Human-Robot Teaming in Aircraft Maintenance. Credit: Lufthansa Technik AG

Seminar Series

The Wisconsin Robotics Seminar Series (WRSS) is a monthly event hosted by Prof. Bilge Mutlu from the department of computer science at UW-Madison as part of the NASA University Leadership Initiative funded project “Effective Human-Robot Teaming to Advance Aviation Manufacturing”. The presentations and discussions are aimed to highlight challenges and interesting research across a range of topics in robotics. Anyone is welcome to join!


The seminar is hosted on the first Friday of every month at 12pm CT for one hour. The format is a 45 minute talk followed by a 15 minute discussion.


The seminar is live-streamed on youtube. You can join our email subscription list to hear about upcoming talks and get the streaming link. Previous talks are available here.


We are interested in having a wide range of speakers. If you might be interested in giving a talk, please email Mike Hagenow (mhagenow[at] and Emmanuel Senft (esenft[at] with subject ‘[Seminar Series]’.

Upcoming Talks

  • December 3, 2021: Dr. Arash Ajoudani : Zoom link

Anticipatory and Ergonomic Control of Close- to Far-Proximity Human-Robot Interaction


This talk will present recent advances and cross-disciplinary approaches developed at the Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI²) laboratory for human-robot interaction and collaboration (HRI/C). The talk will start with the modelling of human whole-body physical behaviour and its application to role allocation in, and ergonomic control of HRI/C. Next, shared authority algorithms and intuitive interfaces for remote control of multiple DoF systems such as mobile manipulators will be presented.


Arash Ajoudani is a tenured senior scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), where he leads the Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI²) laboratory. He also coordinates the AI for Manufacturing (AI4M) lab of the Leonardo labs, and is a principal investigator of the IIT-Intellimech JOiiNT lab. He received his PhD degree in Robotics and Automation from University of Pisa and IIT in 2014.

He is a recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) starting grant 2019 (Ergo-Lean), the coordinator of the Horizon-2020 project SOPHIA, and the co-coordinator of the Horizon-2020 project CONCERT. He is a recipient of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Early Career Award 2021, and winner of the Amazon Research Awards 2019, of the Solution Award 2019 (MECSPE2019), of the KUKA Innovation Award 2018, of the WeRob best poster award 2018, and of the best student paper award at ROBIO 2013. His PhD thesis was a finalist for the Georges Giralt PhD award 2015 – best European PhD thesis in robotics. He was also a finalist for the Solution Award 2020 (MECSPE2020), the best conference paper award at Humanoids 2018, for the best interactive paper award at Humanoids 2016, for the best oral presentation award at Automatica (SIDRA) 2014, and for the best manipulation paper award at ICRA 2012.

He is the author of the book “Transferring Human Impedance Regulation Skills to Robots” in the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR), and several publications in journals, international conferences, and book chapters. He is currently serving as the executive manager of the IEEE-RAS Young Reviewers’ Program (YRP), and as chair and representative of the IEEE-RAS Young Professionals Committee. He has been serving as a member of scientific advisory committee and as an associate editor for several international journals and conferences such as IEEE RAL, ICRA, IROS, ICORR, etc. His main research interests are in physical human-robot interaction, mobile manipulation, robust and adaptive control, assistive robotics, and tele-robotics

Past Talks (All recordings here)