European Robotics Week 2018 in Augsburg

From 16 to 25 November, the Fuggerstadt turned into an innovation hotspot: The central event of the European Robotics Week took place in Augsburg.

Robotics for you: The European Robotics Week

The European Robotics Week (ERW) is an initiative of the European Robotics association euRobotics. The aim is to bring the topic of robotics to the public, to reduce reservations and to familiarize people with new technologies. At the end of November 2018, everything revolved around robotics and automation in direct cooperation with humans. In addition, topics such as the future of work, care and our consumer behaviour were also be discussed.

Throughout Europe, various robotics activities took place during ERW's theme week. Industrial companies, associations and research institutes that deal with the topics of robotics and automation invited interested parties to various activities and events during this week.

The central event in Augsburg

Every year, the initiators of the European Robotics Week choose a different European city as the venue for the central opening event. The selection criteria are both the situation and its significance in the European robotics community. Augsburg was chosen because the Fuggerstadt, embedded in the economic region of Bavaria, combines tradition and innovation and is home to numerous technology companies.

Augsburg looks back on a long economic and industrial history, combining tradition and technology. It is precisely this combination that forms the basis for the success of numerous regional technology companies, such as KUKA. These companies are locally rooted and acting globally successful.

 

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Events for all ages

In addition to the opening event with well-known guests, exhibitions, lectures and activities for adults and children were offered throughout ERW.

Here you can find the program of the European Robotics Week 2018 in Augsburg and surroundings:

Friday, 16. – Sunday, 18.11.2018 | Exhibition "From Romans to Robotics" in the Toskanische Säulenhalle

From antiquity to modern times to the future - that's what the visitors of the exhibition "From the Romans to Robotics" could experience very closely.

Location: Toskanische Säulenhalle in the Zeughaus (Zeugplatz 4, 86150 Augsburg)

Friday, 16.11.2018, 3 – 4pm | Official opening of the European Robotic Weeks

The ERW was opened ceremoniously in the impressive ambiance of the Prince Room. Afterwards there was a guided tour from the town hall to the Säulenhalle, where a historian briefly reported about ancient Augsburg.

Location: Fürstenzimmer in town hall (Rathausplatz 2, 86150 Augsburg)

 

 

Friday, 16. & Saturday, 17.11.2018 | Children's event: "With Open Roberta your robot will come to life!" (in German)

Exciting, playful and quickly learned - at the Open Roberta Lab the participants could easily program robots and microcontrollers. With the colorful programming language "NEPO", different systems came to life, e.g. the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot.

Location: Heintzzimmer and Reichlesaal in the Zeughaus (Zeugplatz 4, 86150 Augsburg)

 

 

Saturday 17.11.2018 | Event for pupils from the Aerospace Lab "Program a Robot" (in German)

Here the participants could program LEGO-EV-3 robots in small groups and optimize both, hardware and software. At the end of the workshop, the groups competed against each other in a small competition.

Location: Reichlesaal in the Zeughaus (Zeugplatz 4, 86150 Augsburg)

 

 

Saturday, 17.11.2018, 10.30 am – 12 pm | Lab tour and lecture "Large robots for large structures" (in German)

As part of the European Robotics Week, DLR's Center for Lightweight Construction Technology (ZLP) in Augsburg opened its doors. Large robots for large structures: In his introductory lecture, Dr. Michael Vistein explained how aircraft can be built "lightly" using robots and where the challenges lie today and in the future. During the subsequent tour of the ZLP Technology Hall, visitors got to know the world of industrial robotics for aerospace production.

Location: DLR Institute of Structures and Construction Technology / Center for Lightweight Construction Production Technology (Am Technologiezentrum 4, 86159 Augsburg)

 

Saturday 17.11.2018 | Children's presentation "What can I do with my self-made robot?" (in German)

Pupils of the Bernhard-Strigel-Gymnasium shown what their self-made robots are able to do, e.g. playing football.

Location: Furttenbachzimmer in the Zeughaus (Zeugplatz 4, 86150 Augsburg) 

 

 

Saturday, 17.11.2018, 3 – 4 pm | Autograph session Augsburger Panther (AEV)

Get your personal autograph first from your ice-hockey star and then a painting from our KUKA robot.

Location: Toskanische Säulenhalle in the Zeughaus (Zeugplatz 4, 86150 Augsburg)

Free entrance



Saturday, 17.11.2018, 1 - 2.30 pm | Lecture "Social Robotics - an interdisciplinary challenge" by Dr. Barbara Kühnlenz (in German)

The lecture shed light on the interdisciplinary field of tension of social human-robot interaction. It provided insights into the development process of social robot platforms - from design aspects to the external appearance of a robot to the transfer of social-psychological approaches to prosocial robot behavior. To illustrate, selected current robot developments from the research of Dr. med. Kühnlenz in the private service sector, as well as collaborative robotics in the context of Industry 4.0, were being presented.

