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).

Local organisation team

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

ERF is Brought to you by:
ERF2022 is sponsored by:

ABB-Robotics

ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation is a pioneer in robotics, machine automation and digital services, providing innovative solutions for a diverse range of industries, from automotive to electronics to logistics. As one of the world’s leading robotics and machine automation suppliers, we have shipped more than 500,000 robot solutions. We help our customers of all sizes to increase productivity, flexibility and simplicity and to improve output quality. We support their transition towards the connected and collaborative factory of the future. ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation employs more than 10,000 people at over 100 locations in more than 53 countries.

PAL Robotics

Since 2004, we have developed state-of-the-art robots specially designed to solve your needs. Today we are known for our humanoid robots REEM-C, TALOS, TIAGo and ARI, as well as our retail and manufacturing solutions, TIAGoBase and StockBot. We also offer a range of customizable robotic components. Our mission is to enhance people’s quality of life through service robotics and automation technologies. We design and manufacture highly integrated and reliable solutions for service industries and research institutions worldwide. We have sold our robotic platforms in more than 30 countries and all platforms are designed and manufactured in Europe. PAL Robotics is one of the founding members of the EU Robotics association, we are also involved in numerous collaborative projects.

Website:
www.pal-robotics.com

Contact Details:
Sofia Battilana
sofia.battilana@pal-robotics.com

Saxion Mechatronics

The Research Group of Mechatronics at Saxion University of Applied Sciences is the applied research group that has a strong track record in developing innovative and applicable technologies in the field of Unmanned Robotic Systems and Smart Industrial Systems using modular functional building blocks and systems engineering design methodologies. All our research activities are demand driven and focus on applied robotics, mechatronics and artificial intelligence. As the co-founder of T-Valley (technology cluster) and Space53 (innovation cluster for unmanned system), the research group has been playing an instrumental role in knowledge transfer and bridging the gap between fundamental research and industries through innovative and applicable technology development.
Some of the developed technologies include Artificial intelligence enabled autonomous indoor/outdoor navigation of mobile manipulators (Robust 2D/3D indoor/outdoor SLAM, optimal path planning, robust motion controllers, advanced perception and cognition capabilities, robust algorithms for vision-based target object manipulation (target identification, localization and manipulation), Cobots (algorithms for adaptive and safe collaboration of robots with humans) and machine vision. The group is also known for the design and development of modular and robust robotic prototypes, including parametric modular manipulators with specialized end-effectors, mini to mega aerial as well as ground robots and smart drone-docking station technology. These technologies have been developed in a framework of international as well as national and (euro)regional collaborative projects between the research group, public institutions, and innovative companies. They have also been successfully demonstrated in operational environments for a wide range of applications, such as agriculture, inspection & maintenance, safety & security and smart manufacturing.
The Research Group is the largest research group at Saxion University of Applied Sciences with more than 30 researchers, 20 projects in which more than 100 companies and over 300 students/year are involved.

Website:
https://www.saxion.nl/mechatronics

Contact details:
Professor dr. ir. Abeje Y. Mersha
a.y.mersha@saxion.nl

DIH2

DIH² believes in the power of robotics to transform the agility of manufacturing in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and to drive economic growth across the European Union. Our role is to facilitate the connections that enable agile production in factories, where speed and versatility are essential to satisfy customer demand.”

Website:
http://www.dih-squared.eu/

Contact details:
Ali Muhammad
ali.muhammad@eurodyn.com

Intrinsic

Intrinsic is a robotics software and AI company at Alphabet, with a mission to make industrial robotics accessible and usable for millions more businesses, entrepreneurs, and developers. They are a multidisciplinary team of engineers, roboticists, designers, and technologists who are passionate about unlocking the creative and economic potential of industrial robotics.

Website:
https://www.intrinsic.ai/

Contact details:
Lien Swings
lienswings@intrinsic.ai

Kuka

KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around 2.6 billion euro and roughly 14,000 employees. The company is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers customers everything they need from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their networking in markets such as automotive, electronics, metal & plastic, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare.

Website:
https://www.kuka.com/

Contact details:
Vanessa Libal
vanessa.libal@kuka.com

NORCE

NORCE is a non-profit private research institute established in 2017 as a merger of the institutes Agderforskning AS, Christian, Michelsen Research AS, International Research Institute of Stavanger AS, Northern Research Institute, Teknova AS and Uni Research AS. The headquarter is in Bergen (Norway) in addition to more than 15 branches and laboratories distributed all over Norway. For an annual turnover over 100 M€, more than 900 scientists and engineers drive interdisciplinary research activities for industrial, societal, climate, environment, energy and health. NORCE operates in markets including energy (Oil & Gas, offshore wind, solar), in maritime (e.g. aquaculture, autonomous systems, sea biology) in transport (e.g. maritime, drones, mobility in cities and highways), climate (e.g. carbon capture and storage /use), in land-based industries (e.g. process industries for metal, chemical and food production, manufacturing) and for health and societal challenges and in enabling technologies (e.g. robotics, industrial automation, machine vision and artificial intelligence).

Website:
https://www.norceresearch.no/en

Contact Details:
Nabil Belbachir
nabe@norceresearch.no

BlueBotics

At BlueBotics we help companies meet the challenge of vehicle automation. We provide the ANT® navigation technology and expert support they need to bring their AGV, automated forklift or mobile robot successfully to market.

