Kicking off the Bremer Universitätsgespräche with his keynote, Professor Dr. Yiannis Aloimonos (University of Maryland) already had a serious warning for the audience at the historic Stadtwaage ...
In this session the speakers presented different views on digital innovation platforms in robotic applications. Professor Dr. David Lane (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh) put a focus on underwater robotics, while Professor Dr. Amos Albert, CEO of Bosch's start-up Deepfield Robotics, presented a promising example from the agribusiness. In the third talk of this session Professor Dr. Gordon Cheng (TU Munich) gave insights into his research on artifical skin and exoskeletons.
The second session of the Bremer Universität addressed the research area of cognitive robotics. The first speaker, Professor Tony Belpaeme (Plymouth University), emphasized the opportunities that intelligent robots offer for teaching, making it possible to take better care of children. Professor Dr. Gregory O'Hare (University College Dublin) argued that personalization is an important factor for the breakthrough of cognitive-enabled robots. In the final talk of the session, Professor Dr. Alin Albu-Schäffer, director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center, presented research on human-robot interaction.
Open research and open data are the most important keys to the democratization of robotics. Professor Dr. Markus Vincze (TU Vienna) opened this session with a talk on vision as a bottleneck in robotics. David Bisset from iTechnic Ltd. took a closer look at the topic "disruption and democratization".
Professor Dr. Herman Bruyninckx (KU Leuven) presented the final talk of this session in which he suggested to create an open Linux-like knowledge platform – in the spirit of Wikipedia and the Wikidata project – as a counterweight to proprietary platforms.
At the end of the conference the participants discussed the different roles of the United States and Europe, and talked about potential problems with open source software. Professor Andreas Birk (Jacobs University) expressed hope that the European community will gain size and strength in the competition with large corporations "once the distress gets unpleasant enough".
The discussions carried on after the event. David Bisset suggested that standardization of content and access is needed to aid the exchange of information between robots and clouds.