Tracks and Sessions
Robotics Engineering Training Days tracks and sessions are focused on those topics most critical for robotics and automation professionals. They include:
Design, Development and Manufacturing Track
- Design, Development and Simulation Tools for Robotics Development
Actuation and Motion Control
- Advanced Motion Control Solutions for Robotics Systems
- Motion Control for Healthcare Robotics Applications: Functional Requirements, Critical Capabilities
Sensing and Sensing Systems
- Intelligent Sensing for Object Recognition, Manipulation and Control
- Vision and Sensing Solutions for Autonomous Mapping and Navigation
Intelligence and Cognition
- Developing Intelligent Robots - Machine Learning on Edge, Cloud and Hybrid Architectures
‘Motion’ in the physical world, whether in the form of changing place, position or posture, is perhaps the greatest differentiator between robotic systems and all other classes of engineered products. It is motion is that makes robotics systems ‘robotic’, and it is advances in motion control technologies that have spurred robotics innovation, with the result that there has been a dramatic increase in the use of robotics technologies and products around the globe. In this Robotics Engineering Training Days session, attendees will learn how support for robotic motion control has improved with the introduction of new products and technologies, and how they allow for new capabilities, new applications, and entry into new markets.
Design, engineering and manufacturing services providers play a critical role in the production of robotics technologies and products. The services they provide range from the short term and tactical, to longer client engagements requiring deep domain expertise and end-to-end solutions involving co-innovation and shared financial risk. In this session, attendees will learn about the wide variety of services offerings that are available for creating and manufacturing robotics technologies and products, as well as provider selection criteria, business models and service agreement options. Case studies will be used to highlight critical points.
The development of robots and robotic technology requires the mastery of multiple disciplines – primarily software development, mechanical and electrical engineering. Robotics development is made even more difficult as it is limited by embedded and real-time constraints. Commercial viability adds additional burdens for the robotics developer. Solution providers have responded to these difficulties by providing a whole host of robotics design, development tools, simulation and testing tools, as well as ready-made robotic ‘platforms’, that dramatically simplify the job of designing, developing, testing and manufacturing robots and robotic products. This session will provide an overview of current robotics development solutions, as well as highlight development trends.
Healthcare robotics share many areas of technical commonality with electrically powered medical devices, as well as the common goal of improving patient care. A key difference, however, is that for all robotics systems, motion and movement in physical world is expected. For robots, motion (and motional control) is presumed and definitional. As such, motion control technologies and techniques are central considerations for any robotics engineering initiative. Compared to industrial and consumer motion control technologies, motion control solutions for healthcare applications typically have different, and often very stringent, functional requirements in areas such as safety, reliability, tolerances, cleanability, sterilization and more. In this Robotics Engineering Training Days session, attendees will learn about the leading functional requirements and critical capabilities of motion control solutions for healthcare robotics applications.
Commercial robotic systems typically require multiple types of sensors to capture information about the physical world, which following fusion and further processing allows them localize themselves, navigate while avoiding obstacles, and provide additional information. The number, type, and quality of the onboard sensors vary depending on the price and target application for the platform. Common sensor types include 2D / 3D imaging sensors (cameras), 1D and 2D laser rangefinders, 2D and 3D sonar sensors, 3D High Definition LiDAR, accelerometers, GPS and more. Thankfully, solution providers continue to release low-cost, increasingly powerful products, and new sensing technologies are always emerging. In this Robotics Engineering Training Days session, attendees will learn of the latest advances in sensing products and technologies, including use cases highlighting important trends and examples of the latest sensing trends and techniques.