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Fiorini and Friends: 30+ years in Surgical robotics and beyond

By 15 march

Track: Healthcare

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 14:50-16:10

Organisers: Riccardo Muradore

Main questions to be answered: Robotics in Healthcare: Where we are, Where we are going

Additional questions: 0

Additional questions 2: 0

Workshop Description: This WS focuses on robotics in healthcare over the past 30 years. We take advantage of the recent retirement of Prof. Paolo Fiorini who will provide an overview of what has happened in the past, what is happening in the present and where the research topic will move in the near future. The combination of robotics and artificial intelligence will be explored in depth by the speakers (long-time friends of Prof Fiorini) who will join the WS.

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

Approach: During the 80 minutes each speaker will present their activity in relation to the work of Prof. Fiorini. Most aspects of robotic surgery and rehabilitation will be covered by describing the current status and promising future. At the end of these short teasers, Prof Fiorini will close the WS with a 20-minute speech on his activity over the last 30 years.

Contributors: Bruno Siciliano, Arianna Menciassi, Paolo Dario, Alessandro De Luca, Kaspar Althoefer, Antonio Bicchi, Claudio Melchiorri, Paolo Fiorini

Collaborative Robotics: Challenges and Opportunities

By 15 march

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 14:50-16:10

Organisers: Gianluca Palli, Marco Muraccini, Federico Capucci

Main questions to be answered – Q1: Challenges and opportunities provided by collaborative robotics on the automation and robotics value chain

Workshop Description: In recent years, collaborative robotics has emerged as a transformative force in various industries, promising increased productivity, safety, and flexibility in manufacturing processes. However, the integration of collaborative robots (cobots) into existing workflows presents unique challenges and opportunities that require careful consideration and innovative solutions. The workshop will feature presentations from experts in the field, case studies highlighting successful collaborative robotics deployments, and interactive sessions where attendees can share their experiences and learn from their peers. Through this collaborative exchange of knowledge and ideas, participants will gain insights into best practices, emerging trends, and opportunities provided by collaborative robotics.

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

Approach: First Part: 5 x 10 minutes speeches involving industrial and academic partners presenting success stories and research activities Second Part: 30 minutes interactive session to share ideas, experiences, emerging trends


Human Robot Interaction

By 15 march

Kinematic and Muscular Assessment of an Active Hand Exoskeleton for Industrial Applications
F. Scotto Di Luzio (1), C. Tamantini (1), G. Boutaib (1), C. Carnazzo (2), S. Spada (2), L. Zollo (1)

(1) Research Unit of Advanced Robotics and Human-Centred Technologies, University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Rome (ITALY)
(2) Stellantis SpA, Turin (ITALY)

A Functional Approach for High-Velocity Walk-through Programming
M. Ragaglia (1), M. Bertuletti (1), S. di Napoli (1), M. Gambazza (1), C. Fantuzzi (2), F. Ferraguti (2)

(1) Gaiotto Automation S.p.a (SACMI Group), Piacenza (ITALY)
(2) University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, DISMI, Reggio Emilia (ITALY)

A Safety-Oriented Controller for High-Velocity Walk-Through Programming
M. Ragaglia (1), S. di Napoli (1), M. Bertuletti (1), M. Gambazza (1), C. Fantuzzi (2), F. Ferraguti (2)

(1) Gaiotto Automation S.p.a (SACMI Group), Piacenza (ITALY)
(2) University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, DISMI, Reggio Emilia (ITALY)

Audio-Based Analysis of Child-Robot Interactions in the Wild
X. Indurkhya (1), G. Venture (2)

(1) Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei (JAPAN)
(2) The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku (JAPAN)

Human-Aware Motion Planner for Collaborative Transportation of Flexible Materials
A. Gottardi (1), E. Pagello (1), E. Menegatti (2), S. Tonello (1)

(1) IT+Robotics srl, Padua (ITALY)
(2) University of Padua – Department of Information Engineering, Padua (ITALY)

Enhancing Noise Robustness of Speech-Based Human-Robot Interaction in Industry
S. Bini, A. Saggese, M. Vento

University of Salerno – Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione ed Elettrica e Matematica Applicata, Fisciano (ITALY)

Towards robotization of foraging wild fruits under canopy – A multi-camera drone-borne berry mapping
P. Trybala (1), L. Morelli (1,2), F. Remondino (1), M. Couceiro (3)

(1) 3D Optical Metrology (3DOM), Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK), Trento (ITALY)
(2) DICAM, University of Trento, Trento (ITALY)
(3) Ingeniarius Lda, Alfena (PORTUGAL)

PROPHET: PReference-based OPtimization for Human-cEnTric visual inspection
M. Maccarini (1), A. Gottardi (2), D. Piga (1), L. Roveda (1)


Unlocking the Potential of Human-Robot Synergy under Advanced Industrial Applications: The FEROX Simulator
B. Yalcinkaya (1), A. Araujo (1), M. Couceiro (1), S. Soares (2), A. Valente (2)

(1) Ingeniarius Ltd., R&D Department, Alfena (PORTUGAL)
(2) University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real (PORTUGAL)

