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 or 29, 2020


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.

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 Posters/Videos

The organizers are requesting poster/video submissions for two special sessions in the workshop:

  1. Interactive Poster Session. Please submit a title, one paragraph abstract and representative image on one or more topics of interest. Presenters will give a brief presentation on their posters prior to the poster session.
  2. Fast-Break Video Session. Please submit an abstract containing a web-link to your video (youtube, vimeo, etc.) that highlights current research work related to one of the topics listed. Videos should not exceed 3 minutes in length.
Submission Website: Coming Soon!

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

Frontiers in Robotics and AI
Call for Papers coming soon!


  • Maximo Roa (DLR)
  • Nathan Britton (Tethers Unlimited)
  • Brian Roberts (NASA/GSFC)
  • Mini Saaj (Univ. Lincoln)
  • André Schiele (Delta XLab)
  • Katherine McBryan (U.S. Naval Research Lab)
  • Wyatt Newman (Case Western Reserve Univ.)
  • Pham Quang Cuong (NTU/Singapore)
  • Rudra Mukherjee (NASA/JPL)
  • Pierre Letier/Jeremi Gancet (Space Applications Services)