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Topicgroup Agriculture and Food Workshop

By 13 march

Track: Agri-Food

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

Organiser: Erik Pekkeriet

Main questions to be answered: What’s hot in open field ag-robotics

Additional questions: What are the critical robot functions te develop

Additional questions 2: What are the MVPs towards unsupervised operations

Workshop Description: Session discusses the critical functions in agriculture that need te be developped to enter unsupervised convenient farming operations in the open field and orchards

Intended Outcome: Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications

Approach: 80 minute: 2 min welcome; 10 min opening keynote by TopicGroup (co-)Chair to scope the scene; 2 10min pitches about agricultural robotics (already sumitted, from Bologna and Barcelona; 40 min duscussion on the three main questions; wrap up and action points

Contributors: Luigi Manfrini; David Caballero Flores; Carles Domènech; J. Jesús Fernández Lozano; Dario Mengoli;

HRC and AI, Hype or reality? From pilots to best practices

By 13 march

Track: Agile Production

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

Organisers: Francisco Fraile Fraile, Sharath-Chandra Akkaladevi, Panagiotis Vlacheas

Main questions to be answered: What are the specific pilot applications where HRC and AI have demonstrated their ability to comprehend tasks and make collaborative decisions with human counterparts?

Additional questions: What are the primary human-centric and societal challenges and barriers hindering the adoption of HRC and AI in industrial applications, and how can these challenges be overcome?

Additional questions 2: What emerging reference frameworks, reference architectures, formal definitions, classifications, and standardizations are being developed to integrate HRC with AI to empower workers in Industry 5.0 environments and elevate industry standards?

Workshop Description: Collaborative robots remain a focal point in Industry 5.0, viewed as promising tools to alleviate both physical and mental stress, reduce the skill barrier for workers, and boost productivity. As novel HRC applications emerge, the discourse is naturally shifting towards understanding and consolidating HRC application best practices. As a follow-up of last year´s workshop “Human-Robot Collaboration & AI in challenging industrial applications” this workshop shifts the focus from generic use cases to specific use case scenarios. Following a bottom-up approach, real use cases will be used to identify the main barriers for adoption and the human-centric and societal challenges that come with these advancements. The workshop will also explore emerging formal definitions, classifications, and standardizations aimed to elevate industry standards and empower workers through HRC.

Intended Outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc

Approach: The workshop will bring together experts from several ongoing EU projects (AI-PRISM, FLUENY, COGNIMAN, FELICE, and AI5Production) with special focus on collaborative robotics and Industry 5.0. 6 keynote speakers from academic and industry will share expert knowledge in agile 5-minute impulse talks The workshop will integrate 2 expert panels discussing a) key human-centric challenges and b) HRC best practices and standards. This dual focus ensures a balanced exploration of both social and technical aspects of HRC The workshop will begin with an introduction laying out the workshop objectives and presenting participating projects. An ice breaker activity, using Mentimeter to form a word cloud best describing participant´s expectations, will try to engage attendees as early as possible. The first 4 keynotes will provide a panoramic view of various use cases across different industries like (like handcraft furniture work, precision electronics, and medical implants, among others), using a common template to give a comprehensive understanding of the current landscape of use cases. A Q&A on use cases will open the floor for audience participation to a panel of SSH experts and use case owners in different sectors discussing the main human-centric challenges common across all sectors. The agenda then delves into best practices, standards, architectural patterns, and key enablers shaping the future of HRC, with specialists from Robotics and AI domains sharing their expertise. Just as with social challenges, the keynote speeches will be followed by a Q&A to kick out a two-way conversation with the audience and a panel of experts on Robotics and AI Finally, we will summarize the key takeways and revisit the intial word cloud to assess whether the workshop was up to expectations. The findings of the workshop will be wrapped-up and a summary published on the website. Below is a tentative agenda integrating these elements: 00:00 – 00:10 (10 Minutes) Introduction & Ice-breaker Brief presentation of participating projects and workshop objectives Ice-breaker activity (word cloud) attendants will get a link to collect keywords to create a concept cloud of keywords related to the workshop “what words best describe your expectations for this workshop?” (https://www.mentimeter.com/features/word-cloud) 00:10 – 00:30 (20 Minutes) Keynote speakers 1-4: Landscape of HRC Use cases Overview of pilot use cases proposed in the different organizing projects in different industrial sectors and challenging scenarios (furniture handcraft work, precision electronics, white appliances assembly, medical implants, fiber defect detection, among others). Based on a template, 4 keynote speakers will pitch in 5 minutes pilot use cases. 00:30 – 00:40 (10 Minutes) Panel Discussion: Human-Centric Challenges in HRC Panel discussion focusing on the societal implications and main human-centric issues identified in the pilots. Panelists include 2-3 SSH experts or pilot owners in pilots. 00:40 – 00:45 (5 Minutes) Interactive Q&A session Open Up the panel discussion to the audience, Use an online tool to gather opinions and feedback during workshop via online platform, maybe go live on social media and answer to questions in comments 00:45 – 01:00 (15 Minutes) Keynote speakers 5-6: Best Practices and Future of HRC Overview of key enablers, architectural patterns, and standards that have been widely adopted in state-of-the-art research projects. The session will be divided shared between experts in two outstanding domains: Robotics and AI 01:00 – 01:10 (10 Minutes) Panel Discussion: AI and HRC: The Future of Collaboration Insights into project results, how AI and HRC are reshaping industry. Panelists include technical managers and key technical partners in invited projects. 01:10 – 1:15 (5 Minutes) Interactive Q&A session Open Up the panel discussion to the audience, Use an online tool to gather opinions and feedback during workshop via online platform, maybe go live on social media and answer to questions in comments 01:15 – 01:20 (5 Minutes) Closing remarks Summarize key workshop takeaways. Review mentimeter and check if it was up to expectations