Interactive Poster Session

TinyML for Tiny Robots

By 15 march

14:50 – 14:54   
Combining Local and Global Perception for Autonomous Navigation on Nano-UAVs
L. Lamberti, G. Rutishauser, F. Conti, L. Benini

14:54 – 14:58
GAP9Shield: A 150GOPS AI-capable Ultra-low Power Module for Vision and Ranging Applications on Nano-drones
H. Muller, V. Kartsch, L. Benini

14:58 – 15:02  
Fusing Multi-sensor Input with State Information on TinyML Brains for Autonomous Nano-drones
L. Crupi, E. Cereda, D. Palossi

15:02 – 15:06   
Optimized Deployment of Deep Neural Networks for Visual Pose Estimation on Nano-drones
M. Risso, F. Daghero, B. A. Motetti, D. Jahier Pagliari, E. Macii, M. Poncino, A. Burrello

15:06 – 15:10   
Real-time Fully Convolutional Networks for Peer-to-Peer Nano-drone Visual Localization and LED State Estimation
N. Carlotti, M. Nava, A. Giusti

15:10 – 16:10   
Interactive Poster Session    

Success stories in miniaturization

By 15 march

Track: Specific operating environments

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 14:50-16:10

Organisers: Isabelle Faggianelli, Michael Gauthier, Quan Zhou, Maxence Leveziel

Main questions to be answered: What have the major risks, failures and challenges been met to create a cutting-edge technology or to build / extend a fulfilling business in miniaturization? (it can be technical, economic, …)

Additional questions: What are the new key pillars or challenges to be solved in European miniaturized sector?

Additional questions 2: How to strengthen and stimulate the leadership in Europe for miniaturized robotics, for the next decades?

Workshop Description: For several decades, miniaturization has been at the center of strong strategic interests in the modern global technology race. Downscaling opens the door to more efficient, less energy-intensive and even previously locked-down processes, particularly in the biomedical and photonics industries. This ubiquitous quest for miniaturization has revolutionized manufacturing, assembly and testing. Although this field is booming, it remains to be explored, but the lack of standardization, the complexity and cost of cutting-edge technologies associated with the scattered nature of key players is slowing down progress. Collaboration and partnerships appear to be more relevant than ever, as is the presence of a strong network, mutual aid and collaboration. Thus, the goal of this workshop is to gather scientific experts and industrial leaders from various competence centers & clusters located across Europe, facilitate discussions and exchange expertise & good practice. Emulation, new ideas and possibility of partnerships can be expected. It would strengthen the position of Europe by providing diversified answers to uprising miniaturized products’ suppliers and manufacturers

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

Approach: This will be an 80-minute workshop: 0:00 – 00:05: Opening by the organizers 00:05 – 01:05: Pitches by the speakers 01:05 – 01:15: Questionary & interactive talks with public participation 01:15 – 01:20: Conclusion

Contributors: 1 Luca Giovanni Valsecchi, TECHNOPROBE SPA, Italy 2 Christian Ziegler, PI France SAS, France 3 Massimo Mastrangeli, TU Delft, Netherlands 4 Pané Vidal Salvador, IRIS-ETH, Switzerland v

Robotics & AI: Transforming Sustainable Recycling & Remanufacturing & Sustainable Robots by Design: Going beyond TRLs

By 15 march

14:50 – 14:54   
DemoDatenPro: Methods for semi-automatic disassembly and data acquisition in circular economies
Michael Hofmann, Matthias Propst, Markus Ikeda and Andreas Pichler

14:54 – 14:58   
A Flexible Robotic-based Architecture for Cyber-Physical Sorting Systems in Waste Management IndustryKonstantinos Kokkalis, Fotios K. Konstantinidis, Georgios Tsimiklis and Angelos Amditis

14:58 – 15:02  
Towards Measuring the Ease of Robotic Disassembly
Christoffer Sloth and Iñigo Iturrate

15:02 – 15:06   
Robotic ease of Disassembly Metric (Re-DiM) for flexible cooperative re-manufacturing of bike batteries
Terrin Pulikottil, Wouter Sterkens, Mathijs Piessens and Jef R. Peeters

15:06 – 15:10  
Cognitive and robotic assistance to increase efficiency in Li-ion battery re-manufacturing
Matthias Propst, Michael Hofmann, Markus Ikeda and Andreas Pichler

15:10 – 15:14  
Navigating Sustainability: A Real-world Examination of Life Cycle Assessment in Early-Stage Robotics
Paula Preu and Michel Joop van der Schoor

15:14 – 15:18   
Multi-modal Electronics State Evaluation for Robotic Demanufacturingù
Yifan Wu, Chuangchuang Zhou, Wouter Sterkens and Jef Peeters

15:18 – 15:22   
Portable, Robotic Material Recovery in a Box
Michail Maniadakis, Antonios Liapis, Jef Peeters, Vasilis Makridis, Laurent Paszkiewicz, Fredy Raptopoulos, Javier Grau Forner, Myrto Pelopida, Friederike Kleijn and Nikos Vythoulkas

15:22 – 15:26   
Robot Design with Sustainability-Impact-Based Requirements
Michel Joop van der Schoor

15:26 – 16:10   
Interactive Poster Presentation