The innovations of AI.Society

Around 30 demonstrators of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI), as well as selected start-ups and partners will present their latest innovations at AI.Society at automatica during June 21-24, 2022 in Hall B4.319.

In a journey through the Future of Work, Health, Mobility and Environment, teams will demonstrate which human-centered developments and innovations in our everyday lives will be possible in the near future or are already reality today.

Want to get in touch or get a unique look behind the scenes of cutting-edge research? You can easily meet the researchers and developers on-site to ask further questions about the project or to exchange ideas about collaboration options.

Come to automatica and learn all about AI.Society! The program on i_space with its discussions and presentations is available now! A visitors ticket will get you there. Use ticket code for a free daily ticket: Aisocietyauto22

 

AI.Society Presentation Sessions on i_space

As a congenial complement to the exhibition area various Presentation Sessions will take place on i_space in Hall B4.319 June 21-24 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm: 20-minutes live talks on stage provide a fascinating insight into current research and real-life scenarios on the topics of the Future of Work, the Future of Health, the Future of Mobility and the Future of Environment.

TIMETABLE

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Future of Environment

11:00 am: SeaClear

11:30 am: Angsa

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Future of Work

11:00 am: Olive Robotics

11:30 am: RobCo Roboter

Thursday, June 23, 2022 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Future of Health

11:00 am: VEMOTION - Reactive Robotics

11:30 am: Aurora / ProteCT

Friday, June 24, 2022 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Future of Mobility

11:00 am: Artisense

11:40 am: Fernride

 

AI.Society Guided Tours

Interested in AI and the latest research?

Learn more about our AI.Society on free and public Guided Tours, which take place twice a day, leading you for about 45 minutes through the different sectors of research at Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence

#HEALTH #WORK #MOBILITY #ENVIRONMENT

  • Start of Guided Tours in Hall B4.319 at info counter 'MIRMI/TUM'
  • Chose the timeslot according to your interests
  • Free registration on our info counter 'MIRMI/TUM' on site
  • Discover, network, enjoy

TIMETABLE GUIDED TOURS

  Tue., June 21 Wed., June 22 Thur., June 23 Fri., June 24
Standard Guided Tour Future of Work

10:00-10:45 am

04:00-04:45 pm

09:00-09:45 am

04:00-04:45 pm

10:30-11:15 am

04:00-04:45 pm

10:00-10:45 am

02:00-02:45 pm

Standard Guided Tour Future of Health

10:30-11:15 am

04:30-05:15 pm

10:30-11:15 am

04:30-05:15 pm

09:30-10:15 am

03:30-04:15 pm

10:30-11:15 am

02:30-03:15 pm

Standard Guided Tour Future of Environment

and Future of Mobility

09:30-10:15 am

03:30-04:15 pm

10:00-10:45 am

05:00-05:45 pm

10:00-10:45 am

03:30-04:15 pm

09:30-10:15 am

01:30-02:15 pm

Focus Topic: Future of Work

The Work@MIRMI sector was launched in 2019 as a network to jointly advance in developing solutions to significant challenges of our time, such as demographic change, lack of required numbers of qualified experts, climate change, and Europe's global competitiveness.

More than 20 institutes from the faculties of Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Automation, Electrical Engineering, Construction, Geography, Environment, Sports, and Health collaborate at the Work@MIRMI sector that aims to engage in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and academia-industry translation activities via Focus Groups and Lighthouse Initiatives.

KI.FABRIK, a flagship project of the Bavarian High-Tech Agenda, celebrated its groundbreaking ceremony in 2021. The KI.FABRIK Bayern aims to become a wholly flexible and interconnected location for Bavaria's local, crisis-safe, profitable production of state-of-the-art, IT and mechatronic high-tech components. At this AI.Society 2022, our visitors can get a glimpse of the showcases, interact, and learn more about the different demos of this sector.