Contributors: Speakers Alfio Minissale, COMAU, Confirmed Sharath Akkaladevi, Profactor, Confirmed Shane Keaveney, Croom Medical, Confirmed Francisco Fraile, Universitat Politècnica de València, Confirmed Oliver Avram, ARM Automation, Confirmed Panelists: Deborah Zanatto, Deepblue, Confirmed Jakub Glówka, PIAP, Confirmed Namir Belbachir, NORCE, Confirmed Alfio Minissale, COMAU, Confirmed Sarah Fletcher, Cranfield University, Confirmed Iveta Eimontaite, Cranfield University, Confirmed Paul Chippendale, FBK, Confirmed Nabil Berbachir, Norce, Confirmed Oliver Avram, ARM Automation, Confirmed Moderators: Francisco Blanes, Universitat Politècnica de València, Confirmed

Further Information: https://aiprism.eu/

Tech Transfer Award

By 13 march

General information: Track -> Awards; Date and time: 13 March, 16:40-18:00; Location: Tempio 1

Agenda:

  1. Welcome and Introduction: 5 min
  2. Finalists‘ presentations: 10 min plus 5 min discussion each
  3. Conclusion: 5 min

Finalists presenting during the workshop:

  • Olivier David, Yann Perrot, Emilie Lachaud (CEA List), Philippe Prat (KUKA), Guillaume Luc (Airbus Atlantic): Cobomanip – an intelligent load manipulator (cobot) combining high precision and force control and operator assistances
  • Libor Preucil (CVUT), Jaromir Sadlon (KM Robotics Ltd. + Wienerberger): Robotic Masonry: WLTR – Mobile Robotic System for Modern and Efficient Wall Construction Services
  • Thomas Vögele (DFKI), José de Gea Fernández (Yardstick Robotics GmbH): MagnetCrawler – A super-agile, light-weight inspection robot for magnetic metal structures
  • Stijn Desmet (KION), Jan Behling (Fraunhofer IML): LoadRunner – Mobile Robotics for highly agile and flexible sortation

Jury Members:

  1. Rainer Bischoff, General Manager Germany, Intrinsic, an Alphabet Company
  2. Herman Bruyninckx, Full Professor, KU Leuven, TU Eindhoven, Flanders Make
  3. Fariba Khatami, Manager Marketing and Communications, VDMA Robotics and Automation
  4. Werner Kraus, Head of Robotics, Fraunhofer IPA
  5. Nicola Tomatis, CEO, BlueBotics SA
  6. Georg von Wichert, Head of Autonomous Systems and Control, Siemens

