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


Latest news: 

1. The conference will be held on 9-11, Sep. 2020 via virtual meeting online, detailed instructions will be published soon. 

2. Registration is open now with the following policy


Registration Fee:

Early bird registration (before 10 August 2020): £200

Regular registration (before 5 September 2020): £250

Student registration: £100


Refund policy:
- Before 10 August, £100 administration fee will be charged.
- After 10 August, no refund can be made.



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.

Double side PKM


  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 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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