Automatica 2022: Summit event highlights megatrends for the future of robotics and AI

"Munich_i Hightech-Summit"

Automatica 2022, the industry meeting place for automated, intelligent production, will be held in Munich from June 21 to 24

On the second day of Automatica, which will be held in Munich from June 21 to 24, 2022, the highlight of the supporting program will be the "Munich_i Hightech Summit". Led by Director Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin and Director Prof. Dr. med. Alena Buyx under the patronage of Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder, the leading international technology drivers and pioneers from science and industry will present their innovations, findings and megatrends on the future of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Which technologies will determine the future, how will digital transformation and AI change future business models, which strategies must be implemented today to avoid being left behind tomorrow? And what ethical aspects need to be taken into account? These are the central questions for corporate leaders and those responsible for production, research and development, technology and digital transformation. It is precisely they who need reliable and roadmap-compatible guidance as to which technologies will be relevant in the future and which industry standards will prevail. In four sessions, experts will shed light on the central aspects of the interaction of human and artificial intelligence and responsible technological change. The spectrum ranges from warehouse automation to deep learning approaches for intelligent robots and automated, AI-assisted driving to soft robotics.

  • Session 1: Next Generation Robots
    What will upcoming generations of robots look like, what tasks will they perform and how will they differ from the robots we know today? One trend that Prof. Cecilia Laschi from the National University of Singapore will present is soft robots whose design is inspired by nature.
  • Session 2: Networking Intelligence
    In the future, robots will be integrated into intelligent and self-learning systems - in industry, but also in medical technology and pharmaceutical research. Scientists, such as Dr. Anna Bauer-Mehren, Head of Data Science at Roche Innovation Center Munich, will present examples and also describe new technologies of communication and connectivity.
  • Session 3: Industrial Perception and Autonomy
    Robotics cannot realize its potential without intelligent environment recognition. Dr.-Ing. Gunter Kegel, Managing Director of Pepperl & Fuchs, explains the future requirements for the corresponding sensor technology. Prof. Matthew Mason, Chief Scientist of Berkshire Grey, the leading American technology company for AI in retail, takes a look at the future of robotic automation in intralogistics. And Prof. Alfred Rizzi, Chief Scientist of Boston Dynamics, presents the latest developments in autonomous, highly dynamic walking robots that have given the company a unique position in the robotics market.
  • Session 4: Learning, Understanding and Interaction
    Do robots need to understand the world in order to work efficiently? This question will be explored by Melonee Wise, Vice President of Robotic Automation at Zebra Technologies. According to the online magazine Business Insider, Wise is one of the eight CEOs whose work will change the world of work the most. She is currently one of six winners of the Engelberg Robotics Award 2022, the world's most prestigious award in the field of robotics.

In another presentation, AI pioneer Prof. Wolfram Burgard, TU Nuremberg, will show how robots are becoming smarter with the help of deep learning approaches. Burgard is considered an international expert on autonomous driving. From 2019 to 2021, he was Vice President for Automated Driving Technology and Machine Learning at the Toyota Research Institute in Los Altos, CA, USA.

Closing lecture and special show "AI.Society"

The closing overview lecture will be given by Prof. Seth Hutchinson of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who is also world president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and a pioneer of vision-based robot control. As a wrap-up, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin, Director of the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) and Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). A joint tour of the "Munich_i special show" and dialog platform AI.Society at Automatica will provide additional, practical insights into future trends in robotics and artificial intelligence.

AI and robotics facing technological quantum leap

This globally unique summit is organized and curated from within Mirmi. The institute bundles the expertise of more than 60 professors from various disciplines at TUM to research machine intelligence. Haddadin explains: "Artificial intelligence and robotics are on the verge of a technological quantum leap. ,Munch_i' has succeeded in attracting the very international leaders from research, technology and industry who are putting people at the center of their work and thus sustainably changing all our lives in the future." From the perspective of the trade fair organizers, the Hightech Summit 2022 offers real added value for trade visitors who expect deep insights into the future of robotics and artificial intelligence.