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Dr. Maximo A. Roa, PMP

DLR German Aerospace Center
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics

Fields of Interest

  • Space robotics
  • Humanoid robots
  • Walking robots
  • Multi-fingered hands
  • Grasp planning
  • Dexterous manipulation
  • Motion planning
  • Passive walking

In case you are interested in an internship, diploma or master thesis in one of these topics, please contact me

 Recent publications

A more detailed list of older publications (including links to download them).

 Recent Awards

  • Senior Scientist Award - DLR. June 2021.
  • Best Paper Award 2020, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine. Paper: Humanoid Robots in Aircraft Manufacturing: The Airbus use cases. A. Kheddar, S. Caron, P. Gergondet, A. Comport, A. Tanguy, C. Ott, B. Henze, G. Mesesan, J. Englsberger, M.A. Roa, P.B. Wieber, F. Chaumette, F. Spindler, G. Oriolo, L. Lanari, A. Escande, K. Chapellet, F. Kanehiro, P. Rabate. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, Vol.26 (4), pp. 30-45, December 2019.
  • DLR Idea Award 2018 - Smart Farming. Feinfühlinge Roboterhände zum greifen von Lebensmitteln (Sensitive robotic hands for gripping food). W. Friedl, F. Schmidt, A.M. Sundaram, T. Wuesthoff, H. Hoeppner, M.A. Roa. November 2018.
  • Finalist, Best Paper Award on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics, at the IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems - IROS. Paper: Humanoid teleoperation using task-relevant haptic feedback. F. Abi-Farraj, B. Henze, A. Werner, M. Panzirsch, C. Ott, M.A. Roa. Madrid, Spain, October 2018. 
  • Finalist, Best Paper Award on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics at the IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems - IROS. Paper: Multi-contact balancing of humanoid robots in confined spaces: utilizing knee contacts. B. Henze, A. Dietrich, M. A .Roa, C. Ott. Vancouver, Canada, September 2017. 
  • Best Video Award - WBC 2016 of the IEEE-RAS Technical Comittee on Whole-Body Control. Video from the paper: Passivity-based whole-body balancing for torque-controlled humanoid robots in multi-contact scenarios. B. Henze, M.A. Roa, C. Ott. Int. J. Robotics Research, 2016.
  • IEEE Senior Member. July 2015.
  • Best Video Award at the IEEE-RAS Int. Conf. on Humanoid Robots. Paper: Control Applications of TORO - a Torque Controlled Humanoid Robot. B. Henze, A. Werner, M.A. Roa, G. Garofalo, J. Engelsberger, C. Ott. Madrid, Spain, 18-20 Nov. 2014.
  • Distinguished Reviewer, IEEE Trans. Robotics, 2013.
  • Best Paper Award-Cotesys at the IEEE Int. Symp. Robot and Human Interactive Communication - RO-MAN. Paper: Toward a Task Space Framework for Gesture Commanded Telemanipulation. N.Y. Lii, Z. Chen, M.A. Roa, A. Maier, B. Pleintinger, C. Borst. Paris, France. 9-13 Sept. 2012.
  • Best Paper Award at the IEEE-RAS Int. Conf. on Humanoid Robots. Paper: Posture and Balance Control for Biped Robots Based on Contact Force Optimization. Ch. Ott, M.A. Roa, G. Hirzinger. Bled, Slovenia, 26-28 Oct. 2011.

Videos with research results

Recent Invited Talks

Recent organized events / academic activities  

 EU Projects

  • EROSS IOD: European Robotic Orbital Support Services In-Orbit Demonstration (Horizon Europe, 2023-2025)
  • ASCEND: Advanced Space Cloud for European Net Zero Emission and Data Sovereingty (Horizon Europe, 2023-2024)
  • INTELLIMAN: AI-Powered Manipulation System for Advanced Robotic Service, Manufacturing and Prosthetics (Horizon Europe, 2022-2026)
  • SOFTENABLE: Towards Soft Fixture-Based Manipulation Primitives Enabling Safe Robotic Manipulation in Hazardous Healthcare and Food Handling Applications (Horizon Europe, 2022-2026)
  • EROSS+: European Robotic Orbital Support Services (H2020, 2021-2023).
  • PULSAR: Prototype of an Ultra-Large Structure Assembly Robot (H2020, 2019-2021)
  • MOSAR: Modular Spacecraft Assembly and Reconfiguration (H2020, 2019-2021)
  • COMANOID:  Multi-contact Collaborative Humanoids in Aircraft Manufacturing (H2020, 2015-2019)
  • SOMA:  Soft Manipulation (H2020, 2015-2019)
  • SMErobotics: European Robotics Initiative for Strengthening the Competitiveness of SMEs in Manufacturing (FP7, 2012-2016)
  • GeRT: Generalizing Robot Manipulation Tasks (FP7, 2010-2013)
  • DEXMART: DEXterous and autonomous dual-arm/hand robotic manipulation with sMART sensory-motor skills: A bridge from natural to artificial cognition (FP7, 2010-2012)

Last updated on Friday, 28 June 2024 by Dr. Maximo A. Roa, PMP