Let’s turn robot systems into robot solutions

Welcome to the European Robotics Forum 2022, Rotterdam

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the European Robotics Forum 2022 in one modern, easily reachable, spectacular city: Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The European Robotics Forum 2022 (ERF2022), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held from 22 – 24 March 2022 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The ERF2022 covers all aspects and current themes related to the field of robotics. Researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and public funding officers from all over Europe come together to discuss technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics and robotics-related AI can be accelerated.

The Netherlands is a highly international country with a history of commerce and trading, and nowadays one of the most innovative countries of the world with companies like Philips and ASML (world leader in lithographic machines), VanderLande (global market leader for future proof logistic process automation at airports, the parcel market and  leading supplier of process automation solutions for warehouses) and Lely (world leader in  milking robots). This small country is one of the few countries in the world with an organized robotics sector.  With a broad array of high-quality universities, both academic and applied sciences, The Netherlands has created a unique Triple-Helix structure in which public authorities, entrepreneurs and the education sector are working well together. Living labs, High-Tech companies that invest in smaller companies and strong emerging sectors, together with our strength in system-thinking and -integration, and our capacity to use our unique knowledge makes the Netherlands a perfect place for the 2022 European Robotics Forum.

Scope ERF2022

The European Robotics Forum (ERF) is a 3-day event and one of the most influential event for the robotics and artificial intelligence community in Europe. It is the meeting point for engineers, academics, entrepreneurs, investors, as well as end-users and policy makers in the field of robotics from all over Europe and beyond.

Theme

This year’s overarching theme will be ‘Sustainability’ in the broadest sense of the word. In 4 plenary sessions divided over the 3 days, high level speakers from industry, knowledge institutes and government will share their vision on the following topics;

  • Sustainable Science related to Climate change; How Robotics could impact climate change
  • Self-sustaining networks; Working  together to boost competitiveness, societal wellbeing and environmental aspects
  • How Sustainable integration of technology can lead to future proof adaptation and mitigation in society (ELS)
  • Sustainable education: How re-thinking engineering education, quality education and lifelong learning opportunities contribute to sustainable education

 

Programme

The organization of ERF2022 aims in providing an interdisciplinary platform for their delegates, and present and discuss the latest developments in European markets and innovations, future developments, strategies, challenges, and tactics in the field of Robotics via an interactive workshop programme.
This 13th edition an extra academic track is added to the interactive workshop programme with interesting  keynotes on relevant topics and poster sessions with a focus on late breaking results.

Our 2400m2 exhibition floor will provide exhibitors and sponsors an unique opportunity to interact with the delegates during breaks. Side activities (such as a hackathon, pitch sessions, etc.) will provide extra liveliness on the exhibition floor.

Healthy Conference

Conferences and meetings are usually thought of as sedentary events, as they require attendees to spend hours sitting down in enclosed spaces and listing. The organization of ERF2022  makes significant effort to create an interesting and  memorable event, not only from the content/programme perspective, but also from a health and well-being perspective.

Background

The European Robotics Forum 2022 (ERF2022), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, started in San Sebastian in 2010 and has grown into a major annual event with many hundreds of attendees every year. This top notch forum covers all aspects and current themes related to the field of robotics. Researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and public funding officers from all over Europe come together to discuss technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics and robotics-related AI can be accelerated.

The European Robotics Forum is an initiative of euRobotics in cooperation with a local co-host.  euRobotics aisbl (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif) is a Brussels based international non-profit association for all stakeholders in European robotics. It aims to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness and to ensure industrial leadership of manufacturers, providers and end-users of robotics technology-based systems and services.

