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Telerobotics and Teleoperation – solving cross-sector challenges

By 14 march

Track: Control and virtualisation

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 08:30-09:50

Organisers: Karol Janik, Daniel Leidner, Eloise Matheson

Main questions to be answered: How can telerobotics technologies be effectively applied to address sector-specific challenges ?,

Additional questions: What are the technical intricacies and innovative solutions that industry leaders and experts have employed to overcome obstacles in implementing telerobotics across diverse sectors?,

Additional questions 2: How can interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange between academia and industry accelerate the development and adoption of telerobotics technologies,

Workshop Description: This workshop organised by the Telerobotics and Teleoperation Topic Group, is dedicated to exploring the transformative potential of telerobotics across diverse industrial sectors. This workshop aims to provide a platform for knowledge exchange, idea generation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We will have presentations from industry leaders and experts in the space, nuclear, infrastructure and medical & healthcare sectors. These presentations will not only provide a deep dive into sector-specific applications but will also highlight the technical intricacies and solutions employed to address unique challenges. Presentations will be followed up by a panel discussion and Q&A session with focus on fostering cross-sector synergy, sharing industry insights, promoting technology transfer, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue, and driving innovation.

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

Approach: Introduction (5 min) Presentation – Thomas Krueger (ESA) (15 min) Presentation – James Kell (JACOBS) (15 min) Presentation – Annette Hagengruber (DLR) (15 min) Panel discussion/Q&A (25 min) Wrap up (5 min)

Contributors: Chair – Karol Janik (MTC) Presentation, Panelist – James Kell (JACOBS) Presentation, Panelist – Annette Hagengruber (DLR) Presentation, Panelist – Thomas Krueger (ESA)

Towards Efficient and Portable Robot Learning for Real-World Settings

By 14 march

Track: Robotics and AI / Data

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 08:30-09:50

Organisers: Riccardo Zanella, Roberto Meattini, Néstor García, Ashok Sundaram

Main questions to be answered: How can we take advantage of robotic priors, scene structure, and demonstrations to accelerate robotic learning and minimize the reliance on real-world data in the learning process?

Additional questions: How can control theory be integrated into the learning framework to enforce system theoretic properties?

Additional questions 2: How can we ensure safety when the robot agent needs to physically explore an unknown environment?

Workshop Description: The next generation of robotic manipulation systems will witness an increase in skills thanks to novel AI paradigms, enabling them to handle complex tasks in unstructured environments and adapt to unexpected circumstances. For autonomous robotic systems to be relevant in practical real-world applications, the learning process must be both data efficient and safe, leveraging on a priori knowledge and models about the environment and tasks. This includes the vital ability to transfer skills between applications and robotic systems while ensuring constant safety under all conditions. The workshop seeks to address critical questions at the heart of efficient and portable robot learning for real-world applications. By bringing together experts and enthusiasts, our objectives are as follows: * Harnessing Prior Knowledge: Explore the use of robotic priors, scene structures, and demonstrations to accelerate the learning process. * Integration of Control Theory: Discuss how control theory can be integrated into the learning framework to ensure system-theoretic properties are maintained. * Efficiency and Skill Acquisition: Delve into methods for robots to efficiently acquire the skills necessary for high-performance manipulation. * Safety and Exploration: Consider strategies to ensure the safety of robotic agents when they venture into unknown environments. * Reducing Data Dependence: Examine innovative strategies to minimize the reliance on real-world data in the learning process. The expected outcome of this workshop is the generation of innovative ideas, collaborations, and practical solutions. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to accelerate robot learning, integrate control theory, ensure safety, and reduce data reliance. This knowledge will drive advancements in robotics for real-world applications. We will make the workshop accessible to a wider audience by posting workshop recordings on our website for future reference. Additionally, the insights and findings from the discussions will be shared in bite-sized updates, ensuring that valuable information is easily digestible and readily available to the robotics community.

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

Approach: From 08:35 to 09:15, attendees will engage with Invited Speaker’s Presentations, during which Dr. Sylvain Calinon, Dr. Maximo A. Roa, Prof. Angela Schoellig, and Prof. Georgia Chalvatzaki will provide insights into their research topics. Following these presentations, a panel discussion will take place from 09:15 to 09:50. Furthermore, from 11:40 to 12:04, participants will have the opportunity to attend an Insight Session featuring posters showcasing accepted contributions.

Contributors: * Dr. Sylvain Calinon, Senior Research Scientist at the Idiap Research Institute [Confirmed] * Prof. Georgia Chalvatzaki, Full Professor for Interactive Robot Perception & Learning at the Technical University of Darmstadt [Confirmed] * Dr. Maximo A. Roa, Senior Scientific Researcher at the German Aerospace Center – DLR [Confirmed] * Prof. Angela Schoellig, Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies [Confirmed]

Further Information: https://sites.google.com/view/erf2024wsrl

DIH-HERO: Shaping the future for robotic innovations in healthcare

By 14 march

Track: Healthcare

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 08:30-09:50

Organisers: Maren Bödding, Françoise J. Siepel

Main questions to be answered: What does the innovation landscape in relation to healthcare robotics look like in future?

Additional questions: What will be the role of the European network DIH-HERO be in future and what to expect?

Additional questions 2: What is the added value of becoming a member of the DIH-HERO network and what are the opportunities?

Workshop Description: The deployment of robotic applications in healthcare-related settings is essential for bringing new innovations to the market, to the best benefit of the patient. Also in future the European network DIH-HERO will provide specialised knowledge, dedicated brokerage and advanced services to the healthcare robots community, to facilitate the deployment of new innovations in the field. During the session, success stories of innovators from the field and their experiences as well as the opportunities for robots and healthcare stakeholders within the DIH-HERO network will be shared. The audience will be involved interactively, to identify the needs and perspectives of the different stakeholders in the field to see how the service portfolio of DIH-HERO can be further matured across Europe, to provide high-quality services to the community also in future.