 

KI.FABRIK: Automated Cable Insertion via Robots

Affiliation: TUM – Department of Informatics – Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems (I6) / KI.FABRIK

Contact: Dr. rer.nat Zhenshan Bing

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Alois Christian Knoll

Abstract: The automated cable insertion demonstrator aims to approach the problem of deformable objects manipulation in the production process, which currently remains to be handled only manually. Visual and tactile information are provided for detection and tracking, and the wiring task is achieved autonomously through collaboration of two panda robots.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

KI.FABRIK: Biomimetic Mouse Robot

Affiliation: TUM – Department of Informatics – Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems (I6) / KI.FABRIK

Contact: Dr. rer.nat. Zhenshan Bing

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Alois Christian Knoll

Abstract:  In nature, the movement of quadrupeds is completed under the combined action of the spine and the legs. Inspired by this, this robot is designed with a lateral flexing spine to optimize its locomotion. Benefiting from the regular lateral flexion of a soft actuated spine, the rat robot can exhibit enhanced agile locomotion and travel through a maze scenario.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

KI.FABRIK: BMW – Fully automated and networked AI-based quality inspection on a vehicle // Augmented reality as interface between employee and intelligent robot for gap measurement

Affiliation: TUM – Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) – und BMW / KI.FABRIK

Contact: André Kraft

Abstract: Using artificial intelligence, we are developing monotonous and tedious tasks together with our employees towards a more fulfilling workday. This requires holistic networking and integration of intelligent systems, such as our vehicles and robots. Thereby, we are making our processes in all production areas more efficient, sustainable, ecologic and ergonomic. To this end, we are working on platforms and solutions, that can be used without expert knowledge and are thus scalable within the production system. We are focusing on tasks, such as AI-based quality inspection, a flexible robotics platform and new interaction concepts between humans and artificial intelligence.

Demo 1: Fully automated and networked AI-based quality inspection on a vehicle

Demo 2: Augmented reality as interface between employee and intelligent robot for gap measurement

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

KI.FABRIK: Collective Learning

Affiliation: TUM – MIRMI – Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence (RSI) / KI.FABRIK

Contact: Samuel Schneider

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Abstract: The collective learning demo showcases the superior learning speed of an interconnected group of robots in comparison to a single robot. Where a single robot would take several hours to learn a task like insertion, the group can build on the experience of each other and find therefore even more robust solutions in shorter time. The robots we are using are solely depended on their sense of touch for completing their respective tasks. As the tasks differ for each robot they can find a robust strategies that even works for previously unseen tasks.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

KI.FABRIK: Remote Robotic Teleoperation

Remote Robotic Teleoperation / Real-time digitial twin for selected assembly stage of the Wittenstein use case

Affiliation: TUM – School of Engineering and Design – Chair of Ergonomics and Institute of Automation and Information Systems (AIS) / KI.FABRIK

Contact: M.Sc. Theresa Prinz, Fandi Bi

PIs: Prof. Dr. phil. Klaus Bengler, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Vogel-Heuser

Abstract: The Teleoperation in Production Demonstrator aims to address the challenges of a human-centred teleoperation station for production tasks such as assembly, which are currently performed largely manually. Visual and bilateral haptic feedback enable the human expert to support assembly tasks remotely by acting together with the robot on the shop floor.

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Digital twins in the KI.FABRIK are created using engineering data as well as data from operation. A prototype digital twin for the WITTENSTEIN gearbox was developed to describe an asset electronically in a standardized manner by relying on the Asset Administration Shell. The resulting Digital Twin enables the exchange of asset-related data among industrial assets and between assets and production orchestration systems or engineering tools. Due to the high manual effort of the information extraction from the available engineering documents, this demonstration shows a tool to automatically generate an Asset Administration Shell from .stp files (CAD) of the WITTENSTEIN gear. Further automated information extraction tools are developed for e.g., .pdf, .xml formats. This is the first step towards an industrial real-time digital twin of the whole setup of the KI.Fabrik.

Model mediated teleoperation can improve both transparency and stability in robotic teleoperation. It consists of a local model of the environment to be teleoperated, which can be used to provide instant visual and force-feedback, instead of relying on the delayed signals coming from the remote environment. A Digital Twin of the system is one possible way implement this technique.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

KI.FABRIK: Testbed for action analysis using human motion tracking

Affiliation: TUM – Department of Informatics – Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems (I6) / KI.FABRIK

Contact: Marko Pavlic

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Darius Burschka

Abstract: We would like to demonstrate a system used for accurate visual tracking of human motion and interaction with the environment. We will show model based action recognition and classification.  In response to the detected actions, reactions are going to be performed, ideally by a robot arm. In the context of the KI.Fabrik project, the demonstration shown will serve as a starting point to be used for teaching robotic skills through human demonstration.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

