Seminar on Human-Robot Collaboration in Manufacturing

Date: 19 Aug 2005 - 19 Aug 2005

Venue: SIMTech, Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3


“For tomorrow’s manufacturing winners, the competitive determinant will be how robots fit into a total manufacturing/automation strategy – not just labour cost” (source : Industry Week, July 2005 issue). The use of robot assistants in manufacturing environment can lead to significant improvements of manufacturing processes in terms of increased productivity. However, the major concerns of assistive robotics are the interaction, cooperation and coordination between a human and a robot system. Recent advances in robotics manufacturing assistance applications (for example Cobots in GM and Ford, Manufacturing Assistance in DaimlerChrysler etc) have shown how mechatronics technology can interact safely with the human. However, these technologies are still in a very nascent form locally and hence there are opportunities for the local small to medium enterprises to push forward the commercial success of these technologies. To produce truly useful and commercially successful assistive devices, research has to be pursued jointly by people from the academic and commercial sectors.

This seminar is an opportunity to

i) identify some of the main needs of the end-user,
ii) gain better understanding of the state-of-art technologies in human-oriented assistive robotics technology,
iii) learn who are the main players in this emerging field.

Who Should Attend

The target audience would be manufacturing directors/managers and engineers, system builders for mechatronics systems, robotics products suppliers, entrepreneurs, SMEs looking for new market opportunities and researchers in robotics/mechatronics.

Seminar Programme
1) The Human Frontier: Robotics New Quest and Challenge by Prof Oussama Khatib, Dept of Computer Science, Stanford University 
2) Robots Towards Human by Prof. Teresa Zelinska, Institute of Aircraft Engineering and Applied Mechatronics, Warsaw University of Technology
3) Formal Approach to Control Software Design for Assistive Robots in Manufacturing by Prof Cezary Zeilinski, Institute of Control & Computation Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology
4) Adaptive Wearable Haptic Arm by Dr Yang Guilin, SIMTech
5) Human Machine Interaction by Prof Etienne Burdet, Dept of BioEngineering, Imperial College London