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AI.Society: Robotics and AI applications of the future

Whether work, production, mobility, healthcare, or environment: Robotics and artificial intelligence have fundamentally changed our private, professional, and social lives – and will continue to do so. Which areas will see the greatest impact of these innovative tech-nologies? What new applications will we benefit from in the future? AI.Society – exhibition and dialog platform at the same time – presents exciting use cases.

In addition to concrete applications for work environments, healthcare, mobility, and environment, AI.Society also sheds light on ethical issues in the field of robotics and AI. Because the associated social transformation brings about both opportunities and new challenges. This makes it all the more important to carefully shape this transformation process. Representatives from science, business, politics, and society will jointly develop visions and approaches on how this process can contribute to creating a future worth living. A future that always considers society.

The AI.Society 2022 focus topics

The Future of Work

Nothing influences and changes the field of work as profoundly as the development of new technologies and production resources. However, that has now started to change. For example, research experts at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now taking a people-centered approach in their vision of the factory of the future. This is not about the replacement or disenfranchisement of humans by technology, but about strengthening their skills, expanding their craftsmanship, and creating a safe working environment.

Work@MIRMI was launched by TUM in 2019 as a network for the joint advancement of solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. These include demographic change, lack of specialists, 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 within the framework of Work@MIRMI to engage in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and academia/industry liaison. For example, KI.FABRIK of the Bavarian High-Tech Agenda is one of its lighthouse projects. It aims to become a flexible and interconnected location for Bavaria's local, resilient, and profitable facilities producing state-of-the-art IT and high-tech mechatronic components. AI.Society 2022 will offer you deep insights into this and other showcases:

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KI.FABRIK: Collective Learning

The Collective Learning demo presents the superior learning speed of an interconnected group of robots compared to a single robot. Where a single robot would take several hours to learn a task like insertion, the group can benefit from the experience of each member – and thus de-velop a superior solution faster.

Future of Workshop

Future of Workshop is about understanding and testing skill learning, human-robot collaboration, force-impedance control, and motion planning.

KI.FABRIK: Remote Robotic Teleoperation

The Remote Robotic Teleoperation demonstrator addresses the challenges of a human-centered teleoperation station for production tasks such as assembly, which are still largely performed manually. Visual and bilateral haptic feedback in human-robot interaction enables remote support of assembly tasks.

KI.FABRIK: Digital Twin

Digital Twins in the KI.Fabrik are created using engineering data as well as live operational data. A prototype Digital Twin of the Wittenstein gearbox was developed to create a standardized electronic asset description using the Asset Administration Shell. This enables data exchange among industrial plants as well as between plants and production orchestration systems or engineering tools. Due to the great manual effort associated with extracting information from the available engineering documents, this demonstration presents a tool for automatic Asset Administration Shell generation from .stp files (CAD) of the Wittenstein gear. Additional automated information extraction tools are developed for formats such as .pdf and .xml. This is the first step towards an industrial real-time Digital Twin of the entire KI.Fabrik setup.

KI.FABRIK: Automated Cable Insertion via Robots

Automated Cable Insertion targets the issue of manipulating deformable objects in the production process – a problem that currently requires manual solutions. Visual and tactile information is provided for recognition and tracking purposes; and the wiring process is handled autonomously by two collaborating Panda robots.

KI.FABRIK: Biomimetic Mouse Robot

In nature, the movement of quadrupeds is achieved through combined actions performed by the spine and legs. This provided the inspiration to design a biomimetic mouse with a lateral flexing spine to optimize its locomotion. The mouse robot benefits from the regular lateral flexion of a soft spine – enabling enhanced agile locomotion when moving through a maze scenario.

Olive Robotics – Next Generation Smart Modular Robotics

The start-up Olive Robotics will present smart and modular robot components with native ROS support for easy prototyping as well as flexible extension and augmentation of ROS-based robotic and automation systems.

RobCo – Modular Industrial Robot

RobCo has a vision to make robots available to everyone. With their tailored all-in-one robot solution, they can accompany SMEs during their transformation process towards Industry 4.0.

The 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 new forms of mobility and helps us eliminate human error.