Location: Filmsaal in the Zeughaus (Zeugplatz 4, 86150 Augsburg)

 

 

Saturday, 17.11.2018, 10.30 am – 12 pm | Lab tour and lecture "Large robots for large structures" (in German)

As part of the European Robotics Week, DLR's Center for Lightweight Construction Technology (ZLP) in Augsburg opened its doors. Large robots for large structures: In his introductory lecture, Dr. Michael Vistein explained how aircraft can be built "lightly" using robots and where the challenges lie today and in the future. During the subsequent tour of the ZLP Technology Hall, visitors got to know the world of industrial robotics for aerospace production.

Location: DLR Institute of Structures and Construction Technology / Center for Lightweight Construction Production Technology (Am Technologiezentrum 4, 86159 Augsburg)

 

Sunday, 18.11.2018, 11 am – 12 pm | Lecture "Assistance systems in production – Potential applications of collaborating robots at assembly workstations"  by Prof. Florian Kerber (in German)

The digital transformation poses a particular challenge for medium-sized companies to modernize production systems and adapt them flexibly to varying customer and market requirements. As assistance systems, collaborating robots offer new potentials to improve working conditions and results at workplaces in assembly that have so far been little or not automated. In the lecture, possible applications of assistance systems were presented on the basis of examples and current research projects.

Location: Filmsaal in the Zeughaus (Zeugplatz 4, 86150 Augsburg)



Sunday, 18.11.2018, 1 – 2:30 pm | Panel discussion "Robotics in nursing" (in German)

Opportunities and taboos: How can robots be used most meaningfully in nursing?

Participants of the discussion: Prof. Barbara Klein (University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt a. Main), Veronika Köpf (Nursing Director of the Emergency Department in Friedberg Hospital, Kliniken an der Paar), Dr. Patrick Jahn (Project Manager FORMAT Faculty of Medicine Universität Halle), Bruno Ristok (C&S AG – Managing Care) and moderator Dr. Cyrill von Tiesenhausen (Business Development Manager Medical Robotics, KUKA).

Location: Filmsaal in the Zeughaus (Zeugplatz 4, 86150 Augsburg)

 

 

Sunday, 18.11.2018, 3 – 5 pm & Wednesday, 21.11.2018, 6 – 8 pm | Rehabilitation robots in action

At the open day at Ergotherapiepraxis Endrass visitors could see how robotics is used in rehabilitation therapy and how it helps people to learn to walk again. 

Location: Brixenerstr.8 in Lechhausen



KUKA events at ERW

17.10. –  12.11.2018 | Painting contest

Whether with coloured pencils, wax crayons or watercolours: The most creative ideas were presented at the robotics exhibition in the Toskanische Säulenhalle during the European Robotics Week in Augsburg.



Monday, 19.11.2018 & Thursday, 22.11.2018 | KUKA factory tour for adults (in German)

Visitors had the possibility to look behind the scenes at KUKA in order to gain exclusive insights and learn how our robots are built.

Location: Reception KUKA Development and Technology Center (Zugspitzstraße 140, 86165 Augsburg)

 

 

Tuesday, 20.11.2018, 12 pm - 5 pm | Open Day the "SmartFactory as a Service" in Munich (in German)

A revolutionary cooperation creates space for new ideas: MHP, KUKA and Munich Re are pooling their synergies and jointly developed the innovative "SmartFactory as a Service" concept.

Location: Atelierstrasse 14, 81671 Munich, Germany



Tuesday, 20.11.2018, 6 pm | Lecture "Humans and Robots - A (R)evolution history of collaboration" by Prof. Torsten Kröger (in German)

Humans and robots are working ever closer together. The perceptive abilities and dexterity of robots are constantly improving so that robots can perform ever more demanding tasks. Cameras, force and torque sensors coupled with machine learning algorithms open up new possibilities - the first systems are already capable of learning to move and perceive their surroundings. How do these systems work and where does their journey take them?

Location: Reception KUKA Development and Technology Center (Zugspitzstraße 140, 86165 Augsburg, Germany)


Wednesday, 21.11.2018, 10 am & 2 pm | Children's Lecture "For the Inventors of Tomorrow - Robotics to Touch" (in German)

What can a robot do? What does it consist of? And why do we need them at all? Here, the inventors of tomorrow learned exciting things about robotics from the people who work with genuine robots on a daily basis - our KUKA employees.

Location: Reception KUKA Development and Technology Center (Zugspitzstraße 140, 86165 Augsburg)



Thursday, 22.11.2018, 3 – 4:30 pm | Children's Lecture at the Planetarium "People and Machines on Mars - What Robotics in Space Can Do" (in German)

A journey through space, directly to Mars, to experience what robotics can do. The Augsburg Planetarium and KUKA took tomorrow's engineers on an exciting journey through space, explaining not only the stars but also what robots have to do with space travel.

Location: Planetarium (Ludwigstrasse 14, 86152 Augsburg)


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