Human-Robot Collaboration & AI in challenging industrial applications

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TG relation: Yes, Sustainability TG (Indirectly. The Workshop is tackling the human perspective –> The Social aspect of Sustainability) 

Project cluster relation: Yes: EU Projects: 

AI PRISM (,); 

FELICE (; ); 

RaRe2 ( 



Areas mainly addressed: Agile Production, Robotics and AI/Big Data Value, Autonomy, Collaborative Robots and cloud robotics 

Main questions to be answered: 

· How can HRC+AI be applied and implemented in real-world industrial applications that encompass tasks that are difficult to automate and where speed and versatility are essential? 

· How can workers with limited, or even no experience, in robotics learn how to work with such complex, hybrid robot-human collaborative systems? 

· How can AI enable robots to be comprehensively aware of what human workers are currently doing and also to predict their upcoming actions, to enable more natural, trustworthy and productive interactions with human workers? and How can AI endow logistics f 

WS Description: Collaborative robots (HRC) in many industries are underused, being regarded as expensive hi-tech tools with limited autonomy and intelligence that can only relieve workers of physical fatigue. To overcome these and other negative preconceptions, we must show how robots can learn to understand tasks at hand and how they are able to make joint decisions with fellow human-workers. In industrial scenarios which have tasks that are difficult to automate, and where speed and versatility are essential, competence and safety perception are fundamental. Another adoption barrier that impedes deployment is the skill requirement of workers to operate with robots. In this workshop, we will explore the HRC+AI topic via preliminary results, insights and challenges coming from 5 Horizon Europe projects that are trying to solve different industrial challenges and improve workers’ capabilities. 

Intended outcome: Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc 

Approach: (80 minute WS slot) 

00:00 – 00:03 Opening comments by the organizers 

00:03 – 00:50 6 impulse talks 

* Nacim Ramdani (male), University of Orleans (Academia) (Horizon project: RESPECT) – “Resilience task scheduling in HRC hybrid fleet management” 

* Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi (male), Profactor GmbH (RTO) (Horizon Project: FELICE Flexible Assembly Manufacturing With Human-Robot Collaboration And Digital Twin Models) 

* Francisco Fraile (male), UPV, Spain (Academia) (Horizon projects:AI-PRISM – AI Powered human-centred Robot Interactions for Smart Manufacturing) 

* Paul Chippendale (male), Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy (Research) (Horizon projects: FEROX, AGILE-HAND) – “Collaborative robots: An extra pair of hands, and eyes” 

* Baptiste Gradoussoff (Male), CEA, France (Horizon project MERGING – Manipulation Enhancement through Robotic Guidance and Intelligent Novel Gripper) 

* Markus Ikeda (Male), Profactor GmbH, Austria (Zer0P – Zero Defect Manufacturing für die nachhaltige Produktion / Zero Defect Manufacturing for Sustainable Manufacturing) 

00:50 – 01:15 Panel discussion (6 panelists; this will include the speakers) with parallel interaction with the audience (menti-meter/ polls) 

01:15 – 01:20 Concluding remarks by the organizers 

Contributors: Confirmed Speakers: 

1. Nacim Ramdani (male), University of Orleans , France 

2. Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi (male), Profactor GmbH , Austria 

3. Francisco Fraile (male), UPV, Spain 

4. Paul Chippendale (male), Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy 

5. Baptiste Gradoussoff (Male), CEA, France 

6. Markus Ikeda (Male), Profactor GmbH, Austria 


· Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi,, Profactor GmbH

· Nacim Ramdani,, University of Orleans 

· MariaPateraki,, Institute of Communications and Computer Systems, NTUA 

· Paul Chippendale,, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy

Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Christian Eitzinger, Profactor GmbH (DRAPEBOT Project)

Event Timeslots (1)

Room 207 – Floor 2
14 March - Autonomy /collaborative and cloud
Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi