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Adaptive robotics for recycling of electronic devices

By 14 march

Track: Sustainability

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

Organisers: Aleš Ude, Florentin Wörgötter, Justus Piater

Main questions to be answered: Given a large variety of electronic devices with varying degrees of damage, is it possible to automate the removal of hazardous components such as batteries?,

Additional questions: What kind of robot learning is needed for the automated recycling of electronic devices?,

Additional questions 2: What kind of robot vision is needed for the automated recycling of electronic devices?

Workshop Description: Currently electro-recycling is mostly performed following the “crush-and-separate” method, where devices are crushed and split into tiny particles, which are then physio-chemically separated into reusable components. Many times this requires first manual work to remove dangerous components or to disassemble sub-parts that cannot go into the crusher. Clearly, there is a very strong incentive to improve on this and this way increase profitability, efficiency, and positive environmental impact of recycling and, thus, even partial automation of some of these steps can make a big difference. The objective of this workshop is to explore the possibilities of introducing robotics into this process, both from the point of view of current technological capabilities of robots in terms of hardware, vision and learning and from the point of view of recycling line requirements in industrial settings.

Intended Outcome: Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications

Approach: The workshop will start with 5-8 minutes talks. The talks will include presentations by researchers addressing new technological developments in the areas of robotic hardware, vision, and learning and also talks from industrial practitioners discussing the main current issues in industrial recycling lines. The talks will be followed by an interactive panel discussion where active participation of attendees is expected. The objective of the panel discussion will be to identify the promising robotics technologies that need to be introduced to automate the recycling process.

Contributors: prof. dr. Justus Piater (University of Innsbruck, Austria), confirmed dr. Manuel Catalano (Italian Institute of Technolgy, Italy), confirmed dr. Mihael Simonič (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia), confirmed Sebastian Ruiz (University of Göttingen, Germany) Panel discussion: Hannes Fröhlich (Electrocycling, Germany), Justus Piater, Manuel Catalano, Tamim Asfour

Further Information: Workshop website:

Pushing the limits of Space robotics

By 14 march

Track: Specific operating environments

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

Organisers: Miguel Olivares-Mendez, Carlos Perez del Pulgar, Thomas Voegel, David Rodriguez

Main questions to be answered: What are the biggest challenges on Space Robotics?,What is the expected autonomy level requested by companies and space agencies?,How terrestrial applications can get benefit by the advancements in Space Robotics and viceversa?

Additional questions: What are the limitations that avoid to reach a higher autonomy level

Additional questions 2: How terrestrial applications can get benefi t by the advancements in Space Robotics and viceversa?

Workshop Description: Space exploration and operations are turning into a new and exciting direction based on the recent discoveries on lunar and space resources, the advancements in satellite technologies and their potential services, and the need for sustainable use of Earth orbits. New companies are emerging around the world, while traditional space companies are creating new divisions to tackle these new opportunities. Parallelly, in academia, Scientists around the world are becoming more focused on these new Space challenges. In this Workshop, we would like to present and discuss with the attendance where are the current challenges in Space Robotics and what autonomy level is needed by companies and space agencies to deal with the current new space operations they are interested in coping. Additionally, we will discuss cross-polonization between terrestrial extreme and Space environments. We will develop a roadmap using collaborative tools to define the new challenges and the need to increase the TRL of Space robotics technologies. In addition, we will define how current terrestrial developments can be utilised in future space missions, such as dextrous manipulation, immersive teleoperation, reliable and explainable AI, trustworthy human-robot interaction, Digital-twin, high-fidelity simulators and cutting-edge ground facilities, fault tolerance robotics and robustness and collective intelligence.

Intended Outcome: Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc

Contributors: Prof. Dr. Miguel Olivares-Mendez, University of Luxembourg (confirmed), Prof. Dr. Carlos Perez del Pulgar, University of Malaga (confirmed), Dr. Thomas Voegel, DFKI, (confirmed), Dr. David Rodriguez, EPFL (confirmed), Dr. Hendrik Kolvenbach, ETHZ (confirmed), Prof. Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Ventura, U. Lisboa (confirmed), Prof. Dr. Christian Ott, TU Wien (confirmed), Prof. Dr. Simon Bøgh, Aalborg University (confirmed), Jaroslaw Jarorski, RedWire (confirmed), Julien Lamamy, ispace (confirmed), Robert Mahoney, Neurospace (invited), Dan Isaac, OFFWORLD (confirmed), Julian Cyrus, Lunar Outpost (invited).

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

By 14 march

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 (A. Transeth). 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 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.

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.

The special relevance of HRI in healthcare and the role of AI

By 14 march

Track: Healthcare

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

Organisers: Maren Bödding, Tsampikos Kounalakis

Main questions to be answered: What the latest insights regarding are the technical challenges within the field of Human Robot Interaction?

