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ISR - 52nd International Symposium on Robotics December 09-10, 2020 - Online-Event

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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Anna Valente, SUPSI Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland)

"Autonomous Robots in Manufacturing: Challenges and Trends"

"Autonomous Robots in Manufacturing: Challenges and Trends"

Anna Valente is a Professor of Industrial Robotics. She got a PhD in Manufacturing Technologies and Production Systems at the Politecnico di Milano and a Post-doctorate in interoperability for adaptive factories from UBath, UK. Since 2006, she has been working in cooperation with big research institutions and industrial stakeholders operating in the manufacturing value chain. She is currently Head of the Laboratory for Automation, Robots and Machines with SUPSI-DTI-ISTePS where the core research deals with the design, engineering and prototyping up to TRL 7 industrial solutions integrating advanced process chains to realize high value added products.  She is the author of two books and more than 100 papers on system (re)configuration, robotics and control platforms. She is an associate member of CIRP - The International Academy for Production Engineering and an expert of the Innosuisse Agency. Since 2012 she has been coordinating several European Funded Projects under FP7 and H2020 Frameworks and recently was awarded with the Woman-Led Innovation and the Grand Prix for Innovation from European Commission. Since 2020, she is member of the Swiss Science Council. 


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Prof. Dr. Alin Albu-Schäffer - Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (Germany)

"Service Robotics: From Space to Industrial Manufacturing and Healthcare"

Alin Albu-Schäffer

"Service Robotics: From Space to Industrial Manufacturing and Healthcare"

Alin Albu-Schäffer received his M.S. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Timisoara, Romania in 1993 and his Ph.D. in automatic control from the Technical University of Munich in 2002. Since 2012 he is the head of the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which he joined in 1995 as a Ph.D. candidate. Moreover, he is a professor at the Technical University of Munich, holding the Chair for "Sensor Based Robotic Systems and Intelligent Assistance Systems" at the Computer Science Department. His personal research interests include robot design, modeling and control, nonlinear control, flexible joint and variable compliance robots, impedance and force control, physical human-robot interaction, bio-inspired robot design and control. He received several awards, including the IEEE King-Sun Fu Best Paper Award of the Transactions on Robotics in 2012 and 2014; several ICRA and IROS Best Paper Awards as well as the DLR Science Award. He was strongly involved in the development of the DLR light-weight robot and its commercialization through technology transfer to KUKA.

Carl Doeksen - Global Robotics & Automation Leader | 3M (USA)

"3M’s Automation Journey: Driving Growth & Productivity for our customers"

"3M’s Automation Journey: Driving Growth & Productivity for our customers"

Carl Doeksen is the Global Robotics & Automation Leader of the 3M Abrasive Systems Division at 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, MN where he leads teams to accelerate full-robotic, and fixed automation, solutions for 3M’s industrial customers around the world. Prior to joining 3M, he spent 4 years at Honeywell’s Sensors & Signal Processing Laboratory. Mr. Doeksen  has a BS in Finance from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (DMAIC and DFSS).  Moreover, he has held multiple International Leadership positions for 3M (UK, DE, CN) and has spent most of his career in international operations. He’s active in the Robotics Industry, serving on the Board of Directors of the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) as well as the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) Marcom Committee.


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Prof. Dr. Carme Torras Genís - Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (Spain)

"Assistive Robotics: AI Challenges and Ethics Education based on Science Fiction"

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"Assistive Robotics: AI Challenges and Ethics Education based on Science Fiction"

Carme Torras is Research Professor at the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (CSIC-UPC) in Barcelona, where she leads a research group on assistive and collaborative robotics. She received M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Barcelona and the University of Massachusetts, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Prof. Torras has published six research books and about three hundred papers in robotics, machine learning, geometric reasoning, and neurocomputing. She has supervised 19 PhD theses and led 16 European projects, the latest being her ERC Advanced Grant project CLOTHILDE – Cloth manipulation learning from demonstrations. Prof. Torras is IEEE and EurAI Fellow, member of Academia Europaea and the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona. She has served as Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and as Vice-president for Publications in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Convinced that science fiction can help promote ethics in AI and robotics, one of her novels - winner of the Pedrolo and Ictineu awards - has been translated into English with the title The Vestigial Heart (MIT Press, 2018) and published together with online materials to teach a course on “Ethics in Social Robotics and AI”, which are being used in several universities worldwide.