Website:
http://www.bluebotics.com

Contact Details:
Email: info@bluebotics.com 

Robotnik

Robotnik designs, manufactures and markets autonomous and collaborative mobile robots and mobile manipulators.Our company was founded in 2002 and we are currently a reference company in mobile robotics worldwide and leaders in Europe. We have sold more than 5.000 robots for R&D and industrial sectors such as logistics or inspection and maintenance, among others. Our technology, professionalism and quality in the products and services offered, have made us become present in the main international markets: Korea, Japan, China, Singapore, USA, France, Germany or Italy.

We are certified in:
ISO9001:15 – Design, manufacturing and commercialization of products and systems based on robotic technology.
INNOVATIVE SME – SMEs with character and capacity for innovation.
OHSAS 18001:2007 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

Website:
https://www.robotnik.eu

Contact Details:
Sales Manager: Néstor Bolinches
nbolinches@robotnik.es

Shadow Robotics

Britain’s longest-running robot company building next-generation robot hands and systems. Shadow is best known for its Dexterous Hand, the world’s most advanced robot hand, reproducing, as closely as possible, the kinematics and dexterity of a human hand. The company is also a pioneer in the fast-developing fields of teleoperation and telepresence with their Tactile Telerobot, where the Shadow Hand is combined with sensors and controlled via a haptic glove for touch feedback. Shadow’s technology is designed to help humans in difficult or dangerous jobs – such as nuclear decommissioning, pharma labs and remote maintenance tasks.

Website:
https://www.shadowrobot.com/

Contact Details:
Alexandra Winning
Shadow Robot Company Ltd
Unit 31, Spectrum House
32-34 Gordon House Rd
London NW5 1LP, U.K.
email: alex@shadowrobot.com

I AM

I.AM. is an intense collaboration between 9 partners, developing algorithms and solutions for impact aware manipulation in logistics. I.AM is tackling the challenge of reducing the cycle time (and footprint) in take-and-put operations in logistics by exploiting dynamic manipulation, allowing for intentional robot-object-environment collisions. The I.AM partners are: Eindhoven University of Technology, Ecolé Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Technische Universität München, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Algoriyx Simulation, Franka Emika, Smart Robotics and Vanderlande Industries.

ITK

ITK Engineering GmbH is an internationally operating technology company that supports customers across all industries with the development of tailor-made systems including software, hardware, and mechatronics. In the healthcare business unit, which is certified according to EN ISO 13485:2016, ITK Engineering implements standards-compliant system and software solutions for medical products on its own responsibility up to the finished OEM product – from medical robotics, embedded real-time systems, web and desktop applications, medical apps, cloud-based patient solutions, and data analytics up to hardware and electronic controls for medical devices.

Rocking Robots

Independent newsplatform RockingRobots.com tells the story of humans, robots and artificial intelligence. More than ever, technology affects society as a whole, from people and companies to government and healthcare. We follow the digital transformation and the people shaping the new world.

Website:
https://www.rockingrobots.nl/

Contact Details:
Marco van der Hoeven, Editor-in-Chief
marco@rockingrobots.com

Cyrill Stachniss

Deep learning / AI for robotics and ADvanced Perception

Bio
Cyrill Stachniss is a full professor at the University of Bonn and heads the Photogrammetry and Robotics Lab. Before his appointment in Bonn, he was with the University of Freiburg and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Since 2010 a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and received the IEEE RAS Early Career Award in 2013. From 2015-2019, he was senior editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Together with his colleague Heiner Kuhlmann, he is a spokesperson of the DFG Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob” at the University of Bonn. In his research, he focuses on probabilistic techniques for mobile robotics, perception, and navigation. The main application areas of his research are autonomous service robots, agricultural robotics, and self-driving cars. He has co-authored over 250 publications, has won several best paper awards, and has coordinated multiple large research projects on the national and European level.

Website:
https://www.ipb.uni-bonn.de/

Alin Albu-Schäffer

Compliance and Oscillations in Robotics – on Bad and Good Vibrations

Abstract
In the early days of robotics, hardware compliance used to be regarded as a drawback, reducing the positioning and tracking precision of robots and causing undesired vibration, hard to address by control. Meanwhile, a certain level of compliance, even a mechanically adjustable one, is widely regarded as indispensable for interaction with humans and for skillful manipulation in contact with stiff environments. Also in legged locomotion, inspired by the biological archetypes, many roboticists exploit elasticity for robustness and energy efficiency. At latest here, the complex oscillations of multi-body, compliant systems are not any more parasitic and unwanted, but become an essential feature for achieving performance. However, for treating these highly nonlinear oscillations, new mathematical tools are required, which are currently a topic of intensive research. The talk will give an overview on the evolution of the robotics perspective on compliance and nonlinear oscillations both from hardware design and from control point of view. It will therefore present several examples of DLR robots for manipulation and locomotion in various application areas.

Bio
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.

VanDerLande

Vanderlande is the global market leader for future-proof logistic process automation at airports, and in the parcel market. The company is also a leading supplier of process automation solutions for warehouses.

Website:
https://www.vanderlande.com/

Contact details:
Stijn de Looijer
Vanderlandelaan 2
5466 RB Veghel
The Netherlands
stijn.de.looijer@vanderlande.com

Dr. Rachid Alami

On Decisional issues for Human-Robot Joint Action

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)

Website:
https://aniti.univ-toulouse.fr
https://www.laas.fr/public/

Frederic P. Schuller

Mathematics for Robotics

Bio
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.