ELS - Are robots a risk to our economy, especially our jobs?
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The emergence of new technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence
usually causes a vast amount of discussion and even fears about the consequences
of their usage and appearance. What can we expect from these machines capable
of understanding, acting, learning and adapting their behaviour? What are the
consequences of introducing autonomous machines into our society? What
effects does robotics have on the job market?
This workshop is the third of a series of three, addressing the social and economic
issues.
Following the emergence of robots in the working life, the human labour landscape
will be drastically re-shaped, with a significant percentage of jobs having the
potential to be automated, depending on the sector. Numerous studies exist on
the employment effects of Robotics and AI, with varyingly negative or positive
predictions, however the net effect is not known. The question is also on how to
prepare our society and workforce for the robotics and AI revolution and era.

Agenda:

• Ekkehard Ernst (International Labour Organization, Chief Job-friendly
macroeconomic policies unit): TBA
• Emilie Rademakers (KULeuven): Why are there still so many jobs? The impact
of robotics and AI on the job market.
• Christophe Leroux & RockEU: The literature on the employment effects of
technological change: policy implications and open research questions
• Thilo Zimmermann (Fraunhofer-IPA): Lifelong learning and the job market
Discussion of the ELS position paper on ‘socio-economic’

Organiser: Vincent C. Müller

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
Logistics - Towards human robot collaboration in Logistics
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This workshop is being organised by the euRobotics Topic Group for robots in
logistics and transport in close collaboration with consortium members of projects
STRANDS and Safelog. The main objective is to bring together researchers from
academia and industry, in order to discuss the major challenges and opportunities
for Robotics in Logistics and Transport. The workshop consist in two sections;
Flash presentations from selected speakers and a round table.
During the round table, we will discuss about content of presentations and
collaboration and human-robot interaction in logistics use cases.
In order to interactively engage the audience and to allow them to contribute and
share their view in a structured way, the workshop will use an online voting tool,
that participants will be using on their mobile devices (phone, tablets, laptops)
with a standard internet connection. Details can be found at
https://github.com/marc-hanheide/QuickVote/wiki

Agenda:

• 16:15 – 16:20 - Introduction
• 16:20 – 17:15 - Invited contributions from industry and academia
- Sören Kerner, ( Fraunhofer IML) “Selforganizing Logistic Systems”
- Frederik Brantner (Magazino) “Pick-by-robot: item specific picking directly
out of the shelf”
- Libor Preucil (Czech Technical University in Prague) “Safe Log – Safe humanrobot
interaction in logistic applications for highly flexible warehouses – a
project overview”
- Francesco Ferro (PAL Robotics) “PAL Robotics logistics applications:
StockBot”
- Wolfgang Echelmeyer (Reutlingen University) “Analyzing effectiveness and
efficiency of HRI in logistic processes”
- Christian Fischer (Still) “iGo neo: man and robotics collaboration leads to
successful teamplay”
- Gregor Lebernegg (KNAPP AG ) “Automated guided vehicles as the key to
modern warehouses”
- Björn Hein (KIT) “Proximity sensing - closing the perception gap”
• 17:15 – 17:45 - Round Table: (Moderator Sören Kerner) Robotics for logistics
and transport: Collaborative or not?

Organiser: Jesús Alfonso de la Riva

 
System Engineering - RobMoSys: the next level of a Model Driven Robotic Software Ecosystem
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RobMoSys is a newly funded European Research and Innovation project within
the Horizon 2020 Framework (H2020 ICT-26 c with cascaded funding), which
envisions a model-driven approach built around the current code-centric robotic
system integration. The objective of this workshop is to involve the software and
robotics community into designing a new software engineering landscape. The
RobMoSys project team will be involving the robotics and software community to
harmonise robotics model specifications, establish a common open methodology
for software development, improve tools and foster interoperability by model
interchange and composability. The project’s aim is to improve the quality of any
such software project by formalising its design and programming documentation
into models, from which code (provided by the frameworks) can be generated,
runtime composition of two or more robot controllers can be realised, consistency
or correctness of system designs or robot task programs can be assessed formally,
etc. The seamless integration of diverse partners requires early involvement of
experts of industry and academia, therefore the participants of the workshop
are invited to discuss and contribute to the community needs, establishing
specifications for the common robot functionalities.

Organiser: Herman Bruyninckx

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
ELS - A Tool for the Ethical and Legal Assessment of Non-military Drone Design and Deployment
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The ever-increasing penetration of drone technologies from the military domain
into civil, industrial, and commercial domains poses substantial challenges and
opportunities for individuals, social structures (e.g. labour, employment, etc.),
and societies. We have developed a new ethical and legal analytical tool that
supports the assessment of these challenges and opportunities in the research
& design, and application of drone technologies in these non-military domains.
The tool is aimed at facilitating the provision of practical recommendations that
may be made regarding value-sensitive design (VSD) and legitimate deployment
of drone technologies. This workshop is aimed at gathering feedback regarding
the ethical and legal tool, its validity and utility, and ways in which the tool can
be improved.
The objective of the workshop is to test the tool for the ethical and legal assessment
of non-military drone design and deployment. Therefore, it is intended to be
highly interactive, engaging with the audience in group work and discussions.

