Robotic In-Situ Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing

Workshop at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Where: Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, Nevada USA

When: October 25, 2020

About the Workshop

Robotic manufacturing, assembly, and servicing utilizing in-situ resources will enable the construction and maintenance of large-scale assets at significantly reduced cost. Examples include large, ground-based infrastructure (buildings, particle accelerators, solar farms), large in-space assemblies (space telescopes, commercial platforms, transportation hubs), and undersea structures (oil platforms, laboratories, habitats). Achieving in-situ fabrication using cooperative, mobile robots is also a major goal of several terrestrial and orbital construction projects. Major challenges include mobility, precise manipulation, localization/mapping, and adaptability to uncertainties in the environment. The capacity to process raw materials in remote environments is also key for on-orbit, lunar, and planetary applications. In general, large ground-based facilities built in inaccessible locales could benefit greatly from in-situ robotics for inspection and servicing, and likely would necessitate a multi-robot scalable solution.

Goals & Objectives

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines to identify common themes, formulate problems, and share promising technologies for autonomous large-scale construction, servicing, and assembly robots. The workshop will feature invited talks by prominent speakers and poster/video presentations solicited from the community with emphasis on near-term and future sector specific assembly and servicing demonstrations.

Call for Papers/Posters

In order to reach more participants, we are holding a "virtual" interactive paper/poster session during the workshop. Interested participants are invited to submit either: (a) an extended abstract of their paper (up to 2 pages) in IEEE two-column conference format, or (b) a poster in A0 format (841 x 1189mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in). Please submit a PDF copy of your abstract or poster through the EasyChair site (below) by September 8. Selections will be based on originality, workshop relevance, contributions, clarity, and presentation. Accepted abstracts/posters will be published on the workshop website, and authors of abstracts will be invited to submit a manuscript on their topic to a special issue of Frontiers in Robotics and AI devoted to this workshop. All authors will be requested to provide a brief (~2 minute) "spotlight” pre-recorded video presentation of their abstract/poster in MP4 format which will be aired live during the interactive session. Authors will then be assigned to individual "rooms" on Zoom (or comparable platform) for a live Q & A with workshop participants. This interactive session is an excellent opportunity to highlight your ongoing work and receive feedback from the participants so we hope that you will contribute!

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Submission Website:

Important Dates


Craig Carignan

Craig Carignan

Space Systems Lab
University of
College Park, MD, USA

Vander Hook

Joshua Vander Hook

JPL Robotics
Jet Propulsion
Pasadena, CA, USA

Renaud Detry

Renaud Detry

JPL Robotics
Jet Propulsion
Pasadena, CA, USA

Mini C. Saaj

Mini C. Saaj

School of Engineering
University of
Lincoln, England

Giacomo Marani

Giacomo Marani

West Virginia
Fairmont, WV, USA

Endorsed by:

IEEE Technical Committee on
Space Robotics

IEEE Technical Committee on Space Robotics

IEEE Technical Committee on
Mobile Manipulation

IEEE Technical Committee on Mobile Manipulation

IEEE Technical Committee on
Multi-Robot Systems

IEEE Technical Committee on Multi-Robot Systems

IEEE TC on Robotic Hands, Grasping and Manipulation

IEEE Technical Committee on Robotic Hands, Grasping and Manipulation

Frontiers in
Robotics and AI


  • Mini Saaj (Univ. Lincoln)
  • Brian Roberts (NASA/GSFC)
  • Katherine McBryan (U.S. Naval Research Lab)
  • Mathieu Deremetz (Space Applications Services)
  • Wyatt Newman (Case Western Reserve Univ.)
  • John R. Cooper (NASA Langley)
  • Maximo Roa (DLR)
  • Nathan Britton (Tethers Unlimited)
  • Renaud Detry (NASA/JPL)
  • Rudra Mukherjee (NASA/JPL)
  • Pham Quang Cuong (Nanyang Tech. University)
  • Tom McCarthy (Motiv Space Systems)
  • Michael Snyder (Made In Space, Inc.)


This workshop was originally affiliated with ICRA 2020 to be held at the Palais de Congrès in Paris on June 4, which moved to a virtual conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the auspices of the ICRA workshop chairs, the co-organizers successfully applied for a slot at IROS 2020 in order to maintain an in-person event. We are sincerely grateful to both the ICRA 2020 and IROS 2020 workshop chairs for their support of this effort.