COGNIMAN to present at the Human-robot collaboration and AI – hype or reality? workshop at the European Robotics Forum 2024

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In collaboration with fellow EU-funded projects: AI-PRISM, FELICE, SOPRANO, CONVERGING and FLUENTLY, we invite you to join us at the “Human-robot collaboration and AI – hype or reality? From pilots to best practices” workshop

The workshop will dive deep into selected use cases from the projects to pinpoint human-centric and societal challenges linked with solution adoption. It will delve into the development of formal definitions, classifications and standards to enhance industry norms and reinforce worker empowerment via HRC. Featuring two expert panels, the discussion will focus on crucial human-centric challenges and HRC best practices and standards.

Dr Shane Keaveney, R&D Manager at CROOM and one of our use case owners which deals with the additive manufacturing of medical implants will present the use case during the first part of the workshop. He will shed light on the current challenges identified and how the solutions from the project would benefit CROOM.

Linda Napoletana, Director and Head of Manufacturing at DeepBlue, the partner responsible for the ethical aspect of the project, will be a panellist discussing the current ethical and societal challenges the industry faces regarding human-robot collaboration.

Dr Nabil Belbachir from NORCE, project lead, is a panellist discussing the ongoing efforts to establish unified guidelines for HRC and AI integration.

After the successful engagement in the ERF2023, we are looking forward to being part of the ERF2024.

If you are interested in the session, don’t miss the ‘11th Hybrid Production Systems – AI for advancing human-robot collaboration’ workshop, which will also take place during the ERF2024 and also includes a contribution from COGNIMAN.

The projects involved, though distinct in their specific aims and objectives, collectively support the development of innovative robotics technologies.

AI-PRISM –The AI-PRISM project will develop a human-centred AI-based solutions ecosystem for manufacturing scenarios, enhancing human-robot cooperation, efficiency, and working conditions while requiring much less expertise. Additionally, it aims to improve workplace efficiency through flexible production processes incorporating robotics, AI, and social sciences and humanities. 

FELICE – FELICE unites multidisciplinary research in collaborative robotics, AI, computer vision, IoT, machine learning, data analytics, cyber-physical systems, process optimisation and ergonomics to deliver a modular platform that integrates and harmonises an array of autonomous and cognitive technologies. It aims to increase the agility and productivity of manual assembly production systems, ensure safety and improve the physical and mental well-being of factory workers who are collaborating with mobile robots and working at adaptive workstations. 

FLUENTLY – Fluently advances AI for human-machine collaboration in dynamic manufacturing settings, featuring the Smart Interface for seamless communication and adaptation, and the Robo-Gym for interactive training. It aims to enhance efficiency and wellbeing, with its impact demonstrated across diverse automation and complexity levels in three pilot projects.

SOPRANO – The SOPRANO project focuses on innovation in human-robot collaboration and intelligent multi-agent systems to enable the design of next-generation manufacturing floors, automated construction sites and smart agri-food production where humans and intelligent machines seamlessly work together.

CONVERGING – CONVERGING aims to Develop, deploy, validate and promote smart and reconfigurable production systems including multiple autonomous agents (collaborative robots, AGVs, humans) that can act in diverse production environments.

The European Robotics Forum (ERF) is the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, spanning academia, industry and society. It aims to foster communication and knowledge transfer and covers technology, applications and the impact of robotics. The ERF provides a podium to discuss recent and future advances in robotics in the context of applications, societal impact, ethical and legal considerations.

Research on the applications of Robotics and AI to the industrial scenario is leading to a very fast-growing innovation in Europe. Thus, it is more and more important to foster the discussion between researchers and industry to create a synergy that will drive the future of research and industrial innovation.

ERF2024 introduces an industrial scientific track for strengthening the scientific component of ERF. Industrial scientific sessions will present the latest results about advanced industrial applications of modern robotics.

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