KI.FABRIK: TMS Robotic Assistant // Shoulder-arm movement primitives: the building blocks to complex motion

Affiliation: TUM – MIRMI – Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence (RSI), TUM / KI.FABRIK

Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Ioannis Xygonakis

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Abstract: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive technique to stimulate the brain, with main applications in depression treatment and pre-operative planning.  TMS Robotic Assistant (TMS-RA) main objective is to automate the coil positioning and consequently alleviate medical staff from this task. TMS-RA is integrated in a commercial navigated TMS system and doesn’t require additional calibration procedure before the TMS session. The developed robotized TMS system is based on a 7 DoF collaborative robotic arm and deploys online calibration to establish common reference between the robotic arm and the navigated TMS (nTMS).

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Humans control complex motions with little effort. Movement primitives, which are often used to control robotic systems, may also provide a way to better understand how the human central nervous system plans and executes motion. Modern anthropomorphic robot hands are controlled with primitives derived from human hand movements. However, the shoulder-arm system has a wider range of motion and operational space, suggesting the central nervous system's high(er) complexity of motor planning and neural control of movement. In this demonstration, you can see how selected movement primitives, i.e. building blocks, of shoulder-arm movements can be tuned and combined to generate a variety of motions. As a hypothesis, this illustrates how motion can be programmed.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

Future of Workshop

Affiliation: TUM – Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI)

Contact: Dr. phil. Fan Wu

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Abstract: AI workshop aims at building a workshop environment where topics in human-robot collaboration, force-impedance control, motion planning and skill learning can be investigated and tested. We show how robots are enhanced with tactile skills.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

Olive Robotics – Next Generation Smart Modular Robotics

Affiliation: TUM – School of Computation, Information and Technology – Chair of Media Technology and Olive Robotics

Contact: Benjamin Felbrich

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckehard Steinbach

Abstract: Olive Robotics develops a novel generation of modular robotic components that can be put together in a plug&play manner. Users can prototype and test their system completely in a digital twin simulation environment, before building the real-world counterpart. Olive Robotics manages an asset store where users can buy, share or sell assets for the robotic modules. The provided assets support a wide variety of low-level and application-oriented functions covering control, sensing, actuation but also documentation and teaching material. The Olive Robotics communication modules provide the desired connectivity to access points, processing nodes or cloud servers. Learn more about it here and follow us on LinkedIn.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

Presentation of Demo: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 11:00 am on i_space, Hall B4, Messe München

RobCo Roboter – Modular Industrial Robot

Affiliation: TUM – Department of Informatics – Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems (I6) (prüfen) and RobCo GmbH

Contact: Sina Springer

Abstract: Our vision is to enable robots for everyone. We want to offer companies of all sizes the opportunity to utilize our robot kit to intuitively automate their production. With our tailored All-in-One robot solution, we accompany SME’s in their transformation process to Industry 4.0. Learn more about RobCo here.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

Presentation of Demo: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 11:30 am on i_space, Hall B4, Messe München

Focus Topic: Future of Health

Robots formerly used in the industry are now being adapted to meet the more demanding challenges of the health sector. These include, above all, the aging population and the shortage of health workers. Computer vision, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, among other things, will take robotics to a completely new level, so they can become true staff members. Especially during the last two years a new challenge came up; How to reduce the personal contact to minimize the risk of infection but without losing the connection to patients and their needs? Some examples:

To mitigate risks, the field of telemedicine offers promising solutions. However, whereas teleconsultation has been rapidly evolving over the last decades, professional telediagnostic and telemanipulation is still lagging behind. To overcome this challenge, ProteCT developed a robot-assisted telediagnostics station enabling contactless examinations ranging from basic vital parameter tests to examinations requiring more intense physical interaction like throat swabs or even the force sensitive palpation of the abdomen. The system is teleoperated by a physician and thus guarantees a seamless interaction ensuring a trusting doctor-patient relationship.  The relief of human team members during surgical interventions is the goal of the project AURORA. The context-sensitive mobile assistance robot is able to move autonomously in the non-sterile area of the operating room where it  can fetch necessary goods to hand them to the sterile OR team. Therefore, the system must combine elements of autonomous driving with domain knowledge and situal awareness, which are complemented by intelligent object manipulation.

