RoBUTCHER held a session at European Robotics Forum
This year the European Robotics Forum (ERF) was held in Rotterdam as a 3-day in-person event with more than 880 participants. It is one of the most influential events for the robotics and artificial intelligence community in Europe. It is a meeting point for engineers, academics, entrepreneurs, investors, as well as end-users and policy makers in the field of robotics from all over Europe and beyond.
Themed over ‘Sustainability’ in the broadest sense of the word, it held panels on the following topics:
- Sustainable Science related to Climate change; How Robotics could impact climate change
- Self-sustaining networks; Working together to boost competitiveness, societal wellbeing, and environmental aspects
- How sustainable integration of technology can lead to future proof adaptation and mitigation in society (ELS)
- Sustainable education: How rethinking engineering education, quality education and lifelong learning opportunities contribute to sustainable education
- The workshop: Challenges in Robotics for Food Processing
Workshop on Challenges in Robotics for Food Processing
This year workshop focus was how researchers are dealing with the challenges in robotising and automatising the food industry, from natural variability to soft, deformable, and sensible material, and from harsh environment to heavy objects handling.
The workshop was divided into 3 sections: an introduction, article/work presentation and a Q&A session with a round table discussion on the following questions:
- How can robotics and automation help the foreseeable food shortage related to the war between Ukraine and Russia? What can be done in short- and long-term?
- How could or should EU help with automatisation of the food-sector? Is it enough – or is it even helpful to just give financial support to less developed regions?
The presentation section was composed of 5 articles:
- RoBUTCHER – A Robust, Flexible and Scalable Cognitive Robotics Platform – Alex Mason, NMBU/Animalia
- Challenges on Robotised and Intelligent Cutting System for the Meat Factory Cell – Ian Esper, NMBU
- Vibration Measurement as Feedback from Vibrating Knife – Dmytro Romanov, NMBU
- Smart gripping approaches for automated soft tissue gripping – Kristóf Takács, Óbuda University
- Precision livestock farming – why is digital data so important – Márta Alexy, Óbuda University
The ERF has been a great opportunity to show and promote the RoBUTCHER project to the robotics community of Europe – both researchers and representatives of the robot-industry.