Further informationhttps://eu-robotics.net/awards/

Organiser: Dr. Werner Kraus, wek@ipa.fhg.de, Fraunhofer IPA

Trustable and Dependable Intelligent Robots for Smart Societies 2024

By 13 march

14:40 – 14:44   
The reproducibility bottleneck in AI for robotics
Fabio Bonsignorio

14:44 – 14:48   
Reproducible research issues in mobile robots navigation
Luka Tomic, Athanasios Papanikolaou, Vladimir Sivtsov, Luka Petrovic, Fabio Bonsignorio

14:48 – 14:52   
Reproducible research issues in bimanual manipulation
Vladimir Sivtsov, Luka Tomic, Athanasios Papanikolaou, Fabio Bonsignorio

14:52 – 14:56   
Reproducible research issues in biological physical intelligent agents
Athanasios Papanikolaou, Vladimir Sivtsov, Luka Tomic, Fabio Bonsignorio

14:56 – 15:00      
Towards Mastering Real-World Robot Benchmarking: Lessons Learned from the Robothon Grand Challenge
Peter So, Ahmed Abdelrahman, Hoan Quang Le, Abdalla Swikir, and Sami Haddadin

15:00 – 16:00  
Interactive Poster Session    

Joint use of autonomous machines and cooperation with people

By 13 march

Track: Autonomy /collaborative and cloud

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 14:40-16:00

Organisers: Juha Röning, Antti Siren

Main questions to be answered: What are the biggest challenges to form and control work-flow taking into account the characteristics and abilities of automated machines as well as human work at the same site?,)

Additional questions: What research is needed to build easy-to-implement multimachine and human – machine collaboration in flexible and adaptive work site processes which use machines from different manufacturers that are best suited to the each work tasks.,

Additional questions 2: How can we make it easier and more affordable to integrate robots into existing (hospital) workflows?

Workshop Description: Heavy mobile work machines are gaining autonomous features, e.g. in mining, port logistics and road construction work. A challenge is to combine effort of machines manufactured by many different manufactures. A mixed fleet system is characterized by connecting autonomous machines from different manufacturers to the common control as well as the collaboration of manual and automatic machines. How to choose the most suitable machine for a given task and to optimize all the available resources, and still guarantee the high level of safety. These machines need to collaborate with humans and have e.g. new level in situational awareness. The machine must know where adjacent persons are and what they are doing. Another key feature in mixed fleet systems is adaptive safety. With the aforementioned information the autonomous machine can do efficient co-work with the person in the same space without need to full stop if the person nearby. The objective of the workshop is to understand human needs and behaviour in context where humans and autonomous machines are working together, and to find methods for smooth and safe interaction and collaboration between human and autonomous machine. Find breakthrough solutions (principles) for adaptive safety systems and situational awareness in the mixed machine fleet systems. The workshop takes a real-world application-oriented approach, inviting presenters from industry and academia with practical applications and facilitating open discussion. The results of the workshop can be used for planning research programs, finding partnerships to solve identified problems and gaps and to produce development roadmaps for research and development.

Intended Outcome: Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Novel format (e.g. interactive matchmaking session for technologies and applications)