The Geriatronics Lighthouse Initiative in Garmisch-Partenkirchen develops adaptive humanoid service robots to enable the elderly to live independently. 3D navigation, environmental monitoring and object manipulation are used to create reliable patient monitoring tools that provide greater safety for the elderly and support caregivers. The goals of Geriatronics is to preserve mobility and interpersonal interaction in old age as well as to extend independent living through technical assistance systems with intuitive operation. In the group of Geriatronics World, you can see the interaction between different robots: e.g. the prototype of GARMI and its partner MUCKI or PARTI, designed for different tasks such as prevention, diagnostic or rehabilitation.

MPER Lab developed by the start-up Enari shows a demo of their motion profiling system, capturing and monitoring the human muscular skeleton activities. Through the creation of a digital twin, human movements can be interpreted and predicted by the use of special sensors. Furthermore, the sensors can provide information about tendons and ligaments, the muscle innervation as well as the ratio of muscle and fat tissues.

AURORA – a mobile service robot for the OR

Affiliation: TUM – School of Medicine with Klinikum rechts der Isar – Reseach Group MITI and TUM – Department of Informatics – Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems (I6) and Siemens Healthcare GmbH and Franka Emika GmbH and Evocortex GmbH

Contact: Lukas Bernhard

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Alois Christian Knoll, Prof. Dr. Dirk Wilhelm, Prof. Dr. Hubertus Feußner

Abstract: During the performance of surgical procedures, regular actions must be performed in the periphery of the operating table, i.e. in the non-sterile area of the operating room (equipment operation, fetching of sterile materials, etc.). Due to their non-sterile nature, these tasks are not performed by the surgeon himself, but fall under the responsibility of the so-called "OR circulator", who can move freely in the non-sterile area. The function of the OR circulator is essential for an efficient surgical procedure, but in clinical practice it is often problematic, for example due to stressful situations caused by parallel activities, insufficient training, lack of personnel, etc. Therefore, the aim of the research project AURORA project is the development of a context-sensitive mobile service robot, which is able to move autonomously in the non-sterile area of the operating room as well as within the surgical tract between individual rooms. The central task of this assistance system is to relieve human OR circulators and to support the surgical teams. Learn more about AURORA here.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

Presentation of Demo: Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 11:30 am with ProteCT on i_space, Hall B4, Messe München

Enari – MPER Lab

Affiliation: Enari GmbH

Contact: Sebastian Rettlinger

Abstract: Enari is specialized in capturing and analyzing human motion. At the AI.Society they are showing how their data is captured and processed. Wearable sensors, body area networks and machine learning are the building blocks of Enaris ecosystem. See, how tomographs, activation graphs and computer vision are used for tissue monitoring and pose estimation. Experience new data for profiling and evolving motion.

Learn more about Enari here and follow Enari on LinkedIn.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

Geriatronics World: GARMI Rehabilitation

Affiliation: TUM – MIRMI – Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence (RSI) / Geriatronics

Contact: Ph.D. Hamid Sadeghian

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Abstract: In this demo we demonstrate GARMI helping patient to execute rehabilitation exercise describde remotly by doctors/physiotherapist. There will be three mode exercises: Passive, Active and Resistive.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

Presentation of Demo: Thursday, June 23, 2022 between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm am on i_space,

Geriatronics World: GARMI – Telemedicine

Affiliation: TUM – MIRMI – Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence (RSI) / Geriatronics

Contact: Dr. Abdeldjallil Naceri

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Abstract: In this demo we domonstrate GARMI executing telemedicine tasks. A sensitive, remote-controlled service humanoid robot assists in measuring vital functions such as temperature, blood pressure, and pulse. Such telediagnostic solutions ensure the stability of the health system in crisis situations with a high incidence of infections.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

Geriatronics World: GARMI – MUCKI powered by the Human-Digital-Twin

Affiliation: TUM – MIRMI – Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence (RSI) / Geriatronics

