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Mechatronics as key-enabler for next-generation robotics solutions

Track: Mechatronics and Hardware

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 08:00-09:20

Organisers: Wesley Roozing, Navvab Kashiri

Main questions to be answered: How do we improve the cost-effectiveness of robotics solutions?

Additional questions: How do we achieve sufficient real-world effectiveness and reliability of robotics solutions?

Additional questions 2: How do we translate application needs into mechatronics requirements?

Workshop Description: This workshop is organised by the euRobotics Topic Group on Mechatronics. Mechatronics is the foundational technology that enables robots to move around and physically interact with their environment, and makes it possible for innovations in AI to perform real tasks in our physical world. Comprising the robot body, it includes sensing, actuation, embedded software and electronics, communication, power supply and management, and structural/mechanism design and materials, as well as the design and integration methodologies necessary to realise integrated systems. The TG on Mechatronics aims to foster interactions between academia, industry, and other practitioners in the field of mechatronics, with the goal of enabling future robotic solutions through the development of better robot bodies.

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

Approach: Workshop structure: – 00:00-05:00: The TG chairs will update the community regarding the TG status and activities; – 05:00-45:00: Speakers from industrial and academic backgrounds will give talks describing their view on the state, barriers, and future of mechatronics; – 45:00-75:00: Approx. 50% will be dedicated to an interactive session, initiated and led by the organisers. To encourage interactivity, we will use breakout groups with whiteboards to answer a number of pertinent questions on Mechatronics: – How do we improve the cost-effectiveness of robotics solutions? – How do we achieve sufficient real-world effectiveness and reliability of robotics solutions? – How do we translate application needs into mechatronics requirements? – How do we increase sustainability of mechatronic systems? One person per breakout group will summarise the group’s answers to these questions and their subquestions. – 75:00-80:00: TG chairs wrap up the session.

Contributors: Prof. dr. Tamim Asfour Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), professor, Director H²T Karlsruhe, Germany Confirmed Dr. Markus Grebenstein DLR, Deputy Director Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (DLR-RM) Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany Confirmed Dr. Harald Staab Senior Principal Scientist, ABB Ladenburg, Germany Confirmed