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Expert Huddle Sessions

Be sure to join in the Expert Huddle Sessions at the Community Hub! View the sessions which best aligns to your business needs below. Programme is accurate as of 26 September 2018 and is subjected to changes.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

10:30 am – 10:50 am

1st Showcase / Presentation

Title: Innovative integrated Robot End-effectors for Professional Services

Presenter: Professor Chen I-Ming | Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

 

We present current results of our NRP project to provide innovative end-effectors with integrated perception for professional service robots such as in in linen handling and transport, irregular-shaped tool cleaning, and picking assorted items. These tasks are commonly encountered in hospital operations, environment cleaning and hospitality logistics. The novel end-effectors incorporates multi-modal perception such as sight (camera), and touch (tactile & haptic) to guide the grasping strategy. These end-effectors will be incorporated onto robot manipulators and demonstrated for various types of hospital logistics requirements.

 

10:55 am – 11:15 am

Break

11:20 am – 11:40 am

2nd Showcase / Presentation

Title: Next Steps in Cleaning and Maintenance Robotics

Presenter: Assistant Professor Mohan Rajesh | Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

 

Self-reconfigurable robots are intelligent machines capable of autonomously changing their kinematic morphologies to overcome complexities in the traversing environment or task being handled. Their promise of high degree of versatility, robustness and modularity is set to open up a wide range of new applications for robots. However, developing these robots are highly challenging. While some progress has been achieved, there are still many open issues. The goal of this project is to significantly advance fundamental research and development of self-reconfigurable robots using well defined set of deployment use cases. In this project, we aim to develop a new class of high performance self-reconfigurable robots that are able to significantly improve the performance of existing solutions. Specially, we target three application settings namely, 1) drain inspection, 2) hawker center cleaning, 3) pavement sweeping.

 

11:45 am – 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:05 pm – 2:25 pm

3rd Showcase / Presentation

Title: Importance of Vision in autonomous navigation for Robots

Presenter: Mr Abhishek Gupta | Movel Ai

 

With increase demand in robotics, the challenges are increasing as well. Robots must be deployed in a dynamic environment, where they can co-work with humans. The problem can be solved, using camera as one of the sensor. In this presentation, we will share about the history of camera vision application in robotics and how in future, the camera vision can be useful to deploy robots in unstructured environment.

 

2:30 pm – 2: 50 pm

Break

2:55 pm – 3:15 pm

4th Showcase / Presentation

Title: Recent Advancements in Construction Service Robots

Presenter: Dr Ehsan Asadi | Transforma Robotics

 

The talk is about the recent developments by Transforma Robotics, a startup company in the field of robotics and automation in the construction industry. Despite the rapid technology evolution, construction services are mostly labor-dependent and performed with conventional techniques where safety and productivity are always concerns. Construction service robotics is one of the areas where robots aim to perform the tasks that are troublesome, dangerous, dirty or highly demanding in a semi or fully autonomous way. Researches indicate that robots should enhance human workers, not replace them, as they do not have the same capability to evaluate and correct their work in real time. Hence, the productivity of many construction tasks could be significantly leveraged through human and robot cooperation. I introduce combining the benefits of automation with the deployment of robotics systems and human skill/ingenuity to minimize the tiresome part of work while maximizing the efficiency and safety in particular construction tasks such as interior finishing and quality assessment.

 

3:20 pm – 3:40 pm

Break

3:45 pm – 4:05 pm

5th Showcase / Presentation

Title: Robotics Roadmap - To identify, prioritize and select the most promising robot potentials and how to realize these robot potentials

Presenter: Mr Peter Tan | Blue Ocean Robotics

 

Blue Ocean Robotics has the overall value proposition to create robots that are valuable to humans by improving quality-of-life, working environments and productivity. Naturally, this is a value proposition shared by our strategic partners, however, even though the potential of robotics is clear, the question is often what to develop and where to start. This is where the RoBi-Roadmap program comes into the picture. It is an opportunity for our strategic partners to get their business analyzed from both a strategic and low-practical perspective by robot specialists, while also broadening their horizon in terms of what can be achieved with robotics today and in the future.