Dr. Andrew A. Goldenberg - University of Toronto (Canada)

"Bridging Between AI and Robotics for Business and Product Development"

"Bridging Between AI and Robotics for Business and Product Development"

Dr. Goldenberg is the founder of the field of Robotics at University of Toronto where he has been since 1982 as a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, cross appointed in the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, and in the Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently a Professor Emeritus. Dr. Goldenberg is also an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University and Guest Professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, P.R. China. Dr. Goldenberg has supervised to-date the largest number of graduate students in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (46 PhD and 64 MASc). 

Dr. Goldenberg is the founder and President of Engineering Services Inc. (ESI) - www.esit.com, established in 1982. ESI is a high-technology company involved in the development of robotics-based automation and technology. Dr. Goldenberg is a former editor of the archival international journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, and a member of the editorial boards of Robotica, Robotics in Japan, Journal of Robotics, Robotics Journal, Scientific World Journal, Industrial Engineering and Management Journal, SOJ Robotics and Automation and International Journal of Automation and Computing.

ISR 2020 Program overview

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KUKA AG - Andreas Knöpfle, Markus Hollfelder-Asam

“The heartbeat of future production meets maximum performance in a streamlined design: KUKA's new KR C5 robot controller and new KR CYBERTECH nano robot”

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“The heartbeat of future production meets maximum performance in a streamlined design: KUKA's new KR C5 robot controller and new KR CYBERTECH nano robot”

KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around EUR 3.2 billion and around 14,000 employees. The KUKA Group is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany.  As a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions KUKA offers its customers everything from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their networking in markets such as automotive, electronics, general industry, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare.

www.kuka.com
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Wandelbots GmbH - Christian Piechnick

"No-Code Robotics – Why we will need more Teachers than Programmers"

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"No-Code Robotics – Why we will need more Teachers than Programmers"

Wandelbots is a company from Dresden, which has set itself the goal to democratize the robotics industry. Wandelbots' products enable everyone to teach robots quickly, easily and cost-effectively - without any technical expertise or programming skills. Thanks to Wandelbots revolutionary TracePen the use of industrial robots has never been easier. The user performs the activity the robot is supposed to learn in an exemplary manner, with a wireless pen in his hand. The robot's movements are recorded in real time in space and the intelligent software converts them into automation scripts for robots - regardless of their platform. Thanks to interchangeable tips, the technology can be used flexibly for various applications, such as deburring, pick & place, gluing or welding. Designed as a complete solution, the TracePen already contains all components required by the user. This also includes a tablet with an app as an intuitive user interface that guides the user in five simple steps from setup to immediately executable, manufacturer-specific code. 

www.wandelbots.com
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FANUC Deutschland GmbH - Manuel Ebner

"A new era of factory automation – Solutions for high accuracy and human-robot collaboration"

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"A new era of factory automation – Solutions for high accuracy and human-robot collaboration"

The FANUC Corporation is one of the worldwide leaders in factory automation for CNC control systems, robots and production machinery (ROBODRILL, ROBOCUT,ROBOSHOT and ROBONANO). Since 1956, FANUC is the pioneer in the development of numerically controlled machines in the automation industry. With more than 264 FANUC subsidiaries worldwide and more than 7,000 employees, FANUC offers a dense network in sales, technical support, research & development, logistics and customer service.


www.fanuc.eu
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Kawasaki Robotics GmbH - Daniel Tillmann

“Robotics for SMEs: How much automation do small companies need?”

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“Robotics for SMEs: How much automation do small companies need?”

Kawasaki Robotics, with its EMEA headquarters in Neuss, Germany, is a leading global supplier of industrial robots covering a wide range of applications around the world. With 50 years of robot experience and an extensive portfolio, Kawasaki supplies robots for all industries from Semicon to Automotive.


www.robotics.kawasaki.com
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YASKAWA Europe GmbH - Dr. Michael Klos

"How to teach Robots – A Guideline through today’s Variety of Robot Programming Methods"

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"How to teach Robots – A Guideline through today’s Variety of Robot Programming Methods"

With annual sales of 480 billion yen (approximately 3.8 billion euro), Yaskawa is a global technology supplier in the area of robotics, drive and control technology, as well as of solutions in the energy sector. Founded in Japan in 1915, Yaskawa has practiced the same philosophy for over 100 years, i.e. to deliver products of the highest quality, and in doing so has established itself at the top of the global market. Throughout this time, Yaskawa has evolved from a motor producer to an automation provider and finally, by way of the Industry 4.0 concept i3 mechatronics, to a solution provider.

