Dresden Colloquia on Automation Technology (DAK)

Tradition in Times of Change

Supported by the Fraunhofer IVI and several institutes of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineerin at the TU Dresden, the Dresden Colloquia on Automation Technology (Dresdner Automatisierungstechnische Kolloquien – DAK) has established itself as a high-profile event series with over 20 years of tradition.

The wide range of topics offered covers the entire field of engineering and includes talks on fundamental control and systems theory, applied automation engineering, mechatronics, sensor development, microelectronics and interesting reports on practical projects.

Talks of renowned experts in the field are the main attraction of the regular events. They are usually accompanied by features from the organizing institutes, which underlines the importance of DAK as a specialist communication platform for university institutes, higher education institutions and vocational colleges, extramural university research institutes, as well as engineering firms and regional industry.


288. Colloquium

Monday, January 22, 2018, 1 pm

Prof. Claudio Melchiorri

University of Bologna, Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering

Robot Hands: Design Aspects and Control Problems



A key feature of modern robotic system is the possibility to interact with the surrounding environment reproducing the human capabilities to grasp and manipulate objects and tools of diversified shape and dimension. For this reason, the design of articulated robot hands has always been a very important research field, since the early stage of robotics, with significant developments in terms of kinematic design, sensor and actuation system, control. In the talk, these aspects will be discussed with reference to a number of robot hands developed in the last 30 years of research activity at LAR, the Laboratory of Automation and Robotics of the University of Bologna. In particular, some recent prototypes will be presented both from the mechanical and control side, discussing their most innovative features.

Organizational Matters

The event is free of charge and always begins at 1 p.m. in the

Conference room of the Fraunhofer IVI Dresden, Zeunerstrasse 38, 01069 Dresden.

It is not necessary to register before the event.

If you are in our mailing list, you will receive an invitation via e-mail. Interested participants can register with

Elke Sähn, Communication and Design,
Phone +49 3 51 4640-612,

for the mailing list.


  • Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI
  • Institute of Automation (IfA) of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at TU Dresden