Agenda:

• Introduction
o Workshop objective and format – (5 min)
o Ethical part of the tool – (5 min)
o Legal part of the tool – (5 min)
• Interactive group work #1
o Ethical tool: exercise 1 of 2 – (10 min)
o Ethical tool: exercise 2 of 2 – (10 min)
o Ethical tool: presentation and discussion – (15 min)
o Legal tool: exercise – (20min)
o Legal tool: presentation and discussion – (15 min)
• Interactive group work #2 (after swap)
o Ethical tool: exercise 1 of 2 – (10 min)
o Ethical tool: exercise 2 of 2 – (10 min)
o Ethical tool: presentation and discussion – (15 min)
o Legal tool: exercise – (20 min)
o Legal tool: presentation and discussion – (15 min)
• Panel Q&A, feedback – (5 min)
The objective of the workshop is to test the tool for the ethical and legal
assessment of non-military drone design and deployment.

Organiser: Peter Novitzky

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
Success Stories - The new H2020 robotics projects in the SPARC strategy
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Don’t miss the official presentation of the new H2020 Robotics projects and their
contribution to the SPARC strategy!
In 90 minutes you will have the full overview of the newly selected 17 projects
and in the accompanying poster session you will have the opportunity to meet
with the project representatives for more in-depth information and developing
networks and synergies among projects and with the community as a whole.

Agenda:

1) Introduction and portfolio overview by the EC
2) Pitch from each Project representative in 3 slides, 4 minutes:
MY PROJECT WILL MAKE A CHANGE
-> AMBITION
-> APPROACH
-> IMPACT
3) Poster session in the exhibition (location tbd)
After getting the overview of all the projects, the participants are strongly
encouraged to discuss with the projects representatives at the poster session to
learn more about their projects and experience as participants in H2020 projects.

Organiser: Cécile Huet

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
Standardisation - Reproducibility in social robotics and HRI experiments
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The scope of this workshop is to bring together experts in social robotics and HRI
research areas in order to advance on the widely debated issue of reproducibility
of experiments, currently a tenet of scientific research. One of the main discussion
topic of the workshop is to what extent it is possible to compare experiments
that involve different solutions from differents labs, on different platforms, with
different groups of human users.

Organiser: Adriana Tapus

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
Neurorobotics - Introduction to the HBP Neurorobotics Platform
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Neurorobotics is quite a young discipline that applies insights from research in
computational neuroscience and medicine to robotics. The benefits from this
interdisciplinary approach are two-fold. On the one hand, robotics provides
embodiments that can be used to develop principles for and evaluate functional
neural circuits or even models of whole brains. On the other hand, robotics
research will also greatly benefit from neuroscience with respect to creating
adaptive and robust control and perception principles. To deal with this problem,
the Neurorobotics Platform (NRP) in the subproject “Neurorobotics” of the
Human Brain Project has been developed and released to the public earlier
this year. It provides access to state-of-the-art tools such as robot and brain
simulators, designers for creating experiments, environments, and brain and
robot models. Researchers can define and run closed-loop experiments in a webbased
application, running on high-performance clusters.
This workshop aims at presenting the topic of (virtual) neurorobotics, the related
research in the HBP, and the NRP research infrastructure to a broader audience
and gather recommendation, critique and general feedback from the participants.
This feedback will influence the further development to ultimately create a highly
valuable research infrastructure for the robotics and neuroscientific communities.

Agenda:

Alexander Kuhn: Neurorobotics: A strategic pillar of the
Human Brain Project
• Dr. Egidio Falotico: A comprehensive framework for connecting simulated
robots to artificial brains: The Neurorobotics Platform
• Susie Murphy: Using the Neurorobotics Platform to its full potential

Organiser: Alexander Kuhn

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE EH3 8EE
United Kingdom
 
Industrial - Teaching by Demonstration for Industrial Applications
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Although robots have brought remarkable efficiency gains to industrial
manufacturers, traditional industrial robots are heavily dependent on hard
automation that requires pre-specified fixtures and time-consuming programming
and reprogramming performed by experienced software engineers. Besides,
applications such as assembly have proven challenging to automate due to e.g.,
complex materials, precise grasping requirements, part variations, operations
requiring high precision, operations requiring special motions and wear and
tear of the assembly equipment. While robotic assembly does exist, it has only
been applied in a fraction of the potential cases. As a result, nowadays even
expensive products produced in fairly large volumes are still assembled manually
in low wage countries under harsh conditions. A potential solution to have a
smooth transition towards higher level of autonomy is to include human teachers
providing feedback through demonstration. The aim of the workshop is to connect
researchers from different backgrounds such as neuroscience (perception and
motor control) and robotics (perception, planning, control, learning and design)
in order to set the basis and define core open problems in this area. Furthermore,
we want to discuss advantages, limitations, challenges and progress of different
approaches pertaining to the workshop topic.

