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Dr. Maximo A. Roa, PMP

DLR German Aerospace Center
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
Autonomy and Teleoperation
Muenchener Str. 20
82234 Wessling

telephone: +49 8153 28-1175

Fields of Interest

  • Humanoid robots
  • Multifingered hands
  • Grasp planning
  • Dexterous manipulation
  • Motion planning
  • Passive walking
  • Walking robots

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

  • 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

 EU Projects

  • 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, 2015-2018)
  • 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)

Roboception: A DLR Spin-off devoted to industrial perception and applications in robotic grasping and manipulation

  • THOMAS:  Mobile Dual-Arm Robotic Workers with embedded cognition for hybrid reconfigurable manufacturing systems (H2020, 2016-2020).


Last updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 by Dr. Maximo A. Roa, PMP