Additional questions: How can HRI be enhanced with AI?

Additional questions 2: What are the most relevant SSH aspects for HRI in healthcare to be taken into account?

Workshop Description: The healthcare sector is currently suffering from a staffing crisis resulting in high workloads for the healthcare professionals. Robots and AI have a high potential for releasing staff, offering collaborative solutions and increasing the accuracy for effective treatment. However, the healthcare sector also bears unique challenges regarding the deployment of cobots, related to highly sensitive settings, unstable and unpredictable surroundings with high risk, un-technical staff and fragile patients. Specialised HRI concepts enriched with AI will need to be developed to overcome these challenges. During the session, the latest insights regarding the technical challenges of HRI in healthcare will be shared. In addition, relevant SSH aspects related to the HRI concepts in healthcare and the opportunities offered by AI will be discussed interactively with the audience.

Intended Outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications

Approach: 0:00 – 0:05 min Welcome and Introduction; 0:05 – 0:15 min Key Note Mr Tsampikos Kounalakis (DTI) 0:15 – 0:25 min Key Note Ms Gizem Bozdemir (PAL Robotics) 0:25 – 0:35 min Key Note Ms Kristina Tornbjerg Eriksen (Aalborg University) 0:35 – 0:45 min Key Note Mr James Wright (The Alan Turing Institute) 0:45 – 0:75 min Interactive discussion among the audience and experts 0:75 – 0:80 min Summary /Closure

Contributors: Mr Tsampikos Kounalakis, Danish Technological Institute, Organiser/Confirmed Speaker, Ms Kristina Tornbjerg Eriksen, Aalborg University, Confirmed Speaker Mr James Wright, UNESCO, Confirmed Speaker , Confirmed Speaker Ms Gizem Bozdemir, PAL Robotics, Confirmed Speaker

Further Information:

Robots for All: Supporting SMEs to Adopt Robotics in Manufacturing

By 14 march

Track: Agile Production

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

Organisers: Mikkel Labori Olsen, Mikkel Olsen

Main questions to be answered: What are the key challenges and barriers for manufacturing SMEs to adopting robotics?

Additional questions: What is the role of RTOs and Academia in addressing these challenges?

Additional questions 2: Are current off-the-shelf robotic solutions fit for purpose for SMEs?

Workshop Description: The manufacturing industry is made up of a breadth of SMEs (small to medium sized businesses). Whilst robotic technologies are being adopted in large manufacturing companies, these SMEs are getting left behind. Without adopting robotics, SMEs are struggling to address efficiency issues, increase productivity and lower their costs, making it difficult to compete in the industry, or grow. This workshop aims to explore the barriers to adoption of robotics in SMEs and how these differ from large businesses. It focusses on what RTOs and Academia can do to help address these barriers and investigate whether current off-the-shelf robotic technologies are fit for purpose for SMEs, identifying key gaps and highlighting routes forward for adoption. This workshop will consist of two keynote presentations and a panel discussion.

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

Approach: 80 minute slots. 2 x keynote presentations followed by an interactive panel session and q&a from the audience

Contributors: Mikkel Labori Olsen – DTI (Chair, presenter, panellist, confirmed), Nicolai Anton Lynnerup – Universal Robots, Associate Product Manager for PolyScope X (presenter, panellist, confirmed) and Wila, DK SME (presenter, panellist, confirmed)

The EU AI regulation fall-out in the Health and Medical robots domain

By 14 march

Track: ELSE

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

Organisers: Paolo Barattini, Tamas Haidegger, Slawomir Tobis

Main questions to be answered: HOw the EU AI act impacts the Health and Medical robotics domain

Workshop Description: The workshops present relevant issue and clauses from the EU AI Act that are pertinent to Heaelth and Medical Robotics in ordr to provide grounds for open discussion with the participants. The discussion is expected to provide insights in the possible hurdles and way ahead in robotics implementation in this domain, inclusive of technical solutions to those ocntroversial points such as explanability and similar from the EU_ AI ACt. Controversial Technical, Ethical, and Risk assesment aspects will emerge and uptaken in the follow-up activities of the workshop.