Contact: Dr. Abdeldjallil Naceri

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Abstract: Here we present a system which enables transparent remote examination and rehabilitation. The setup involves two robotic systems: one representing the doctor to the patient ("GARMI") and one representing the patient to the doctor ("MUCKI"). Through bidirectional telepresence control, this system enables transparent, natural, remote haptic interaction between doctor and patient. The control, interaction, and knowledge transfer to the doctor is enhanced by AI-based visual motion and facial expression analysis as well as a digital twin of the patient. Learn more about it here.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

Geriatronics World: PARTI

Affiliation: TUM – MIRMI – Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence (RSI) / Geriatronics

Contact: Dr. Luis Figueredo

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Abstract: The idea of teleoperating Garmi is primarily meant to enable doctors to do virtual visits to their patients including basic examinations. This shall save time by avoiding driving to people’s homes as well as being able to evaluate an emergency call immediately without unnecessarily sending first responders. Besides, elderly people which live in villages without medical provision can see a doctor for examinations without traveling far distances. Learn more about PARTI here.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

Geriatronics World: Remote Semiautonomous Robotic Grasping by Non-experts

Affiliation: TUM – School of Computation, Information and Technology – Chair of Media Technology / Geriatronics

Contact: M.Sc. Hasan Furkan Kaynar

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckehard Steinbach

Abstract: This system provides an intuitive user interface suitable for non-experts, with which a robot can be guided for tasks like object grasping. The helping input is given by a non-expert person on a visual scene, after computing necessary low-level commands, the robot executes the desired task. The system aims to provide remote-help to robots.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

Geriatronics World: Spill-Free Robots: Bringing Service Robotics up to Speed

Affiliation: TUM – MIRMI – Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence (RSI) / Geriatronics

Contact: M.Sc. Riddhiman Laha

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Abstract: We will present an online robot motion strategy, which  allows robots to transport liquids in open containers maximizing their speed whilst avoiding spillage. The system has potential applications in service robotics and in industrial environments. A video of the demo is presented in the attachments. We will also present an adaptation, in case we need to adapt due to the hazards of liquid transportation, using with thin wooden blocks (short jenga tower) on a tray, which is carried by the robot. The visitors will attempt to move the tray towards a goal without dropping its contents (liquids or blocks); the robot will subsequently retrace  the trajectory shown by the user while maintaining the structure.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

Presentation of Demo: Thursday, June 23, 2022 between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm am on i_space, Hall B4, Messe München

Presentation/Discussion on Ethics in Robotics and AI

Affiliation: TUM – MIRMI – Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence (RSI) / Geriatronics

Contact: Dr. Abdeldjallil Naceri

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Abstract: The aim of this booth is to broaden public awareness of interdisciplinary research in AI and robotics. Represented by the projects “etami” and “Responsible Robotics” (RR-AI), we bring together perspectives from applied ethics, social science, and legal scholarship – all of which strive to identify and address important non-technical aspects of two novel technologies being developed by the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI), namely telemedicine and the robot assistant GARMI. We aim to create dialogues between diverse stakeholders, from academic and industry settings to healthcare and everyday life, and thereby to better understand how AI and robotic technologies might be developed in socially and ethically responsible ways.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

ProteCT – Protection against the Coronavirus through Robot-Assited Telemedicine

Affiliation: TUM – School of Medicine with Klinikum rechts der Isar – Reseach Group MITI and TUM – Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence and Franka Emika GmbH

Contact: M.Sc. Jonas Fuchtmann

PIs: Prof. Dr. Dirk Wilhelm, Prof. Dr. Hubertus Feußner

Abstract: During the COVID-19 pandemic, major shortages in healthcare emerged due to medical workers being exposed to high risks when treating potentially infectious patients. To mitigate these risks, the field of telemedicine offers promising solutions. However, whereas telesurgery and teleconsultation have been rapidly evolving over the last decades, professional telediagnostic is still lagging behind. To overcome this challenge, we developed a robot-assisted telediagnostics station enabling contactless examinations ranging from basic vital parameter tests to examinations requiring more intense physical interaction like throat swabs. The modular setup consists of three sub-stations for 1) - anamnesis consultation and vital parameter check (temperature, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and otoscopy), 2) - robot-assisted oral inspection and throat swab, 3) - robot-assisted teleoperated auscultation, percussion as well as abdominal palpation. The system is teleoperated by the physician and thus guarantees a seamless interaction ensuring a trusting doctor-patient relationship that is part of this innovative technology-driven approach. Learn more about it here.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

Presentation of Demo: Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 11:30 am with AURORA on i_space, Hall B4, Messe München

VEMOTION – Reactive Robotics GmbH

Affiliation: Reactive Robotics GmbH

Contact: Brigitte Schrätzenstaller

Abstract: Early mobilization of critically ill patients – the potentials of the robotic assistance system VEMOTION. Accelerate recovery – reduce the risk of secondary complications – support nursing staff – create bed capacity.