Yaskawa’s business activities comprise the areas of robotics (MOTOMAN industrial robots, robot systems), drives (GA700 inverter drives), motion control (Sigma-7 servo drives, servo motors, machine controllers), system engineering (generators and converters) as well as information technology (software-based products). Since 2012, Yaskawa’s portfolio has also included control technology, visualization systems and chip solutions from the former VIPA GmbH in Herzogenaurach. The merger was legally finalized in October 2019, when the Profichip brand became a separate product division at Yaskawa known as “Profichip Embedded Solutions.” In October 2014, Yaskawa also acquired The Switch Engineering Ltd., operating in the sectors of wind, marine, and turbo/industrial applications. Yaskawa is thus one of the few companies in the world able to offer components and solutions for virtually all sectors from a single source.


www.yaskawa.eu.com
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HAHN Automation GmbH - Peter Faulhaber

"Production made easy - how SmartSolutions take Automation to a new level"

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"Production made easy - how SmartSolutions take Automation to a new level"

HAHN Automation is a global operating special machine manufacturer and develops innovative solutions for the automation of assembly and testing processes. Through many years of experience, innovative developments and high quality awareness HAHN Automation has developed into a worldwide leading mechanical engineering company.  With own production sites in China, Germany, Great Britain, Croatia, Mexico, Austria, Czech Republic and the USA, HAHN Automation currently employs more than 800 people at 12 locations.


www.hahnautomation.com
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Photoneo - Dr. Svorad Stolc

"Robotic Vision demonstrated by case studies - See the future of automation"

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"Robotic Vision demonstrated by case studies - See the future of automation"

Photoneo is a leading provider of robotic vision and intelligence. It was founded in 2013 with the mission to give robots eyes and a brain to understand their environments. The main goal is to automate monotonous and risky tasks by employing vision-guided robots.

Photoneo is headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia, with branch offices in the USA and China. Currently, it has more than 140 employees.

The flagship product is a 3D camera for scanning in rapid motion, based on a patented “Parallel Structured Light” technology. The product portfolio extends to 3D scanners for scanning static scenes, autonomous mobile robot,s and a solution for automated creation of 3D models. The list concludes with CAD-based SW as well as machine learning-driven solution for bin picking applications.

The main applications range from bin-picking in manufacturing and logistics through object sorting to quality control and metrology. The target industries include automotive, e-commerce, food, and medical.



www.photoneo.com
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Universal Robots (Germany) GmbH - Andrea Alboni

"UR+ Application Kits – removing barriers for industrial automation"

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"UR+ Application Kits – removing barriers for industrial automation"

Universal Robots has reinvented industrial robotics by introducing collaborative robots (cobots) to the market in 2005. The company is producing flexible and cost effective lightweight robotic arms, enabling collaborative and safe working with humans. The e-Series cobots from Universal Robots can optimize production plants of all industries and sizes due to it’s easy programming and flexible deployment. The Danish company has taken the world by storm offering these user-friendly and affordable cobots which lower the barrier enabling automation in areas previously considered too complex or costly. Since the first collaborative robot (cobot) was launched the company has experienced considerable growth offering their cobots worldwide. Universal Robots, which is a part of Teradyne Inc., is headquartered in Odense, Denmark, and has subsidiaries and regional offices around the globe.

 


www.universal-robots.com
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Wipro - Hemachandra Bhat

"How IT and OT integration can help you in managing your shopfloor better?"

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"How IT and OT integration can help you in managing your shopfloor better?"

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 175,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future

www.wipro.com

IERA Award Session

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1st Finalist: Enrico Krog Iversen (OnRobot)

"Intelligent RG2-FT gripper"

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"Intelligent RG2-FT gripper"

Robot with fingertip sensibility like humans

“The gripper RG2-FT has the same fingertip sensibility as a human hand,” said Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of the Danish collaborative application company OnRobot. “Our gripper thus handles very delicate work pieces, such as thin glass or medical testing samples - even without knowing the exact location in a box.” To do this, the RG2-FT uses advanced proximity and force-torque sensors. The way it works can be compared to humans picking up a pencil with closed eyes: Proximity sensors “feel” the object until the grip is perfect – substituting the human eye. The gripper then doses its force precisely: It picks up the object, safely passes it on to humans, knowing to let go when handing over.