The objectives of euRobotics are to boost European robotics research, development and innovation, and to foster a positive perception of robotics. It aims at:

  • strengthening competitiveness and ensuring industrial leadership of manufacturers, providers, and end users of robotics technology-based systems and services;
  • the widest and best uptake of robotics technologies and services for professional and private use;
  • the excellence of the science base of European robotics.

euRobotics builds upon the success of the European Robotics Technology Platform (EUROP) and the academic network of EURON, leading towards the establishment of one sustainable organisation for the entire European robotics community. The association has been nurtured by the partners of euRobotics, a Coordination Action funded by the EC under FP7 which started in 2010 and ended in December 2012. Since 2014, euRobotics collaborates with the European Commission in the Public-Private Partnership SPARC under Horizon2020 to develop and implement a strategy and a road-map for research, technological development and innovation in robotics.

Currenty (2020), euRobotics engages in the preparation of the envisaged partnership on AI, Data and Robotics (ARDA) in the Horizon Europe programme (2021-2027).

Committee ERF2022

PROGRAM & CHAIR

Stefano Stramigioli received the M.Sc. with honors (cum laude) in 1992 from the University of Bologn and the Ph.D with honors (cum laude) from the Delft University of Technology in 1998. Since then he has been faculty member and he is currently full professor of Advanced Robotics and chair of the Robotics and Mechatronics Lab of the University of Twente.

He has been an officer of IEEE Robotics and Automation for many years and he is a IEEE Fellow. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Springer Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics and he has been the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine. He has been an AdCom member for IEEE RAS and Vice President for Membership of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for two consecutive terms. He is currently the Vice President for Research of euRobotics, the association also representing the private side of the PPP called SPARC with the European Commission, the biggest civil robotic program of the world (2.7 bE).
He has been a member of the ESA Topical Team on Dynamics of Prehension in Micro-gravity and its application to Robotics and Prosthetics. He is involved in different projects related to Medical Robotics, Inspection and services and more. Among others, he has been the recipient of the ERF tech-transfer award 2006 with the project Robird together with Clear Flight Solutions, the IEEE RAL best paper award 2017 and the Hamlyn awards for best design and video in 2016 and 2017.

FINANCE & CO-CHAIR

Jan Broenink is Associate Professor of Embedded Control Systems at the Robotics and Mechatronics group of the faculty EEMCS at the University of Twente. His current research interests are on cyber-physical systems, embedded control systems (realization of control schemes on mostly networked computers) and software architectures for robotics. For that, he is interested in: model-driven design and meta-modeling of robot software architectures; designing software tools including (co)-simulation; concurrent and systems engineering. Since July 2017 he is chairman of the Robotics and Mechatronics group, together with prof. Stefano Stramigioli.

PROJECT LEADER

Inge is an enthusiastic event and project manager that is specialized in organizing and managing both small and large scientific events and projects. With over 15 years of experience, Inge is well-known within the academic environment, High Tech industry and government for her systematic and consistent manner of working, her leadership & planning skills and her extended network. She has longstanding, hands-on expertise in the (Scientific) coordination and project management of large marketing and communication projects such as EU Framework projects.

Inge is equipped with knowledge and skills needed to understand the purpose of your event or project and is responsible to coordinate all the details efficiently and effectively to best support that purpose. Inge is a connector ‘pur sang’, who likes to make sure that content and implementation within events and projects are aligned to the max.

SPONSORING / EXHIBITION

Nico is an entrepreneur with an original background in Applied Physics. He founded his first high tech company, Clear Flight Solutions, in 2012 and among other things he co-initiated the Space53 Foundation in 2015.

Nowadays, next to his direct involvement in several companies, he is mainly active in coaching new high-tech spin-offs of the University of Twente, and leads the Thematic Technology Transfer Smart Systems program of the 4TU federation and TNO. 

FINANCE

Iddo is business director at the Digital Society Institute (former CTIT) of the University of Twente (UT), one of the largest academic IT research institutes in Europe with over 450 researchers working together on present-day technological, economic and social challenges. Since 2017, Iddo is also program manager for all robotics activities at the UT, with participation of technical groups (electrical & mechanical engineering, computer science) and groups from behavioral, management and social sciences (ethics, philosophy, legislation). Being responsible for the knowledge transfer activities of the institute, Iddo is heavily involved in the creation of high-tech spin-off companies. He is member of the Advisory Board of Technology Circle Twente, a network of more than 190 high-tech SMEs.

