28th International
Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region

June 19-21, 2019 at the
Fraunhofer Zentrum Kaiserslautern and the
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern


Conference Guide and Book of Abstracts
Conference Guide and Book of Abstracts (reduced file size)

Event Information

The 28th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2019, will be held at the Fraunhofer Center and the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, from June 19 to June 21, 2019. The Conference will bring together academic and industry researchers in robotics from the Alpe-Adria-Danube Region affiliated countries and their worldwide partners in a collegial and stimulating environment. According to its tradition, RAAD 2019 will cover all major areas of R&D and innovation in robotics, including new research trends such as: bio-inspired and cognitive robots, visual serving of robot motion, human-robot interaction, cloud robotics and personal robots for ambient assisted living.


Papers are solicited on topics related to new theories, advanced design of robot mechanics and control architectures, and development of intelligent robotic applications, including but not limited to:

  • Novel design and applications of robotic systems
  • Dexterous grasping, handling and intelligent manipulation
  • Intelligent cooperating and service robots
  • Advanced robot control
  • Human-robot interfaces
  • Robot vision systems and visual servoing techniques
  • Mobile robots, Humanoid and walking robots
  • Field and agricultural robotics
  • Bio-inspired and swarm robotic systems
  • Towards micro and nano-scale robots
  • Aerial, underwater and spatial robots
  • Robot integration in holonic manufacturing
  • Personal robots for ambient assisted living
  • Medical robots and bionic prostheses
  • Intelligent information technologies for cognitive robots
  • Education in robotics
  • History of automation and robotics
  • Cognitive robots and Emotional Intelligence
  • Cloud robotics
  • Ethical, legal and social issues of robotic


The language of the conference will be english due to its international character.


The registration for the conference is now available over the submission portal under https://www.conftool.org/raad2019/.

Please make sure, to insert the right invoice recipient in the payment form.

Conference Fees

Full registrationStudentsAccompanying persons
Early registration (before 31 March, 2019)350 EUR200 EUR150 EUR
Late registration (after 31 March, 2019)400 EUR220 EUR150 EUR

The conference fees include the participation in the day program, the catering, the conference dinner and the conference documents.
Travel and subsistence costs can not be reimbursed.
The payment is handled by proCampus and is available via bank transfer, credit card or PayPal.
Please make sure, to insert the right invoice recipient in the payment form.

Special Sessions

It is our great pleasure to host a number of Special Session on various research subjects to be held during the RAAD 2019 Conference. Special sessions complement the regular technical program by highlighting new and emerging research topics or innovative applications of established approaches.

A number of Special Sessions has been approved by the commitee and will be activated if a minimum number of 4 papers will be collected and accepted.

All submitted papers will be reviewed similar to the regular paper and only accepted papers will be cited in the proceedings of the conference, published in a Scopus indexed book of the Springer Series Mechanism and Machine Science-Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2019. The organizers of special sessions will be invited to be the Chair of their respective organized Special Sessions.

The chairs of the accepted Special Sessions are invited to send their full proposal to raad@cs.uni-kl.de by January 11 , 2019

The authors should submit their manuscripts for Special Sessions according to the instructions for authors and the conference’s deadlines.

Further information can be found in the Call for Papers.

Accepted Special Sessions

As the results of an internal review process, the following proposals had been accepted for the Special Session at the RAAD 2019 conference.

Each organizer collects at least 4 to 6 papers for each Special Session. They will be reviewed similar to the regular papers and only the accepted ones will be published in the RAAD 2019 Proceedings. The organizer will be invited to be the Chair of the Special Session.

If the number of accepted papers is more than 6, papers will be allocated in two sessions. In case that the number of accepted papers is less than 4, the papers will be reassigned to the other regular sessions according to the topic. 

