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SAVE THE DATE: ARGOS Challenge Awards Ceremony @Innorobo2017

In December 2013, Total launched the ARGOS (Autonomous Robot for Gas and Oil Sites) Challenge, a bold international robotics competition aiming to inspire a new generation of autonomous robots adapted to the specific needs of the oil and gas industry. These robots must be able to carry out inspection tasks, detect anomalies and intervene urgently in harsh conditions and environments such as sub-zero temperatures, deserts, isolated areas, at sea, on land, etc.

In June 2014, 5 teams from different countries (Austria/Germany, Spain/Portugal, France, Japan and Switzerland) were selected to design and build the 1st field robot compliant with the ATEX/IECEX standard (on explosive atmospheres). The Group granted a maximum of €600, 000 to each team and a prize of €500 000 will be awarded to the winner. Total commissioned the French National Research Agency (ANR) to run the call for projects launched in December 2013, to orchestrate the project evaluation process and to assist Total in organizing the competitions. The teams clashed at 4 competitions, with the final matchup held in March 2017 helping to determine the winner.

The event not only helps to meet new challenges in the oil and gas industry, but also embodies the pioneering, exploratory spirit of Total’s R&D.

Beyond the ARGOS Challenge, the use of such a robot could be extended to industrial complexes worldwide and have positive impacts for the general public (e.g. in civil security, firefighting, and other areas).

Total Exploration – Production (EP) conducts R&D work in fields closely related to its core business, and in 2014 created “Prospective Labs” dedicated to exploratory research. The aim: to use small, agile organizations (Labs) to explore emerging technologies outside of the group’s traditional business fields that could potentially lead to breakthroughs in its activities.

We will be delighted to see you on Thursday 18 May 2017 at 11:00 am at the Innorobo exhibition for the ARGOS Challenge Awards Ceremony, a presentation of the winning team and a discussion with representatives of Total Exploration – Production’s R&D Division.

Attendees include:

  • Kris Kydd, Director, Prospective Lab Robotics, Total Research and Development.
  • Sylvie Duflot, Director, R&D, Total Exploration – Production.
  • Representatives of the winning team of the ARGOS Challenge

Please confirm you will be attending by sending an email to

About the ARGOS Challenge, an initiative by Total Exploration-Production’s R&D Division

By launching the ARGOS Challenge, Total made the bold choice of an open innovation approach. The ambitious aim is to bring together players in the robotics sphere and encourage cooperation in order to make them aware of the operational constraints faced by the operators of Total’s industrial oil and gas production facilities. It also seeks to encourage the design and adoption of innovative robotics solutions that meet exploration and production needs and enable our staff to work more safely. The ARGOS Challenge is part of this desire to get a step ahead in detecting potential breakthroughs that can significantly benefit petroleum exploration and production.


About Innorobo

Innorobo is an Impact Consulting firm specializing in business development through innovation and expertise in worldwide robotics markets. Innorobo’s runs actions in 3 areas: an international event, resources and a community. Throughout the year, Innorobo drives a community of over 3,500 robotics companies worldwide with nearly 20,000 leaders and decision makers who work together through open innovation and see robotics technologies, products and services not only as opportunities for technology-fueled growth and competitive advantages, but also as a means for human progress. Innorobo is firmly convinced that economic objectives can serve and be aligned with a greater cause, that of sustainable humankind. – A Human Approach to Robotics Technologies.

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Vol.3 – Medical and healthcare robotics

The greater number of sensors and smartphone data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and distributed or mobile robotics systems all enable the collection of large quantities of data on all individuals (Big Data). Once it has been processed by AI software, this data can be used for action by robots. We commonly say that today’s medicine is curative in nature. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in medical diagnostics, personalized medicine, individual monitoring tools, and self-monitoring of our own health, the medicine of the future being shaped by technological advances will be much more predictive, preventive and customized.

The entire medical and healthcare value chain, including health insurance systems, will thus have to be overhauled. The so-called Silver Economy, driven by the aging population, is of prime interest to many research laboratories and companies in this field. Research by INRIA’s Héphaistos team, geared primarily towards usage, is one example of this. Logévie, a member of the Housing Action Group (GAL) is highly interested in robotics solutions that can further enhance its well-established know-how in services for senior citizens.

As well, robotics is playing a bigger role in the organization of hospital work as robots, such as those by US firm Savioke or by South Korea’s Yujin Robot, are now transporting medicines from the pharmacy to the patient’s bed. Robotics is also contributing to the quality and safety of care.