The high-tech startup Reactive Robotics developed together with the “Modeling and Rehabilitation Robotics” research team of the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) and the Schön Klinik Bad Aibling a safe and minimalistic control and learning (AI) algorithm, which automatically finds and provides the optimal balance between rigid support and “soft” guidance for any given patient during therapy. This assist-as-needed (AAN) control strategy is built into VEMOTION – a CE-certified, safe, efficient, easy-to-use robotic assistive device for the early rehabilitation of ICU patients. VEMOTION is the first commercialized system that combines maximizing active participation with self-initiation of movement in a safe, supportive, and adaptive therapy environment, for the treatment of patients in intensive care.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

Presentation of Demo: Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 11:00 am on i_space, Hall B4, Messe München

Focus Topic: Future of Mobility

Mobility moves us all – quite literally – including robotics and AI.Society. Sustainable and flexible mobility solutions will shape our future. Autonomous vehicles, interconnected mobility, flying robots, dynamics modeling, and collision detection are essential components of mobile robotics. In addition, AI makes it easier for us to access various forms of mobility and profit from the possible exclusion of human mistakes.

Visitors are invited to experience different aspects of AI based mobility; such as an integrated localization platform for the automation of robots, vehicles and spatial intelligence applications developed by Artisense. Another TUM spin-off named Fernride offers the possibility to learn about their project for sustainable logistics by combining the skills of remote drivers with autonomous technologies.

AI.Society will present the declared common goal in MIRMI´s mobility sector: the coexistence and cooperation of humans and autonomous robots.

Artisense – Visual Navigation for Autonomous Mobile Robots

Affiliation: TUM and Artisense GmbH, Kudan Inc.

Contact: Christoph Bonik

Abstract: Visual Navigation for Autonomous Mobile Robots –
Demonstration of how state of the art in visual SLAM can be used to automate robot platforms for both indoor and large-scale outdoor use with nothing but simple cameras.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

Presentation of Demo: Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 11:00 am on i_space, Hall B4, Messe München

Teleoperation (Fernride)

Affiliation: Fernride

Contact: Ana Milunovich

Abstract: We would like to demonstrate our teleoperation system with our trucks.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

Presentation of Demo: Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 11:40 am on i_space, Hall B4, Messe München

Focus Topic: Future of Environment

AI.Society 2022 provides a new focus visualizing how Artificial Intelligence can have a positive impact on us, supporting our everyday lives.The environment sector will show how AI and intelligent robots could be used for sustainable agriculture and environmental monitoring. Such as an autonomous robot that can detect and selectively remove small-sized waste on green and gravel surfaces represented by Angsa, a spin-off of TUM, Seaclear goes even further and takes waste removal to the seas. Its robots can locate and even collect litter from the seabed, kilometers under the surface. Robotized agricultural machines can save diesel fuel and thus reduce CO2 and NOx emissions. 

In other applications, like the Air Quality Sensing, smart sensor devices will be presented to determine the air quality by measuring CO2, CO, NO2, O3 and show the live values on an interactive screen. High indoor CO2 concentrations reduce the ability of humans to concentrate and stay focused. The respiration of humans is the biggest factor in indoor enhancements and therefore we would like to show that big groups of people make a measurable difference. Good ventilation measures are mandatory to keep air quality within comfortable levels. Especially since the Covid19 pandemic, proper ventilation is in the focus more than ever. These sensor devices are both low-cost and low-power and allow us to get an easier access for understanding local atmospheric concentration levels.

Another demo shows a drone helpful at the harvesting of picking fruits and vegetables which otherwise are hard to reach. Such and more shows the positive influence of AI and robotic systems to the visitor, makes it concrete and can be experienced at this year´s on-site AI.Society. 

