Invited Research Lecture: Robotics in Europe and Lessons for the Robotics Community in Singapore

Date: 21 Sep 2005 - 21 Sep 2005

Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, SIMTech Tower Block, 71 Nanyang Drive


This lecture aims to provide a thorough overview of the research and development of industry-oriented robotics technologies in Europe. It is believed that robots will generate great impact on every facet of the society in this century. Emphasising on industrial and service robots, this lecture will first give a broad overview of the state-of-the-art robotics technologies in Europe. The new approaches of the European robot manufactures will then be introduced. A number of representative robotics projects conducted in the Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), Germany will be highlighted, which include both industrial robots for difficult-to-automate manufacturing processes and service robots for professional, domestic, and hospitality applications. Some challenging issues, such as flexibility, safety, man-machine interaction, and navigation will be addressed. With many years of R&D experiences in robotics, the speaker will also share his points of views on the trends and future perspective for both the industrial and service robots. As an open discussion, the lessons and opportunities for the robotics community in Singapore will be proposed.

About the Speaker

Professor Schraft is Head of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), Stuttgart, one of the largest institutes for applied research in Germany. Professor Schraft graduated from the University of Stuttgart with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1969. He received his doctorate degree in 1976. He started the research group for Material Handling and Assembly at the IPA with numerous projects and developments for national and international research agencies primarily for industry. Right now he is very much involved in promoting and developing service robots.

He has lectured at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Dortmund since 1977 and 1981 respectively. He is an honorary Professor at the University of Dortmund since 1986. Professor Schraft received numerous awards including the Golden Robot Award in 1986, the JIRA Award (Japanese Industrial Robot Association), Japan in 1990 and the Joseph Engelberger Award in 1992, from the Robotics Industries Association, USA In 1997 the University of Timisoara/Romania conferred the “Doctor honoris causa“ to Professor Schraft. In 1998 Professor Schraft was conferred the “Doctor honoris causa” by the Georgian Technical University of Tiflis / Georgia.

He is a member of Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI); Japan Industrial Robot Association (JIRA); British Robot Association (BRA); Robot Institute of America (RIA); National Coordinator International Federation of Robotics; Chairman of the IFR, (International Federation of Robotics) in 1998-1999; Editorial Board member of Japanese Journal of Advanced Automation Technology; Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), etc.

Professor Schraft has published more than 500 publications in national and international journals and more than 50 books and contributions for books.


3.45 pm: Registration
4.00 pm: Presentation and Q&A
5.00 pm: Refreshment & Networking

Who Should Attend

Industry professionals, R&D directors, managers, engineers, researchers and academics in the areas of mechatronics, robotics, and automation will find this lecture very informative and beneficial.


Free admission. All are welcome. Registration is on a first-come-first served basis.