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Parallel 2020




Belfast, UK, 9-11 September 2020 (Online Conference)



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1. A short zoom demo video is provided in the following links for your basic setting at the conference. 

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2. Zoom access details are as follows for the conference and the trial. If you are a presenter, please join at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the session of your presentation. Passcode has been sent to your registered e-mail.


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Parallel 2020 Trial 2 - 8th September @2:00pm London 

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Parallel 2020 Day 1 - 9th September @1:00pm, London 

Parallel 2020 Day 2 - 10th September @ 09:00pm London 

Parallel 2020 Day 3 - 11th September @ 09:00am London 


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3. 31/08/2020 - We are going to have two Zoom trials on 1st and 8th September respectively both at 2pm UK time, for you to test the access, presentation and video, etc. The access ID and passcode for the 1st trial have already been sent to your registered email on 30 August. If you have not received it, please let us know by email:


4.06/08/2020 - Zoom meeting will be used for the online conference. The access portal will be available on the ‘Programme’ webpage in due course.

5.31/07/2020 - Important notice

  • It will be a three-day conference.

  • Authors need update their paper header with the new conference dates 9 – 11 September 2020, and upload the paper in a pdf format to Easychair before 20th August 2020.

  • Registration with a paper must be completed by 20th August 2020 so that the paper can be included in the final programme and proceedings. Registration portal is live now and accessible at: Google Chrome is recommended for making the payment, as some error may occur by Internet Explorer.

  • Technical sessions will be broadcast live with Q/A online, though a 12-minute pre-recorded video presentation of each paper is required in case of network disruption in due course. The video (up to 500Mb) needs be sent to by QUB drop off service ( by 31 August. Detail instructions download here. If we don’t receive your video by 31 August, your paper will unfortunately not be included in the conference programme and proceedings.

  • Keynote and Panel presentations will be broadcast live with Q/A online.

  • All sessions will be video recorded, and the video link will be shared with participants till 18th September 2020.

  • Each participant is required to sign the Recording Consent form attached in this email (also available on the registration webpage) and return to before 31st August 2020.

  • Trial test link to access the meeting room will be provided before 31st August 2020. Further instructions will be sent out by email in due course.

  • Access to recorded videos and conference proceedings will be provided to registered attendees.

  • High quality presented papers will be invited to the special issue journal columns after the conference, subject to further review.




In 2002, Clément Gosselin and Imme Ebert-Uphoff organized the first conference 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 conference 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.

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  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”



The conference 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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