Parallel 2020


In 2002, Clément Gosselin and Imme Ebert-Uphoff organized the first workshop on parallel mechanisms and manipulators in Québec, Canada as a fruitful and friendly meeting. Six years after, in 2008, François Pierrot, Nicolas Andreff, Olivier Company, Marc Gouttefarde and Sébastien Krut organised the second edition in Montpellier (France). In 2014, Tian Huang and Jian Dai organized the third edition in Tianjin China. Following this success, and another six years on, we are organizing the fourth edition in 2020 in Belfast, UK as a platform for us to share our interest and discuss the future directions in parallel mechanisms and manipulators. The workshop seeks to bring together experts in the area from around the globe in order to disseminate recent research progress and to identify the most promising future research directions for parallel manipulators and parallel kinematic technology. The meeting will be a series of focused keynote presentations, round-tables, focused paper sessions and in-depth discussion sessions to converge on key issues related to parallel mechanisms, manipulators and parallel kinematic machines



  1. Develop awareness of the current state-of-the-art of research in all areas of parallel manipulators and wire-driven manipulators, including kinematics, dynamics, controls, design and novel applications;
  2. Identify roadblocks that must be resolved to increase the industrial use of parallel manipulators;
  3. Identify open problems in the theoretical framework;
  4. Identify promising approaches that may yield significant advances in the theoretical framework;
  5. Establish and reinforce international collaboration and collaboration between academia and industry;
  6. Discuss educational needs and methods;
  7. Develop a strategy for the research community as a whole to accelerate the development and use of parallel manipulators.



  • “Industry viewpoints and industry needs”
  • “Promising new research directions”



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