Next to his main job, Iddo was Business Director at DesignLab Twente, a creative and cross-disciplinary ecosystem connecting science and society through design. As one of the initiators of EIT Digital, Iddo was responsable for setting-up it’s action line New Business Creation. Iddo was also business director of the consortium BrainGain (Brain-Computer Interfaces).

Prior to these positions, Iddo was business director at the UT Institute for Biomedical Technology (nowadays TechMed Center). During this period, he coordinated several EU research networks with participants from universities, industry and health care providers. Iddo also worked with the Dutch multinational firm DSM: first as leader of the agro-biotechnology research group and later as market research & business development manager in the fine-chemicals and performance chemicals domain.

Iddo has a master’s degree in Molecular Genetics with a minor in Bioprocess Technology and Biochemistry from the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His M.Sc. internship resulted in an approved patent application by the Unilever Research Laboratory.

LOGISTICS

Organizing a conference or scientific event, whether small or large, requires months and sometimes years of planning. From setting goals and strategy for the event, pointing out the stakeholders, to securing a venue and promoting the event, there’s a lot to prepare to ensure that the event or conference runs smoothly and serves its purpose for attendees, vendors, sponsors and most of all our client.

Lucienne is equipped with knowledge and skills needed to understand the purpose of your event and is responsible to coordinate all the details of your meeting efficiently and effectively to best support that purpose.

Previous ERF Editions

Dr. Rachid Alami

Mathematics for Robotics

Abstract
This talk will address some key decisional issues that are necessary for a cognitive and interactive robot which shares decision, space and tasks with humans. We adopt a constructive approach based on the identification and the effective implementation of individual and collaborative skills. The system is comprehensive since it aims at dealing with a complete set of abilities articulated so that the robot controller is effectively able to conduct in a flexible and fluent manner a human-robot joint action seen as a collaborative problem solving and task achievement. These abilities include geometric reasoning and situation assessment based essentially on perspective-taking and affordances, management and exploitation of each agent (human and robot) knowledge in a separate cognitive model, human-aware task planning and interleaved execution of shared plans. We will also discuss the key issues linked to the pertinence and the acceptability by the human of the robot behaviour, and how this influence qualitatively the robot decisional, planning, control and communication processes.

Short bio
Dr. Rachid Alami is Senior Scientist at LAAS-CNRS. He received an engineer diploma in computer science in 1978 from ENSEEIHT, a Ph.D in Robotics in 1983 from Institut National Polytechnique and an Habilitation HDR in 1996 from Paul Sabatier University He contributed and took important responsibilities in several national, European and international research and/or collaborative projects (EUREKA: FAMOS, AMR and I-ARES projects, ESPRIT: MARTHA, PROMotion, ECLA, IST: COMETS, IST FP6 projects: COGNIRON, URUS, PHRIENDS, and FP7 projects: CHRIS, SAPHARI, ARCAS, SPENCER, H2020: MuMMER , France: ARA, VAP-RISP for planetary rovers, PROMIP, several ANR projects).

His main research contributions fall in the fields of Robot Decisional and Control Architectures, Task and motion planning, multi-robot cooperation, and human-robot interaction.

Rachid Alami holds the Academic Chair of Cognitive and Interactive Robotics at the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute (ANITI)

Frederic P. Schuller

Mathematics for Robotics

Frederic P. Schuller is an expert on the applications of differential geometry in physics and engineering. He obtained a Master of Advanced Studies in Mathematics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge, working in S. W. Hawking’s general relativity group with G. W. Gibbons. He was subsequently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada and a Researcher at the Albert Einstein Institute (Max Planck Institute of Gravitational Physics) in Germany and held professorial positions in various countries before moving to an Associate Professorship at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente. For his internationally known advanced lecture courses on differential geometry, quantum mechanics and general relativity and his supervision of research students he received numerous awards, including the 2016 Ars Legendi Prize as Germany’s top physics lecturer.