Innorobo 2018, 15-17 May, Paris, France

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We invite international experts and visionaries to share and debate their ideas on the future of robotics

Wednesday 07-01

Thursday 07-02

Friday 07-03

14:00 – 16:00


16:00 – 18h00


9:00 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:00

Start-UP Finalist

14:00 – 16:00


16:00 – 18:00


9:00 – 11:00


Conference Programm


Wednesday 01-07

2PM – 4PM

Joost Nijhoff
Business Developer IT & Robot - UDVIKLING FYN P/S
Global App Store for Robots – Scale Up your Business Model

Robots being computers pushing against the real world, there is a lot to learn from IT economics.. Within robotic R&D, the learning curve from the IT world is steep: more and more companies are building new products and services based on ROS, open source tools and cloud infrastructures make it possible for developers to focus on new applications as the differentiating element. But is it enough to have a robot that can DO something no other man or machine can? Most likely it is not.
Turning science in technology – turning technology into business: There is a clear need for flexible and scalable business models. The App Store model is definitely among the most scalable – and will change the way we think about product sales and delivery, about marketing and revenue streams.
Several players have launched App Stores for robots the last 12 months. Some of them as Capp Store, an online platform featuring useful accessories, hardware and software extending the capabilities of the robots. This talk will run you through these App & Capp Stores, their potential and their impact on the need for Scale Up Business Models.
Barbara Mazzolai

Barbara Mazzolai
Director - Center for Micro-biorobotics - IIT
Modularity, non-muscular movements, distributed sensing and control: What plants can teach us in robotics

The question of how plants move in the absence of muscles has attracted the interest of many scientists in both past and current times.

From a biological perspective, the physiology of plant movement is central to the understanding of plant development and plant movement in response to environmental stimuli. The movement of plants or plant parts occurs over a wide range of sizes and time scales.

An understanding of these non-muscular movements could hold potential for developments in applied sciences and engineering, especially for the creation of novel robots and biomimetic actuation strategies that are characterized by high energy efficiency and low power consumption. Plants “engineering” principles are opposite to animals. Their functions are intrinsically networked, decentralized, distributed, and robust in a manner apt to be ported into robotics as well.

We study plants and, in particular, their roots, to design and develop a new generation of hardware and software technologies, called “PLANTOIDS”, which are robotic systems equipped with distributed sensing, actuation, and intelligence to perform environmental exploration and monitoring tasks.
Examples of growing plant-like robots, responsive materials, soft sensors and actuators inspired from materials and motions in plants will be presented and discussed.
Jamie Paik
Director - Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory - EPFL
Addressing Soft Robotics Challenges

Today, the mobility and manipulation capabilities of robots are tightly coupled to the hardware of the system. Since robot architectures are fixed from the conception of the design, both physical and functional capabilities of each robot are limited to its physical architecture. Soft robots address this limitation of conventional robots through material and design.

In this talk, I will present some of the latest activities at the Reconfigurable Robotics Lab. Our major research goal is to provide robust solutions to meet the engineering challenges needed to demonstrate a capable end-to-end soft robotics system that starts with specifications and delivers a fully functional robot. I will address the specific challenges involved with building of soft robots, their soft components (actuators, sensors, robotics bodies) and design principles including origami robots (Robogamis).
Ramesh Caussy
CEO, CTO and Founder
Partnering Robotics
Another path toward the Service Robotics market

Regarding the Service Robotics industry some experts or well recognized personalities have shared their vision on when and where the economic big bang should possibly start. Our observation is that this industry opportunity is still an emerging one where involved players have burnt lots of energy to shape vulnerable strategic position. Despite a lot of buzz on what should be done in terms of product design and features, of software level capabilities or first market niches to target, the way has no tile and uncertainty is high.
Based on researches concerning market, technology, and uses, it appears that alternative paths exists to stimulate the market adoption for service robotics. Our talk will be articulated on some learnings and critical choices that should help to ramp up some specific markets. The need to nurture the social relationship will be underlined.

