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Opening

09:50 – 10:30 Welcome/Institutional speeches

 

10:35- 11:05 Industrial Plenary Talk by Comau

Title: Breaking Barriers: The Rise of a New Generation of Advanced Robotics

The growing importance of software-driven automation combined with the growing impact of artificial intelligence is driving the creation of advanced robotic ecosystems that can meet the vast variety of automation needs in different markets and for different applications.
As more and more industries look to automate intricate and highly variable processes, they are often challenged by the growing shortage of expert workers and a widening automation skills gap.
Comau’s Nicole Clement, Chief Business Unit Leader for Advanced Automation Solutions, joins Torsten Kroeger, Chief Science Officer of Intrinsic, to explore disruptive innovation in the field of advanced robotics. Starting with the upcoming trend of industrial robotics, the discussion will address approaches to complex automation challenges that until now were not feasible with traditional robotics. Even more importantly, these solutions are being built with scalability, cost-efficiency, and user-friendliness in mind to help ensure accessibility and ease of implementation for companies of all sizes, without the need to employ skilled automation engineers.

 

Speakers:

Nicole Clement, Chief of Advanced Automation Solutions Comau

Torsten Kroeger, Chief Science Officer at Intrinsic

 

11:10 – 11:50 Round Table 

Exploring the Future of Robotics in the Era of Sustainability

 

In recent years, there has been an increasing shift in our society towards sustainability, driven by a growing awareness of environmental challenges, and a collective desire to build a more viable and equitable future. Sustainability has emerged as an integral part of our lives, permeating various aspects of our daily routines, decision-making processes, and societal norms. It is more and more influencing the choices we make as individuals, shaping the strategies of businesses, guiding policy decisions, and promoting a global awareness about the need to preserve and protect our planet. Robotics has the potential to contribute significantly to sustainable practices. This panel session will revolve around the intersection of robotics and sustainability. Specifically, how sustainability has become an incremental part of robotics; and why sustainability will be a growing aspect of the advancement and application of robotics technologies in the future.

The term “Sustainability” is a broad concept that can carry diverse meanings for different people and can be represented in various areas. In 1987, the United Nations Brundtland Commission defined “Sustainability” as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Essentially, this can be achieved by balancing three core elements: social inclusion, environmental protection and economic growth – or, inshort: People, Planet, Profit.

Robots show a high potential to play a key role in supporting sustainability in various application areas, e.g., fighting climate change, improving recycling practices, minimizing manufacturing waste, increasing the quality of care, improving accessibility and inclusion, or reducing the use of chemicals in farming. On the other hand, with a rapid increase of robotics, negative consequences can come along that can outbalance the positive impact by e.g., increasing consumption, intensifying inequalities, inhibiting diversity, raising energy consumption and electronic waste. The growing interest of the robotics community in this topic is reflected in this year’s program, featuring multiple workshops dedicated to topics such as recycling, circular production, responsible robotics, conservation ecology, environmental monitoring, and many more.

In this panel discussion, we aim to explore and highlight instances where robotics is actively contributing to sustainable practices, while also acknowledging the challenges that emerge from these activities. Recognizing these challenges is a crucial step in developing strategies and solutions that ensure the continued positive impact of robotics on sustainability. Panelists will share insights, innovative ideas, and potential pathways to navigate the complexities associated with integrating sustainable practices in robotics.

 

Chairs:  Franziska Kirstein (Blue Ocean Robotics), Radhika Gudipati (OCADO Technology)

Speakers:

Nicole Clement Comau

Torsten Kröger, Intrinsic

Michele Festuccia, Technical Group Confindustria

Damien Salle, Research Director Tecnalia