Agenda:

Naresh Marturi, Vision-guided state estimation of industrial robots.
• Daniel Braun, RobDREAM – Achieving decent performance for new robot
programming paradigms.
• Paolo Rocco, Accurate sensorless lead-through programming for lightweight
robots in structured environments.
• Aude Billard, It is as important to teach robots what to do, as what not to do!
• Carl Henrik Ek, Data driven learning in robotics.
• Yasemin Bekiroglu, SARAFun: Smart Assembly Robot with Advanced
Functionalities.
• Dimitrios Tzovaras, Developing systems with advanced perception, cognition,
and interaction capabilities for learning a robotic assembly in one day.
• Zoe Doulgeri, Teaching Assembly forces: The case of successful snap
assembly detection.
• Jacek Malec, You can only learn what you already know.
• Joseph Mclntyre, Understanding human motor skills as a key to teaching
robots through demonstration.
• Guilherme Maeda, Learning Interaction Primitives from Demonstration for
Future Industrial Applications.

Organiser: Yasemin Bekiroglu

 
Harsh Environments - Robotics for Nuclear Environments
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There are many problems that should be solved relevant to nuclear applications.
One main problem is nuclear cleanup which is potentially the biggest and most
impactful application for real-world service robots in the coming few years, with
huge societal importance. In UK alone, cleanup of legacy waste (accumulated
since 1950s) represents the largest environmental remediation project in the
whole of Europe, estimated to need £90-220 billion over next 100 years. 20-
40% of this work must be done by robots as the materials are too hazardous for
humans. Almost every kind of robotics is needed (grasping and manipulation,
vehicles, flying robots, snake-bots, SLAM, vision, often in highly unstructured
environments). We have successfully organized a workshop on a similar topic
last year for the first time which primarily focused on nuclear cleanup. We would
like to extend the discussions to address other relevant processes and tasks
in this domain in a second workshop such as monitoring, automation, human
involvement, required robotic setup in these extreme situations, as there is a
great need for development in this area. There will also be discussions on actual
achievements and gaps for future research.

Agenda:

Tony Pipe, The potential for different forms of safe Human-Robot teamwork
in nuclear decommissioning.
• Barry Lennox, Mobile Robots for Nuclear Decommissioning at Sellafield and
Fukushima.
• Jae-Hee Kim, Pole climbing robot working in complex pipe structures.
• Ladislav Vargovcikl, Examples of Robotic Liquidation of Metal and Sludge
RAW at the Decommissioning of NPPs.
• Rustam Stolkin, H2020 RoMaNS and related nuclear robotics projects.
• Joël Vanden Bosch, Example of use of Robotics for Nuclear High Level Cell
Decommissioning and Inspection of Offshore Assets.
• Ali Muhammad, Validation of Maintenance Operation for ITER Fusion
Reactor.
• Andrew Graham, Lasersnake 2: Snake-arm Robots for Nuclear Intervention
and Decommissioning.
• Matteo Zoppi, Robotized Sorting of Nuclear Waste Comprising Soft Items.
• Philippe Garrec, tba

Organiser: Yasemin Bekiroglu

 
Standardisation - Medico-surgicalrehab robots: safety, standards and regulatory issues
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This workshop scope is to bring together experts in medico-surgical-rehabilitation
robotics in order to discuss the ongoing issues regarding safety, to provide to the
participants insight in the ongoing standardization activities, and to collect their
live experience input for safety and standards, and regulatory issues, to criss
cross the different point of view to produce valuable inputs of the European
experts and projects for the standardization ISO working Groups.
The discussion shall include the many aspects related to safety in this robotics
area, the regulatory and legal aspects, the possible new approaches to risk
assessment, software quality, physical and non physical interfaces, human factors,
use cases.

Agenda:

Representative of IEC TC 62d committee on Medical Robot Safety
Representative of IEEE Standardization Association
Representative of Robotics lab U. of Bristol
Jan Veneman; Tecnalia, Spain; jan.veneman@tecnalia.com
Tamas Haidegger;Obuda University; haidegger@irob.uni-obuda.hu
Emanuele Lindo Secco; Liverpool Hope University, UK; seccoe@hope.ac.uk
• 30 minutes frontal presentations (6 presentations x 5 minutes)
• 30 minute split session in three groups on the three main specific areas of
interest emerged during the collective discussion.
• 30 minutes rendition ((wrap-up) session to present the theme/issue/
usecase, write the minutes and to plan the way ahead in exploiting the
results of the session including