Several hospitals have begun experiments to track the movements of healthcare personnel to analyze and curb the transmission of hospital-acquired infections. Not to mention the surgical robots that enable non-invasive surgery and reduce the time spent at rehabilitation facilities. Bertin Nahum, who founded Medtech (now part of an American group) in Montpellier several years ago, has recently announced the founding of a new medical robotics firm, Quantum Surgical. Young French company Axilum Robotics won Innorobo’s Start-Up Competition in 2016 for its Magnetic Transcranial Stimulation device.

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Vol.2 – Major trends in 2016: Unprecedented Technological Convergence

  • Robotics is not the only technology that is evolving exponentially.

The materials sciences, electronics, informatics, mathematics, biology, neuroscience, nanotechnology and other fields are all making rapid advances. Multidisciplinary in essence, robotics draws upon these advances and integrates them into new forms of robotics, thus speeding up its own innovation and deployment in applications on various markets. These associated fields are known as “enabling technologies”. The characteristic feature of the robot is above all its capacity to act autonomously or semi-autonomously on the physical world. However, before acting and interacting in the physical world, it calls upon a number of associated technologies, which are most often “invisible” but fully integrated in the heart of the robot.

  • Soft robotics

Combining progress in materials science with robotics has given rise to a new field of scientific research and innovations called soft robotics. “Mechanical” properties such as elasticity, density, thickness, and viscosity come together to create novel supple materials. This enables, for example, the creation of versatile robotic gripping actuators (pliers, hands, etc.) that, when used in industrial applications, provide robots with unprecedented flexibility. The robot can grasp objects of various sizes, shapes and textures depending on the need. The most impressive use of supple materials in robotics is certainly in the medical field. For example, one condition, cardiac arrhythmia, is often treated by implanting a pacemaker, a battery-operated device, in the patient. Soft robotics has enabled the development of a new essentially mechanical method that, as a result, reduces risk and is better adapted to each patient. A “soft net” surrounds the heart and contracts it in phase with the patient’s natural cardiac movement. For more information, see

  •  Virtual reality and augmented reality

The robotics field quickly began using the Kinect as an affordable 3D vision sensor and today it is capitalizing on advances in virtual reality and voice recognition to offer more intuitive interfaces for both industrial and service robotics. Thus, for example, workers at Airbus can use augmented reality to visualize the technical plans of the aircraft they are in the process of building.

  •  Artificial intelligence and robotics

The convergence garnering the most attention is that of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Whether it is in the area of perception and the data collected by the robot, followed by the analysis of this knowledge using innovative Deep Learning, Predictive Analysis or even Machine Learning algorithms, in action planning via expert systems or in interaction via Natural Language Processing, AI is becoming an integral part of all aspects of our robots. Like robotics, AI is a General Purpose Technology (GPT). This combination has led to impressive breakthrough innovations in all fields, from autonomous vehicles and guide robots to security, surveillance and maintenance drones, among others.

To support the development of AI in France, the Minister of State for Industry, Digital Sector and Innovation and the Minister of State for Higher Education and Research launched the #FRANCE IA initiative on 20 January 2017. France Stratégie has just published a full report on AI in France. The French Senate has also been working with many experts on the subject and will present its conclusions in the near future.

  •  And in the future?

The next breakthrough will perhaps be in quantum computing. One Canadian company, Kindred, whose founders are former employees of DWave, a firm renowned for its quantum computing work, has incorporated AI in its exoskeletons. If we believe the Transhumanism movement, advances will also come from the convergence of biology, informatics, nanotechnology and robotics. It may also come simply from advanced technology watch on laboratory projects in the medical field.

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Vol.4 – Agricultural Robotics

Europe is the world leader in cow-milking robots. Agriculture has already undergone its mechanical “revolution”. Robotics technologies are used differently depending on the size of the farm. For larger operations, tractors and other mobile devices are becoming autonomous, while drones monitor crops and can also be used to spread fertilizers.

At smaller farms, the work is transforming into “precision agriculture” with small autonomous robots that roam through the fields and, after distinguishing the weeds from the harmless plants and the ripe fruits from the unripe ones, spring into action with great precision. The robots pull out the weeds and pick the ripe fruits but, most importantly, do not touch what shouldn’t be touched. Interestingly, several initiatives aim to develop robotized crop and livestock farming for ecological purposes. Thus, Dino from Naïo Technologies is a weeding robot that straddles vegetable beds to mechanically weed large-scale vegetable farms, it is designed to weed industrial crops autonomously and without human supervision thanks to its guiding mechanism and its weeding and hoeing tools. It is electrically driven and requires less energy than a tractor, also lighter, it avoids compacting you soil, even when used frequently. Guided thanks to RTK GPS, you only need to enter the cartography of your field and when the robot finishes work, you will receive a text message on your smartphone.

