Industrial robotics in Europe – Status quo, ongoing challenges and future prospects
On May 25, 2016 visited our country one of the most prominent experts on robotics professor Bruno Siciliano.
Thesis of the lecture:
The European manufacturing industry needs competitive solutions to attain and keep global leadership in products and services. Robotics is one of the few strategic technologies that will underpin the provision of solutions for many of Europe’s societal challenges. Robots are known to save costs, to improve quality and work conditions, and to minimise resource waste. With increased flexibility and ease of use, robots are at the dawn of a new era, turning them into ubiquitous helpers in production environments. The adoption of robotics technology will help European manufacturing enterprises, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures. ICT suppliers such as robot manufacturers, system integrators and technology solution providers are important facilitators to improve the efficiency, adaptability and sustainability of manufacturing systems as well as their better integration within business processes in an increasingly globalised industrial context. This lecture presents the status quo of the field, enlightens the core RTD issues to be solved, identifies the ongoing challenges, and discusses future prospects for all the stakeholders along the value chain.
Bruno Siciliano is Professor of Control and Robotics, and Director of the PRISMA Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at University of Naples Federico II. He is also Head of the Interdepartmental Center for Advances in Robotic Surgery (ICAROS). His research interests include force and visual control, human-robot interaction, aerial and service robotics. He has co-authored 7 books, 80 journal papers, 220 conference papers and book chapters. He has delivered 120 invited lectures and seminars at institutions worldwide, and he has been the recipient of several awards, including the recent 2015 IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation for his outstanding leadership in the robotics and automation community as a research innovator, an inspired educator, a dedicated contributor of professional service, an ambassador of science and technology. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME and IFAC. He has served on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals and has been chair of program and organizing committees of several international conferences. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, and of the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics and was also the winner in the category Engineering & Technology. His group has been granted fifteen European projects in the last eight years, including an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council, for a total funding of 8.5 M€. Professor Siciliano is the Past-President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.