 

4:10 pm – 4:30 pm

Break

4:35 pm – 4:55pm

6th Showcase / Presentation

Title: Getting a Medical Robotics Startup Moving

Presenter: Mr Colin Tan | Endomaster

 

Robotics has become very prevalent in medicine in recent years due to the expertise, affordability and clinical need for using complicated systems to produce better patient outcomes. EndoMaster has succeeded in producing a working system that can be used in the hospital but there is still much to do and much to learn. In this talk, I would like to share with you the key lessons we have learned over the years in getting our company moving towards commercialization that will hopefully be of use to you in your own medical robotics journey.

 

End of Day One


 

Friday, November 2, 2018

10:30 am – 10:50 am

1st Showcase / Presentation

Title: Soft Robotics and Soft Manipulation

Presenter: Assistant Professor Raye Yeow | National University of Singapore (NUS)

 

The human hand is capable of achieving various modes of effective grasping. While these dexterous grasping modes seem intuitive to the human, they are relatively challenging for traditional robotic grippers. Traditional robotic grippers are composed of rigid structural components, which limit their potential in applications where safe adaptable grasping is required. Soft robotics has disrupted the field of manipulation, as their intrinsically soft structures allow for compliant grasping of delicate objects in unstructured environments. This presentation showcases some of our prominent works in soft robotic grippers in performing various complex grasping applications. The work evolves from the very early silicone-based soft robotic gripper that mimics tentacle motions, to a fully 3D-printed bidirectional soft robotic gripper for non-conventional grasping, to a more recent fabric-based soft robotic hand that combines soft actuation with smart tactile sensing.

 

10:55 am – 11:15 am

Break

11:20 am – 11:40 am

2nd Showcase / Presentation

Title: Electronic Skins for Robots

Presenter: Assistant Professor Benjamin Tee | National University of Singapore (NUS)

 

There is a clear trend towards a living environment where humans, connected devices and robots live in synergy together. Intelligent devices and robots are augmenting human abilities and assist in a myriad of applications, such as health diagnostics, surgery and predictive analytics. Developing materials with sensitive yet robust mechanical properties is important to achieve seamless integration and digitally augmented activities. I will discuss a few key strain-engineering technologies and possible strategies to engineer damage robustness into devices, such as new self-healing materials. In addition, I will also discuss our recent progress in developing new scalable and ultra-fast electronic skin platform technologies for more tactile-aware and perceptive AI robots.

 

11:45 am – 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:05 pm – 2:25 pm

3rd Showcase / Presentation

Title: ROS (2) and Gazebo: The Latest in Open Source Software for Modern Robotics

Presenter: Dr Morgan Quigley | Open Source Robotics Corporation Singapore Pte Ltd

 

This talk will describe two large open-source projects: the Robot Operating System (ROS) and the Gazebo simulation framework. Our organization is the steward of these global projects, and we have recently opened a development office in Singapore. In this talk, I will highlight the design goals of ROS and Gazebo, and show how these projects can be used to accelerate research and product development. Examples will be cited from many domains of robotics, including autonomous driving, service, and industrial applications. The talk will then describe new features and upcoming development efforts in both ROS (2) and Gazebo.

 

2:30 pm – 2: 50 pm

Break

2:55 pm – 3:15 pm

4th Showcase / Presentation

Title: Perceptive Grasping : Enabling Deployment of Robots for Professional Services

Presenter: Dr Albert Causo | Handplus Robotics

 

This talk will discuss Hand Plus Robotics’ journey from the lab to the start-up world. First, the challenges of deploying robots in professional services will be discussed, with special focus on grasping and perception. In our experience, two of the major barriers in deploying robots outside of factory setting include perception and grasping, ie, there is the need to sense unstructured environment, identify huge variety of items, and determine the right grasping approach. Second, A brief glance of projects we have worked on or working on will be presented. Lastly, we would quickly discuss the challenges of launching a robotics (hardware and deep-tech) start-up and the opportunities that lie ahead.

 

3:20 pm – 3:40 pm

Break

3:45 pm – 4:05 pm

5th Showcase / Presentation

Title: DELMIA - Rapid Planning. Zero Error & Waste

Presenter: Mr Adrien Ermenault | 3DS

 

- Process Planning

- Robot simulation+ Programing

- Production Plant simulation

- Mobility for Production

 

4:10 pm – 4:30 pm

Break

4:35 pm – 4:55pm

6th Showcase / Presentation

Title:

Presenter: TBC | TBC

 

End of Day Two