Robotizing permaculture, i.e. natural, sustainable and self-sufficient growing systems, could help to foster its use at a broader scale.

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City: Paris – FRANCE

Application market: Field robotics / Technology

Booth: Q22



Flylab, the first fablab in France focusing on drone since 2013, developed since 2016 the 1st modular platform and open source of robotic integration and IA, as is Android for phones.

In our view, rolling, flying robotics combined with IoT and AI will facilitate the reduction of risks and costs in the many activities related to:

  • Collect and processing of data: inspection, monitoring, mapping, inventory, supervision, etc.
  • Transport of objects or persons
  • Robotic actions: cleaning, maintenance, etc …

In this digital transformation, these technologies could be new tools, a new branch of enterprise ERP.




City: Lausanne – SWITZERLAND

Application market: Medical & Health

Booth: R16



TWIICE is a modular lower limb exoskeleton for walking assistance that allows paraplegics to regain independence in their daily activities: sitting and standing, walking on regular, rough or tilted surfaces, climbing stairs or interacting in community.

Our intention is trying to give back users part of the sensations associated with walking or standing. Every disability being unique, one single exoskeleton alone cannot fulfill all expectations. Hence the need for a modular and customizable device. With a weight of 15 kilos and a battery enabling 3 hours of active walking, TWIICE is designed to handle different pathologies, morphologies and user experiences. The whole technical design is developed with a special emphasis on simplicity, which confers robustness, reliability and lightness to the device.

TWIICE is a spin-off from the Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotique at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The team is multidisciplinary and consists of 3 PhD students and 2 engineers.



Fine Robotics

City: Seoul – SOUTH KOREA

Application market: Smart Home

Booth: Q02



Finerobotics Co., Ltd are composed of experts with more than ten years of experience in the development of robots & robot home appliances. Our goal is to lead the trend of the future robotic home appliances by focusing on research and development, and commercialize diverse creative & unique products to make better human environment.




Products & Services @Innorobo

  • Single Body & Triple Cleaner : H7500 (SENSEBOT)
  • Indoor water polishing robot cleaner : HC260 (I’SENSE)



Single Body & Triple Cleaner : H7500 (SENSEBOT)

  • Individual and combined use of the handheld vacuum cleaner + robot wet-mop cleaner
  • This 3-in-1 type cleaner can clean out wide spaces and even crevice.
  • Vacuum cleaner can be separated from the mobile docking station by clicking on single button

Indoor water polishing robot cleaner : HC260 (I’SENSE)

  • Satisfied customer’s need of hard floor cleaning
  • Personalized cleaning mode
  • Smart sensor system
  • Detachable 2 Catchmops provided
  • Equipped with eco-friendly and long lifespan phosphate battery


ROBO Divine

City: Daegu – SOUTH KOREA

Application market: Smart Home / Technology



ROBO Divine is a start-up company that develops and manufactures hardware and applications for personal service robots that can be used, utilizing their small-size smart robot hardware, in various areas such as education, toys for kidults, and assistance in psychiatry. ROBO Divine seeks human-centered harmony between robots and humans, fun and inspiration.
The headquarters of the company is located within the Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement, and the company is continuously growing with a variety of equipment and technical support from the Institute.
We focus on developing small-size robots that can be used in the daily life of everyone through their smartphones, which everyone owns nowadays.
Through the medium of robots, we will build robots that can globally share the attractiveness, practicality, and fun that robots can bring to our lives.



Products & Services @Innorobo

“MUBO” stands for Musing Coding Robot, and it can turn music into digital codes.
In addition to music, it can control its 7 servo-motors to turn motions into codes, and a song and motions (dance) of your own creation will be translated into the movements of the robots hardware and the sound from its speakers.
Using this feature, the robot could be used for coding education in elementary schools, and the robot could also be used for education and as a toy at home also, using the remote-use application that has various functions such as voice detection, human recognition, color detection, and sensors. It is a small smart robot that is like a friend to children.
The robot has a cute design and a variety of facial expressions that children like, and it is a biped walking robot, using the 4 servo-motors in its legs and a total of 7 servomotors.
Robot is controlled through a smartphone, which is connected with the robot via Bluetooth technology and docking on the robots face.