Organiser: Tamas Haidegger

 
AICoR - AI & Robotics: Delivering platforms and integration tools
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Robotics is growing together (again) with recent developments in fields such
as AI, IoT, & Big Data. A catalyst in creating future impact could please the role
of tools and platforms to integrate these initiatives. The goal is to exploit results
across domains, foster the take-up of methods in either field of technology, and
speed up the process of creating new innovations. Eg. recent advances indicate
that the shift from knowledge to shared knowledge provides the tipping point
in achieving impact in robotics from AI and cognition. The intention of this
session is to identify who are the integrators of AI, robotics, and related fields;
to create ideas on how to facilitate links between research, integrators & the
take-up of results and developments; how can we identify existing solutions in
different areas and make them available for everybody; & how to create links
to other existing tools & domains such as in IoT or Big Data or other related
initiatives. 2. question that needs to be answered for the robotics community
is how to develop prototypes, real-life demonstrators, & pilot robotic systems
& how to exploit them to demonstrate the capabilities of smart robots and
potential use. The workshop exploits the experience of this year’s workshop
http://h2t-projects.webarchiv.kit.edu/ERF2016/ at ERF 2016.

14:00 - 14:10 - Goals of the workshop, procedure with brain walk and discussion
14:10 - 14:30 - Teaser presentations
• Mirko Bordignon (Fraunhofer IPA (D) / ROS-Industrial Europe)
• Michael Suppa (Roboception)
• Michael Beetz (U Bremen, D)
14:30 - 14:50 - Brain Walk
14:50 - 15:20 - Discussion
15:20 - 15:30 - Summary of discussion

Organiser: Markus Vincze

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
Success Stories - Step Change Results from FP7 Projects
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The objectives of the session are:
1) To demonstrate how the European Union investment through its programme
contributes to the field of Robotics.
2) To foster the dissemination and re-use of the projects results.
The format is different from a standard project presentation: each project will be
given about 10 minutes to pitch its unique contribution - what difference it has
made - and what concrete impact it will have - from the direct use of the project
results to future perspectives.
Each project will be presented by a tandem:
1) the coordinator (or representative) will pitch the project results, its unique
contribution to the technology (step change) and how the results will be exploited
and re-used, and possibly how the audience can build on them
2) each project was also asked to invite potential user(s) of their results, to present
how they will exploit the project results and their perspectives on the impact of
the project in their application domains

Agenda:

Introduction - EC (5’)
1) FUTURA (10’) - http://www.futuraproject.eu/
FOCUSED ULTRASOUND THERAPY USING ROBOTIC APPROACHES
2) PETROBOT (10’) - http://petrobotproject.eu/
USE CASES FOR INSPECTION ROBOTS OPENING UP THE OIL-, GAS- AND
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
3) sFly (10’) - http://www.sfly.org/
SWARM OF MICRO FLYING ROBOTS
4) SMErobotics (10’) - http://www.smerobotics.org/
THE EUROPEAN ROBOTICS INITIATIVE FOR STRENGTHENING THE
COMPETITIVENESS OF SMES IN MANUFACTURING BY INTEGRATING
ASPECTS OF COGNITIVE SYSTEMS
5) STRANDS (10’) - http://strands.acin.tuwien.ac.at/
SPATIO-TEMPORAL REPRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES FOR COGNITIVE
CONTROL IN LONG-TERM SCENARIOS
6) WEARHAP (10’) - http://www.wearhap.eu/
WEARABLE HAPTICS FOR HUMANS AND ROBOTS
7) Xperience (10’) - http://www.xperience.org/
ROBOTS BOOTSTRAPPED THROUGH LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
Discussion: Lessons learned - how to maximise the impact of EU projects?
nb: the name of the speakers are on the workshop website

Organiser: Cécile Huet

 
Industrial - 4th Workshop on Hybrid Production Systems (I)
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This workshop is dedicated to presenting the latest technologies, research
results facilitating Human Robot Collaboration (HRC) in an industrial setting, e.g.
Applications of augmented reality and wearables, Safety, Interaction, Planning,
Simulation, Tele-Operation, etc.
In the first quarter of the workshop early results from ongoing research projects
are introduced. Early results are characterized as being developed within the first
year of the project and as having been validated as a simple proof of concept in
the lab (TRL3). The purpose is to give the researcher/inventor feedback w.r.t. to
her/his results, e.g. potential enablers, multiplicators, restrictions, etc.
The second and third quarter of the workshop are dedicated respectively to
elaborating developed technologies (TRL 5/6) for intuitive and safe human robot
interaction, with a short interlope of actual industrial applications of HRC in
between. The purpose is to inform the community of emerging technologies that
may soon be available on the market.
Finally, the last quarter will be spent on discussing a joint technology report about
the technologies to be submitted to the EC, as part of the joint dissemination
effort of the Factories-of-the-Future Cluster on Human-Robot-Collaboration.

