Details about the program 2019 will follow soon.
For your reference, please have a look at this years program:

Program "Smart Future with Cobots and Co-acts"

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, in Heilbronn


Early arrivals welcome reception
Lehner´s Wirtshaus

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, in Lauffen/Neckar


Bus shuttle to Lauffen


Registration and Coffee

Opening and Session 1: Mobile manipulation in logistics and service

08:45 – 09:00

Welcome by Henrik A. Schunk

09:00 – 09:30

Key Note
Prof. Dr.–Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl
Fraunhofer IPA, Germany
The role of automation and robotics in future manufacturing systems

09:30 – 10:00

Frederik Brantner
Magazino GmbH, Germany
Flexible warehouse automation with perception driven robots

10:00 – 10:30

Dr. Irma Lindt
DHL Innovation Center, Germany
Robotics – Enabler of new human machine collaboration in warehouses

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break and exhibition

Session 2: Handling in high profile applications

11:00 – 11:30

Yvonne Straube
BMW Group, Germany
Human-Robot-Collaboration at BMW –
A success story and upcoming challenges

11:30 – 12:00

Christopher Parlitz
Robert Bosch Start-up GmbH, Germany
From research to product: Laser slam for automation

12:00 – 12:30

Melonee Wise
Fetch Robotics Inc., United States
On-demand automation: Warehouse robots in one day

12:30 – 14:30

Lunch and exhibition

Session 3: Robotics Systems

14:30 – 15:00

Juan Salcedo
Neocis Inc., United States
Collaborative robotics for haptic-guided surgery

15:00 – 15:30

Brian Carlisle
Precise Automation Inc., United States
Design, testing and applications of collaborative robots

15:30 – 16:00

Prof. Dr.–Ing. Sami Haddadin
Institute of Automatic Control, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität
Hannover (IRT), Germany
Learning and control in robotics

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break and exhibition

16:30 – 17:00

Dr. Andreas Bihlmaier
robodev GmbH, Germany
Filling the Gaps: Hands-on automation as an extension of lean production

17:00 – 17:30

Dr. Hubert Zitt
University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Star Trek: How technical visions became reality

17:30 – 18:00

Exhibition and discussion


Bus shuttle to Heilbronn


Dinner and magical social event at
Ratskeller, Marktplatz 7, 74072 Heilbronn am Neckar

Thursday, March 01, 2018, in Lauffen/Neckar


Bus shuttle to Lauffen

Session 4: Robotics Technologies

09:00 – 09:30

Dr. Claus Risager
Blue Ocean Robotics ApS, Denmark
Partnerships designed for taking the lead of global service robot market verticals

09:30 – 10:00

Dr. Walter Wohlkinger
Blue Danube Robotics GmbH, Austria
From safe industrial robots to safe applications everywhere

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break and exhibition

10:30 – 11:00

Søren Peter Johansen
DTI, Denmark
The demand and concerns for collaborative solutions in the industry

11:00 – 11:30

Dr. Bernd Liepert
KUKA AG, Germany
Future of robotics: Challenges in robotics, automation and A.I. in the age of digitalization

11:30 – 13:30

Lunch and exhibition

Session 5: R & D

13:30 – 14:00

Prof. Jiping He
Beijing Institute of Technology, China
Sensory feedback and neural interface for interactive intelligent control of robotics grasping and manipulation

14:00 – 14:30

Dr. Minas Liarokapis
New Dexterity, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Simplifying grasping and dexterous,
In-hand manipulation with adaptive robot hands

14:30 – 15:00

Prof. Dr. Torsten Kröger
KIT, Germany
Overview of robotics activities in Silicon Valley – Learning to grasp

15:00 – 15:15

Closing Expert Days by Henrik A. Schunk


Exhibition, discussion, coffee and end of Expert Days


Bus shuttle to Heilbronn

Lectures and discussions are held in English.
Preliminary program. Subject to change without notice.

Stadthalle Lauffen
Charlottenstraße 89
74348 Lauffen/Neckar