Mechatronics: Present and future

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TG relation: Yes, Mechatronics

Areas mainly addressed: Agri-Food, Maintenance and Inspection, Autonomy, Collaborative Robots and cloud robotics 

Main questions to be answered: 

· What are the major technological barriers in mechatronics for better real-world robots? 

· What are the major commercial barriers in availability of suitable mechatronics components? 

· Where should our field focus its efforts in the coming 5-10 years? 

WS Description: As the physical side of robot intelligence, mechatronics is the foundational technology that enables robots to move, locomote, and physically interact with their environment. Therefore, it is core to numerous applications, with vastly different requirements. Recent years have seen significant advances in mechatronics, both on the technological side as well as in the commercial availability of components. However, significant barriers remain on both these fronts that hinder development and application of robotics on a broader scale. 

This workshop aims to evaluate the state of the art, identify current technological and commercial barriers, and look ahead to promising new developments and roadmapping. 

Intended outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical) 

Approach: After a short introduction by the organisers, four speakers from mixed industrial and academic backgrounds will give very short talks, describing their view on the state, barriers, and future of mechatronics, from an academic, commercial, or mixed perspective. 

Subsequently, a substantial part (40%) of this workshop will be dedicated to a panel and audience discussion on important topics related to these questions. This discussion will be initiated and led by the organisers, with predefined questions and those gathered from important points from the speaker talks. 

We hope to achieve a stimulating discussion on this incredibly important field that is all too often forgotten in this age of focus on software and AI. 

Contributors: Industrial contributors: 

– Andrija Feher (Synapticon) 

– Francesco Ferro (PAL Robotics) 

Academic contributors: 

– Nikos Tsagarakis (Italian Institute of Technology, IIT) 

– Tamim Asfour (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) 


· Wesley Roozing,, University of Twente

· Navvab Kashiri,, Leonardo Labs | Intelligent Autonomous System (IAS

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Room 200 – Floor 2
16 March - Mechatronics and Hardware
Wesley Roozing