Approach: 14:40-14:50 Juha Röning, Professor, University of Oulu Introduction to the workshop 14:50-15:00 Jani Mähönen, Vice President , Solution Offering Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy Mixed Fleet in Intralogistics Systems: How AGVs, AMRs and people can work together in partly automated warehouse environment 15:00- 15:10 Timo Kupsa, CEO, Centrio Oy The Future of Hospital Logistics: How Robots Are Transforming the Way We Deliver Care 15:10-15:20 Marc Wellstein, Scientist in Safety Engineer, Fraunhofer IESE (Online presentation) Safe Interaction and Collaboration between Humans and Autonomous Machines 15:20-15:30 Mika Vainio, CMO, GIM Robotics FUTURE WORKSITES – from academic demonstrations to real-world implementations 15:30- 16:00 Interactive workshop session on four topics (Open café) 1) What are the biggest challenges to form and control work-flow taking into account the characteristics and abilities of automated machines as well as human work at the same site? 2) How can we make it easier and more affordable to integrate robots into existing (hospital) workflows? 3) What research is needed to build easy-to-implement multimachine and human – machine collaboration in flexible and adaptive work site processes which use machines from different manufacturers that are best suited to the each work tasks. 4) Would you be interested in joining a collaboration which is helping forward the multimachine systems and human – machine co-work into a new level. Juha Röning, Introduction to the workshop, University of Oulu Timo Kupsa, CEO Ceterio Oy, The Future of Hospital Logistics: How Robots Are Transforming the Way We Deliver Care Timo Kupsa is the CEO of Ceterio Oy, a Finland-based startup specialized in robotics solutions for hospitals, and an AI guest lecturer. He holds an eMBA degree from the University of Jyväskylä. Ceterio is conducting pilots to automate medicine and other delivery processes at Tampere University Hospital in Finland. These pilots are part of a multi-year research project involving several large companies and research organizations. The project aims to identify and overcome roadblocks that are preventing robots from being widely adopted in hospitals. Many hospital work processes still require human intervention, but could be automated if the infrastructure were updated to be more suitable for robots. This requires making buildings smarter. Automation implementations often require specialists, which can lead to a reliance on certain equipment vendors. New, easy-to-implement mixed fleet solutions from multiple vendors could be a solution. Before founding a startup, Timo was director of the robotics business unit at Nasdaq-listed company Solteq. He also has 25 years of experience in IT companies, where he held various roles. Humans and machines will work together in the future workplace. We making this transformation happen faster. Timo is passionate about using robotics to improve healthcare and address the challenges of an aging population and a shortage of healthcare workers. Jani Mähönen, Vice President , Solution Offering Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy Mixed Fleet in Intralogistics Systems: How AGVs, AMRs and people can work together in partly automated warehouse environment Jani Mähönen is in charge of technology development for AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles), including control systems and software tools in Logistic Solutions Business Unit at Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe. He has over 20 years’ experience in development and management of automation and robotics for manufacturing and logistic applications. Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy is a high technology driven designer, manufacturer and provider of logistic solutions, including wide portfolio of forklift trucks, automation systems, and related solutions and services. Marc Wellstein, Senior Safety Engineer, Fraunhofer IESE Safe Interaction and Collaboration between Humans and Autonomous Machines Marc Wellstein received his Master’s degree in computer science (M.Sc.) from TU Kaiserslautern, Germany, in July 2021. Since then, he is full-time researcher in the “Safety Engineering” department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern. His main research topic is dynamic risk management, complementing established design time assurance methods with runtime assurance aspects, and the validation of human-like driving simulation models used for simulation-based validation of autonomous driving systems. Deploying self-driving systems in crowded environments such as construction sites is associated with enormous risks: The driving and working conditions are often cramped, and numerous people move close to the vehicle. Therefore, risk management is essential to avoid harming the surroundings and control hazards emanating from the robot. Additionally, there are increased requirements for the robustness and adaptability of the control approach due to high dynamics and versatility resulting from the environment. A key feature to increase safety and availability is pedestrian activity and awareness recognition enabling a dynamic risk adjustment. Accordingly, a robot can relax worst-case safety assumptions and increase its availability. Mika Vainio, CMO, GIM Robotics FUTURE WORKSITES – from academic demonstrations to real-world implementations Dr. Vainio holds a D.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology (1999). He is the CMO of GIM Robotics, a Finland-based 10 years old SME specialising in robotics solutions. GIM has served over 60 clients worldwide, including 10 Fortune 500 companies. Our main product provides robust infrastructure-free and all-weather solutions for indoor and outdoor 3D localisation, also in GNSS-challenged environments. GIM’s solution enables custom situational awareness and environmental modelling feature developments. From the Academy. Nearly 20 years ago, we introduced the Future Worksite concept. It described how a group of heterogeneous mobile work machines can perform complicated tasks together with humans on shared worksites. Our 2006 founded GIM-Institute (Automation Technology Laboratory in Helsinki University of Technology and Institute of Hydraulics and Automation in Tampere University of Technology) got Finnish Center of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines (CoE-GIM) status for 2008-2013. To the Real-World. The few featured implementations are naturally all public. As such, they represent only a fraction of what we have been fortunate to do with our customers and partners. Nevertheless, we are confident that they will demonstrate the ways, how our cutting-edge academic research is slowly turning into real world implementations. And finally, we will all see how large mobile machines, robots if you like, and humans can all safely co-exist and co-operate in the same area.

