IROS 2023 Workshop on Robotic Leg Prostheses

FULL-DAY Workshop – October 5, 2023 – Detroit, MI, USA

Robotic leg prostheses have evolved from devices tethered to a power supply and a desktop computer to self-contained devices with onboard electronics and batteries. Powered leg prostheses are now able to assist during walking, ambulation on stairs and ramps, and sit-stand transitions. However, there are significant challenges that the field needs to address for powered prostheses to fully realize their potential.

This workshop will focus on the state-of-the-art and open challenges in powered prosthetics. Top researchers in the field will present their current and future approaches to designing and controlling powered prostheses. Live demonstration of robotic leg prostheses will provide hands-on experience with leading technology. Poster sessions and panel discussions will provide further opportunities for participants to interact. This workshop will allow both established researchers and those new to the field of robotic prostheses, to experience where the field is today and what challenges lie ahead.

CALL For Contributions

We welcome prospective participants to submit a one-page abstract (video attachment is highly encouraged) to be presented at the workshop during the poster session with an associated demonstration if desired. Contributions will be selected based on their originality, relevance, and technical clarity while prioritizing inclusivity. Contributions should be submitted by email to Submission deadline: August 21st, 2023, Notification of acceptance: August 30th, 2023

Student Travel Award:
With the support of the IEEE/RAS TC on Wearable Robotics, we are able to offer one $1,000 Student Travel Award.  To be considered for the award, send a brief motivation statement to, indicating how the travel award will support your career development.  Please include your IEEE member number. Only IEEE student members can apply.

Invited Speakers

RaffaellA Carloni, PhD
Associate Professor
Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence
University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Simona Crea, PhD
Associate Professor
The Biorobotics Institute
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
Michael Goldfarb, PhD
H. Fort Flowers Chair, Professor
Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vanderbilt University
Robert D. Gregg, IV, PhD
Associate Professor and Associate Director of Robotics Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Robotics Institute University of Michigan
He (Helen ) Huang, PhD
Jackson Family Distinguished Professor
Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University, USA
Tommaso Lenzi, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Utah, USA
Ann Simon, PhD
Research Scientist
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Northwestern University, USA
Hao Su, PhD
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
North Carolina State University University
Qining wang, PhD
Department of Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics
College of Engineering
Peking University, Beijing, China
Cara Gonzalez Welker, PhD
Assistant Professor
Paul M. Rady Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Max Shepherd, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,
and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.
Northeastern University, USA
Elliott Rouse, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Robotics
University of Michigan

Robotic leg demonstrations

To be updated!!!


IEEE/RAS TC on Wearable Robotics
IEEE/RAS TC for Cyborg and Bionic Systems
IEEE/RAS TC on Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics


coming soon!


Tommaso Lenzi, University of Utah, USA.
Elliott Rouse, University of Michigan, USA.
Robert Gregg, University of Michigan, USA.