Stronger Together: The role of community building for responsible robotics in agile production

Join us for the second Robotics4EU Agile Production workshop on the 22nd of August, in digital format!

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About the event

Aiming to delve into the non-technological aspects of the growing use of robotics solutions in agile production by focusing on strengthening the human infrastructure within the robotics community, the second Agile Production Workshop will place a special emphasis on the role of community building in promoting responsible robotics solutions in agile production. 

The event will foster discussions on the specific requirements of diverse stakeholders, including workers, workers’ representatives, human resources managers, technology developers, and employers, throughout the implementation of robotics solutions in agile production. 

Scheduled from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM CEST, this workshop will provide a platform for expert talks and open discussions among stakeholders from the robotics community. Over the course of two hours, we will delve into these crucial issues, aiming to collectively explore and address the challenges and opportunities that arise when integrating robotics solutions in agile production.

Joining us as keynote speakers are industry experts who will share their insights and experiences:

  • “Robotics in Manufacturing: Trends and Opportunities” by Gabor Sziebig.

Gabor is a Research Manager at SINTEF Manufacturing and a part-time Associate Professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He is also a Senior Member of IEEE. His PhD focused on Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

  • “Building a successful robotics network – experiences from euRobotics aisbl” by José Saenz and Karel Janik, IFF Fraundhofer

José Saenz earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University (USA) in 1999, a M.S. in mechatronics from Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany) in 2004, and a Doctorate in Automation from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (France) in 2019. Since 2000, he has been leading the Assistance, Service, and Industrial Robotics group in the Robotic Systems Business Unit at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation located in Magdeburg, Germany. The areas of research that he focuses on include safe humans-robots collaboration, mobile manipulation, robots for inspection and cleaning services, and the development of safety sensors. In 2017, he was elected to the Board of Directors for Eurobotics aisbl. He is currently serving as the Coordinator of the Topic Group Industrial Robots within the organization. His duties include updating the Multi-Annual Roadmap with a focus on Industrial Robots.

Karol Janik is the Technology Manager for Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, an RTO in the UK. He leads a long-term R&D technology strategy focused on the widespread adoption of robotics, automation, and intelligent systems in manufacturing and challenging environments. With a decade of experience in industrial R&D across multiple sectors, including aerospace, space, agritech, nuclear, marine, and general manufacturing in the UK and Europe he is an active member of the European Robotics community currently acting as coordinator and deputy coordinator of euRobotics Telerobotics Topic Group.

What is the agenda?

Draft Agenda
14 – 14:05 CET Welcome 
14:05 – 14:10 CET Introduction to the Workshop and the Robotics4EU Project
14:10  – 14:15 CET Introduction to the theme of the Workshop and Policy Dimension by Robotics4EU partner 
14:15 – 14:20 CET Initial Zoom poll 
14:20 – 15 CET Keynotes by 2 Experts and Q&A

  • “Robotics in Manufacturing: Trends and Opportunities” by Gabor Sziebig, Research Manager at SINTEF Manufacturing and a part-time Associate Professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
  • “Building a successful robotics network – experiences from euRobotics aisbl” by José Saenz and Karel Janik, IFF Fraundhofer
15 – 15:10 CET Break 
15:10 – 15:15 CET Presentation of the RoboCompass by Robotics4EU partner LNE 
15:15 – 15:45 CET  Brainstorming session in breakout rooms 
15:45 – 15:50 CET Final Zoom poll
15h50 – 16h CET  Plenary discussion and conclusion


Why should you participate?

Participating in the Robotics4EU agile production workshop offers an opportunity to learn, network, collaborate, and contribute to the advancement of responsible robotics solutions in agile production. It is a valuable event for individuals interested in the intersection of robotics and agile production and those seeking to make a positive impact in this domain.

Let’s empower the responsible robotics community together and maximize the societal acceptance of robots for agile production!

Please follow this link to register for the workshop.

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