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Luis Figueredo

Assistant Professor

Welcome to my website! 
Here, you will find a little about me, my research, publications, cool (and hopefully educative) robotic videos, some interesting resources, and the latest news about my lab and my research group. Feel free to explore the website and contact me. 

Well, let me start with a short bio about myself.  
My work is currently focused on the many challenges involving human-centric robotics. Particularly, my goal is to build intelligent robots that help and assist humans in performing different tasks in a safe, efficient, natural, and comfortable manner. These four constraints are recurrent in my research, which spams through multiple areas of knowledge, e.g., geometric methods for manipulation and control, manipulation of complex real-world objects, cooperative manipulation, safe physical human-robot interaction, implicit and explicit human-robot communication, biomechanics-aware assistive robotics, and core concepts of control theory and geometry algebra.

Finally, I am a strong believer that real-world robotics challenges can only be addressed through interdisciplinarity, collaborations, and lots of coffee. 

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Get the ball rolling:

Latest News and Updates

June, 2024

[Event]

Very excited to be one of the few guests invested for the 2024 Mathworks Research Summit Program in June, 2024. Looking forward to meeting all Mathworks contributors and discuss research with Matlab.  

May, 2024

[Talk]

Looking forward to a talk at Leeds on May 24th! First return since the pandemic. Looking forward to see the changes and friends. Save the date: May-24, 2024 at the  Robotics@Leeds Seminar.

May, 2024

[Award]

[ICRA New Generation Star] Thrilled to have been selected for the New Generation Star Project, sponsored by NOKOV during ICRA-24. Joining the PC Members Dinner and having the chance to discuss research with fellow awardees during the Star Talk. Check it out:  https://www.youtube.com/live/n8NuSs5WkQo?t=2728s

April, 2024

[Event] Looking forward to visiting Arash Ajoudani's team at IIT as part of the RAICAM event with our amazing consortium.  

Mar, 2024

[Talk] Glad to be invited as a guest speaker with so many great names for Bavarian International School. Always great talking about robotics to the future generation! 

Jan, 2024

[ICRA-24] Our Workshop Assistive Systems: Lab to Patient Care has been accepted for ICRA-2024 Check it out (link).

Jan, 2024

[ICRA-24] Our Papers (i) RETOM: Leveraging Maneuverability for Reactive Tool Manipulation using Wrench-Fields (ii) Learning barrier-certified polynomial dynamical systems for obstacle avoidance with robots; (iii) CITR: A Coordinate-Invariant Task Representation for Robotic Manipulation  have been accepted for presentation at ICRA-24!  

Jan, 2024

[Paper out of the oven!] Excited about the results of our IEEE IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters:  "The Fingertip Manipulability Assessment of Tendon-driven Multi-fingered Hands". Long due collaboration with my friend Amartya, and special congrats to Junnan.

Dec, 2023

[Open Position!] Excited to announce one fully funded scholarship position with my group at the University of Nottingham. Check out more information at Join Us

Nov, 2023

[Paper out of the oven!] Excited about the results of our IEEE Transactions on Robotics:  "Predictive Multi-Agent based Planning and Landing Controller for Reactive Dual-Arm Manipulation".  Special congrats to Riddhi and Marvin.

Nov, 2023

[Paper out of the oven!] Excited about the results of our IEEE IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters:  "Enhanced Dexterity Maps (EDM): A New Map for Manipulator Capability Analysis".  Special congrats to Haowen.

Oct, 2023

[IROS-23-WS] Excited about the output of our workshop Geriatronics: AI and Robotics for Health & Well-Being in Older Age! Great talks and posters!  Checkout the website. Link

Oct, 2023

[IROS-23] Great time at IROS-24 in Detroit. Some fun with Rafael and our paper on Shared Autonomy Control for Slosh-Free Teleoperation.  Also, many thanks to Luka, Wansoo, Heni, Arash and Eiichi for inviting me to a talk at the 6th Ergonomic Physical Human-Robot Collaboration:Harnessing Advancements in Robot Learning.   

Sept, 2023

[ICRA-24] Tough deadline! Five submissions! Finger's crossed now. Many thanks to my students and collaborators, Rafael, Robin, Felix, Riddhi, Haowen, Martin, Hugo, Seongjin, Djallil, Shengqiang and many others.  :)

Sept, 2023

[Event] Great experience hosting and organizing the 16th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics at Munich, Germany with great people and friends, Cristina, Patricia, Manuel and Hinrich. Great papers and talks, including from my students and collaborators, Ainoor, Junnan, Amartya and Mazin.   

Aug, 2023

Big news! I am starting a lecturership position at the University of Nottingham, UK! 
Looking forward to the new challenges and building a great lab!  

July, 2023

[Award] Congrats to my student Rafael I. Cabral Muchacho for getting the best student paper award at the Geriatronics Summit!  And congrats to my collaborator Eva Theresa Jahn and Yuhe Gong, my student to be, for the tied 3rd place!  

July, 2023

[Geriatronics Summit] Amazing experience to host the 2nd Geriatronics Summit! Many thanks to all the amazing 16 speakers. Link for the event

June, 2023

[DEMO] Exciting times at the Automatica Munich_i 2023. In addition to supporting several demos of the  Geriatronics team, my research group w/ Rafael I. Cabral Muchacho and Riddhiman Laha had a super fun demo: Interacting with Spill-Free Robots, where we challenged people to break our demo (Result: 8-hours of continuous run per 4 days, hundred to thousand users from kids to roboticists and no break! Check it out (LINK

June, 2023

[IROS-23] Our Papers on Shared Autonomy Control for Slosh-free Teleoperation has been accepted for presentation at IROS-23!  

