ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
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.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
The workshop will be hosted at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), one of the oldest Russel Group Universities in the UK. QUB made great contribution to the development of parallel kinematic technology. Back to early 1990’s, QUB conducted the feasibility study for the first prototype of parallel kinematic machine (PKM) tools in the world, collaborated with the Ingersoll Milling Machine Company. Recently QUB developed ground-breaking application technology with Exechon PKM for automated aircraft assembly.
Belfast is renowned by its excellence in engineering. The Titanic was built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast over 100 years ago, and the first commercial aircraft of the world was produced at Shorts Aircraft Factory at Belfast. Shorts Aircraft Factory also pioneered Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircrafts in the 1950’s. The pneumatic tyre and the tractor were invented in Belfast. Belfast’s Sirocco Works invented air conditioning and the Royal Victoria Hospital became the first building in the world to be fitted with air conditioning. Belfast is packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food, super shopping ... Lonely Planet says Belfast is the best place to visit in 2018.
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