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Technical Tours

Three technical tours will be held in IROS 2018. Registration is needed for each of them, and has to be done onsite at the Technical Tours registration desk. Tours are limited to 50 people each, and are for free for participants. Admission is done upon registration, first come first served. The bus for each tour will depart punctually, in front of the main door of the venue.

Tour 1

October 2

9:00 – 11:30



Tour 2

October 3

11:00 – 13:30


Villanueva de la Cañada

Tour 3

October 4

11:00 – 13:30


Arganda del Rey

Tour 1: AIRBUS

Date: October 2, 09:00-11:30.

Departure: 9:00, from main door of Municipal Conference Centre. Tour starts at 9:30

Location: Paseo John Lennon, s/n, 28906 Getafe, Madrid


Tour coordinator: Dr. Silvia Lazcano, Head of R&T program at Airbus Operations S.L.


Airbus is a global pioneer in the aerospace industry, operating in the commercial aircraft, helicopters, defence and space sectors.

The Company is a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a worldwide scale.

As the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader, Airbus is at the forefront of the aviation industry, building the most innovative commercial aircraft and consistently capturing about half of all commercial airliner orders.

Thanks to its deep understanding of changing market needs, customer focus and technological innovation, Airbus helps airlines grow and people connect. 7.500 people works directly for the three Airbus Divisions inMadrid area. During the visit, you will see the assembly of structures of different commercial aircrafts.


Tour 2: ESAC (European Space Agency centre)

Date: October 3, 11:00-13:30

Departure: 11:00, from main door of Municipal Conference Centre. Tour starts at 11:30.

Location: Camino Bajo del Castillo, s/n, urb. Villafranca del Castillo, 28692 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid


Tour coordinator: Dr. Javier Ventura-Traveset, ESAC Director’s Office & Head of Galileo navigation Science office and Dr Michel Breitfellner, CESAR ESA Education programme & Mars Express Science Operations


The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, is a hub for science operations and a centre of excellence for space science. ESAC is where the science operations of all ESA astronomy and planetary missions are conducted, and where all the scientific data obtained by them are archived and made accessible to the world.


Tour 3: CAR-CSIC

Date: October 4, 11:00-13:30;

Departure: 11:00, from main door of Municipal Conference Centre. Tour starts at 11:30

Location: Ctra. M300 Campo Real, Km 0,200, Arganda del Rey, 28500 Madrid


Tour coordinator: Prof. Manuel Ferre, Director CAR UPM-CSIC


The Centre for Automation and Robotics (CAR) is a joint research centre of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). The main objective of CAR is to develop applied research which aims at offering useful results for the society in the field of Robotics and Automation. Around one hundred researchers work at CAR and their activities are focused on the following scientific-technological areas: Control Engineering, Artificial Perception, Intelligent Robots and Applied Robotics.

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