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, Sheffield Robotics
"Representing Safety Arguments using Digital Twins"

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

Christoph Hansen, Head of Robotics Toolbox, SICK AG, Waldkirch; Edwin Johnatan Ávila Mireles, Senior Software Engineer, Universal Robots A/S, Jan Plitzkow, SICK AG, Software Engineer Robotics Safety System, SICK AG, (Jakob Ormhøj, Universal Robots, Senior Firmware Engineer)
"Jointly Rethinking Robot Safeguarding"


March 14, 2024, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 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? 


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

Rainer Bischoff, Intrinsic 


March 14, 2024, 2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Workshop Getting Ready fo the AI Act (and other emerging European regulations)

The workshop aims at providing a birds-eye view of the emerging European regulation on robotics and AI (primarily but not solely the AI Act). It intends to provide an overall understanding of the concerns all those researching and intending to develop robotics and AI-based technologies will have to comply with in the different stages. It will introduce the courses and other materials developed within the Erasmus + Project RegulAIte (funded by the European Commission) primarily catered to engineers – both academics and professionals – managers and business-users and developers of robotics and AI-based products, available for free through the project’s platform, and their modular approach.

The workshop programme includes:

Round Table – RegulAIte : A Tool to Learn How to Navigate EU Regulation
Rocco Limongelli, Chiara Bertazzoni, Jose Saenz, Nicoleta Cherciu, Gabriel Gonzalez-Castañé


March 14, 2024, 4:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Workshop Robots for All: Supporting SMEs to Adopt Robotics in Manufacturing

Whilst robotic technologies are being adopted in large manufacturing companies, these SMEs are getting left behind. Without adopting robotics, SMEs are struggling to address efficiency issues, increase productivity and lower their costs, making it difficult to compete in the industry, or grow. This workshop aims to explore the barriers to adoption of robotics in SMEs and how these differ from large businesses.

The workshop programme includes:

Panel discussion
Nicolai Anton, Universal Robots; Sune Hvid, Wila A/S; Robert Scharping, Fraunhofer IFF; Gianmarco Pisanelli, AMRC


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.