Research and development activities in robotics are thriving in Denmark and at Aalborg University (AAU)! Come share your research and find out about the new initiatives, labs and ongoing research projects across faculties at AAU.

This is the ninth workshop in the series. It aims at providing a platform for researchers in robotics, including professors, PhD students, Masters and Bachelor students from across all five faculties to exchange their ideas and results. Our goal is to foster close interaction among researchers and students across relevant disciplines in the field of robotics, and consequently to promote collaboration across departments of all faculties towards successful interdisciplinary research in robot development and deployment.

Keynote talk: Arthur Sacek - Designing Simple LEGO Mechanisms To Solve Complex Problems

We are happy to welcome Arthur Sacek as our keynote speaker!


After the dissemination of the Design Thinking methods, the Digital Fabrication process and other development tools, “prototyping” became a buzzword that can be used almost every time that we want to test an idea. In this presentation, we will explore how to prototype complex projects using simple tools as LEGO Bricks.

Breaking the process in small parts we will be able to find the confidence to build and code complete solutions, without a huge technical background and experience.

As an example of this method, we will use the journey of developing the LEGO PAPER AIRPLANE MACHINE that became a Super Bowl TV commercial in 2016


Arthur Sacek is Concept Designer Manager that has a mix of work and hobby when the topic is LEGO Bricks. Working for LEGO Education, he has more than 18 years of experience developing educational products, always using creativity to super charge the learning experience in schools around the globe.



This workshop is an ideal opportunity to keep up to date with your colleagues and present what you are working on.

Due to COVID restrictions, this year the event will be held online.

We encourage contributions relevant to robotics research from all disciplines. We encourage and welcome submissions and participation from research and industry outside AAU.

Please submit a brief abstract (max 200 words) with title and contributors. No full papers are required, and no formal proceedings are published. Presentations will be 10-12 minutes, including time for questions. Accepted abstracts will be available online the day of the workshop.



Abstract Submission: 25. November 2020

Acceptance Notification: 2. December 2020

Workshop Date: 9. December 2020, 12.30-16.30


Workshop schedule: 

12.30-12.40 - Introduction and welcome by Tim Merritt

12.40-14.10 - Presentations from submitting authors

14.15-15.10 - Keynote talk by Arthur Sacek (including time for questions)

15.10-16.20 - Presentations from submitting authors

16.20-16.30 - Closing remarks by Elizabeth Jochum



Virtual, we will use ZOOM, you will receive a link before the workshop



Registration is free, but required no later than December 7.



Please submit abstracts by e-mail to Jens Erik Pedersen (



Timothy Robert Merritt (


Registration is free, but required.

Please sign up here: Registration for the Ninth Aalborg Robotics Workshop