IMA Conference on Mathematics of Robotics

Date 9 – 11 September 2015
Location St Anne’s College, University of Oxford

The IMA Conference on the Mathematics of Robotics aims to bring together researchers working on all areas of robotics which have a significant Mathematical content. The idea is to highlight the Mathematical depth and sophistication of techniques applicable to Robotics and to foster cooperation between researchers working in different areas of Robotics. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Topology. Kinematics. Algebraic topology of configuration spaces of robot mechanisms. Topological aspects of path planning and sensor networks. Differential topology and singularity theory of robot mechanism and moduli spaces.
Algebraic Geometry. Varieties generated by linkages and constraints. Geometry of stiffness and inertia matrices. Rigid-body motions. Computational approaches to algebraic geometry.
Dynamical Systems and Control. Dynamics of robots and mechanisms. Simulation of multi-body systems, e.g. swarm robots. Geometric control of robots. Optimal control and other optimisation problems.
Combinatorial and Stochastic Methods. Rigidity of structures. Path planning algorithms. Modular robots.
Statistics. Stochastic control. Localisation. Navigation with uncertainty. Statistical learning theory.
Cognitive Robotics. Mathematical aspects of Artificial Intelligence, Developmental Robotics and other Neuroscience based approaches.

Invited Speakers

Professor Roger Brockett, Harvard University
Professor Gregory Chirikjian, Johns Hopkins University
Dr Josef Schicho, University Linz

Conference Proceedings

A selection of papers from the conference will be published in a special edition of the IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information. All other contributions were made available via USB proceedings (with ISBN) at the conference, and will made available online in due course. Please contact for an electronic copy in the meantime.


Conference Fees

Early Bird Fees*

IMA Member £270
Non-IMA Member £360
IMA Student £175
Non-IMA Student £185

Early Bird Fees* will be available until Monday 10 August 2015, after which the fees will be:

IMA Member £290
Non-IMA Member £380
IMA Student £195
Non-IMA Student £205


Residential Fee £205 – includes single en‐suite student bed & breakfast accommodation on the nights of 9 and 10 September at St Anne’s College, Oxford and a conference dinner on the night of 10 September
Conference Dinner as separate purchase £55.00

To register for this conference, please download, complete and return the application form by e-mail, fax or by post (see contact details below and on the form).

Organising Committee

W. Holderbaum, University of Reading (Chair)
V. M. Becerra, University of Reading
J. Biggs, University of Strathclyde
S. Cameron, University of Oxford
W. S. Harwin, University of Reading
J. M. Selig, London South Bank University

Programme Committee

Victor Becerra (University of Reading)
James Biggs (University of Strathclyde)
Ciprian S. Borcea (Rider University)
Joel Burdick (Caltech)
Stephen Cameron (University of Oxford)
Peter Donelan (Victoria University of Wellington)
Michael Farber (Queen Mary, University of London)
Robert Ghrist (University of Pennsylvania)
Peter Grindrod (University of Oxford)
Dawei Gu (University of Leicester)
Simon Guest (University of Cambridge)
William Harwin (University of Reading)
William Holderbaum (University of Reading)
Manfred Husty (University of Innsbruck)
Alberto Isidori (University of Rome La Sapienza)
Marin Kobilarov (John Hopkins University)
Daniel Koditschek (University of Pennsylvania)
Professor Nick Koussoulas (University of Patras)
Taeyoung Lee (George Washington University)
Robert Mackay (University of Warwick)
J. Michael McCarthy (UC Irvine)
Claudiu Cristian Remsing (Rhodes University)
Elon Rimon (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel)
Hans-Peter Schröcker (University of Innsbruck)
Jon Selig (London South Bank University)
Stefano Stramigioli (Twente)
Ileana Streinu (UMass Amherst)
Krzysztof Tchon (Wroclaw University of Technology)
Jeremy Wyatt (University of Birmingham)

Further information

For technical queries please contact Dr. W. Holderbaum

For general conference queries, or to register your interest, please contact Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer
E-mail:              Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK.


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