[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Workshop "Collaborative robots in Europe" at ERF2017

Shirley Elprama selprama at vub.ac.be
Wed Mar 1 13:34:01 PST 2017

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to our interactive workshop “Collaborative robots in Europe: thinking about overcoming current barriers for use in manufacturing” at the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK which is held from March 22 – 24, 2017 (www.erf2017.eu <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.erf2017.eu_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=7DKCCf8sdht9QSqonGKOQE7M-TZK8mcLyVZL-tBeCCg&s=sPuMwMG3iysW3RSTQWluMsd6MWzOX8bRznXtznzvRBA&e= >).


Shirley A. Elprama, imec - SMIT - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (selprama at vub.ac.be) <mailto:selprama at vub.ac.be)>
An Jacobs, imec - SMIT - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (ajacobs at vub.ac.be) <mailto:ajacobs at vub.ac.be)>
Thomas Van der Auwermeulen, imec - SMIT - Vrije Universiteit Brussel (thomas.van.der.auwermeulen at vub.ac.be) <mailto:thomas.van.der.auwermeulen at vub.ac.be)>
Motivation and objective

Due to technical advances, robot manufacturers are bringing collaborative robots to the market. These uncaged cobots are being advertised as cheap(er), easier to program and more flexible compared to the traditional industrial robots. However, in reality there are barriers for adoption, including limited knowledge about collaborative robots and their integration in the production line, unclear safety regulations, financial burdens and limited payload. In this session, we aim to bring together people from industry and academia to discuss current experiences with collaborative robots and identify what could help to overcome the existing barriers. A preliminary list of barriers in manufacturing will be discussed and extended both from an industrial and academic perspective, subsequently in small groups we will cocreate potential conceptual solutions for some of these barriers to enable a more widespread use of cobots in manufacturing across Europe.

The goal of this interactive and participatory workshop is to discuss the following questions:

·       What are the barriers towards actual implementation of collaborative robots in a production line?

o   Programming skills are often still required

o   Due to extra safety precautions, the limited payload is even more limited.

o   Financials benefits compared to industrial robots

o   Limited knowledge on collaborative robot integration

o   More barriers will be identified during the workshop

·       What actions are needed to overcome these barriers?


After giving a short introduction about the goal of the workshop, we will show a short clip of human-robot collaboration in a manufacturing setting and a few short testimonials of the difficulties experienced during and before implementation of the collaborative robot. Then, all participants will be invited into smaller groups for two rounds of discussion and brainstorming. After three rounds, one representative of the table will be asked to present potential solutions. These solutions will be discussed and the workshop organisers will then end the workshop with closing remarks.


00:00 - 00:05 Introduction

00:05 - 00:20 Testimonials related to adoption of collaborative robots

·       Prof. dr. An Jacobs - senior researcher - imec - SMIT - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

·       Shirley Elprama - researcher - imec - SMIT - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

·       Philip Nicolai - Automation Engineer at Swisslog Robogistics Technology Center

·       Tim Waegeman - RoboVision

·       Geert De Coppel - PLC programmer - Audi Brussels

00:20 - 00:30 Brainwriting to identify barriers towards adoption of collaborative robots.

00:30 - 00:40 First round: problem definition

00:40 - 00:50 Second round: creating solution(s)

00:50 - 01:00 Third round: optimizing solution(s)

01:00 - 01:30 Discuss outcomes including closing remarks

How can participants contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?

Participants will be asked to actively contribute during the workshop by working in small groups to identify barriers for (faster) adoption of collaborative robots. In addition, they are also asked to actively collaborate with other participants to create potential solutions. No preparation is required.

Links to websites

Website of ClaXon project focusing on Human-Robot Collaboration

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Shirley Elprama
Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

imec - SMIT, Studies on Media, Innovation & Technology
Member of BruBotics - Brussels Human Robotic Research Center

Pleinlaan 9 - B-1050 Brussel, Belgium

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