 You can submit papers in the following special sessions (listed in order of submission):


Organzier: Theodor Borangiu (Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania) Contact: theodor.borangiu@cimr.pub.ro


Organizer: Ivana Budinská (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia) Contact: ivana.budinska@savba.sk

Safety Related Devices and Applications

Organizers: Med Amine LARIBI (Université de Poitiers, Poitiers, France) and Giuseppe Carbone (Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Italy) Contact: med.amine.laribi@univ-poitiers.fr

Industrial robots in the machining industry

Organizers: Magnus Volkmann (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany) Contact: magnus.volkmann@mv.uni-kl.de

Flexible Manufacturing in Industry 4.0 Environments

Organizers: Achim Wagner (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Kaiserslauern, Germany) Contact: achim.wagner@dfki.de

Advances in Human-Robot Interaction

Organizers: Kosta Jovanovic (ETF, Belgrade, Serbia) and Tadej Petric (JSI Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia) Contact: tadej.petric@ijs.si


Tuesday, June 18th
16.00-18.00 Registration
17.00-17.30 Presentation ITWM
17.45-18.15 Presentation Smart Factory DFKI
18.15-19.30 Come Together @DFKI

Wednesday, June 19th
08.15-18.00 Registration
09.00-09.30 Opening Ceremony
09.30-10.30 Keynote I
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-13.00 WeSS01: Safety Related Devices and Applications I WeST01: Medical Robotics WeST02: Mechanical Design and Kinematics I
13.00-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-16.00 WeSS02: Advances in Human-Robot Interaction I WeSt03: Path Planning and Navigation I WeSt04: Industry Robotics I
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-17.30 WeSS03: Safety Related Devices and Applications II WeST05: Path Planning and Navigation II WeST06: Industry Robotics II
19:30-21:30 Welcome Cocktail
Thursday, June 20th
08.00-14.00 Registration
08.30-10.30 ThSS01: Advances in Human-Robot Interaction II ThST01: Mechanical Design and Kinematics II ThST02: Control I
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-12.00 Keynote II
12.00-13.00 Lunch break and ISC meeting
13.00-14.00 ThST03: Communication ThST04: Learning I ThST05: Control II
14.15 Departure to Social Event
20.00 Gala Dinner, Award ceremony
Friday, June 21st
08.00-10.00 Registration
09.00-10.00 FrSS01: Flexible Manufacturing in Industry 4.0 Environments I FrST01: Learning II FrST02: Multi Robot Systems
10.00-11.00 Keynote III
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.45 FrSS02: Flexible Manufacturing in Industry 4.0 Environments II FrST03: Rehabilitation Robotics and Exoskeletons FrST04: Vision
12.45-13.00 Closing Ceremony

The preliminary schedule can be found here.
The detailed schedule as of May, 28, can be found here .

Keynote Speakers

Giovanni Muscato

Prof. Giovanni Muscato

Navigation of mobile robots in rough outdoor environments

Abstract and Biography

Andreas Müller

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Müller

Geometric Modeling of Robotic Manipulators – A Short Overview for Practitioners

Abstract and Biography

Marius Zöllner

Prof. Dr. J. Marius Zöllner

From Deep Learning to Autonomous Driving

Abstract and Biography


Important Dates (Deadlines)

  • Full paper submission: January 18, 2019 extended to February 01,2019
  • Notification of acceptance: March 01, 2019
  • Final paper submission: March 28, 2019

Paper subission and proceedings

  • Authors are kindly asked to submit original (not published or being considered for publication elsewhere) full papers with recommended length of 6 or 8 pages in Springer format.
  • All accepted and presented papers will be published in the Springer Series "Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing-AISC", with the title: "Advances in Robot Design and Intelligent Control"- Proceedings of the 28th Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region.
  • The authors of the best RAAD2019 papers will be asked to submit the extended versions of their manuscripts for publishing in the journal special issue with JOMAC, www.jomac.it.
  • Best papers will be awarded in three categories: research, applications and student.
  • Paper submission and conference registration are available under https://www.conftool.org/raad2019/
  • The copyright form can be downloaded here as .doc-file or .pdf-file.


The proceedings of the conference are available as printed books as well as e-book from Springer.

Conference photos

The photos of the conference can be found here . To view them, you need to login using the credentials send to the participants by mail.


In the course of the conference, robotic systems and components will be presented in the shared lobby area on both floors. The exhibition includes video and simulation presentations as well as actual robotic systems from different groups.

