BADGER workshop at the ERF 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:45 to 12:15
Tampere, Finland

The BADGER project is organizing a workshop in the European Robotics Forum 2018 (ERF2018), entitled “Intelligent trenchless underground robotic systems”. 

Motivation and objective

The aim of the workshop is to present a new robotic domain such as intelligent underground robotics. Autonomous robots for small diameter piping and inspection of existing underground infrastructure in urban environments represent a breakthrough in construction industry. These applications can be extended to rescue, rapid intervention, security, exploration, etc. Using ultrasonic boring and geo-radar navigation technologies, the trenchless operations will increase the quality of life of pedestrians and inhabitants leading to new eco-based cities.


The workshop will consist of several slots that will present, on one side, the end-users needs and requirements and advanced industrial technologies in the field, and, on the other side, the new research approaches in autonomous undergoing drilling, inspection and navigation. The presentations will be structured in 50-50% industry-academia format and will include results and case-studies of different projects, including some undergoing EU ones.

Workshop Agenda

10:45 – 10:50 – Welcome and Introduction (Carlos Balaguer, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain) 

10:50 – 11:00 – Towards intelligent trenchless technology: from user needs to industry developments (Sebastian Fischer, Tracto‐Technik, Germany) 

11:00 – 11:07 – Autonomous underground robotics: overview and hot topics (Santiago Martínez, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain) 

11:07 – 11:14 – Advanced georadar sensors for underground robotic navigation (Alessandro Simi, IDS GeoRadar, Italy) 

11:14 – 11:21 – Robotic perception and mapping for underground trenchless applications (Dimitrios Giakoumis, CERTH‐ITI, Greece) 

11:21 – 11:28 – Advanced ultrasonic boring technology for underground robotics (Kevin Worrall, University of Glasgow, UK) 

11:28 – 11:35– Control architecture for autonomous underground robotics (Vartholomeos Panagiotis, SingularLogic, Greece) 

11:35 – 12:00 – Overview of relevant robotics projects on underground operations and construction sites 

  • Hephaestus
  • VAMOS 

12:00 – 12:15 – Wrap‐up and discussion (Carlos Balaguer, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain)



  • Carlos Balaguer (University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain)
  • Sebastian Fischer (Tracto-Technik, Germany)
  • Santiago Martinez (University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain)
  • Alessandro Simi (IDS GeoRadar, Italy)
  • Dimitrios Giakoumis (CERTH‐ITI, Greece)
  • Kevin Worrall (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Vartholomeos Panagiotis (SingularLogic, Greece)
  • Markus Hamers (Tracto-Technik, Germany)
  • Thomas Bock (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
  • Jussi Aaltonen (Tampere University of Technology)
  • Eduardo Silva (INESC Technology and Science, Portugal)