May, 2023

[ICRA-23] Excited about output of our workshop on Geometric Representations: The Roles of Screw Theory, Lie Algebra & Geometric Algebra. At the peak, we had more than 110 people attending! Congrats to Julen U., Niklas Wilhelm Funk ,Jan Peters , Georgia Chalvatzaki for the best paper!  Check it out (link).

May, 2023

[ICRA-23] Excited to present two papers with our team! Congrats to Arthur Bucker, Wenxi Wu and Riddhiman Laha!  Talk to us at the poster session! Also, excited to have once again a demo running in the Exhibition center. Check out the Franka/Clearpath booth! 

Abr, 2023

Very happy to host a good friend and amazing researcher Gabriella Pizzuto for a talk about robotics and chemistry! 

Abr, 2023

[TALK] Super happy to give at Devanthro - the Robody Company, see friends and check out their super cool Roboy and the student's presentations. Check it out (link).

Mar, 2023

[IROS-23] Our Workshop Geriatronics: AI and Robotics for Health & Well-Being in Older Age has been accepted for the 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2023). Check it out (link).

Fev, 2023

I have been invited to work as Associated Editor at IROS-23

Jan, 2023

[ICRA-23] Our Papers (i) S∗ : On Safe and Time Efficient Robot Motion Planning 
(ii) LaTTe: Language Trajectory TransformEr (arxiv version) have been accepted for presentation at ICRA-23!  

Jan, 2023

I was very happy to host RAICAM's Kick-off meeting with amazing collaborators (link)

Jan, 2023

Our research was cover at the TUM.de website (link). We were also seeing at the U-Bahn (metro) all over Munich (link).    Many thanks to Andreas Schmitz. 

Dez, 2022

[ICRA-23] I have two workshops accepted for the next ICRA-23 in London. Check out below for more details.

Nov, 2022

[AWARD] We were awarded the Best Interactive Paper Award Finalist at the IEEE-RAS Humanoids-22. Paper: Integrated Bi-Manual Motion Generation & Control shaped for Probabilistic Movement Primitives

Nov, 2022

[AWARD] Benjamin Bogenberger, who recently finished his Bachelor thesis advised by I and Riddhiman Laha have received the  VDE Bayer Award: Best Bachelor Thesis (link)

Oct, 2022

[DEMO] We just presented the Spillnot demo (link) live at IROS-22 at the Franka-Emika's exhibition booth.

Aug, 2022

[IN MEDIA] Our work in collaboration with Microsoft Research has been highlighted in their website (link

June, 2022

[IROS-22] Very happy to say that we had 4 papers accepted for IROS + 1 RAL for presentation. It is going to be a busy IROS. 

June, 2022

[DEMO] Exciting times at the Automatica Munich_i. Together with the Geriatronics team and my research group, we presented a total of 5 demos at Automatica-22.

June, 2022

[Geriatronics Summit] Amazing experience to host the 1st Geriatronics Summit! Many thanks for all the amazing 15 speakers. Link for the event.

May, 2022

[AWARD] I have received the ICRA-23 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Conference Editorial Board

April, 2022

[DEMOS] We have now 2 demos running continuously at the headquarters of MIRMI in GBR. 

Fev, 2022

[RAICAM - MSCA] Our Marie-Curie Doctoral Network proposal (MSCA-DN/Horizon) has been accepted. The Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Critical Asset Monitoring (RAICAM) project will start in 2022!

Fev, 2022

I was invited to act as Guest Associate Editor for the Special issue at Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

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Upcoming Events

July 8-10, 2023

3rd Geriatronics Summit: AI and Robotics Meets Healthcare

Happy to organize the 3rd edition of our Summit. A great line-up of speakers and invited companies!

NO REGISTRATION FEES!!  Drop me a message if you want to hear more about it. 

Sept 1, 2023

[BIOROB-24] Our Workshop Revolutionising Ageing: The Role of Robotics and Wearable Tech for Older Adults has been accepted for IEEE RAS EMBS BioRob 2024 -   Check it out (link).

May. 13, 2024

[ICRA-24] Our Workshop Assistive Systems: Lab to Patient Care has been accepted for ICRA-2024 Check it out (link).

Oct. 1, 2023

Geriatronics: AI and Robotics for Health & Well-Being in Older Age

Detroit, US - Workshop @ 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2023)

Sept. 20-21, 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS - OPEN!!    - Deadline July 6th, 2023
16th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics (HFR 2023)   -  Munich - Germany  

July 02-03, 2023

Second Geriatronics Summit
Robotics and AI for Elderly Care - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany  <Newsletter of the event>

June 27-30, 2023

June 02, 2023

Geometric Representations The Roles of Modern Screw Theory, Lie algebra, and Geometric Algebra in Robotics

London, UK - Workshop @  IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

May 29, 2023

Pretraining for Robotics (PT4R)

London, UK - Workshop @  IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

May 26, 2023

My Path Towards Building Robots for Humans - Invited Talk at Nottingham Pint of Science 2023  

Nottingham, UK @  Pint of Science 2023

March 23, 2023

Getting Comfortable around Robots - Invited Robotics Expert Talk at Devanthro  

Munich, Germany  @  Roboy Student Team Finals WS22/23 - Devanthro 

March 16, 2023

Invited talk for Selected Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction papers at ACM HRI 

Stockholm, Sweden  @  18th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI)

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