AI.Society invites you to experience different aspects of AI-based mobility such as an integrated localization platform developed by Artisense – to automate robots, vehicles, and spatial intelligence applications. Another TUM spin-off named Fernride will present its logistics sustainability project that combines the skills of truck drivers with autonomous technologies. Another program item: the MIRMI mobility concept focusing on the coexistence and cooperation of humans and autonomous robots.

The Future of Health

Many robots previously used in industrial settings are now being adapted to meet the more demanding challenges of the healthcare sector. How come? It is a reaction to an aging population and the shortage of healthcare professionals. Computer vision, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, among other fields, will take robotics to an entirely new level and make them true members of staff. A new challenge has arisen and exacerbated during the pandemic: How can we reduce personal contact to minimize the risk of infection without losing touch with patients and their needs? Some examples of robot use cases in medicine and healthcare:

Geriatronics

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: to preserve mobility and interpersonal interaction in old age as well as to support independent living through technical assistance systems with intuitive operation. Geriatronics shows the interaction between different robots: e. g. the prototypes by GARMI and its partners MUCKI and PARTI, which were designed for different tasks such as prevention, diagnostics, or rehabilitation.

ProteCT – Protection against the Coronavirus through Robot-Assited Telemedicine

While teleconsultation has evolved rapidly over the past decades, telediagnostics and telemanipulation are still lagging behind. To change this, ProteCT has developed a robot-based telediagnostics station enabling contactless examinations ranging from basic vital parameter tests to examinations requiring more intense physical interaction – such as throat swabs or palpation of the abdomen. The system is teleoperated by a physician and thus guarantees contactless interaction while ensuring a trusting doctor-patient relationship.

AURORA – a mobile service robot for the OR

The goal of the AURORA project is to reduce the workload of OR teams while performing surgical procedures. The context-sensitive mobile assistant robot is able to move autonomously within the non-sterile area of the operating room where it can fetch required instruments or drugs etc. for the sterile OR team. To do this, the system combines elements of autonomous driving with domain knowledge and situational awareness, and augments these by way of intelligent object manipulation.

Enari – MPER Lab

The startup Enari will showcase its MPER Lab motion profiling system that captures and monitors human musculoskeletal activity. Through the creation of a Digital Twin, human movements can be interpreted and predicted using special sensors. Furthermore, the sensors provide information about tendons and ligaments, muscle innervation, and the muscle/fat tissue ratio.

The Future of Environment

New focus of AI.Society 2022: the environment. This is all about how AI and smart robots can be used for sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, and air quality monitoring:

Angsa – The Autonomous Trash Picking Robot

Angsa, a TUM spin-off, presents an autonomous robot that can detect and selectively remove small waste from grassy and gravel surfaces.

SeaClear

SeaClear goes even further and takes waste removal to the seas. Its robots can locate and collect litter from the seabed, even miles below the surface while robotized agricultural machines.

Future of Environmental Monitoring via Accessible Robot Interfaces

Environmental protection requires sufficient up-to-date data of ecological parameters to monitor the environment's 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. Future of Environmental Monitoring via Accessible Robot Interfaces showcases 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.

Aerial Manipulation

Aerial Manipulation presents a drone that helps harvest fruits and vegetables – especially in hard-to-reach locations.

Guided Tours - Theme walks at the AI.Society

Every day from 9:30 a.m. onwards, AI.Society offers three guided tours in the morning and three in the afternoon on the future fields of environment/mobility, work and health.

i_space – the AI.Society forum

The i_space forum, which is a part of AI.Society, looks beyond technical feasibility aspects of robotics and automation. On all four days of the fair from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., selected demo teams will give a 20-minutes live talk on stage to provide a fascinating insight into their current research and real-life scenarios.Its highlights include the Ethics Round Table hosted by Prof. Alena Buyx und Markus Blume, and the panel discussion ‘KI.FABRIK Bavaria: ensuring sustainable jobs and strong value chains’ with the Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger.

To the complete program

Information AI.Society

Date Tuesday, June 21, 2022, until Thursday, June 23, 2022, 09:00 a.m.–06:00 p.m.
Friday, June 24, 2022, 09:00 a.m.–04:00 p.m.
Place Hall B4.319
Special Guided tours and short speeches
Languages German and English
Access Free for all automatica 2022 visitors: Trade fair tickets
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