Agenda:

Early Results
• Loris Roveda (ITIA-CNR): Empowering humans in cooperative heavy parts
installation industrial applications
• Amedeo Cesta (ISTC-CNR): A new framework for human-aware planning:
integration of robot motion planning, task planning and scheduling
• Stefano Michieletto (University of Padova): People tracking in Industrial
Environments
Interaction Technologies
• Nils Andersson (EON Reality Inc.): Using holographic and Augmented
Reality techniques for Human/Computer collaboration –LIVE DEMO
• Dr. George Michalos (LMS, University of Patras): ROBO-PARTNER hybrid
assembly cell – novel communication & interaction mechanisms - LIVE
DEMO
• Dr. Fei Chen (IIT): Human and Robot Tele-operated Collaboration in
Industrial Assembly and Maintenance Scenario
• Arne Rönnau (FZI): CAD-2-Path: EuRoC - Intuitive Programming of Surface
Trajectories for Complex Objects
• Urko Esnaola (TECNALIA): Program Less, Setup Fast, Be Safe

Organiser: Ramez Awad

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
Innovation - IPR and patents training (I and II)
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The main scope is to provide training in IPR and patents with regards to the
specificities of robotics and related software. This kind of issues are mostly
unknown to researchers, scientists, startups, spinoffs, SMES. These issues shall
be considered since the beginning of any development for relevant choices of
design, licenses, foss etc that later on will surface as conflictual or detrimental for
exploitation.

Agenda:

Dimitrios Chrysostomou, Aalborg University, Denmark
Presentation: Introduction to the topics and scope of the workshop
Paolo Barattini. Kontor 46, Italy.
Presentation: Project, reserach, SME, also plan and tools for the workshop
Chris Holder, Lawyer, partner for Bristows LLP, UK, law and robotics expert.
Presentation: software, copyright patents
Matthew Howell, Patent Attorney, Partner for Withers and Rogers LLP. UK Expert
in electronics, telecommunications, computing and software.
Presentation: Two legal cases.
• 10:45 - 10:55 - initial level assessment questionnaire
• 10:55 - 11:10 - mind map free association warm up
• 11:10 - 11:40 - presentations
• 11:40 - 12:15 - practical exercises on use cases
• 12:15 - 14:00 - lunch break
• 14:00 - 14:30 - practical exercises on use cases
• 14:30 - 15:00 - rendition session groups presenting results and rationale
• 15:00 - 15:25 - discussion
• 15:25 - 15:30 - questionnaire to assess if the training was successful

Organiser: Dimitrios Chrysostomou

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
Space - iBOSS Workshop part 1: Space Robotics and Spacecraft design, production and operation
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Space Robotics, modular and reconfigurable satellite design as well as key
concepts of terrestrial robotics and Industry 4.0 principles go together very well.
This workshop aims at identifying synergetic effects in the joint development and
targets applications both in space and terrestrial sectors.
This workshop -consisting of two parts- will give SMEs and research institutions
the possibility, to contribute with their products (COTS, etc.), technology
developments and ideas to a building set based on the iBOSS concept (intelligent
Building Blocks for On-Orbit Satellite Servicing and Assembling). Those functional
building blocks (imagine Lego® in Space) can be combined to building block
chains fulfilling certain tasks in Space. Aim is to increase the degree of automation
in Space laying the foundation of efficient robotics brought from Earth into Space.
The iBOSS concept is developed for the Space sector but its systematics can be
transferred easily to terrestrial sectors which will be addressed in a presentation.

Agenda:

• 1 - Introduction and Workflow Outline by the Moderator + iBOSS Programme
Manager of German Aerospace Center DLR Space Administration (20 mins)
• 2 - Direct Poll: Interest + Opportunity Mapping (20 mins)
• 3 - Idea Generation by Participants/Groups (30mins)
• 4 - Discussion of Ideas and Harmonization of Results (15 mins)
• 5 - Summary of Output (5 mins)

Organiser: Joerg Kreisel

 
Health - Healthcare Topic Group cluster activities
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Healthcare is one of the major priorities in Europe. ICT and robotics are enablers
to address socioeconomic challenges such as the ageing of the population,
increase of Healthcare cost, prevention of disease and care at home. The TG is
highly involved in the elaboration of the MAR of SPARC PPP as well as in the
lighthouse project of SPARC. The workshop will present the actions undertaken
this year and the perspectives for the next years.
A structured debate will be organized about the next challenges for robotics in
Healthcare. The objective will be to identify target scenarios and technological
priorities representative of an ambition for robotics research in Healthcare for
2030 and the next 10 years after the h2020. The topics covered will include
laboratory and assistive, rehabilitation , and operating room robotic.
This workshop ambitions to involve the widest possible community of people
interested in Healthcare from end users to industries and researchers.

