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Opening

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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

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Welcome Reception

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Charity Run

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Community design guidelines, frameworks, standards, which way ahead?

By 13 march

Track: Regulation and Standardisation

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 16:40-18:00

Organisers: Paolo Barattini, Tamas Haidegger, Herman Bruyninckx

Main questions to be answered: What is the future of robotics software engineering, design, integration frameworks=

Additional questions: What emerging trends to improve robotics frameworks, software engineering, selfadaptability to sundry platform, modularity etc ?

Additional questions 2: Do we still need ROS? which alternatives?

Workshop Description: The workshop calls for open discussion on trends and way ahead to go beyond shortcomings of current frameworks and standards for software engineering, integration, modularity self adaptability, realtime capacity and similar fundamental aspects. Bottom up, community based design guidelines, and standards are some of the alternative approaches that are going to be explored. Current practices by differnt actors, such as corporate, SMEs, research institutions will be object and discussion, sa well as their requirements needs and expectances.

Intended Outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with, Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications

Approach: 80 minutes slot 20 minutes presentations 50 minutes open discussion 10 minutes wrap and planning a position paper

Contributors: Paolo Barattini: introduction Prof Herman Bruyninckx: Bottom up -Community shared design guidelines in robotics Prof Tamas Haidegger: Top down – Ontologies and standards

11th Hybrid Production Systems

By 13 march

16:40 – 16:44   
Process orchestration and product traceability for Human-Robot collaborative remanufacturing
Angelos Christos Bavelos, Christos Gkournelos, George Michalos, Sotiris Makris

16:44 – 16:48   
AI-Powered Human-Centred Robot Interactions Challenges in Human-Robot Collaboration Across Diverse Industrial Scenarios
Francisco Fraile, Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi

16:48 – 16:52   
Towards enabling intuitive interaction and control of mobile robots utilising Augmented Reality techniques
Dimosthenis Dimosthenopoulos, George Mountzouridis, George Michalos, Sotiris Makris

16:52 – 16:56  
An AI-based decision making framework with task planning & dynamic reconfiguration capabilities
Apostolis Papavasileiou, Sotiris Aivaliotis, Christos Glykos, Spyros Koukas and Sotiris Makris

16:56 – 17:00   
Symbiotic Human-Robot Collaboration The FELICE Approach in Smart Assembly Lines
Dimitrios Kalogeras, Maria Pateraki, Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi, Bartlomiej Stanczyk

17:00 – 17:04 
Preliminary Evaluation of an Embedded FBG-Based Force Sensor for In-Hand Grasp Monitoring
Jawad Masood, Abel F. Alonso, Joaqìn A. Muruzabal, and Tania G. Gonzalez

17:04 – 17:08    
Robotic grasping decision making assisted by AI and simulation
Jon Ander Ruiz, Ander Iriondo, Andoni Rivera, Ander Ansuategi and Inaki Maurtua

17:08 – 17:12  
An approach of automated assembly evaluation using AI – based computer vision methods for Human–Robot Collaboration
Konstantinos Katsampiris-Salgado, Nikos Dimitropoulos, Alexandros Kanakis, George Michalos, Sotiris Makris

17:12 – 17:16   
Integrating cyber-physical systems in non-rigid assemblies: a composites manufacturing case study
Dionisis Andronas, Konstantinos Kavvathas, Nikolaos Theodoropoulos, Emmanouil Kampourakis, Panagiotis Stylianos Kotsaris, Sotiris Makris

17:16 – 18:00   
Interactive Poster Session    

AI and Robotics in Construction

By 13 march

Track: Specific operating environments

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 16:40-18:00

Organisers: Jason Rambach, Dimitrios Giakoumis, Antonio Alonso Cepeda

Main questions to be answered: What are the most important applications for AI and Robotics in Construction and which are the main technological challenges that need to be addressed in this scope?,

Additional questions: How can AI and Robotics solutions in construction be acceptable from both construction companies and workers?

Additional questions 2: What needs to be done in the next years to this end?,What are some unexpected challenges during implementation after 1 year of the projects and are there any user insights that we have collected in the project.

Workshop Description: The aim of the workshop is to highlight the potential benefits of AI and robotics in achieving automation in construction, on the basis of R&D activities that are performed within ongoing Horizon Europe projects. The workshop is organized for a second consecutive year by the projects Robetarme, HumanTech and Beeyonders, which were granted in the 2021 call “HORIZON-CL4-2021-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-12”. After briefly presenting the three projects, key aspects of AI and Robotics technologies that are necessary for introducing robotic automation in construction sites, will be addressed. Our main focus will be on robot vision, navigation, control and human-robot collaboration. Together with research project partners and the workshop audience, the latest advances will be discussed. https://humantech-horizon.eu/ https://www.robetarme-project.eu/ https://www.beeyonders.eu/

Intended Outcome: Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications

Approach: We are currently planning for an 80 min workshop. The proposed Agenda is as follows: Min 0-2 Welcome and Intro by organizers Min 3-22 Presentations of projects HumanTech, Beeyonders, RobetArme by the coordinators (5 mins per project). Min 23 – 53: Advances in Robot Vision, Navigation, Control and HRI towards new robotic solutions in construction, 3 speakers, 10–min speech each : – • RobotVision in challenging construction environments (Prof. Renaud Detry, KU Leuven) • Human-Robot Interfaces in Construction (HumanTech – SINTEF – Dr. Gabor Sziebig) • Robot Vision in Autonomous Machinery (BEEYONDERS – ITAINNOVA – Dra. María Teresa Lázaro) TBC 54 – 64 min : Insights from the first user evaluation in HumanTech (Baua – Patricia Rosen). 65 – 75 min: Round table – Lessons learned and challenges from robotic projects in construction Participants: • Prof. Herman Bruyninckx (KU Leuven) • Dr. Gabor Sziebig (SINTEF) • Dr. Sascha Wischniewski (Baua) • Dr. Christian Di Natali (IIT) • Ms. Cristina Naso-Rappis (STAM) 75-80 min: Feedback round with attendees

Contributors: Dr. Jason Rambach, German Research Center for Aritificial Intelligence, Kaiserslautern, Germany, organizer/presented, confirmed Dr. Dimitrios Giakoumis, CERTH ITI, Thessaloniki, Greece, organizer/presenter, confirmed Antonio Alonso Cepeda, ACCIONA, Madrid, Spain, organizer/presenter, confirmed Prof. Renaud Detry, KU Leuven, Belgium, speaker, confirmed Prof. Herman Bruyninckx, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, panelist, confirmed Dr. Gabor Sziebig, SINTEF Manufacturing, Trondheim, Norway, speaker/panelist, confirmed Patricia Rosen, BAUA Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Berlin, Germany, speaker, confirmed Dr. Sascha Wischniewski, BAUA Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Berlin, Germany, panelist, confirmed Dr. Christian DiNatali, IIT, San Quirico, Italy, panelist, confirmed Christina Naso Rappis, STAM, Genoa, Italy, panelist, confirmed Dr. Maria Teresa Lazaro, ITTAINOVA, Zaragoza, Spain, speaker/panelist, confirmed