Additionally, there will be two opportunities, to visit the following facilities:

  • On Tuesday, June 18, those who are already in Kaiserslautern are cordially invited to join a visit in the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern, the SmartFactory-KL and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM). The guided tour will start at 5h p.m. in the entrance hall of the Fraunhofer Center (where also the conference will take place). At 5.45h p.m., we will walk to the adjacent DFKI to have a visit in the SmartFactory-KL. Afterward, there will be a small come together.
  • On Friday, June 21, after the official end of the conference, there will be the chance to visit the test area of the RRLab on the ZAK in Kaiserslautern. We will leave at the entrance of the Fraunhofer Center around 2h p.m. and we will be back around 3:30h p.m. Please note, that this tour will only be possible under appropriate weather conditions.

For the preparation of these events, we would highly appreciate a short e-mail, if you plan to join.


Travel and Accommodation

Travel to the conference location

The conference will take place in the Fraunhofer Zentrum Kaiserslautern, Fraunhofer-Platz 1, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Information about how to reach the location can be found here.

Information about attractions in Kaiserslautern can be found on the respective wikipedia page and the website of the Tourist Office of Kaiserslautern.

Hotels in Kaiserslautern (selection)

An overview of hotels and guesthouses in Kaiserslautern can be found here.

The following list is a non-exhaustive selection of hotels, ordered by their distance to the conference:

hotel zollamt

Hotel Zollamt
(ca. 1 km to the university)

Single room from 110€ per night (incl. breakfast)

hotel bb

B&B Hotel Kaiserslautern
(near the train station, ca. 2-3 km to the university)

Single room from 64,50€ per night (incl. breakfast)

hotel art lauterbach

Art Hotel Lauterbach
(city centre, ca. 3-4 km to the university)

single room from 79€ per night (incl. breakfast)

hotel barth

Hotel Barth
(city centre, ca. 3-4 km to the university)

single room from 76€ per night (incl. breakfast)

hotel saks

SAKS Hotel Kaiserslautern
(city centre, ca. 3-4 km to the university)

double room for one person from 144€ per night (incl. breakfast)

hotel best western

Best Western Kaiserslautern
(close to the stadium, ca. 3-4 km to the university)

single room from 87,90€ per night (incl. breakfast)

hotel blechhammer

Hotel Blechhammer
(ca. 6-7 km from the university)

single room from 95€ per night (incl. breakfast)

hotel barbarossahof

Hotel Barbarossahof
(ca. 8-9 km from the university)

single room from 95€ per night (incl. breakfast)


General Chair

  • Prof. Dr. K. Berns, TU Kaiserslautern


  • Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. D. Görges, TU Kaiserslautern

International Scientific Committee (RAAD ISC)

  • Nikos A. Aspragathos, University of Patras, Greece
  • Karsten Berns, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Theodor Borangiu, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Ivana Budinská, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Marco Ceccarelli, University of Cassino, Italy
  • Karol Dobrovodský, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
  • Carlo Ferraresi, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy (ISC Deputy Chair)
  • Alessandro Gasparetto, University of Udine, Italy
  • Nick Andrei Ivanescu, Polytechnic University of Bucharest,Romania
  • Roman Kamnik, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Gernot Kronreif, ACMIT GmbH, Austria
  • Andreas Mueller, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Tadej Petrič, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Ivan Petrovic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Doina Pîsla, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Aleksandar Rodic, Institute Mihailo Pupin, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Jozsef K. Tar, Óbuda University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Said Zeghloul, Poitiers University, France
  • Leon Žlajpah, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia (ISC Chair)

Advisory Board

  • Guido Belforte, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy
  • János F. Bitó, Centre of Robotics and Automation, Hungary
  • Štefan Havlík, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
  • Peter Kopacek, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Alberto Rovetta, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
  • Imre J. Rudas, Óbuda University, Budapest, Hungary

National Organizing Committee

  • Tamin Asfour, KIT, Germany
  • Rüdiger Dillmann, FZI Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Katja Mombaur, Universität Heidelberg, Germany

Local Organizing Committee

  • Steven Liu, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Naim Bajcinca, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Peter Liggesmeyer, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Martin Ruskowski, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Klaus Dressler, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Imprint and Contact

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c/o Lehrstuhl Robotersysteme
Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße 48
D-67663 Kaiserslautern

Tel.: +49 (0) 631 205 3338
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E-Mail: raad@cs.uni-kl.de