Agenda:

14h00 – 14h10 - Objectives of the workshop, actions of the TG in 2016, the
Lighthouse project Christophe Leroux
14h10 – 15h10
• Future visions of Healthcare from Italy, Germany, Spain, UK and France
(Alberto Sanna, Hassene Lareche, ...)
• Esther alliance convergence with SPARC (Patrick Boisseau)
15h10 - 15h30 - Roundtable identification of priorities related to robotics. Action
plan (all)

Organiser: Christophe Leroux

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
Industrial - Topic Group Industrial Robotics - Challenges and needs
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Industrial Robotics is one of the largest Topic Groups within SPARC and is viewed
within the SPARC community as one of the most important. This reflects on the
perceived importance of industry, manufacturing, and production in the EU.
Furthermore, a wide range of individual technologies and abilities (from other
TGs) are also addressed here, with an overarching goal of increasing the usage of
industrial robots in new industries and new applications.
The main tasks of the Topic Groups are to identify the current state of the art,
and explain and prioritize what needs to happen (i.e. what technologies and
abilities are needed) to reach future robotics goals. In this workshop we will seek
to foster this discussion and work towards defining our priorities. Some of the
main questions we will discuss include:
• What does industry need now and in the near future (technologies / abilities)?
• What are current barriers to more widespread robot usage?
• How relevant is AI for industrial robotics now and in the near future?
• Is human-robot safety still a challenge? Have all issues for collaborative robots
been solved from the industrial perspective? What issues remain open?

Agenda:

1) Short presentations by selected speakers (total time: 40 minutes)
• “What the automotive industry needs from robotics in the near future”: Gloria
Pellischek, Continental
• “FMCG companies approach & challenges to Robot Adoption”: Geoff Kerr,
Procter & Gamble
• “The future of aerospace through robotics”: Julie de Martres and Aurélie De
Luca, Thales Alenia Space
• “Robot machining: relevance for industry, needs, perspectives, technology”:
Enrico Villagrossi, CNR-ITIA
• “Beyond technical requirements on industrial robots - influences on human
beings”: Elisabeth Schärtl, KUKA
• “The ISO15066 is out, are all safety issues now answered?”: José Saenz,
Fraunhofer IFF
2) World Cafe Group Work with all workshop participants focusing on three
questions (total time 30 minutes):
• defining new applications,
• mapping technologies and abilities to these,
• prioritizing in order of importance
3) Presentation of the outcome by each table moderator (15 minutes)

Organiser: José Saenz

 
Social - Strategies for Deploying and Delivering Ethical, Sustainable and Acceptable Assistive Robotic Solutions
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Providing cost-effective and high-quality support for an ageing population is a
high priority issue. Assistive robots hold the promise of providing autonomous
assistive care solutions however there are considerable challenges in taking the
technology into the real world. In addition to technical challenges, key barriers
are costs, user acceptance, getting buy-in from health and social care and
service providers, safety, reliability and legal certification by regulatory bodies.
These challenges are complex and require creative solutions and responses.This
workshops brings together a multidisciplinary panel of experts, key stakeholders
in the Assistive Technologies domain such as care providers, deployment experts,
commercial developers and assistive roboticists. They will set the context,
examining strategies to address these barriers. This will enable workshop
participants to better understand the nature the barriers and identify solutions
for getting assistive robotics products and services to end-users. The aim is to
provide a unique experience to robotics’ researchers and SMEs’ in understanding
and discussing issues that will help them be more strategic in considering
and designing solutions that are more responsive to real-world deployment
demands, including commercial sustainability, emerging ethical, legal and social
requirements, policies and standards.

Agenda:

Workshop will be run as a Knowledge Cafe.
Speakers:
• Jackie Marshall-Cyrus, Director of Innovation Strategy
Needs of the Ageing Population – Social and Economic Issues
• Madeleine Starr, Director of Business Development and Innovation, CarersUK
Needs of Formal and Informal Carers – Training, Resources and Responsibilities
• Kerstin Dautenhahn, Prof of AI, Hertfordshire
Ethical and Social Issues concerning Assistive Robotics
• Dan Lyus, Director of Development, We Care and Repair UK
Deploying Sustainable Assistive Solutions
• Jobeda Ali, CEO, Three Sisters Care
Needs of Formal Carers and Customers - Social and Business Imperatives
• Stephen Hope, Business Development Manager and Teleco Consultant,
Docobo Ltd,
Developing Assistive Solutions – Imperative for Open Standards
• Nigel Harris, Director, Designability
Needs of the Ageing Population – Physical and Emotional Issues
Following brief talks an interactive session will explore questions raised and
strategies to address the issues.

Organiser: Praminda Caleb-Solly

 
Systems Engineering - Progress in Robot Modeling - Why Modeling is Crucial for Success
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Despite the recent progress in artificial intelligence and robot learning, modelling
of robotic systems is still important in particular for novel and safety critical
applications such as human robotic collaboration but also in view of the ecological
impacts of industrial robot applications.

