IEEE ETFA 2018

2018 IEEE 23rd International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation

September 4th - 7th, 2018, Torino, Italy

Industrial Electronics Society The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Accepted Workshops


3rd International Workshop on Robotics Technology Transfer: Innovation from Academia to Industry (RTT2018)

Organizers of the half-day workshop:
  • Marina Indri, Politecnico di Torino, marina.indri@polito.it
  • Antoni Grau, Technical University of Catalonia, antoni.grau@upc.edu

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Aims and Objectives:
The main current research programs have, as specific challenge, the promotion of multi‐disciplinary R&D and innovation activities like technology transfer via use‐cases and industry‐academia cross fertilization mechanisms. The aim is to gear up and accelerate cross‐fertilization between academic and industrial robotics research to strengthen synergies between their respective research agendas through joint industrially‐relevant scenarios, shared research infrastructures and joint small‐ to medium‐scale experiments with industrial platforms.
Aim of this Workshop is to bring the current state‐of‐the‐art of robotics technology transfer into focus through successful examples of conversion of scientific findings from research laboratories into useful products, processes and services. Relevance is given to the innovative content of the developed applications and to their technology and commercial impact, as well as to their contribution to the spread of robot systems and to successful solutions for stable industry‐academia collaboration. This collaboration can be also spread to research institutes, universities, industry organizations and stakeholders, technology transfer offices and governments as well.

As in its previous editions, the Workshop will be focusing on (but not limited to) the following topics:

Acceptance notification: July 8, 2018. Deadline for final manuscripts: July 13, 2018.

Preliminary version of the RTT2018 Workshop Program



Workshops based on invited presentations


Assisting human operators in the industry 4.0: challenges and perspectives

Organizers of the full-day workshop:

Aims and Objectives:
The fourth industrial revolution is expected to deeply change the future manufacturing and production processes, leading to Smart Factories that will benefit from the design principles of Industry 4.0 (e.g., interoperability, virtualization, decentralization, modularity). Robotics and artificial intelligence play a key role in this development, since the capabilities of the robotic systems (e.g., sensing, mapping, localization, navigation, motion control technologies) are reaching a sufficient maturity level, defining a new class of smart robots allowing higher levels of dexterity and flexibility, the ability to learn tasks without formal programming and to autonomously collaborate with other autonomous devices and human operators, thus reaching also non-manufacturing industries and fields. Reaching a human-centric production is the goal, having human operators managing processes by a proper sensorization of the working environment, while being assisted by empowering robotic devices when a direct contribution (i.e., for the human operator expertise) is required in heavy/onerous tasks execution. The aim of the proposed workshop is to analyze the available technologies and algorithms to enhance the fourth industrial revolution, together with understand which are the main challenges, trends and perspectives of robotics and artificial intelligence in such a field. Talks from both academia and industry will allow to figure out the main issues/potentialities, setting up the future investigated topics.


List of speakers and presentations:
  1. Loris Roveda, ITIA-CNR, Italy
    Empowering humans in cooperative installation tasks: mechanical and control design
  2. Ander Ansuategi, IK4-Tekniker, Spain
    Towards accurate positioning of mobile manipulators in industrial applications
  3. Ramez Awad, Fraunhofer IPA, Germany
    Computer-aided Risk Assessment
  4. Blerina Spahiu, Università Bicocca, Italy
    Enhancing robots knowledge with semantic web
  5. Federico Fraboni, University of Bologna, Italy
    Human factor challenges in Human-Robot Interactions
  6. Alberto Pellero, KUKA, Italy
    A robot as a colleague?
  7. Stefano Ghidoni, University of Padova, Italy
    Perception for Human-Robot Interaction
  8. Sotiris Makris, University of Patras, Greece
    IoT and Industrial Robotics for human operator support: case studies and challenges
  9. Diego Borro, CEIT and Tecnun, Spain
    SIMFAL H2020 CleanSky 2: Simulation of an Aircraft Final Assembly Line
  10. Giorgio Pasquettaz, Centro Ricerche FIAT, Italy
    TBD
  11. Matteo Lancini, University of Brescia, Italy
    Metrological characterization of OpenPTrack v2 for co-robot applications

Applications of discrete event systems

Organizers of the half-day workshop:

Aims and Objectives:
Discrete event systems (DES) are a particular class of dynamic systems whose main feature is that their evolution is governed by the occurrence of asynchronous events. This class of systems attracted recently the attention of many researchers since many phenomena in man-made systems cannot be described using the classical models of time-driven processes, e.g., differential or difference equations. Several are the application domains in this field and the workshop includes presentations related to four applications: logistics and transportation systems, energy planning and optimization of manufacturing systems, optimal scheduling and real-time control in home care, and path planning and motion control of mobile robots.


List of speakers and presentations:
  1. Mariagrazia Dotoli, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
    A survey on Petri net models for logistics and transportation systems
  2. Bengt Lennartson, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
    Efficient Planning and Energy Optimization of Manufacturing Systems
  3. Andrea Matta, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
    Home Care Vehicle Routing Problem: The Case of Chargeable Overtime and Preferences
  4. Cristian Mahulea, University of Zaragoza, Spain
    Path and task planning of multi-robots systems using Petri net models
  5. Maria Pia Fanti, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
    Fleet Sizing for Electric Car Sharing Systems in Discrete Event System Frameworks

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