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Translational challenges of soft robotics in medical applications

By 15 march

Track: Healthcare

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 08:30-09:50

Organisers: Linda Paternò, Gernot Kronreif, Arianna Menciassi

Main questions to be answered: Why are not there many successful applications for soft robots in medicine so far?

Additional questions: What are the potential barriers from regulatory side?

Additional questions 2: 0

Workshop Description: The quest for compliant machines able to safely interact with the human body is increasingly demanded in medical applications. To achieve this goal, significant research efforts in robotics have been directed at the development of novel classes of devices allowed by the introduction of the soft robotics approach. The broad research that has been conducted in the last years is however not reflected in a spread commercialization of these systems into the market. Thus, additional efforts are still needed to achieve soft robots that are proven to be sufficiently effective, and long-lasting to finally make the possibility of clinical translation real. This workshop aims to explore scientific advances and translation challenges in soft robotics for medical applications.

Intended Outcome: Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Novel format (e.g. interactive matchmaking session for technologies and applications), Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications

Approach: Distinguished speakers will commence by providing concise introductions regarding their respective backgrounds and research endeavors. Subsequently, the workshop will pivot towards a panel discussion featuring these distinguished speakers, dedicated to examining potential obstacles originating from regulatory and technological realms. Drawing upon their wealth of expertise, the invited speakers will engage in comprehensive discourse, elucidating the predominant challenges and envisioning prospective trajectories for the translation of soft robotics within the domain of medical applications. Speakers: Arianna Menciassi, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; Gernot Kronreif, Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology; Barbara Mazzolai, Italian Institute of Technology; Eric Acome, Artimus Robotics; Zbigniew Nawrat, Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development; Vito Cacucciolo, Omnigrasp; Elena De Momi, Polytechnic University of Milan.

Contributors: Arianna Menciassi, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; Gernot Kronreif, Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology; Barbara Mazzolai, Italian Institute of Technology; Eric Acome, Artimus Robotics; Zbigniew Nawrat, Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development; Vito Cacucciolo, Omnigrasp; Elena De Momi, Polytechnic University of Milan.

Further Information: https://www.santannapisa.it/it/erf-2024/translational-challenges-soft-robotics-medical-applications

Cooperative Autonomous Mobile Robots in Research and Industry

By 15 march

Track: Agile Production

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 08:30-09:50

Organisers: Giuseppe Notarstefano, Andrea Testa, Lorenzo Pichierri, Lorenzo Sforni

Main questions to be answered: How can cooperative autonomous mobile robots impact in industrial processes?

Additional questions: How can new toolboxes for distributed autonomous mobile robots support industrial robotics?

Additional questions 2: How can research advancement on control and AI for autonomous robots turn into industrial solutions?

Workshop Description: Material handling is a key step in several industrial manufacturing processes both in production and logistics. The introduction of multiple Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) aims at enhancing flexibility with respect to standard rigid production lines and vehicle fleets. Moreover, cooperation among robots based on distributed computing combined with new control, optimization and AI approaches, represents a new frontier to advance the AMR capabilities. This workshop will show recent advancements in research methods and toolboxes on cooperative autonomous mobile robots and link them to state of the art scenarios in industrial applications. The goal of the workshop is to promote interaction between researchers in mobile robotics and technology providers in the area of AMRs to identify potential solution approaches for open challenges. By connecting a diverse set of stake holders, the workshop will suggest novel directions, e.g., based on distributed computing, to generalise current toolboxes and technologies.

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

Approach: The workshop will be organised in three main moments. After a short introduction of the organisers recent contribution on recent toolboxes and research approaches on cooperative mobile robotics will be presented. Then 2-3 experts from companies using multi-robot technologies will provide industrial scenarios for cooperative mobile robotics. An interactive discussion will follow in which panel experts (on technical solutions and on innovation and entrepreneurship) and interested audience will discuss application of advanced technological solutions to industrial challenges.

Safety at mixed collaborative and non-coll. Robot applications

By 15 march

Track: Regulation and Standardisation

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 08:30-09:50

Organisers: Michael Rathmair, Cecilia Scoccia, Clara Fischer

Main questions to be answered: What are the current challenges and opportunities for mixed applications where collaborative and classical non-collaborative tasks are combined?

Additional questions: How are the interfaces between collaborative and non-collaborative tasks regulated, is there beneficial potential for enhancing the overall flexibility?

Additional questions 2: In which magnitude can model-based approaches contribute to verify flexible designed robot systems in the perspective of mixed collaborative and non-collaborative tasks?

Workshop Description: The revised version of the ISO 10218 standard will define collaborative robotics in an innovative fresh perspective. A so-called collaborative application may in principle include collaborative as well as non-collaborative tasks. Systems where the border between these two types of tasks is designed flexible in dynamic mixed scenarios are expected to offer new potentials, but also challenges in implementation and especially in risk and safety evaluation. The workshop addresses various approaches such as model-based verification, simulation-based risk assessment, formal methods and runtime system verification in order to evaluate safety characteristics at the flexible designed border between collaborative and non-collaborative tasks in industrial robot applications. As an outcome of the workshop we expect fruitful discussion, best practice reports as well as trends and challenges in research, using innovative agile workshop formats highly involving on site and remote (if possible) participants. Sustainable dissemination and community building shall be mainly accomplished by social media formats such as LinkedIn highly supporting community building in the context of robot systems applications built according to new requirements of the revised ISO 10218 standard. ISO/FDIS 10218-2 Robotics — Safety requirements — Part 2: Industrial robot systems, robot applications and robot cells