Agenda:

• Arne Wahrburg: You cannot measure everything – On the importance of
models for estimation and prediction in robotics
• Justus Piater: Progress in Robot Learning - Is Modeling Crucial for Success?
• Mathias Brandstötter: Modeling the Workspace of General Serial Manipulators
• Martin Pfurner: Kinematic Modeling of Robots Using Algebraic Tools
• Andreas Müller: Model-Based Industrial Robotics: Motion Planning and
Control

Organiser: Andreas Müller

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St 150
EH3 8EE EH3 8EE
United Kingdom
 
Logistics - Robust and long term operation of robotics for Logistics
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This workshop is being organised by the euRobotics Topic Group for robots in
logistics and transport in close collaboration with consortium members of projects
STRANDS and Safelog. The main objective is to bring together researchers from
academia and industry, in order to discuss the major challenges and opportunities
for Robotics in Logistics and Transport
The workshop consist in two sections; Flash presentations from selected speakers
and a round table.
During the round table, we will discuss about content of presentations and
deployment of solutions outdoors or non structured environments.
In order to interactively engage the audience and to allow them to contribute
and share their view in a structured way, the workshop will use an online
voting tool, that participants will be using on their mobile devices (phone,
tablets, laptops) with a standard internet connection. Details can be found at https://github.com/marc-hanheide/QuickVote/wiki

Agenda:

Introduction
Invited contributions
• Martin Magnusson / Achim Lilienthal: (Univ. Örebro) “ILIAD Safe and Scalable
Fleets for Intralogistics in Shared Spaces”
• Tim Ensor (Tharsus) “Delivering promises – a tough job for robots in logistics?”
• Nick Hawes (Univ. Birmingham) ”Long-Term Autonomy for Logistics in
Dynamic Environments”
• Martin Davies (Guidance automation) “Robust robotics in human centric
industrial environments with collaborative navigation”
• Miroslav Kulich (Czech Tech. Univ. in Prague) “Planning for complex logistic
systems” - feasibility of RT algorithms for large-sized and real-world problems”
• Philip Nicolai (Swisslog) “Introducing collaborative robots to automate highly
monotonous tasks in intralogistics”
• Jesus Gonzalez (Eurecat) “LOGIMATIC: Port vehicle automation through tight
integration of GNSS and on-board“
• Markus Böhning (Sick) “Robust localisation of AGCs in dynamic logistics
environments”
Round Table: Robust and long term operation for logistics and transport

Organiser: Jesus Alfonso de la Riva

 
Miniaturised - Towards a European open platform on miniaturised robotics
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This workshop will be dedicated to build a European open platform on
miniaturised robotics, providing access to high-level technologies, software and
methods for both industry (especially SMEs) and academia. “platform” may as
well be understood as a definition of a set of interfaces, both for hardware and
software, in order to be able to combine all the different hardware components
(actuators, sensors), and software tools (for sensor data processing, control, and
automation) that are developed by academia and offered by SMEs on the market.
The platform will be multi-centric with specialisation on each member’s expertise.
Members of the platform can be companies or research laboratories.

Presentations of available facilities and needs in Europe:
• Albert Sill, OFFIS, Oldenburg, Germany
• Quan Zhou, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
• Arianna Menciassi, Biorobotics Institute, Pisa, Italy
• Michaël Gauthier, FEMTO-ST Institute, Besançon, France
• Samuel Charreyron, ETHZ, Zürich, Switzerland
• Pasi Kallio, TUT, Tempere, Finland
• Metin Sitti, Max Planck Institute, München, Germany
• Florent Cosandier, CSEM, Neuchatel, Switzerland
• David Hériban, Percipio Robotics, Besançon, France
• Sinan Haliyo, ISIR, Paris, France
• Yassine Haddab, LIRMM, Montpellier, France

Organiser: Nicolas Andreff

 
Competitions - European robotics competitions and challenges: status quo and lessons learned
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The H2020 Coordination and Support Action RockEU2, based on the legacy of
RoCKIn, euRathlon and EuRoC, includes among its objectives the identification
of directions to drive robotics competitions and challenges in EU, with particular
attention to the European Robotics League (ERL), and the preparation of related
specifications and roadmaps. A preliminary set of recommendations has been
recently proposed. The aim of this workshop will be to analyse the competitions
currently running within the ERL together with the EuRoC challenges, and discuss
their outcomes based on both the experiences of successful teams and the draft
recommendations (which will be sent to speakers before the event). With respect
to previous workshops, a significant space is reserved to teams active in current
competitions and challenges, and a panel discussion is scheduled, involving
relevant stakeholders for robotics in EU, in order to analyse whether suggested
recommendations and best practises are in place and to provide additional hints
for the expected roadmaps. In particular, the key topics of sustainability and
benchmarking in competitions will be discussed.

