Dear Friends of the Expert Days,
Thank you very much for an extraordinary, surprising, and interesting event.
After the past years have been characterized by ideas, concepts, and test environments, the focus now lies on the implementation in the industrial sector. Over-engineering is no longer in demand. Concentration on the task and its solution has taken center stage.
On the other hand, the demand for multifunctional systems is high. Only in this way a permanently profitable implementation in the industrial environment can be ensured.
Tactile sensors and simple, fast, and intuitive robot programming play an extraordinarily important role in all application areas of service and assistance robotics. Its further development therefore attracts a great deal of attention.
Service and assistance robotics is a future field that is developing rapidly. What is considered "State-of-the-Art" today may already be obsolete and outdated within the next couple of days. This year's Expert Days on Service Robotics have shown this development in an impressive way. The research fields and application areas of service and assistance robotics are manifold. The avenues of research, research fields and results are just as manifold, too.
In this context, I am already looking forward today to the 10th International Expert Days on Service Robotics from 02/28 to 03/01/2018 and to the developments that will already have become reality by then.
Henrik A. Schunk
SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG