ARW 2018

ARW 2018


The 2018 edition of the workshop series will be held at the University of Innsbruck in May 2018. The organizers envision strengthening the cooperation between academia and industry. Therefore, the contributions and participation from industry is encouraged. Further, there will be a special poster track for early (1st and 2nd year) PhD students to present their ideas and receive valuable feedback from both experienced researchers and practitioners. 

The best research paper, student paper and poster will be recognized with a Best Student Paper (sponsored by ABB Group), the IEEE RAS ARW2018 Award (sponsored by IEEE RAS Austria Section) and a Best Poster Award (sponsored by the GMAR), respectively. Students are therefore encouraged to submit as principal (first) author.

The workshop will take place from May 17th-18th, 2018 in Innsbruck and is organized by the University of Innsbruck.

Related Event: The OAGM/AAPR Workshop 2018 on Medical Image Analysis will take place on May 15–16, 2018 in Hall/Tyrol, so persons interested in both fields have a good opportunity to attend both events. For further information, see the OAGM/AAPR 2018 home page.

Call & Submission

The 2018 edition of the Austrian Robotics Workshop puts special emphasis on submission by young researcher. We especially encourage 1st and 2nd year PhD students to submit their work aiming at providing them a forum to gather early feedback on their work from renowned experts. The general topics of the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Modelling and Control

  • Mechatronic Design

  • Robot Perception

  • Human-Robot Interaction; Usability

  • Estimation, Diagnosis and Learning

  • Planning and Reasoning

  • Software Design and Architectures for Mobile Robots

  • Autonomous Systems, UAV, UGV

  • Field and Rescue Robots, Construction Robotics, Industrial applications

Important Dates

  • January 13, 2018: Paper Submission Open

  • March 1, 2018: Submission deadline

  • March 10, 2018: Submission deadline

  • April 7, 2018: Notification of acceptance; Registration open

  • April 11, 2018: Notification of acceptance; Registration open

  • April 30, 2018: Camera-ready paper submission deadline; Registration deadline

  • May 17-18, 2018: Austrian Robotics Workshop

Submission Types

  • Research Paper (4-6 pages)

  • Posters (2 pages) – 1st and 2nd year PhD students only

  • Industrial or scientific spotlight (1-2 pages): Extended abstracts of
    interest to the ARW audience, e.g.,
    • industrial research
    • successful examples of technology transfer from academic research
    • proofs of concept of creative solutions


Author Information

Regular submissions may be up to 6 pages in length. Industrial papers and posters may be up to 2 pages, excluding references. The review process is single-blind. The workshop's dual submission policy establishes that submissions that are identical (or substantially similar) to papers that have been previously published, or accepted for publication, or that have been submitted in parallel to other conferences or workshops are not appropriate for the ARW.

Program of the Austrian Robotics Workshop 2018
Thursday, 17.5.2018
8:55Welcome (Justus Piater) 
9:00Keynote: Stéphane Doncieux (Session chair: Justus Piater) 
Session 1: Robot Perception
10:00Estimating a Sparse Representation of Gaussian Processes Using Global Optimization and the Bayesian Information CriterionWilfried Wöber, Georg Novotny, Mohamed Aburaia, Richard Otrebski, Wilfried Kubinger 
11:00Implementation of a Capacitive Proximity Sensor System for a Fully Maneuverable Modular Mobile Robot to Evade HumansAndreas Rabl, Philipp Salner, Luis Büchi, Julian Wrona, Stephan Mühlbacher-Karrer, Mathias Brandstötter
11:30Analysis of Feature Tracking Methods for Vision-Based Vibration Damping of Flexible Link RobotsFlorian Pucher, Hubert Gattringer, Andreas Müller
12:00Autonomous Extrinsic Calibration of a Depth Sensing Camera on Mobile RobotsFarhoud Malekghasemi, Georg Halmetschlager-Funek, Markus Vincze
13:30Keynote: Jan Peters (Session chair: Philipp Zech) 
Session 2: Educational Robotics
14:30Towards a Formal Definition of Educational RoboticsJulian M Angel-Fernandez, Markus Vincze
Session 3: Field and Rescue Robots, Construction Robotics, Industrial applications
15:30Safety of Industrial Applications with Sensitive Mobile Manipulators - Hazards and Related Safety MeasuresLukas Kaiser, Andreas Schlotzhauer, Mathias Brandstötter
Session 4: Industrial Spotlight
16:00MMAssist_II: Assistance in production in the context of human – machine cooperationChristian Woegerer, Matthias Plasch, Manfred Tscheligi, Sebastian Egger-Lampl, Andreas Pichler,
Session 5: Poster Session
16:30Open poster discussions 
17:30Closing Day 1 
19:00Dinner at Restaurant Lichtblick 
Friday, 18.5.2018
9:00Keynote: Tamim Asfour (Session chair: Erwan Renaudo) 
Session 6: Human-Robot Interaction and Usability
10:00FlexRoP - flexible, assistive robots for customized productionMarkus Ikeda, Srinivas Maddukuri, Michael Hofmann, Andreas Pichler, Xiang Zhang, Athanasios Polydoros, Justus Piater, Klemens Winkler, Klaus Brenner, Ioan Harton and Uwe Neugebauer
11:00Development of a 3D-Printed Bionic Hand with Muscle- and Force ControlFlorian Dannereder, Paul Herwig Pachschwöll, Mohamed Aburaia, Erich Markl, Maximilian Lackner, Corinna Engelhardt-Nowitzki, Diane Shooman
11:30Award Ceremony and Farewell (Justus Piater) 



  • The best student paper award is sponsored by the ABB Group and includes a prize money of €200.-
  • The best research paper award is sponsored by the IEEE RAS Austria Section and includes a prize money of €200.-
  • The best poster paper award is sponsored by the GMAR and includes a prize money of €200.-
Organization & Sponsoring

The workshop is organized under the auspices of the University of Innsbruck.

The workshop is supported by the ABB Group, the IEEE RAS Austria Section, and the GMAR.


Workshop Chair

  • Justus Piater, UIBK


  • Philipp Zech, UIBK

Program commitee

  • Mathias Brandstötter, Joanneum
  • Bernhard Dieber, Joanneum
  • Michael Hofbaur, Joanneum
  • Alexander Hofmann, Technikum Wien
  • Martin Humenberger, Naver Labs Europe
  • Brigitte Krenn, OFAI
  • Wilfried Kubinger, Technikum Wien
  • Wilfried Lepuschitz, PRIA
  • Andreas Müller, JKU
  • Kurt Niel, FH Wels
  • Justus Piater, UIBK
  • Andreas Pichler, Profactor
  • Athansios Polydoros, UIBK
  • Friedrich Praus, Technikum Wien
  • Erwan Renaudo, UIBK
  • Safoura Rezapour-Lakani, UIBK
  • Bernhard Rinner, AAU
  • Lukas Silberbauer, Taurob
  • Gerald Steinbauer, TU Graz
  • Markus Vincze, TU Wien
  • Christian Wögerer, Profactor
  • Philipp Zech, UIBK
  • Michael Zillich, TU Wien