Heterogeneous multi-robot cooperation for exploration and science in extreme environments

Despite promising developments in robotics and automation, we are reliant on humans and single-agent systems for some of the most dangerous scientific tasks on Earth and beyond. Environmental monitoring and sampling of rivers, oceans, and glaciers, spatio-temporal mapping of arctic regions, the characterization of off-Earth planetary environments, and the realization  of space-based astronomy, are but some examples. Heterogeneous teams of robots have the potential to adapt to and thrive in these extreme, unstructured, and dynamic environments. Understanding the mechanisms by which teams of robots can be successfully deployed and autonomously cooperate to assist, augment, and eventually alleviate the need for large groups of humans in these regions is at the forefront of today’s robotics research and technology development. This workshop will bring together a community of roboticists, environmental scientists, machine learning experts, and space researchers with the goal of redefining the state of the art in the field of heterogeneous multi-robot cooperation for exploration and science in extreme environments.


2nd June, 2023

Starts @ 8:30 AM (CET)



Onsite @ExCel London
Royal Victoria Dock,
1 Western Gateway, London

Online on Zoom and Youtube


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Invited Speakers

Dr. Alexander Dettmann, Yardstick Robotics GmbH

Alexander Dettman

Lead of the AI Space Team
Yardstick Robotics GmbH

Prof. Kazuya Yoshida

Kazuya Yoshida

Head of the Space Robotics Lab
Tohoku University

Piotr Weclewski

Piotr Weclewski

Space Robotics Tech Lead 

Dr. Emanuel Staudinger

Emanuel Staudinger

Institute of Communications and Navigation
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Leif Christensen

Leif Christensen

Team Leader Maritime Robotics

Ricardo Sanchez

J. Ricardo Sánchez-Ibáñez

GNC Engineer

Dr. Armin Wedler

Armin Wedler

Head of the Planetary Exploration Domain
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Dr. Hendrik Kolvenbach

Hendrik Kolvenbach

Senior Scientist
ETHZ Robotic Systems Lab

Mr. Maneesh Verma

Maneesh Verma

Lunar Zebro Team
Delft University of Technology (TUD)

Prof. Carlos Perez

Carlos Pérez del Pulgar

Head of the Space Robotics Lab
Universidad de Málaga

Prof. Julia Schmale

Julia Schmale

Head of the Extreme Environments Research Lab

Dr. Terry Fong

Terry Fong

Director of the Intelligent Robotics Group


8:30 - Welcome & Intro

By Miguel Olivares-Mendez, University of Luxembourg

Session 1: Multi-robot cooperation for extreme terrestrial environments

8:40 - Needs for robotic platforms in arctic environments

By Julia Schmale, EPFL

9:00 - Exploration of underground environments

By Alexis Kostas, NTNU

9:20 - Distributed AI for sensing, learning, and coordination of multi-agent systems

By Raj Thilak Tajan, Delft University of Technology (TUD)

9:40 - AI for long-term subsea missions - from the exploration of oceans on icy moons to subsea resident AUV teams in offshore application scenarios

By Leif Christensen, DFKI

10:00 - Lessons learned from ARCHES Deep Sea and Space domains

by Armin Wedler, DLR

Time for a 10-min break!

10:30 - 11:20 Morning papers presentation session

Time for a 10-min break!

Session 2: Multi-robot cooperation for space applications

11:30 - Overview of NASA's efforts and interests in multi-robot systems

By Terry Fong, NASA [TBC]

11:50 - Overview of ESA's projects


12:10 - DLR's Swarm-Navigation System: overview and experimental results

By Emanuel Staudinger, DLR

Time for a lunch break!

13:30 - Lunar Zebro field test results

By Maneesh Verma,  Delft University of Technology (TUD)

13:50 - Overview of SRL activities for lunar exploration

By Kazuya Yoshida, Tohoku University

14:10 -UMA Space Robotics Lab: Increasing autonomy in planetary exploration

By Carlos Pérez del Pulgar, Universidad de Málaga

14:30 - Enhancing AI for advanced autonomous space operations

By Miguel Olivares-Mendez, University of Luxembourg

Time for a 10-min break!

Session 3: From Earth to Space - novel robotic concepts and architectures for terrestrial and space use

15:00 - Planetary exploration with legged robots: potential and challenges

By Hendrik Kolvenbach, ETHZ

15:20 - Lunar drones to explore the darkness

By David Rodríguez, EPFL

15:40 - COROB-X: Analogue Field Tests Evaluation of a Cooperative Robotic Team to Autonomously Explore Lunar Skylights and Subsurface Lava Tubes

By Alexander Dettmann, Yardstick Robotics GmbH

16:00 - Overview on architecture and testing of the novel Field Trial Rover System

By Piotr Weclewski &  J. Ricardo Sanchez-Ibañez [TBC]

16:20 - Sponsored slot


Time for a 10-min break!

16:50 - 17:40 Afternoon papers presentation session

17:40 - Panel Discussion & Closure

Networking, food & drinks


We're proud to be endorsed by the following IEEE - RAS Technical Committees

Organization Committee


Miguel Olivares-Mendez

Head of the Space Robotics Research Group (SpaceR)
University of Luxembourg


Raj Thilak Rajan

Co-Director of the SensorAI Lab
Delft University of Technology (TUD)


Alexis Kostas

Head of the Autonomous Robot Lab
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)


David Rodríguez

Head of the Lunar Hub
eSpace - EPFL Space Center


Scientific Committee

  • Kazuya Yoshida, Space Robotics Lab, Tohoku University
  • Carlos Pérez del Pulgar, Space Robotics Lab, Universidad de Málaga
  • Genya Ishigami, Space Robotics Group, Keio University
  • Shreya Santra, Space Robotics Lab, Tohoku University
  • Hendrik Kolvenbach, Robotic Systems Lab, ETHZ
  • Kentaro Uno, Space Robotics Lab, Tohoku University
  • Chris Verhoeven, Lunar Zebro, Delft University of Technology (TUD)
  • Arne Rönnau, FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik




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ExCel London
Royal Victoria Dock
1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL, UK

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