Contributors: Juha Röning, Introduction to the workshop, University of Oulu Timo Kupsa, CEO Ceterio Oy, The Future of Hospital Logistics: How Robots Are Transforming the Way We Deliver Care Timo Kupsa is the CEO of Ceterio Oy, a Finland-based startup specialized in robotics solutions for hospitals, and an AI guest lecturer. He holds an eMBA degree from the University of Jyväskylä. Ceterio is conducting pilots to automate medicine and other delivery processes at Tampere University Hospital in Finland. These pilots are part of a multi-year research project involving several large companies and research organizations. The project aims to identify and overcome roadblocks that are preventing robots from being widely adopted in hospitals. Many hospital work processes still require human intervention, but could be automated if the infrastructure were updated to be more suitable for robots. This requires making buildings smarter. Automation implementations often require specialists, which can lead to a reliance on certain equipment vendors. New, easy-to-implement mixed fleet solutions from multiple vendors could be a solution. Before founding a startup, Timo was director of the robotics business unit at Nasdaq-listed company Solteq. He also has 25 years of experience in IT companies, where he held various roles. Humans and machines will work together in the future workplace. We making this transformation happen faster. Timo is passionate about using robotics to improve healthcare and address the challenges of an aging population and a shortage of healthcare workers. Jani Mähönen, Vice President , Solution Offering Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy Mixed Fleet in Intralogistics Systems: How AGVs, AMRs and people can work together in partly automated warehouse environment Jani Mähönen is in charge of technology development for AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles), including control systems and software tools in Logistic Solutions Business Unit at Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe. He has over 20 years’ experience in development and management of automation and robotics for manufacturing and logistic applications. Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy is a high technology driven designer, manufacturer and provider of logistic solutions, including wide portfolio of forklift trucks, automation systems, and related solutions and services. Marc Wellstein, Senior Safety Engineer, Fraunhofer IESE Safe Interaction and Collaboration between Humans and Autonomous Machines Marc Wellstein received his Master’s degree in computer science (M.Sc.) from TU Kaiserslautern, Germany, in July 2021. Since then, he is full-time researcher in the “Safety Engineering” department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern. His main research topic is dynamic risk management, complementing established design time assurance methods with runtime assurance aspects, and the validation of human-like driving simulation models used for simulation-based validation of autonomous driving systems. Deploying self-driving systems in crowded environments such as construction sites is associated with enormous risks: The driving and working conditions are often cramped, and numerous people move close to the vehicle. Therefore, risk management is essential to avoid harming the surroundings and control hazards emanating from the robot. Additionally, there are increased requirements for the robustness and adaptability of the control approach due to high dynamics and versatility resulting from the environment. A key feature to increase safety and availability is pedestrian activity and awareness recognition enabling a dynamic risk adjustment. Accordingly, a robot can relax worst-case safety assumptions and increase its availability. Mika Vainio, CMO, GIM Robotics FUTURE WORKSITES – from academic demonstrations to real-world implementations Dr. Vainio holds a D.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology (1999). He is the CMO of GIM Robotics, a Finland-based 10 years old SME specialising in robotics solutions. GIM has served over 60 clients worldwide, including 10 Fortune 500 companies. Our main product provides robust infrastructure-free and all-weather solutions for indoor and outdoor 3D localisation, also in GNSS-challenged environments. GIM’s solution enables custom situational awareness and environmental modelling feature developments. From the Academy. Nearly 20 years ago, we introduced the Future Worksite concept. It described how a group of heterogeneous mobile work machines can perform complicated tasks together with humans on shared worksites. Our 2006 founded GIM-Institute (Automation Technology Laboratory in Helsinki University of Technology and Institute of Hydraulics and Automation in Tampere University of Technology) got Finnish Center of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines (CoE-GIM) status for 2008-2013. To the Real-World. The few featured implementations are naturally all public. As such, they represent only a fraction of what we have been fortunate to do with our customers and partners. Nevertheless, we are confident that they will demonstrate the ways, how our cutting-edge academic research is slowly turning into real world implementations. And finally, we will all see how large mobile machines, robots if you like, and humans can all safely co-exist and co-operate in the same area.

