Robotix Academy

Cross-border Research Cluster for Industrial Robotics and Human-Robot Cooperation
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The Project

The aim of this project is to create synergies in teaching and research on robotics through cross-border cooperation and thus to establish a permanent research cluster for industrial robotics. The concept of the joint lecture and the technology transfer largely takes over the focal points and goals of the Greater Region: strengthening industry, counteracting the shortage of skilled workers and maintaining and expanding modern jobs. This cross-border research initiative makes it possible to work together on even more complex tasks from industrial practice that each project partner could not solve alone.

The initial objectives of the research cluster and the cooperation platform are to exploit the potential of the Greater Region in the areas of research, development and innovation and to increase the attractiveness and competitiveness of the Greater Region. A further goal is to increase the innovative strength of the companies.

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Principles of our work

The aim of the INTERREG project is to establish the “Robotix Academy” as a permanent research cluster for industrial robotics in the Greater Region. It serves as a cooperation platform between the participating universities and research institutions, transfer partners, user and supplier companies.

The project thus makes a significant contribution to promoting the competitiveness of the Greater Region and increasing the innovation capacities of its economic players.

A key technology is demand-oriented automation, e.g. through industrial robots as well as assistance systems and human-robot cooperation. This poses major technical and financial challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular.

The target groups of the project range from pupils to students and skilled workers to excellent researchers. The focus of the Academy is on the development of know-how and the introduction of new technologies as well as on consulting, qualification and research services, especially for SMEs.

The advantage of the joint Robotix Academy lies in the broad coverage of innovative topics in the field of industrial robotics: synergies are created, resources and competencies are bundled and research results are exchanged.

Each higher education institution takes on a thematic focus of industrial robotics and establishes a local research base. In this way, each region focuses on its core competencies (leaders), expands these further and learns in other subject areas (followers) through the exchange in the Academy.

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Principles of our work

Robotix-Academy Conference for Industrial Robotics (RACIR)

Robotix-Academy Conference for Industrial Robotics (RACIR) is a scientific conference organized by the Robotix-Academy and setting the focus on various aspects on industrial robotics and automation.

The conference covers current scientific findings and latest research results from 5 universities of the Greater Region : ZeMA, University of Liège, University of Luxembourg, Université de Lorraine and Umwelt Campus Birkenfeld. The network organizes summer schools, scientific conferences and joint training activities, which stimulate cross-border synergies as well as the pooling of resources, skills and research results.

A network of master and doctoral students from the Greater Region and other countries is gradually emerging with research topics such as robot control, human-robot interaction, assisted assembly/ disassembly, automated manipulation, robot design, service robots, robotics in automation, biomedical applications, autonomous vehicles (land, sea, and air), robot perception, sensor information, robot vision and sensor/actuator networks.

Robotics Lecture within the framework of the Robotix-Academy

The Robotics Lecture takes place every year within the framework of the Robotix-Academy at different partner locations. This five-day block seminar is attended by master students, professors and a dozen assistants from the individual partner universities in the Greater Region: Université de Lorraine (France), Université de Liège (Belgium), ZeMA Saarbrücken (Germany) and the University of Luxembourg.

The programme includes various presentations, lectures and exercises (simulation software and offline programming) on issues of industrial robotics. In addition, the students gain practical programming experience on several robots and devices of the partner institutions, which enabled them to discover a wide range of software and hardware from various perspectives.

A factory or company tour completes the five-day seminar.

The Robotix-Academy was founded as a cross-border research cluster for industrial robotics within the framework of the Interreg programme V A Großregion. The aim is to create synergies in teaching and research with the universities of the Greater Region.

The next edition will take place in February 2020 at the ZeMA in Saarbrücken.

Robotix-Academy Roadshow

The Robotix-Academy Roadshow is held annually at a different partner location. The event was aimed at companies in the Greater Region who have already gained experience with industrial robotics or would like to obtain information on how to get started with this topic.

The roadshow itself serves as an information event at which various human-robot collaboration systems (MRK systems) will be presented and illustrated with application examples. Presentations will be given on individual demonstrators as well as on robotics in general.

The aim of the event is to establish contact to the companies and to offer oneself as a contact person for the entry into MRK. Thus the Robotix-Academy achieves a higher degree of awareness among the visitors and can make new contacts.

The Robotix-Academy is funded by the programme Interreg A V Greater Region.

 

A network of master and doctoral students from the Greater Region and elsewhere is weaving little by little covering research topics like robot control, human-robot interaction, assisted assembly/ disassembly, automated manipulation, robot design, service robots, robotics in automation, biomedical applications, autonomous vehicles (land, sea, and air), robot perception, sensor information, robot vision and sensor/actuator networks.

RACIR 2019 will be held in Liège University June 05-06, 2019.

Robotix-Academy Summer School

The Robotix-Academy Summer School is a one-week workshop organized annually and taking place in shifts at one of the Robotix-Academy partner’s. The summer school is targeted at research assistants with the aim of learning from each other in different interactive workshops.

The workshop topics are collected by the master and doctoral students of the 5 universities of the Greater Region : ZeMA, University of Liège, University of Luxembourg, Université de Lorraine and Umwelt Campus Birkenfeld. The network of the Robotix-Academy organizes summer schools, scientific conferences and joint training activities, which stimulate cross-border synergies as well as the pooling of resources, skills and research results.

The Robotix-Academy is funded by the programme Interreg A V Greater Region.

Project Partners

ZeMA

Dr. Matthias Vette-Steinkamp
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Université de Lorraine

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Abba
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Université de Liège

Prof. Oliver Brüls
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Pôle MecaTech

Jean Denoël
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Hochschule Trier, Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Gerke
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Université du Luxembourg

Prof. Peter Plapper
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