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Wednesday 01-07

4PM – 6PM

Joel Gibbard
CEO - OpenBionics
Technology For Good: a 3D Printed Helping Hand

Roboticist Joel Gibbard will demonstrate how technologies can be used to change lives and impact people in meaningful ways. See the Open Bionics 3D printed robotic hand in action and hear how this hand will dramatically change healthcare.
Bradley Nelson
Professor of Robotics - ETH ZURICH
Commercializing Microrobotics Technologies

The futuristic vision of microrobotics is of intelligent machines that navigate throughout our bodies searching for and destroying disease. The reality is that we still have a long way to go to get there, but while we traverse this path of interdisciplinary research we have obtained some results of more immediate direct impact.

In this talk I will highlight some of our efforts that are being commercialized. One area is in the development of microrobotic manipulation tools that are currently being used in areas as diverse as MEMS and materials testing and for research in cell biology and mechanobiology. Another promising development is related to concepts we originally developed for guiding small microrobots for ophthalmic therapies.

Our findings in this area are currently being commercialized to steer catheters within the heart for treating atrial fibrillation. We have also discovered that some of our microrobot designs have potential application in harvesting tiny, delicate protein crystals, which has important applications in drug discovery.
Daniel Theobald
CTO, Vecna
Autonomous Logistics in Dynamic Healthcare Environments

Improved localization and obstacle avoidance technology is allowing robots to better work in dynamic, human-centric environments, with
particular application in healthcare. This presentation will address the challenges in implementing autonomous mobile robotics in dynamic human-centric environments, the impact of robots on human workflow, and considerations for change management.
Angelika Peer
Full Professor - Bristol Robotics Laboratory (UWE)
Assistive Robotics - Challenges of human-in-the-loop-systems

The rapidly ageing society and the continuous decrease of nursing specialists call for new assistive devices that fit elderly and patient demands. Assistive robotic systems in general and specifically those that stay in close physical interaction with humans come along with a variety of challenges as the human becomes part of the overall system and needs to be considered when designing low-level control algorithms, but also higher-level reasoning and decision-making modules. This talk will highlight challenges arising on the different levels and discuss how we approached them in different projects.
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CEO - ExoAtlet
ЕxoSkeleton ExoAtlet as an effective means of medical rehabilitation and social adaptation

Many people are now limited in mobility due to different reasons: but cerebral blood strokes and spinal traumas are the main ones. The ExoAtlet provides new means of rehabilitation in specialized medical facilities as well as at home for those, who seemed to be chained to wheelchairs for the rest of their life. ExoAtlet provides natural walking pattern which helps to retain walking skills faster and it gives vast opportunities for rehabilitation techniques for the doctors.

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Thursday 02-07

9AM – 11AM

Shigeo Hirose
Director CTO - HiBot
Creative Design of Practical Inspection Robots for the Aging Infrastructures

At present there is the strong demand to develop the practical robots which can perform inspection tasks of the aging infrastractures of the society. In this talk, I will talk about our activities to develop robots for pipeline inspection, high voltage lines, dams and bridges. I will also summarize the creative design thinking in the design of robots.
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Philippe Bidaud
Director - ONERA
Replacing Sergei Lupaschin - Fotokite

Title and abstract to come
Jean-Paul Monet
Lieutenant-Colonel - Bouches-Du-Rhône Fire Department
Do robots constitute a help for civil protection?

For many years, military, security and safety services have been experiencing and finally using unmanned tools.
First end users, Counter Improvised Explosive Devices squads, gave first acknowledgments to these unusual devices. A large employment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) during Afghanistan and Middle East conflicts allows developing interfaces and sensors.
After a while, many services are now using UGVs especially in Chemical Biological Radioactive, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) threats mitigation, security, and counterterrorist missions. Furthermore, a very promising future is gradually taking shape for UGVs in industrial safety.
Over military applications, UAVs are fully employed, in sensitive area survey, natural disaster fighting and law enforcement missions. But aerial imagery is also now very valuable in touristic use and in building industry i.e. for inspections.
Nowadays, these wide spread tools, are coming out of the professional sphere, and are used by journalists and usual citizens.
Oussama Khatib
Professor of Computer Science - Stanford University
Working with the New Robots

Exploring, working, and interacting with humans, the new generation of robots being developed will increasingly touch people and their lives, in homes and workplaces, in challenging field domains and new production systems. These emerging robots will provide support in services, health care, manufacturing, entertainment, education, assistance, and intervention. While full autonomy for the performance of advanced tasks in complex environments remains challenging, the simple intervention of a human would tremendously facilitate reliable real-time robot operations. Human-robot interaction greatly benefits from combining the experience and cognitive abilities of the human with the strength, dependability, competence, reach, and endurance of robots. Moving beyond conventional teleoperation, the new paradigm places the human at the highest level of task abstraction, relying on highly skilled robots with the requisite competence for advanced task behavior capabilities. The discussion focuses on robot design concepts, robot perception and control architectures, and task strategies that bring human modeling, motion, and skill understanding to the development of safe, easy to use, and competent robotic systems. The presentation will highlight interactions with a novel underwater robot Ocean One, O2, being developed at Stanford in collaboration with Meka Robotics, and KAUST. Connecting humans to increasingly competent robots will certainly fuel a wide range of new robotic applications in challenging environments.

Hear our field robotics speakers:


Thursday 02-07

11AM – 12AM

Carole Granade
President- BoostInLyon
Startups and robotics

Title & presentation to come
Startup pitch! The 5 finalists of our Call for robotics startups will pitch in front of our investor panel!



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Eric Tardy
Deputy Director - Axandus
Carole Granade
President- BoostInLyon

Hear the startups pitching in front of the judges:


Thursday 02-07

2PM – 4PM

Carlo Ratti
Director - MIT SENSEable City Lab

The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed - alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.
Marcelo Ang
Associate Professor - National University of Singapore (NUS)
Sustainable Transportation using Robotic Vehicles for Mobility-on-Demand

Easy mobility is an important capability to enhance the quality of all our lives. Self-driving cars provide mobility-on-demand anytime and anywhere. Besides the convenience, autonomous driving provides a safe and productive environment, and an efficient use of resources. This talk shares our research group’s current activities in achieving mobility-on-demand using autonomous vehicles, in both pedestrian (malls, airports, parks, etc) and road environments. The current state-of-the-art will be presented together with current challenges and our approach to solving these challenges.
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Blake McEldowney
Founding Partner, ZINC
Designing Citizen Centric Robots for the Urban Environment

As robotics becomes increasingly woven into the fabric of our lives, we see a need for robots to be designed in a much more human centered way. Robots should only be developed if there is a defined need that solves a human problem, directly or indirectly. Interactions with robots need to be clearly thought through and the larger effect on society at large must be taken into account.

With that in mind, we will explore how robotics and AI can be designed and implemented to improve the urban environment. As technology becomes ubiquitous within city infrastructure, we envision ways to leverage technologies like robotics to create citizen centric cities. Ultimately, we want to improve the lives of humans and we see ways that new types of carefully designed robots can help us in this regard.
Tuomas J. Lukka
Chief Scientists - ZenRobotics
Smart robots change the economics of recycling

The ZenRobotics Recycler is a waste sorting product using robots to recycle waste from a conveyor belt. I discuss some of the technical challenges in creating a robotic system that can operate in such an unstructured environment.

On the business and waste processing side, a versatile system such as ours has implications for the big picture: smaller, cheaper, more local recycling plants reduce logistical costs.

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Thursday 02-07

4PM – 6PM

Rodney Brooks
Founder, Chairman and CTO - Rethink Robotics
How Collaborative Robots are Changing Manufacturing and Logistics

Collaborative robots that are safe to be next to, and easy to retrain for new tasks are changing how we think about industrial robots. Workspace no longer needs to be segregated into robots-only and humans-only, but instead robots and people can be working side by side. And by adding modern, easy to use, user interfaces, collaborative robots can be retasked by workers on the factory floor. This brings a new level of empowerment to workers, able to use sophisticated robots, offloading dull repetitive tasks to them, and letting the teams of robots and people be more productive. Working together this way in factories is the harbinger of how collaborative robots will ultimately be pervasive across our lives.
Andre Wegner
Andre Wegner
Founder and CEO - Authentise
The Power of Distributed Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing, has matured from being a mere prototyping tool to an industry firmly focused on manufacturing. The freedom of design enabled by 3D printing can drive vast improvements in product performance, but supply chains, not industrial design, may end up being the most disrupted industry. 3D printing stands at the forefront of technology improvements that are promising to fully automate production and create the "factory in a box". Combining this disruptive potential with supply chain failure, including long lead times, lack of customization and fake parts, drives the next supply chain paradigm: distributed manufacturing.
Pascal Lafourcade
Assistant Professor - Industrial Chair on Digital Trust
Which security for the Factories of the Future