From Italy to Europe: robots tackling sustainability challenges

By 13 march

Track: Sustainability

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 14:40-16:00, room Lavatoio

Organisers: Franziska Kirstein, Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi , Guillem Martínez Roura, Michel Joop

Main questions to be answered – Q1: What are the key success factors and best practices in fostering cross-border partnerships and knowledge exchange among local innovation hubs across Europe in the field of sustainable robotics?

Main questions to be answered – Q2: What are the key drivers and barriers for collaboration and knowledge exchange among local innovation hubs, researchers, industry professionals, and policymakers in the field of sustainable robotics across Europe?

Main questions to be answered – Q3: What are some practical applications of robotics in various sustainability domains and aims to identify innovative solutions. And how can the outcomes of this Workshop inspire and catalyze new approaches and initiatives to tackle pressing sustainability challenges more effectively?

Workshop Description: In an era marked by pressing sustainability challenges, robotics has enormous potential to accelerate progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals, the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. This Workshop aims to unite local innovation in robotics across Europe, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among researchers, industry professionals, and policymakers. The session will provide a forum to explore recent developments in robotics technology and its applications in various sustainability domains, including environmental conservation, agriculture, recycling, demolition and healthcare. Through presentations and interactive discussions, participants will gain insights into the diverse range of SDG-driven robotics solutions emerging from local innovation hubs across Europe. The Workshop seeks to foster cross-border partnerships, share best practices, and inspire new approaches to address the most pressing sustainability challenges.

Intended Outcome: Information about community involvement and services offered (e.g. DIHs, open calls, platforms, …), Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc

Approach: Agenda 00:00 – 00:05 Opening comments by the organizers 00:05 – 00:45 Impulse talks by speakers 00:45 – 01:15 Panel discussion with audience interaction 01:15 – 01:20 Concluding remarks by the organizers

Contributors: Francesco Becchi, Danieli Automation: “ Robotics for green and safe building remediation and ship recycling- the Danieli Automation experience” Manolo Garabini, University of Pisa: “Robots at work for the Green Deal” Damien Sallé, Tecnalia: “Maelstrom project: cleaning the oceans from plastics and marine litter, starting by Venice area.” Emanuele Garone, VUB: “Lessons learned from sustainability challenges in agriculture robotics” Elena de Momi, Politecnico di Milano: “Sustainability considerations in healthcare robotics”

Trends in application of smart robotics in nuclear industry

By 13 march

Track: Specific operating environments

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 14:40-16:00

Organisers: Ladislav Vargovcik, Rustam Stolkin, Joel vanden Bosch

Main questions to be answered: Which new applications of smart robotics in nuclear industry are perspective for future ??

Additional questions: Which features of smarter robotics are feasible also in nuclear industry ?

Additional questions 2: Where are the gaps for future research in this area ?

Workshop Description: The workshop will start with 3-4 presentations . The aim of these presentations is: – to show successful examples of up to date robotic solutions (presenters from industrial and research institutions) – to show possibilities of new robotic technologies comprising AI, multisensoric perception, IOT, etc. This should act as „food for thought“ and start of the discussion about future trends. Then audience will be split into the following subgroups according to application areas, i.e. operation of newly buildt nuclear power plants (NPPs), decommissioning of NPPs and accidents in NPPs. Each subgroup will put together the trends and main gaps for future research and also for MAR preparation. The following panel discussion will go deeper into the problem and provide certain synergy and cross fertilisation of subgroups. We will also utilize the possibility to bring together speakers and audience from both industry and academia/research via internal communication in our TG. The last part of discussion will be dedicated to ideas for the next activities of TG „Harsh Environment Robotics“

