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AI-based analytics in I&M robotics:Industry success and R&D challenges

Track: Maintenance-Inspection

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 16:30-17:50

Organisers: Aksel Transeth, Mariann Merz, Ekkehard Zwicker

Main questions to be answered: What are the success stories in achieving actionable data from deploying AI-based automatic analysis of robot-enabled inspection data in the I&M industry today?

Additional questions: What are the challenges with identifying possible maintenance needs from AI-based analytics? E.g., regulatory, technological, data quality, acceptance of new technologies, new work methods, etc.

Additional questions 2: How can we bridge the gap from today’s challenges to further increase the uptake of AI-based analytics of robot-enabled data in the I&M industry?

Workshop Description: Robot manipulators and unmanned vehicles are continuing to make their way into more and more applications within inspection and maintenance. These robots are generating a vast amount of data from the assets they are being deployed on. And the data can be vital in identifying maintenance needs and fully understand the condition of the assets. But the amount of data makes it tiresome, if not practically impossible, to manually process all the data being collected. The industry has already started to investigate and to some extent deploy tools such as AI-based methods for automatic analysis of robot-enabled inspection data, but still many open challenges remain. To this end, we target the above-mentioned three main questions to investigate throughout the presentations and subsequent plenary discussions during the workshop. The output from the workshop will include concrete actions to follow-up on the workshop learnings; and will be shared via the I&M topic group, the new topic group portal currently being established by euRobotics, a workshop website and euRobotics.

Intended Outcome: Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc

Approach: The confirmed speakers at the workshop will address planned, ongoing and past initiatives regarding achieving actionable data with AI-based analytics in I&M robotics. Moreover, after a line-up of short presentations of success stories and challenges within this area, we will engage the speakers and the workshop audience to join a plenary discussion addressing the three main questions for the workshop. We have in previous years had a very good balance between industry and research participation at our workshops (e.g., some years 50-50 division) and this has previously led to a good balance in sharing perspectives. Moreover, the speakers cover a broad range of application areas which also will help to shed light on opportunities and challenges with AI-based analytics from different angles. The agenda for our 80 min workshop is as follows: 00:00-00:02: Short introduction by the organizers (A. Transeth, M. Merz, E. Zwicker). 00:02-00:50: A line-up of short presentations by the confirmed speakers (SMEs, large industry, RTO, sector organization, asset owners, technology providers, service providers). The speakers’ organizations are selected for presentation as they are all key players relevant for AI-based analytics in I&M robotics. Moreover, the organizations are at different stages of taking AI-based analytics into use and/or delivering technology and services based on such technology. 00:50-01:18: Plenary discussion and open brainstorming addressing the three main questions for the workshops. The session will be moderated by E. Zwicker and A. Transeth. 01:18-01:20: Short summary and how to get involved further by A. Transeth. With the above-mentioned setup we will build the approach to the workshop on our series of past successful ERF workshop on I&M robotics which have sparked fruitful and interactive discussions among the participants in connection with each presentation and during the plenary discussion toward the last part of the workshop. The interactive part (brainstorming, discussions) amounts to at least 35 % of the program.

Contributors: The speakers cover a range of application areas / industries including energy distribution, oil and gas, maritime, water, as well as non-destructive testing in general. Large companies, SMEs, a research organization, as well as a sectorial organization (EFNDT) are represented. We have very good experience from previous workshops with allowing only a short time per speaker for a position statement, and we will follow this principle also for the 2024 workshop. Short presentations will be given by the following confirmed speakers (name, role, company, company type, application area described in the presentation) • Carlos Matilla Codesal, CEO, FuVeX, Service provider / SME, Application area: Power lines and electrical masts • Svein Ivar Sagatun, Head of Autonomy, interoperability and robotics, Equinor, End user / Large Industry, Application area: Oil and gas • Péter Trampus, Member, EFNDT, Sectorial organization , Application area: Non-Destructive Testing • Ekkehard Zwicker, Productline Leader Robotics, Waygate Technologies, Technology / Service provider / Large Industry, Application area: Crawlers in oil and gas • Michael Suppa, CEO, RoboCeption, Technology / Service provider / SME, Application area: Quality control in agile/flexible manufacturing • Øystein Skotheim, CSO, ScoutDI, Technology provider / SME, Application area: Confined areas in maritime, water and other sectors • Asbjørn Berge, Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF, R&D provider / RTO, Application area: From R&D to commercial deployments

Further Information: Presentations from previous I&M workshops at the ERF are available via the I&M topic group on the SPARC portal. We will produce a website to disseminate the workshop program e.g., via LinkedIn and via the I&M topic group mailing list. The outcomes from the workshop will be published via the new euRobotics topic group portal and summarized according to the future requests of euRobotics of reporting on the workshop.