Thomas Almdal

is head of the DTI Lab for Advanced Robot Safety and project manager of the H2020 project COVR.

Title of the talk:
Enabling technologies for industrial Human Robot Collaboration

Short abstract:
In this talk we focus on the current industrial state of some of the core technologies required to successfully develop True Non-Expert Teaching in the robotics domain. We discuss the need for intelligent modules in an automated production such that humans in the production are enhanced through technology. We present some of the success stories we have seen in the past years, illustrated though a set of concrete use cases.

Additionally, we discuss the current state of instructing, configuring and programming of new automation processes, we touch upon the future need from, and expectations towards, academia.

Finally, we illustrate the gap between Academia and industry and highlight the issue of not enabling the value-chain to benefit from state-of-the-art technology.


Jacek Malec
is working as a full professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Lund


Title of the talk 
End-user instruction of assembly tasks, first lessons

Short abstract:
Teaching a two-handed collaborative robot an assembly tasks may be challenging. In order to simplify it we propose a tool that makes some of the intricacies of the process easier to overcome by non-experienced users. Our studies have shown that dealing with references (points, objects or coordinate systems) is one major source of programming errors. We provide a straightforward support for this. Another provided feature is geometrical transformations obvious to humans (like „mirror this movement“) but usually not available in the program repertoire. I will discuss some of such helpful features making end-user instruction possible.



Walter Wohlkinger
is the Co-Founder and CEO of Blue Danube Robotics.

Title of the talk
From safe industrial robots to safe applications everywhere

Short abstract:
The range of cobot applications is increasing rapidly. Cobots are exceeding initial expectations in terms of payload, speed, usability/operational concept and variety of robot models.

Practical experience shows a lack of genuine collaborative applications, as the majority of applications is aiming towards fenceless cooperation between humans and robots in a shared workspace.

Within this spectrum of cobot applications we find industrial robots with a payload of 150 kg as well as cycle time optimized lightweight cobots. These applications have in common that they rely on holistic safety solutions in order to be collaborative. Such solutions integrate gripper, work piece, flange, sensors, cables as well as control elements and simplify risk assessment.



Kathleen Delang
is working in the Department of Robotics and Assembling technologies at Fraunhofer IWU since January 2016.

Title of the talk
From operators to management: Introducing Smart Robots means training for everyone

Short abstract:
As customer requirements are getting more and more complex there is a significant demand of trainings for all participants of the topic Smart Robotics. It starts with the requirements analysis where responsible persons from engineers to management have to be sensitized for today’s possibilities of Smart Robots and is an ongoing process to the operators working next to the robots every single day. Fraunhofer has developed several tools to support involved parties as gesture guiding for set-up, VR-based trainings for operators or special teaching programs for planning engineers to develop Human-Robot-Interaction applications. The presentation will give an overview about needed trainings and their requirements to bridge the gap between science and industrial applications.


Mildred Puerto Coy

is working as Project Manager at Tecnalia for Advanced Manufacturing


Title of the talk
Teaching methodologies for flexible robotic cells

Short abstract
Automation and digital technologies combination could be the solution to obtain a useful tool for SMEs and finally convince them to use robots. A robot should be a versatile tool, being possible to use by technical people without being experts also in robot programming. The easy programming, programming by demonstration and the programming based on capabilities is being used in Tecnalia to increase the usability of flexible robotic cells. A clear path to support flexible robotics is being followed and during the last years it has been adapted to the acceptance of some of our technical proposals or eliminating approaches not mature or usable enough.


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