Today factories are using several machines that are controlled by humans. In the future, factories will be populated by machines, robots working together autonomously under the supervision of humans. In these new factories communication between different entities are one of the key points of such factories. However this change of paradigm might introduce new threats and offer new possibilities for an intruder to mount some attacks.

In this talk, I will describe main challenges and threats of the factories of the future. I will present that designing secure systems is not an easy task and it is an important feature to take into account from the design of such critical systems. Finally I propose to use formal methods to analyze and prove the security of such system before their deployment.
Fabien Bardinet
CEO - Balyo
The Next Generation Material Handling

Whether in manufacturing or in warehousing, labor is a considerable portion of the logistics function (up to 75%), but new technologies propose to significantly reduce this cost, by automating the basic logistics tool : the forklift.

While manufacturers and industry participants have been expecting technology to one day enable the automation of trucks, the market is still waiting for the right tool. One that is flexible, quickly deployable, granular, and financially attractive.
Some innovative companies are now making this a reality. The technologies are disruptive and proving to be a powerful cost cutter, whether in warehousing, or in manufacturing. Moreover, they finally allow a natural collaboration between men and robots, to end the paradigm that opposed them.

This session will cover, at a high level, the tremendous economic impact of such solutions. Two types of applications will be discussed, one in a warehouse environment, one in manufacturing.

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Friday 03-07

9AM – 11AM

Yuki Nakagawa
CEO - RT Corporation
Life with Robots

Do you have opportunity to live with robots like SciFi?
Robots are on going technology. Cloud and IT make robots into daily life.
In Japan, we have so many robots. From our challenge, we show humanoid robot driven by smart phone, robot arm in the kitchen. We can discuss to keep safety, design and functions for articulated robots sharing space with human for next generation.
GwennaelGateGwennaël Gâté
Co-Founder -
What do humanoid robots tell us about the future of smart objects?

We live an exciting time when we all want to believe that connecting objects to the Internet is about to revolutionize the way we live at home. People like us, designing humanoid robots, have been hoping to be about to do so for quite a long time now. Unfortunately humanoid robots will take many more years before helping us on household duties.

Smart objects will consequently find their way into our homes before that, but leveraging an added Internet connection will probably not be enough for them to take over the world.

How can humanoid robotics help us imagine and design smart objects that truly revolutionize the way we live at home?

After 5 years learning what it takes to put robots in front of real people, I will propose an humble and (hopefully!) pragmatic point of view about this question.
jerome-schonfeldJérôme Schonfeld
General Manager & Co-founder - HOLÎ
Title to come.
Martin Hägele
Head of Department Robots and Systems - Fraunhofer IPA
The Care-O-bot 4 product family: modular and scalable service robot component for everyday environments

For many years Fraunhofer IPA has been engaged in a long-term initiative named Care-O-bot to propose a product vision of a future robot servant and to create an experimental platform which serves for key-technology developments and real-world assessments. The common vision is that a robot assistant aims should actively supporting humans in their daily life in a variety of household tasks, or in public environments to support patients and personnel in health care institutions, to deliver orders in restaurants, and to provide reception and room service in hotels. The recent outcome of this long-termed effort has been presented in January 2014 in the form of the Care-O-bot4. In order to cope with the described multitude of functional requirements regarding the robot’s application environment and different styles of user interaction, we chose to create a versatile system which is modular in its kinematic, sensory and interface configurations and which easily connects to open source initiative such as ROS. In the presentation we will address the system’s overall design effort to create a symbiosis of design and engineering, as well as functionality and emotion, for encouraging user interaction. Furthermore we will present how different user groups may benefit from this experimental robot platform towards exploring possible applications in real life settings in services, manufacturing and public environments.

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