Organiser: Agostino De Santis

 
Health - Multidisciplinarity in Robotic Exoskeleton Technology
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The motivation behind the proposed special session is the growing need for
developing practical and multi-dimensional robotic exoskeletons for supporting
the human body and enhancing its motion capabilities. Such a vision requires
the scientific conjunction of multiple disciplines, while the formulation of such
multidisciplinary groups can ultimately guide technological novelty to new
horizons and impact society in radical ways.
The main objective of this special session will be to bring together the leading
research and industrial community in a) Biomechanics, b) Control Engineering,
c) Machine Learning, d) Neurorehabilitation, e) Safety/Physio-Ergonomy, for
discussing the recent developments, trends, challenges and concepts on assistive
exoskeleton technology. Via the brainstorming of new ways of interconnecting
different scientific and technological backgrounds for the conceptualization of
multi-purpose exoskeletal appliances, the final outcome of this workshop will
be the roadmap for future actions and collaborations in robotic exoskeleton
technology.

Agenda:

• 00:00 - 00:05 - Introduction by the moderators
• 00:05 - 00:20 - Short statement presentations by selected participants
• 00:20 - 01:10 - Round-table brainstorming discussions
• 01:10 - 01:25 - Presentation of the outcome by the moderators
• 01:25 - 01:30 - Concluding discussion on planned follow-up
This workshop will give more emphasis on an interactive networking via roundtable
discussions and brainstorming, rather than following a classic presentationbased
schedule. Only short statements are going to be provided at the beginning
of the Agenda, but the names of those presenters are yet to be decided.

Organiser: George Nikolakopoulos

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St, 150, 150 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
Standardisation - Standards and Standardisation for Robots
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Safety standards reduce the legal risks for manufacturers and enable the
development of new, innovative robotic products. Additional standards, e.g.
for performance measurement and interoperability foster a sustainable market
growth. Despite the great importance of standards and standardisation the
awareness of standards and the willingness to participate in standardisation is
rather low in the European robotics community.
This workshop, organized by the Topic Group Standardisation and the H2020
coordination action RockEU 2 has the intention to raise the awareness of
standards and show up ways to contribute to standardisation on a national and
international level. In an open discussion, issues that hinder an active participation
are identified and the need for new standards in additional domains is discussed.

Agenda:

• 8:30 – 8:55 - Theo Jacobs: Overview of standardisation projects in ISO TC
299 and other regulation
• 8:55 – 9:20 - Paolo Barattini: The Topic Group Standardisation and its
current and future work
• 9:20 – 9:55 - Open discussion
• 9:55 – 10:00 - Wrap up

Organiser: Theo Jacobs

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St, 150, 150 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
Innovation - Development & Learning from Technology Transfer Initiatives Towards Digital Innovation Hubs
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Whilst the EU, national and regional areas have set up technology transfer
networks and projects, there has to date been little attempt at sharing best
practice across projects clusters and networks. The aim of this session is to present
some of the projects and techniques used across Europe in an effort to share
best practice. Further, the session will aim to develop an understanding of best
practice, techniques, methodologies and pitfalls to avoid by asking participants
to share their experiences so that a comprehensive guide can be created.

Agenda:

• Introduction to the session
• Introduction to Digital Innovation Hubs
• Technology Transfer Approach in ECHORD++ (TBC)
• Technology Transfer Approach in ROBOTT-NET
• Technology Transfer Approach in HORSE (TBC)
• Technology Transfer in the Odense Robotics cluster
• Brainstorming Session Introduction
• Brainstorming (five minutes per base)
• Feedback from bases & Closing Remarks

Organiser: Jeremy Hadall

 
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Morrison St, 150 150
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 
AICoR - Combining IoT, robotics and AI: where is the added value, where are the challenges?
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The IoT (Internet of Things) and Robotics communities have produced highly
complementary approaches that have so far been driven by different objectives,
one focused on enabling pervasive sensing and interoperability, the other on
producing action and interaction. It is increasingly claimed that the integration
of results from the two communities will bring a strong added value to both, and
that AI and cognition are key enablers for this integration. Before we engage into
a serious integration effort, we need to be more precise both about the added
value and about the needed enablers. This session will discuss these questions.
In order to do so, we will bring experts from the communities of AI, Robotics and
of the IoT, as well as representatives from industry, finance, policy, research and
end-users, in a highly interactive workshop. The outcome of this session will be
the seeds for a roadmap for integrated IoT, Robotics and AI.

00:00 - 00:05 - Introduction
• 00:05 - 00:10 - Statement from the commission
• 00:10 - 00:30 - 1st round short statement presentations by selected
participants - added value of robotics for IoT
• 00:30 - 00:50 - 2st round short statement presentations by selected
participants - added value of IoT for robotics
• 00:50 - 01:20 - Round table brainstorming discussions
• 01:20 - 01:30 - Concluding discussion and summing-up
Speakers will include:
• Cécile Huet, Deputy Head of the Unit Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
• Alessandro Saffiotti, Örebro University
• Ovidiu Vermesan, SINTEF ICT
• Pieter Simoens, Ghent University - imec
• Amit Kumar Pandey, SoftBank Robotics (formerly Aldebaran Robotics)
• Filippo Cavallo, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
• Christian Verbrugge, Kuka
• Anastasia Garbi, Eurodyn

Organiser: Mauro Dragone