Intended Outcome: Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with

Approach: 80 minutes slot 20 minutes of presentations in order to prompt the debate. 50 minutes open discussion 10 minutes to write minutes and define follow-up activities and collaborations among participants and TGs to write a white paper

Contributors: Paolo Barattini: Introduction 5 minutes Slawomir Tobis: EU AI regulation and Social robots for Home assistance and health monitoring – 5 minutes Tamas Haidegger: EU Ai and medical robotics – 5 minutes Dr. Cyrill von Tiesenhausen CTO from BBraun First EU AI Regulation and automated medical devices: present and future Dr. Massimiliano Simi CEO from MMI Medical Microinstruments S.p.A. EU AI Regulation and microsurgery robotics: present and future

AI and Robotics special session

By 14 march

Track: Robotics and AI / Data

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

Main questions to be answered – Q1: Testimonials, success stories and demands (Showcasing examples of existing products and future ones) addressing both technological and business needs

Main questions to be answered – Q2: Discussion round (also with audience) to identify cross-cutting topics both in technology and business development

Main questions to be answered – Q3: Joint activities in 2024

Workshop Description: The collaboration between euRobotics and the Innovation Networks recognise their shared interest to support each other’s activities and to develop and promote research, innovation and deployment at the intersection of the 4 strategic areas (Inspection and Maintenance, Healthcare, Agile Manufacturing and Agrifood) and Robotics. The aim of this special session as a joint activity, is to discuss on testimonial, success stories and demands from each strategic area, identify cross-cutting topics in technology and business developments and inform about further joint activities for 2024.

Intended Outcome: Information about community involvement and services offered (e.g. DIHs, open calls, platforms, …), Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc

Approach: Short presentation by euRobotics (10 min) Testimonials, success stories and demands (40 min) Discussion round (20 min) Joint activities in 2024 (5 min) How to engage? (5 min)

Contributors: Aksel Transeth, Minna Lanz, Françoise Siepel

Fostering Socially Acceptable Robotics and Extended Reality (XR)

By 14 march

14:30 – 14:34   
Seamless Human-Robot Interaction through a Distributed Zero-Trust Architecture and Advanced User Interfaces
Alessandro Peretti, Matteo Mazzola, Luca Capra, Marco Piazzola and Cristiano Carlevaro

14:34 – 14:38  
Follow me: an architecture for user identification and social navigation with a mobile robot
Andrea Ruo, Lorenzo Sabattini and Valeria Villani

14:38 – 14:42   
Detecting ErrPs signals in HRI tasks
Alessandra Fava, Adriana Lucchese, Roberto Meattini, Gianluca Palli, Valeria Villlani and Lorenzo Sabattini

14:42 – 14:46 
Towards Mixed Reality Applications to Support Active and Lively Ageing
Marta Gabbi, Valeria Villani and Lorenzo Sabattini

14:46 – 14:50
A Mixed Reality Interface for Human-Swarm Interaction
Mattia Catellani, Flavia Nironi and Lorenzo Sabattini

14:50 – 14:54   
CBF-Based STL Motion Planning for Social Navigation in Crowded Environment
Andrea Ruo, Lorenzo Sabattini and Valeria Villani

14:54 – 14:58   
Multimodal Analysis of User Engagement with a Recommender Robot in Cafe Settings
Yujin Li, Nguyen Tan Viet Tuyen and Oya Celiktutan

14:58 – 15:02  
Key Factors for Social Acceptance of Robots in the Industrial and Service Oriented Human-Robot Interaction Domains
Silvia Proia, Graziana Cavone, Raffaele Carli and Mariagrazia Dotoli

15:02 – 15:50   
Interactive Poster Session

Robotics, Data and AI in Manufacturing – Assembly & Machining

By 14 march

Track: Robotics and AI / Data

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 14:30-15:50

Organisers: Daniela Sawyer, Gianmarco Pisanelli

Main questions to be answered: What is the current state of robotics, data and AI implementation in manufacturing applications?

Additional questions: What are the barriers to adoption of robotics in high accuracy manufacturing applications?

Additional questions 2: How can automation further improve manufacturing and what can be done to increase impact?

Workshop Description: The use of data and AI opened new possibilities in the world of robotics research. Automation and now the need for automation of automation is a reality that the manufacturing sector is confronted with if stakeholders want to stay relevant and ahead of the game. However, the adoption of robotics within some manufacturing sectors and furthermore, the adoption of robotics, data and AI is going at a disputable slower pace, despite its promised benefits. According to the latest ‘World Robotics – Industrial Robots 2023’ report from IFR, the installation of robots in the metal, machinery and assembly sectors is in decline. This workshop aims to bring together experts from research and industry to discuss the challenges, opportunities and state-of-the-art of robotics, data and AI use in the manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on assembly and machining applications.

Intended Outcome: Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with

Approach: The workshop will be structured in a 40 minutes slot with 4 experts in the field doing short presentations of 6 minutes on the posed questions, followed by discussions with audience and collating answers to the posed questions. The panelists are from a variety of backgrounds within robotics. The answers will be collated for further processing. Potential to publish the results in a magazine/article if the participation and interaction is achieved.

Contributors: Speakers/Panelists: Dr Lauren McGarry – Digital Engineer Northern Ireland Technology Centre (confirmed); Agata Suwala – Technology Manager Manufacturing Technology Centre;

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