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2nd Finalist: Dr. Svorad Stolc (Photoneo)

"MotionCam-3D"

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"MotionCam-3D"

Eyes for robots that spot submillimeters

„MotionCam-3D gives eyes to robots with the highest resolution and accuracy in the world,“ said Jan Zizka, CEO of Bratislava-based maker Photoneo. „Our camera is able to inspect objects moving as fast as 140 kilometres per hour. Its qualities are useful in various fields: e.g. in e‑commerce and logistics, for object sorting and autonomous delivery systems. The camera also helps in food processing and waste sorting as well as harvesting in agriculture. Thanks to accurate machine vision, robots can also analyse objects with high resolution images, which is important in quality control.“


Poster Session

TitleAuthorsTopic
"Quasi-static loaded circular testing of serial articulated industrial manipulators"Nikolas Alexander Theissen; Arian Hosseini; Monica Gonzalez; Andreas Archenti Nikolas Alexander Theissen, Arian Hosseini, Monica Gonzalez and Andreas Archenti (KTH Royal Institute)Robotics in New Markets & Applications
"Robot programming system for human-robot cooperation and collaboration"Julia Berg (Fraunhofer IGCV, Germany); Johannes Schilp (University of Augsburg, Germany)Robotics in Production / Industrial Robots
"Multi-modal Visual Withdrawal Detection for Inventory Management on a Robotic Care Cart"Jochen Lindermayr; Cagatay Odabasi (Fraunhofer IPA, Germany); Timur Alexander Wohlleber (Universität Stuttgart, Germany); Birgit Graf (Fraunhofer IPA, Germany)Robotics in Service / Mobile Robotics
"Can knowledge-based offline-programming compensate for the lack of welding specialists?"Jobst Bickendorf (Autocam Informationstechnik GmbH, Germany)Robotics in Production / Industrial Robots
"A Pendulum Apparatus to Evaluate Unconstrained Human-Robot Contact"Harald Staab (ABB AG, Germany); Bjoern Matthias (ABB AG Corporate Research, Germany); Christoph Byner (ABB AG, Germany)Human-robot-collaboration / Future of work
"Structure of an Industry 4.0 Compliant Architecture Component for the Development of Simulation-based"Marc Priggemeyer (RWTH Aachen University, Germany); Juergen Rossmann (Technical University of Aachen, Germany)Robotics in Production / Industrial Robots


Symposium Topics

1. Modeling, Planning and Control

  • Mechanisms and kinematics
  • Calibration and identification
  • Theoretical foundations

2. Components and Technologies

  • Vision / tactile / auditory sensors
  • Visual serving and tracking
  • Actuators and controllers
  • Virtual Commissioning
  • Robot end-effectors / robot infrastructure

3. Robotics in Production

  • Industrial Robots Assembly, handling, painting, machining, processing, logistics etc. 
  • Robot programming and languages Intelligent manufacturing systems
  • New applications
  • Matrix Production
  • Digital Twin
  • Open Source Software
  • OPC UA

4. Robotics in Service

  • Mobile Robotics
  • Home and office robotics
  • Service robotics for professional services Rescue / surveillance / security / defence robotics
  • Assistance / rehabilitation / medical robotics
  • Educational and entertainment robotics
  • Exploration / space / aerial / underwater robotics

5. Robotics in New Markets & Applications

  • Food / pharmaceutical / biology robotics
  • Micro / nano robotics
  • Cognitive robotics / learning and adaptive systems / network and ubiquitous robotics Biologically inspired robotics: humanoids /
  • biomimetics / legged robots
  • Platform economy

6. Human-robot-collaboration / Future of work

  • Standards / safety / profitability / ergonomics / socio-economics / industrial engineering
  • Industrial papers related to applications and case studies are welcome
  • Safe human-robot-collaboration

7. AI in Robotics – Robotic Applications that use AI

  • Autonomous Robots,
  • Machine Vision,
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Probabilistic Reasoning,
  • Estimation, Decision

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