Conference  /  March 14, 2023  -  March 16, 2023

Fraunhofer IFF at European Robotics Forum

March 16, 2023, 09:05 to 10:35 a.m., Odeon Main Stage (1st Floor)
Workshop TG Safety – Challenges and Innovations
José Saenz, Fraunhofer IFF, and Magnus Albert, SICK AG 

AI and Robotics are ever growing closer together. Using AI technology in robotics offers tremendous possibilities, however, it also implies great challenges - not least for the safety of the overall system. As safety is an emergent property of the individual robotics applications, generic recommendations and guidelines for AI safety are not sufficient to make an autonomous, intelligent robotics system, that uses uses of AI technology, safe. We want to address aspects of this challenge both from an industrial and an academic viewpoint. The results of the interactive discussion will enter into the road mapping activities and a position paper.

Main Discussion Questions:

  1. How to handle complexity and how to balance simplicity with performance in AI driven robotics systems?
  2. What is needed in terms of understanding the interaction of humans with autonomous, intelligent robots?
  3. How much regulation do we need and what should be considered as "AI" in the legislation?


  1. Part: Challenges and innovations – scientific and industrial perspectives (short presentations)
  2. Part: Interactive fish-bowl discussion with the speaker panel and the participants


Jérémie Guiochet, LAAS-CNRS Toulouse, Prof. Computer Science:
"Safety Monitors for Machine-Learning Perception Functions"

Arne Nordmann, Neura Robotics, Head of Engineering:
"AI and Safety in Human-Centric Robotics"

Martin Wüstefeld, SICK AG, Head of CU System Integration & Functional Safety:
"Perception Systems– AI – Algorithms: IEC TS 62998-3 as Companion Standard"