Intended Outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper

Approach: This workshop supports the Harsh Environment Robotics TG, following successful workshops at ERF 2016 – 2023 (66 participants in 2023). There is a strong interest from again growing nuclear industry to extend use of robots in extreme environments where it is unsafe to use human workers. This couples together a very wide range of robotics research with a strong industrial economic demand, and major societal and ethical importance. Workshop will focus on both, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants. Our motivation is to continue the strong ERF communication between roboticists and the senior representatives and policy makers of nuclear industry. That is why sharing of experience about successful solutions, information about perspective new technologies showing trends and identification of new gaps for research will be the main outcome of the WS and contribution to the Roadmap creation.

Contributors: Mikko Siuko, William Brace – VTT, confirmed Chiara Mellucci – OC Robotics, invited Adrian Kovalyk – VUJE, confirmed Rustam Stolkin – University of Birmingham, confirmed plus for the panel discussion Norbert Molitor – OECD NEA, confirmed

A holistic approach 4 accelerating aerial robotics based innovation

By 13 march

Track: Specific operating environments

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 14:40-16:00

Organisers: Abeje Mersha, Matteo Fumagalli

Main questions to be answered: What are the non technical challenges (ethical, legal, social and business) limiting aerial robotics based innovations?,

Additional questions: How can we accelerate aerial robotics based innovation through a holistic approach?,

Additional questions 2: What can we learn from experiences of different countries ?

Workshop Description: In the past decade, there has been significant technological advances in aerial robotics, ranging from autonomous operation in perceptually degraded environment to advanced aerial manipulations. Despite their potential impact in various application domains, their mainstream adoption is very slow due to several limiting non-technological dimensions, such as ethical, legal, social and business (ELSB) aspects aerial robotic technologies. The aim of this WS includes (1) Providing podium to often overlooked and avoided, yet critical, topic of ELSB aspects of aerial robotics (2) getting inspiration from other mature robotic technologies, which have integrally embedded the ELSB aspects , and (3) Identifying design requirements that need to be taken into account at early stages of the innovation to increase the chance of success of aerial robotics based innovation. to be filled in later

Intended Outcome: Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Novel format (e.g. interactive matchmaking session for technologies and applications), Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with

Approach: 00-05 Introduction by workshop organizers about the focus of the workshop and the program. 05-25 Participant engagement – Using the 1-2-4-all liberating structure, every participant will be involved in generating questions and ideas that will be discussed with experts and participants during this workshop. Every participant will be asked to first answer the following two questions: o Which non-technological aspects of aerial robotics are threats for its wider adoption? Give specific example based on your experience. o What are the concerns of ordinary citizens in your country about aerial robots (especially drones) – This part will be concluded by collecting and highlighting the most common and pressing Ethical, Legal, Social and Business issues that will be addressed during the panel discussion 25-50 Expert Panel discussion – Experts include o Eszter Kovács (Dronetalks online, Switzerland), Confirmed o Wiebe de Jager (Dronewatch, Netherlands), Confirmed o Matteo Fumagalli (DTU, Denmark), Confirmed o Thierry Tartarin (Saxion, Netherlands), Confirmed – Experts discuss the main points highlighted in the previous section. Emphasis will be given to sharing experiences from various EU countries. – This will be moderated by the organizers and the participants will get the chance to directly ask the panelists. 50-75 General discussion and participant engagement – Again, using the 1-2-4-all liberating structure, every participant will be involved to provide input on how to embed the non-technological aspects as part of the design process at earlier stages of aerial robotics-based innovations. – This session will be concluded by open discussion with all participants 75-80 Wrap up and closing remarks by the organizers.

Contributors: o Eszter Kovács (Dronetalks online, Switzerland), Confirmed o Wiebe de Jager (Dronewatch, Netherlands), Confirmed o Matteo Fumagalli (DTU, Denmark), Confirmed o Thierry Tartarin (Saxion, Netherlands), Confirmed