Aerial Manipulation

Affiliation: TUM – School of Engineering and Design – Professorship Autonomous Aerial Systems

Contact: Prof. Dr. Markus Ryll

Abstract: Information will follow.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

Angsa – The Autonomous Trash Picking Robot

Affiliation: TUM – Department of Mechanical Engineering – Laboratory for Product Development and Lightweight Design and Angsa Robotics GmbH

Contact: Bilal Tariq

PIs: Prof. Dr. Markus Zimmermann

Abstract: Angsa develops an autonomous robot that can detect and selectively remove small-sized waste such as cigarette butts, plastic snippets or bottle caps on green and gravel surfaces.

The mission of Angsa Robotics is to build sustainable technology!
This patent-pending technology enables the automation of complex and labor-intensive tasks on green spaces. The focus of our first product is the removal of small trash - a time-intensive task for which no machines exist at the moment. Our trash removal robot Dodoautomates this task with the use of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. The robot has two main applications: public parks and festivals. Here, we help our customers to increase cleanliness and decrease operational costs for park administrations and festival organizers.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

Presentation of Demo: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 11:30 am on i_space, Hall B4, Messe München

A-RIFT – Environmental Monitoring with an Accessible Robot Interface for Telemanipulation

Affiliation: TUM – MIRMI – Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence (RSI) in collaboration with the Human-Robot Interaction Lab from University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Contact: M.Sc. Anna Adamczyk

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Abstract: Environmental protection requires sufficient up-to-date data of ecological parameters to monitor the environments state. While current manual environmental monitoring solutions have proven successful, the involved costs prevent scaling beyond the current level. Robotic environmental monitoring will provide the needed tools for current experts to 1. autonomously gather data and 2. provide live data to environmental experts via telepresence. In this demo we want to showcase how even non-experts can leverage the technology of telepresence in real-world settings for environmental monitoring. Fair visitors are invited to experience our research hands-on: We offer interactive telepresence sessions with remote robots located in our lab, live from the AI.Society booth via an approachable computer/keyboard setting.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm in Hall B4, Messe München.

SeaClear

Affiliation: TUM – School of Computation, Information and Technology – Chair of Information-oriented Control (ITR)

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Stefan Sosnowski

PIs: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sandra Hirche

Abstract: This demo showcases developments in the SeaClear project- short for SEarch, identificAtion and Collection of marine Litter with Autonomous Robots. It is a Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to solve, with the help of robots and artificial intelligence, the important environmental problem of  ocean pollution. We will highlight challenges in the control of underwater robots through a hands-on, interactive, simulation of remotely operated underwater vehicles collecting litter. The challenge of finding litter underwater is shown through an an on-site underwater setup with live detection and classification of debris items. Additionally, visitors can inspect prototypes of the robots. Learn more about SeaClear here.

Visit us: During opening times of automatica, Tuesday-Thursday June 21-23 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm and on Friday June 23 from 09:00 to 04:00 pm.

Presentation of Demo: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 11:00 am on i_space, Hall B4, Messe München

munich_i News

The second edition of munich_i, the Bavarian high-tech platform for AI and robotics, was held as an in-person event at the automatica fair in Messe München in June 2022. More than 28,000 automatica visitors from around 75 countries experienced and learned about the latest technological innovations and their societal impacts from experts, visionaries, politicians, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and young talents from around the world. The live-streamed sessions are already available online. Moreover, munich_i will be back in 2023, from 27 – 30 June!

The second edition of the international competition in robot manipulation, the Robothon® Grand Challenge, crowned its top performers live on stage at munich_i on June 21, 2022. 20 teams from 13 countries competed using a robot platform to autonomously execute a series of manual tasks that aim to properly disassemble and sort electronic waste. Teams from Italy, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates, Germany, and Austria were awarded prize money ranging from 1K to 10K €. The Robothon® will return in 2023!

Wie Robotik den Alltag von alten Menschen und deren Pflegerinnen und Pflegern verbessern kann: Das sind die zentralen Themen, mit denen sich Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler auf dem ersten Geriatronics-Summit in Garmisch beschäftigen. Fragen an die Organisatoren der Veranstaltung und wissenschaftliche Leiter der Forschungsprojekte, Luis Da Cruz Figueredo und Abdeljallil Naceri vom MIRMI.