Hundreds of scientists, companies and political representatives met at Europe’s largest robotics networking event, the European Robotics Forum. Right in the middle: KUKA with an innovative medical research project.
This year’s motto was “Robots and us”, with around 900 experts from all over the world including KUKA employees gathering in Tampere, Finland. “In particular, I appreciate the variety of the workshops at ERF, you get an insight into many topics in robotics. The big difference to “normal” conferences is the strong focus on networking,” said Nadine Bender from KUKA Corporate Research.
More than 50 workshops and events deal with social and technical topics such as human-robot collaboration and latest developments. “Since both the big companies of the robot industry, but also start-ups and academics from the field of robotics are represented, a unique exchange is possible,” said Elisabeth Schärtl, Senior Innovation Manager at KUKA.
The ERF is an event of the non-profit association euRobotics based in Brussels, President is Dr. Bernd Liepert. Emerging from a purely academic event, ERF has since 2010 become one of the most influential forums with representatives from research and industry.
At its own booth, KUKA presented an innovative medical research project: an application for simulating one of the most demanding steps during an operation, the insertion of an artificial hip.