The international summer school "Screw-Theory Based Methods in Robotics" (Summer Screws) has been organized since 2009. The previous editions took place at the University of Genoa (Italy) in 2009 and 2012, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) in 2010 and at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Florianopolis, Brazil) in 2013. The Summer School's instructors, and the local organizers for each event, are renowned international experts on Screw Theory, and some of its main areas of application in robotics as well as mechanism analysis and design.
In 2014, our school comes back to Europe. Summer Screws 2014 will gather six experts in the robotics applications of screw theory and up to 40 participants at the University of Bologna, Italy, from 3 to 11 September. The school will teach attendees how to apply existing methods and empower them to develop new ones in their own research. The basic theoretical notions will be introduced in a rigorous manner, with emphasis on examples, applications, and exercises. The topic is of great interest to a wide audience of students and researchers in a broad range of disciplines and applications, including mechanism science, theoretical and computational mechanics, robotics, automation, and applied mathematics.