presentations divided into several relevant topics including:

  • Efficient novel compliant actuator topologies with large energy storage capacity
  • Parallel elastic and multi-articulated actuation
  • Switchable springs and variable recruitment actuation
  • Efficient actuation and motion control
  • Energy Economy of Human and Animals
  • Biomechanics of Human and Animal Locomotion
  • Variable stiffness and damping joints
  • Efficient transmission principles
  • Direct drive proprioceptive actuation
  • Motion energy regeneration and recycling
  • Excitation control of intrinsic resonance modes


We hope to see you in Vancouver!

The organizers,
Navvab Kashiri, Bram Vanderborght, Jörn Malzahn, Monica Daley and Nikos Tsagarakis