13th International Conference on Electromechanics and Robotics "Zavalishin's Readings" (ER(ZR)-2018)


St. Petersburg, Russia, April 18-21, 2018

The conference was established as a tribute to the memory of Dmitry Aleksandrovich Zavalishin (1900-1968) a Russian scientist, corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, professor, doctor of technical sciences, honored worker of science and technology of the RSFSR, founder of the school of valve energy converters based on electric machines and valve converters energy. The first conference was organized by the Institute of Innovative Technologies in Electromechanics and Robotics of the St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation in 2006 and is timed to the 60th anniversary of the Institute. Today the conference has become international and be held for the thirteenth time in St. Petersburg.

The purpose of the conference is the exchange of information and progressive results of scientific research work of scientific and pedagogical workers, young scientists, graduate students, applicants and students in the field of: automatic control systems, electromechanics, electric power engineering and electrical engineering, mechatronics, robotics, automation, technical physics and management in the electric power industry.


The conference is organized by St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI, St. Petersburg, Russia) with cooperation of St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS, St. Petersburg, Russia).


Electromechanics and Electric Power Engineering

  • electric-power transformation

  • renewable energy systems

  • electrical networks

  • electric drives and mechatronic modules

Robotics and Automation

  • robots control and communication

  • human-robot interaction

  •  sensor networks and cloud services for robots

  •  cyberphysical systems


February 1, 2018 ......Submission of full papers

February 15, 2018 ...Notification of acceptance

March 01, 2018 .........Final papers submission and registration

April 18-21, 2018 .....Conference date


Michael Beetz, Professor for Computer Science at the Faculty for Mathematics and Informatics of the University Bremen and head of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI), University Bremen, Germany

Lecture Title: Robotics Challenges for Everyday Activity Science and Engineering (EASE)

Abstract: Mastering everyday activities is an important step for robots to become the competent (co-)workers, assistants, and companions who are widely considered a necessity for dealing with the enormous challenges our aging society is facing. In the talk the achievements of Collaborative Research Centre Everyday Activity Science and Engineering (EASE) focused on a fundamental research endeavour to investigate the cognitive information processing principles employed by humans to master everyday activities and to transfer the obtained insights to models for autonomous control of robotic agents is discussed. The aim of EASE is to boost the robustness, efficiency, and flexibility of various information processing subtasks necessary to master everyday activities by uncovering and exploiting the structures within these tasks.


Karsten Bern, Head of Robotics Research Lab, TU Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Lecture Title: Emotion-based Human-Robot Interaction

Abstract: Human-machine interaction is a major challenge in the development of complex humanoid robots. In addition to verbal communication the use of non-verbal cues such as hand, arm and body gestures or mimics can improve the understanding of the intention of the robot. On the other hand, by perceiving such mechanisms of a human in a typical interaction scenario the humanoid robot can adapt its interaction skills in a better way. Based on the two humanoid robots ROMAN and ROBIN of the Robotics Research Lab of the University of Kaiserslautern typical interaction scenarios will be presented.


Christian Ott, Head of Department "Analysis and Control of Advanced Robotic Systems", Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR, Wessling, Germany

Lecture Title: Physical Interaction with Elastic Robots: From Torque Control to Utilization of Intrinsic Compliance

Abstract: Many robotic systems, like industrial manipulators and complex humanoid robots, are designed not only for pure motion generation but also for tasks that involve physical interaction with the environment. It requires an exchange of physical power between the robot and the environment, which lead to the concepts of impedance control and passivity. In case of human-robot interaction additionally safety aspects play an important role in the controller design. Early approaches for interaction control focused on measuring the interaction force either with a force/torque sensor in the wrist, or with joint torque sensors in order to implement a sensitive compliant behavior. More recently, actuators with intrinsic compliance have been proposed in order to increase performance as well as energy efficiency, especially in periodic tasks. Our framework for interaction control with such elastic robots has originated from our earlier works on impedance control for robots with joint torque sensors and has experimentally verified with various robotic systems, ranging from stationary and mobile manipulators to complete legged humanoids.


