The Robotics and Neuroscience of Supernumerary Limbs

             An ICRA 2023 full-day Workshop, 29 May 2023, London, United Kingdom


                                                                                                 figure by Alexis Devillard

Robotic supernumerary limbs that can be controlled as intuitively as the natural limbs are a common depiction of science fiction that recent technological advances attempt to implement. By increasing a user’s degrees of freedom, these devices could enable them to perform complex tasks such as robotic surgery or industrial assembly. This full-day workshop will provide a platform to discuss the development of supernumerary limbs and their integration with human users. Complementing previous workshops on this topic that focused on hardware and control, this workshop will integrate aspects of human-robot interaction, such as the necessary robotics developments to make a supernumerary limb act/feel like a body part and the human factors that need to be considered to ensure safe and effective user integration. Through a series of presentations, 12 experts in neuroscience and robotics will present the current state of the art on topics including (i) interface development; (ii) supernumerary limb control; (iii) feedback and embodiment; and (iv) the learning of impact of augmentation on motor control. Moderated live Q&A panel discussions and device demonstrations will then allow the audience to join the discussion on the open questions and challenges facing this field in future research and industrial collaboration.


Topics of interest

  •  Interfaces for supernumerary limbs
  • Soft and wearable robotics
  • Artificial somatosensory feedback
  • Acceptance and Embodiment
  • Shared and augmented control
  • Learning and impact of motor augmentation


Tentative schedule 

All in BST Time

Session one: Robot and interface development
Talk 1 (9:00-9:20am): Domenico Prattichizzo (U of Siena) 
Talk 2 (9:20-9:40am): Chenglong Fu (Southern U of Science and Technology)
Talk 3 (9:40-10:00am): Elahe Abdi (Monash U)
Moderated discussion (10:00-10:30am)
Session two: Feedback and embodiment
Talk 1 (11:00-11:20am): Laura Marchal-Crespo (TU Delft)
Talk 2 (11:20-11:40am): Masahiko Inami (Tokyo)
Talk 3 (11:40-12:00am): Giovanni Di Pino (UCBM)
Moderated discussion (12:00-12:30pm)
Lunch and device demonstration (12:30pm-1:30pm)
Session three: Control
Talk 1 (1:30-1:50pm): Haruhiko Harry Asada (MIT)
Talk 2 (1:50-2:10pm): Nathanael Jarrasse (Sorbonne)
Talk 3 (2:10-2:30pm): Ildar Farkatdinov (Queen Mary U of London)
Moderated discussion (2:30-3:00pm)
Session four: Learning and impact of augmentation
Talk 1 (3:30-3:50pm): Tamar Makin (Cambridge U)
Talk 2 (3:50-4:10pm): Yanpei Huang (Imperial College London)
Talk 3 (4:10-4:30pm): Andrea D'Avella (U of Messina)
Moderated discussion (4:30-5:00pm)
Conclusion Marks and Closing



  • Jonathan Eden, University of Melbourne
  • Yanpei Huang, Imperial College London
  • Giovanni Di Pino, Campus Bio-Medico Di Roma
  • Etienne Burdet, Imperial College London


Call for Contributions

We invite researchers working on related topics to present recent results via a poster session. To participant, submit a two-page abstract in the IEEE conference paper format. The accepted abstracts will be publicly available on this workshop webpage.