ICRA 2020 Workshop: Novel Robot Technologies for Agile Manufacturing

  • Location

    Palais des congrès de Paris, Room 251 (Paris, France)

  • Duration

    8 hours

Enabling novel technologies to meet industrial requirements of the end users


The robotics community has provided many ideas to help manufacturing end users to improve their production systems and enable more agility. Technologies that can help setting up advanced production processes, e.g. programming by demonstration, mobile robots, collaborative robots, passive reconfigurable fixtures and tools, etc., are some of the great examples of supportive ideas from academia. However, these novel technologies still have not been accepted by industry to a sufficient extent to fulfil modern agile manufacturing needs. To bridge the gap from research to industrial usage, additional tools are needed, such as safety standards and new interaction modalities. The main topics of this workshop will be how different approaches could be integrated to realize the dream of agile manufacturing.

The workshop will consist of invited talks by top robotics researchers and practitioners with emphasis on the integration of new advanced robot technologies to support the implementation of agile manufacturing cells for small batch size production. 

An interactive session focusing on example agile production cells that have already been implemented in industrial settings will be part of the program. To summarize the results of the workshop and propose new directions, a round table will be held at the end of the event.

Program at glance

Start      End        Subject

09.00     09.15     Introduction by organizers

09:15     10:15     Session 1, part 1: Research on novel robot technologies for agile manufacturing

09:15     09:45     Minna Lanz (Tampere University): TRINITY approach on agile manufacturing

09:45     10:15     Invited speaker

10:15     10:55     Session 2, part 1: Industrial solutions on novel robot technologies for agile manufacturing

10:15     10:35     Invited speaker

10:35     10:55     Invited speaker

10:55     11:30     Coffee break

11:30     12:30     Interactive session: Poster & Video session & Demonstrator contributions

11:30     11:45     Video presentation and Poster pitches

11:45     12:30     Demonstrator presentations and poster session

12:30     14:00     Lunch break

14:00     15:00     Session 1, part 2: Research on novel robot technologies for agile manufacturing

14:00     14:30     Invited speaker

14:30     15:00     Invited speaker

15:00     15:45     Session 2, part 2: Provided robotic solutions on novel robot technologies for agile manufacturing

15:00     15:25     Invited speaker

15:25     15:45     Invited speaker

15:45     16:00     Coffee break

16:00     17:00     Expert round table discussion: Interactive session involving the audience

Organizing committee

  • Roel Pieters, Tampere University
  • Aleš Ude, Jožef Stefan Institute
  • Kathleen Delang, Fraunhofer IWU
  • Mohamad Bdiwi, Fraunhofer IWU
  • Marcel Todtermuschke, Fraunhofer IWU
  • Ali Bin Junaid, Flanders MAKE
  • Asad Tirmizi, Flanders MAKE

Support from IEEE RAS Technical Committee


The workshop is supported by the European project TRINITY



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