Stefan Escaida Navarro


Hello! My name is Stefan Escaida Navarro and I’m currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Inria Lille – Nord Europe in the team DEFROST.


For an up-to-date list of my publications, please visit my profile at Google Scholar.

Research Interests and Short Bio

My main research interests are tactile sensing and proximity sensing in robotics, where I like to look at both the design of sensors and the applications that are enabled by them. Currently, I’m working on mechanosensing for Soft Robotics. Mechanosensing covers two aspects of sensing: estimating forces acting on soft structures (“tactile sensing”) and estimating the resulting deformation (“shape sensing”). To this end I’m using SOFA, which allows me to follow a model-based approach for these tasks.

Recently, I’ve been helping in the organization of a series of “Workshops on Proximity Perception in Robotics” at IROS 2018, 2019 and for the upcoming IROS 2020. These workshops are related to my previous work on capacitive tactile proximity sensing (CTPS), which was the topic of my PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing). During my PhD I was at the Intelligent Process Automation and Robotics Lab (IPR) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, where I also obtained my diploma in Computer Science.

With respect to my work on CTPS, the focus was on developing applications such as tracking for HRI, teleoperation, exploration and collision avoidance. Towards the end of the PhD I also contributed to improving the existing technology. In the early days of my PhD I did some work on tactile object recognition and grasping, which are subjects that continue to interest me. With the current opportunity I have to learn about Soft Robotics, I hope to be able to revisit some ideas and apply them to this new domain.

Recent Activities



  • Our work on “Modeling Novel Soft Mechanosensors based on Air-Flow Measurements” has been accepted for RAL + IROS 2019! :). For the paper pre-print click here and for the video here.
  • One of the co-organizers of the “2nd Workshop on Proximity Perception in Robotics” at the upcoming IROS 2019 in Macau, China



  • Exhibition by KIT of the technology of the capacitive tactile proximity sensor at CeBIT 2017 with a demonstrator for teleoperation with tactile feedback

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