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

Approach: In the first part, the workshop is based on three impulse speeches which outline the essence of the workshop content. After each impulse speech, the participants will be invited to infectively answer two anonymous key-questions (votes) about the impulse speech content in an online form. The answers form the baseline for the second participant-involving joint-working part that will be moderated by the workshop organizers. As already mentioned the goal is to develop a collection of best practices and to highlight trends in R&D in the area of robot applications where mixed scenarios, including a dynamic set of collaborative and non- collaborative tasks, are addressed. (8 Min. ) Impulse speech and introduction to mixed robot applications containing collaborative and non-collaborative tasks according to ISO 10218. (8 Min.) Impulse speech about new approaches for safety verification and risk assessment on flexible robot applications. (8 Min.) Impulse speech about the human factors in industry 4.0-5.0 applications and the potential of model-based design and verification methods. (8 Min.) General Q&A Session (40 Min.) Interactive, guided discussion and working-sessions about the questions posed above.Each of the workshop organizers will choose an innovative, gamified method (e.g. Brainwriting, Fearless Journey, etc.) to interactively work on the workshop content in an joint collaborative manner.. At the end of the workshop, the collected content will be shared to all participants via a LinkedIn group. (5 Min.) Workshop summary and conclusion

Contributors: Michael Rathmair – JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH ROBOTICS Cecilia Scoccia – UNIVPM – Polytechnic University of Marche Clara Fischer – TU Wien

Robotics and 6G

By 15 march

Track: Autonomy /collaborative and cloud

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 08:30-09:50, room Anfiteatro

Organisers: Reinhard Lafrenz, 0 0, 0 0, 0 0

Main questions to be answered – Q1: To inform the robotics community about 6G

Main questions to be answered – Q2: To discuss use of 6G technology in robotics

Main questions to be answered – Q3: to discuss needs to 6G technology from a robotics perspective

Workshop Description: This WS is a joint effort between euRobotics and One6G In the beginning, an overview of ideas for a future 6G environment are presented, then in a more interactive way, the opportunities and the “wishlist” from a robotics perspective are discussed. Also the potential use of 6G technology for different application domains.

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

Approach: initial presentations by Josef Eichinger and Xueli An will give an overview from a 6G perspective. Then several short statements regarding application areas and needs from a robotics perspective lead to a discussion round

Contributors: Josef Eichinger, One6G Xueli An, One6G others tbc

Autonomy and standardization in healthcare robotics

By 15 march

Track: Healthcare

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 11:40-13:00

Organisers: Françoise Siepel

Main questions to be answered – Q1: What is important for autonomy in successful robotic clinical implementation?

Workshop Description: This workshop addresses autonomy in robotics to boost the transfer of technological innovation based on clinical end-user needs. High level of autonomy combined with safety and efficiency in the clinical workflow is a challenge due to complex and high interactive dynamic environments in the healthcare sector. Standardization of the autonomy levels is one of the essential aspects to embed robots at a large scale in the healthcare sector. This workshop presents the work of the healthcare TG related to autonomy in the form of a paper which will be discussed with the audience. Consequently, it will be discussed what this means for large scale adoption of new robotic technology at European scale. This workshop will be interesting for SMEs, policy makers, investors, technology providers, healthcare professionals and all interested in the topic.

Intended Outcome: Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with, Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), optimized paper

Approach: Agenda (80 min): Introduction TG (5 min) Autonomy – presentation article (10 min) Common experience (4×5 min = 20min) – lead to better definition of autonomy Interactive program + board discussion – to optimize paper (40 min) Wrap up (5 min)

Contributors: Title Complete first name, Family name/surname, E-mail, WS role, confirmation status, organization nr. 1. Prof Françoise Siepel, f.j.siepel@utwente.nl, Speaker, Confirmed, 1 2. Birgitte Østergard Sørensen, bso@teknologisk.dk, Speaker, Confirmed, 2 3. Prof Riccardo Muradore, ricardo.muradore@univr.it, Speaker, Confirmed, 3 4. Patrick Courtney, patrick.courtney@tec-connection.com, Speaker, Confirmed, 4 5. Nicola Tomatis, nicola.Tomatis@bluebotics.com, Speaker, Invited, 5 6. Prof Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu, trs@mmmi.sdu.dk, Speaker, Confirmed, 6 7. Prof Paolo Fiorini, paolo.fiorini@univr.it, Speaker, Confirmed, 3 8. Prof Elena du Momi, elena.demomi@polimi.it, Speaker, Invited, 7 9. Prof Pietro Valdastri, p.valdastri@leeds.ac.uk, Speaker, Invited, 8 Institution City Country 1. University of Twente Enschede THE NETHERLANDS 2. Danish Technological Institute Taastrup DENMARK 3. University of Verona Verona ITALY 4. Tec-connection Konstanz GERMANY 5. Bluebotics Vaud SWITZERLAND 6. Syddansk Universitet (SDU) Odense DENMARK 7. Politecnico di Milano Milan ITALY 8. University of Leeds Leeds UNITED KINGDOM

Further Information: https://eu-robotics.net/