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

Approach: 0:00 – 0:05 min Welcome and Introduction 0:05 – 0:15 min Key Note: Innovation landscape in relation to healthcare robotics now & in future 0:15 – 0:30 min Key Note: Success stories of Innovators from the field and their experiences 0:30 – 0:60 min Interactive discussion with the audience about the innovation landscape and challenges in relation to healthcare robotics 0:60 -0:75 min Future role of the DIH-HERO network and the added value of becoming a member 0:75 – 0:80 min Wrap up & Closure

Contributors: Prof. Françoise J. Siepel (University of Twente, UT), Confirmed Speaker Prof. Kosta Jovanovic (School of Electrical Engineering – University of Belgrade, ETF), Invited Speaker Ms Andrea Schwier (German Aerospace Center DLR), Invited Speaker Dr. Brecht Vermeulen (Interuniversitair Mirco-Electronica Centrum, IMEC), Invited Speaker Dr. Poala Roberta Boscolo Chio Bisto (Italian Institute of Technology, IIT), Invited Speaker Dr. Selene Tognarelli (Scuola Superiore Sant Anna, SSSA), Invited Speaker Dr. Michael Obach (Fundacion Tecnalia Research and Innovation), Invited Speaker

Further Information: https://dih-hero.eu/

Shaping Tomorrow’s Factory: HRC and Agile production

By 14 march

Track: Agile Production

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 08:30-09:50

Organisers: Francesca Canale, Andrea Pilloni, Stefano Ghidoni

Main questions to be answered: Which industries are best suited for the adoption of agile manufacturing or human-robot collaborative principles, and what are the key challenges that manufacturers face during this transition?

Additional questions: How can research institutions effectively support industrial partners to accelerate the adoption of human-robot collaborative solutions and overcome the obstacles associated with this transition?

Additional questions 2: What emerging technologies do you believe will have the most significant impact on agile manufacturing in the next decade?

Workshop Description: In a rapidly evolving industrial landscape, the concepts of agile and human-centred manufacturing are gaining attention as a transformative approach to production processes, due to their ability to adapt to the complexities of modern industries. Through presentations and direct experiences of three distinct European projects, this session seeks to address the key technological advancements and innovative practices that are driving the manufacturing processes transformation. The main challenges faced by the manufacturers in the adoption of agile principles, including the use of human robot collaboration and AI technologies, will be described exploiting the results coming from the projects. Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in discussions and knowledge-sharing sessions rich of practical insights to shape tomorrow’s factory within today’s dynamic industrial landscape.

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

Approach: 80 min workshop divided as follows: – General introduction to the workshop topics (5 min). – Presentation of the ACROBA project (15 min): the challenges faced by manufacturers as they adapt to agile principles and the opportunities that arise from increased flexibility and responsiveness. – Presentation of the DrapeBot project (15 min): the challenges of the introduction of human-centered automation with a focus on robotics applied to those manufacturing sectors with a low level of automation and characterized by an high usage of manual operations. – Presentation of the Odin project (15 min): the challenges of introducing novel and agile robot-based production systems efficiently at the shopfloor. – Panel discussion (30 min): interactive discussion between one moderator, five speakers coming from industry and research institutions, and the whole audience. The audience will have the possibility to express their opinions and comments through questions and real-time polls.

Contributors: 1. Ms. Francesca Canale (f.canale@stamtech.com) – Project Engineer, STAM S.r.l., Robotics & Mechatronics Business Area – Confirmed – Speaker 2. Mr. Andrea Pilloni (a.pilloni@stamtech.com) – Project Engineer, STAM S.r.l., Robotics & Mechatronics Business Area – Confirmed – Panelist 3. Mr. Norman Urs Baier (norman.baier@bfh.ch) – Professor, Berner Fachhochschule, School of Engineering and Computer Science – Confirmed – Speaker 4. Mr. Alejandro Muñoz Espiago (a.espiago@steripackireland.ie) – Steripack Ireland Ltd – Confirmed – Speaker 5. Mr. Apostolis Papavasileiou (papavasileiou@lms.mech.upatras.gr) – Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics – Confirmed – Speaker 6. Mr. Christian Eitzinger (Christian.Eitzinger@profactor.at) – Profactor GmbH – Confirmed – Speaker 7. Mr. Enrico Villagrossi (enrico.villagrossi@stiima.cnr.it) – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), STIIMA – Confirmed – Speaker 8. Mr. Giuseppe Salemi (g.salemi@dallara.it) – Head of R&D, Dallara – Confirmed – Speaker

Success stories from EU funded projects

By 14 march

Track: B2B and Innovation

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2024 08:30-09:50

Organisers: Cécile HUET, Cem GULEC, Antonio PUENTE RODERO

Main questions to be answered – Q1: Presentation of success stories from EU funded projects. What are the results and impact of these projects ?

Main questions to be answered – Q2: As a scientist, innovator or user, what can I exploit/re-use/learn from these projects?

Main questions to be answered – Q3: What are the ingredients that make a project successful?

Workshop Description: Discover success stories and impact from EU funded projects, how they contribute to advancement in robotics, and the benefit they can bring to the user industry and society.

Intended Outcome: Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper

Approach: Seven EU funded projects have been selected to showcase their success in 10 minutes. They will also be asked to share their lessons learned in preparing and implementing these projects. At the end of the five presentations, a panel composed of the presenters will answer to questions from a moderator and the audience will also be invited to ask questions about the projects (from the preparation of proposals to running projects, to exploitation of results). Some of the projects will bring at the forum their user/end-user to also enlarge the community and discussion beyond the robotics community, towards the user community.