Conference  /  March 13, 2024  -  March 15, 2024

European Robotics Forum

March 13, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Workshop Topic Group Safety – Challenges and Innovations

José Saenz, Fraunhofer IFF, und Magnus Albert, SICK AG

The annual workshop of TG Safety is dedicated to the discussion of major challenges, use-cases, technologies and innovations for the safety of robotics systems. The goal is to identify major topics that can be addressed by the TG Safety community within euRobotics in the coming years.

Main Discussion Questions:

How can digitalization facilitate safety in robotics?

Which safety challenges are limiting robotics and how can these be overcome?

Which technologies and approaches should we as a robotics safety community advance and promote?


Nikita Johnson Needle, Research Associate in Computer Science, University of York
"Representing Safety Arguments using Digital Twins"

Robert Sharping, Research Assistant, Fraunhofer IFF, Magdeburg
"Digital Risk Assessment – Using Cobots Has Never Been Easier"

Christoph Hansen, Head of Robotics Toolbox, SICK AG, Waldkirch; Anders Billesø Beck, Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Universal Robots A/S
"Jointly Rethinking Robot Safeguarding"


March 14, 2024, 2:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Workshop Topic Group Industrial Robotics

José Saenz, Fraunhofer IFF

This workshop led by the Topic Group Industrial Robotics, is dedicated to challenges and opportunities confronting the industry as it strives to establish more flexible production practices. In an era marked by rapid technological advancements and continually evolving consumer demands, the manufacturing sector is experiencing an unprecedented transformation. This shift, coupled with global supply chain and labour shortage challenges, reinforces the need for agile production systems. During this workshop, industry and academics will come together to share their insights on the challenges and opportunities in the realm of agile production. Following presentations, participants will engage in group discussions centered around topics raised during the keynotes. Discussions will focus on various technological, economic, and operational barriers and facilitators in the pursuit of agile production.

Main Discussion Questions:

What are the key technological advancements that are enabling greater flexibility in industrial robotics in manufacturing today?

How can the manufacturing industry effectively address their largest challenges (including global supply chain issues and labour shortages) through use of agile production systems?

What strategies and approaches can industry professionals and academics collaborate on to overcome barriers and leverage opportunities for agile production in today's rapidly evolving manufacturing landscape? Where should we as a community set our priorities? 


Alberto Mendikute, IDEKO
“Innovations in Accuracy of Industrial Robotics for Processing Large Parts”

Ilir Aliu, Micropsi Industries
“Industrial Challenges for Handling with Industrial Robotics”

Rainer Bischoff, Intrinsic 


About the European Robotics Forum

The European Robotics Forum will take place in Rimini, Italy, in March 2024 and will offer over 50 informative workshops with presentations by leading European experts from industry, business and academia. Over 1000 top European robotics experts are expected to attend ERF 2024.