Sebastian Stüker, Leader of Group: RG 3-01 'Multilingual Speech Recognition' and KIT associate fellow, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany

Lecture Title: Speech Interaction Strategies for a Humanoid Assistant

Abstract: The goal of SecondHands, a H2020 project, is to design a robot that can offer help to a maintenance technician in a pro-active manner. The robot is to act a second pair of hands that can assist the technician when he is in need of help. In order for the robot to be of real help to the technician, it needs to understand his needs and follow his commands. Interaction via speech is a crucial part of this. Due to the nature of the situation in which the interactions take place, often the technician needs to speak to the robot when under stress performing strenuous physical labor, the classical turn based interaction schemes need to be transformed into dialogue systems that perform stream processing, anticipating user intentions, correcting itself as more information become available, in order to be able to respond in a rapid manner.


The official language of the event is English and Russian.


Prof. Yulia A. Antokhina


Prof. Anatoliy A. Ovodenko


Prof. Vladislav F. Shishlakov


Prof. Andrey L. Ronzhin


Karsten Berns, Germany

Branislav Borovac, Serbia

Yi-Tung Chen, USA

Alexander Danilov, Russia

Vlado Delic, Serbia

Ivan Ermolov, Russia

Naohisa Hashimoto, Japan

Han-Pang Huang, Taiwan

Shu Huang, Taiwan

Mehmet Guzey, Turkey

Oliver Jokisch, Germany

Alexey Kashevnik, Russia

Ilshat Mamaev, Germany

Eugeni Magid, Russia

Roman Meshcheryakov, Russia

Vladimir Pavlovkiy, Russia

Francesco Pierri, Italy

Mirko Rakovic, Serbia

Raul Rojas, Germany

Jose Rosado, Portugal

Hooman Samani, Taiwan

Yulia Sandamirskaya, Switzerland

Jesus Savage, Mexico

Vladimir Serebrenny, Russia

Michail Sit, Moldova

Lev Stankevich, Russia

Tilo Strutz, Germany

Georgi Vukov, Bulgaria

Sergey Yatsun, Russia

Milos Zelezny, Czech Republic

Lyudmila Zinchenko, Russia


Sergey V. Solyonyj


Ekaterina Miroshnikova, Russia

Irina Podnozova, Russia

Anton I. Saveliev, Russia

Oksana Ya. Solenaya, Russia

Svetlana N. Trubeneva, Russia


Deutsches Wissenschafts- und Innovationshaus (DWIH) Moskau



Papers submitted to ER(ZR)-2018 must not be under review by any other conference or publication during the review cycle, and must not be previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere. Authors are invited to submit a full paper with size of 6 pages formatted in the EDP Sciences style (https://www.matec-conferences.org/doc_journal/instructions/woc_2col.doc) using the on-line submission system (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=erzr2018). The paper format for the review has to be the PDF file with all required fonts included. Upon notification of acceptance, speakers will receive further information on submitting their camera-ready and electronic sources.


The accepted papers will be published in several volumes of ER(ZR)-2018 proceedings in Russian and English after the conference. The volume in English proceedings will be published by EDP Sciences on EI Serial Journal of MATEC Web of Conferences indexed in SCOPUS, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), Inspec, etc. ER(ZR)-2018 Proceedings are included in the list of forthcoming proceedings for April 2018.

ER(ZR)-2017 proceedings are free available here: https://www.matec-conferences.org/articles/matecconf/abs/2017/27/contents/contents.html

ER(ZR)-2018 proceedings are free available here:


The conference fee is 250 USD paid after notification of paper accept. It includes visa support, one copy of the conference materials, refreshments/coffee breaks, admissions, a museum excursion, and organizing costs. In order to lower the fee as much as possible, meals during the conference, the accommodation, and the conference trip are not included.

At least one of the authors has to register and pay the registration fee by March 01, 2018 for their paper to be included in the conference proceedings. Only one paper of up to 6 pages is included in the regular registration fee. An author with more than one paper pays the additional paper rates unless a co-author has also registered and paid the full registration fee. The payment may be refunded up until April 01, at the cost of 50 USD. No refund is possible after this date. In the case of uncertainty, feel free to contact the organizing committee for clarification.

For the audience, the entrance to the conference is free. Application for participation as a listener should be submitted before April 10, 2018 by e-mail zav-read@guap.ru.


The conference will be organized at the campus of the St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (67, Bolshaya Morskaya Str) in Davinchi Hall.


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