1st International HERMES Workshop

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

2023 June 02, Friday

Many thanks to all the invited speakers, paper presenters, members of the scientific committee, and attendees of our inaugural workshop!

HERMES 2023 Scientific Committee ICRA 2023 main hall HERMES 2023 full room HERMES 2023 David Rodríguez's talk on quantum-tech for robotics HERMES 2023 Hendrik Kolvenbach's talk on legged robotics HERMES 2023 Path Planning by UMA's Space Robotics lab HERMES 2023 Carlos Perez del Pulgar


Onsite @ExCel London

Royal Victoria Dock,

1 Western Gateway, London



For onsite attendees , please use the official ICRA website for registration.

Virtual attendace is possible also through ICRA website registration page.

Invited Speakers

Alexander Dettmann
Alexander Dettman
AI Space Team Lead
Yardstick Robotics GmbH
Emanuel Staudinger
Emanuel Staudinger
Institute of Communications and Navigation
German Aerospace Center
Armin Wedler
Armin Wedler
Head of Planetary Exploration
German Aerospace Center
Carlos Pérez del Pulgar
Carlos Pérez del Pulgar
Head of the Space Robotics Lab
Universidad de Málaga
Kazuya Yoshida
Kazuya Yoshida
Head of the Space Robotics Lab
Tohoku University
Leif Christensen
Leif Christensen
Maritime Robotics Team Lead
Hendrik Kolvenbach
Hendrik Kolvenbach
Robotic Systems Lab
Julia Schmale
Julia Schmale
Head of the Extreme Environments Research Lab
Piotr Weclewski
Piotr Weclewski
Space Robotics Tech Lead
Ricardo Sánchez-Ibáñez
J. Ricardo Sánchez-Ibáñez
GNC Engineer
Chris Verhoeven
Chris Verhoeven
Electronics Research Laboratory
Delft University of Technology
Joshua Mehling
Joshua Mehling
Principal Technologist for Robotics


*All times are in BST (British Summer Time, UTC+1)
08:00 - Welcome & Registration
08:30 - Kick-off
By Miguel Olivares-Mendez
Session 1: Multi-robot cooperation for extreme terrestrail environments
Chaired by Miguel Olivares-Mendez
08:35 - Exploration of underground environments
By Alexis Kostas (NTNU)
08:50 - Lessons learned from ARCHES Deep Sea and Space domains
By Armin Wedler (DLR)
09:05 - AI challenges of multi-agent systems in extreme environments
By Raj Thilak Rajan (TUDelft)
09:20 - AI for long-term subsea missions: from exploration of oceans on icy moons to subsea resident AUV teams in offshora application scenarios
By Leif Christensen (DFKI)
09:35 - Needs for robotic platforms in atmospheric science in extreme and remote environments
By Julia Schmale (EPFL)
Time of a 20-min break!
Session 2: Multi-robot cooperation for space applications
Chaired by David Rodríguez-Martínez
10:10 - DLR's Swarm-Navigation System: overview and experimental results
By Emanuel Staudinger (DLR)
10:25 - Enhancing AI for advanced autonomous space operations
By Miguel Olivares-Mendez (University of Luxembourg)
10:40 - Modular and heterogeneous multi-agent AI robot system for lunar exploration: a JST Moonshot R&D project
By Kazuya Yoshida (Tohoku University)
10:55 - UMA Space Robotics Lab: Increasing autonomy in planetary exploration
By Carlos Pérez del Pulgar (Universidad de Málaga)
11:10 - Lunar Zebro field test results
By Chris Verhoeven (TUDelft)
11:25 - Planetary exploration with legged robots: potential and challenges
By Hendrik Kolvenbach (ETHZ)
Time of a 20-min break!
Contributed papers presentation session
12:00 - Radio Localization for Robotic Planetary Exploration: Lessons Learned from Space-Analogue Mission
By Robert Pöhlmann et al. (DLR)
12:10 - Marker-less rigid body landmark supported SLAM in proximity of a lunar lander through 6DoF pose estimation
By Philippe Ludivig et al. (University of Luxembourg)
12:20 - A Heterogeneous Team of Autonomous Robots Explores the Moon - Team FZI-RET at the ESA ESRIC Space Resource Challenge
By Tristan Schnell et al. (FZI)
12:30 - Multi-FEAT: Multi-Feature Edge AlignmentT for Targetless Camera-LiDAR Calibration
By Bichi Zhang et al. (TUDelft)
12:40 - Optimizing Planetary Exploration by Refinement Localization and Mapping using Multiple Rovers
By Ayumi Umemura et al. (Tohoku University)
12:50 - Radiation Surveys in Active Nuclear Facilities with Heterogeneous Collaborative Mobile Robots
By Mitchell Pryor et al. (UTAustin)
Time for lunch! (13:00 - 14:30)
Session 3: From Earth to Space - novel robotic concepts and architectures for terrestrial and space use
Chaired by Raj Thilak Rajan
14:30 - Overview of NASA's efforts and interests in multi-robot systems
By Joshua Mehling (NASA)
14:45 - Efficient exploration: exploring farther and faster
By David Rodríguez-Martínez (EPFL)
15:00 - SFR Integrated BreadBoard Field Trials - A TRL5 Autonomous 300m Traverse
By Piotr Weclewski & J. Ricardo Sánchez-Ibáñez (Airbus) [Silver Sponsor]
15:15 - 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)
15:30 - HiveR: Roving Beyond the Boundaries + Demo
By Robert Mahoney (Neurospace) [Bronze Sponsor]
16:00 - Closure
By Miguel Olivares-Mendez
Networking, food & drinks


The workshop is aimed at showcasing the achievements, capabilities, and approaches of relevant institutions and laboratories within the frame of multi-agent systems in extreme operational environments. Three primary goals have been identified:

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