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Preliminary Program at a Glance

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Technical Program is subject to changes and will be finalized in July.

08:00-09:00 Room: Josefa Amar y Borbón
09:00-10:40 Regular Session
Track 1.1

Modularisation and Plug&Produce

Regular Session
Track 4.1

Modeling and control of manufacturing systems

Regular Session
Track 5.1

Methods in Industrial Control

Regular Session
Track 7

Robotics: Motion planning and multi-robot strategies

Special Session
Special Session 9.1

Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems: new trends in computing and communications I

Session WIP 1

10:40-11:10 Room: Josefa Amar y Borbón
Coffee Break and Poster Session
11:10-11:30 Room: Aula Magna
ETFA’2019 Opening Session
11:30-12:30 Room: Aula Magna
Plenary Session

Dynamically Integrating Manufacturing Automation with Logistics

Robert Harrison

University of Warwick, UK
Plenary talk. Dynamically Integrating Manufacturing Automation with Logistics

Much of manufacturing operates in a far from optimal manner in the face of volatile customer preferences and often unforeseeable disturbances. Automation should be sympathetic with its operators and sustainable as well as profitable. It should involve and integrate people, production machinery, and internal logistics in more holistic, adaptable manufacturing systems. This presentation explores emerging technologies, engineering tools, and integration methods in the context of factory automation. It examines the integration of internal logistics and assembly, and the use of distributed warehousing and localised kitting systems within an Industry 4.0 framework in order to reduce non-value-adding activities within adaptable processes, so that product variety and volumes can by dynamically changed whilst maintaining efficiency. Digital twins can be used to hold the static and dynamic representation of such systems, enabling them to evolve to cope with unforeseen changes and requirements, using advanced data analytics to optimise the systems and their constituent components and processes.

Robert Harrison's biography

Professor Robert Harrison is head of WMG’s Automation Systems Group at the University of Warwick, with a focus on systems engineering and industrial automation through a wide range of R&D programmes from the EU, EPSRC, Innovate UK, HVM Catapult, and industry. His work spans two main areas of research and development: (1) cyber-physical systems methods, tools, and technologies and (2) their application to production systems, typically by user-driven applications engineering projects, in an area of expertise now commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. His expertise is underpinned by a lifetime’s experience of working in systems integration and engineering tools and methods for automation systems realisation in very close collaboration with industry. He has conducted collaborative research programmes with a wide range of companies and has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and a wide network of academic collaborators, nationally and internationally. Previously a founding member of the MSI (Manufacturing Systems Integration) Group at Loughborough University, a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore, Ford Motor Company and Schneider Electric, and recipient of a Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Award in the field of Modular Reconfigurable Manufacturing Automation. Robert has also played a major role in the UK and Europe in research related to the realisation of service-oriented distributed systems for embedded devices and the integration of business systems with SoA-based automation systems, with his focus of expertise being particularly related to the creation of lifecycle engineering tools and related data models, which are now often referred to as digital-twins.

12:30-14:00 Restaurante Idílico
Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Regular Session
Track 6.1

Computer Vision and Robots

Regular Session
Track 9.1

Modelling and Simulation of Complex Systems

Special Session
Special Session 3.1

Control Solutions for Smart Mechatronics Industrial Systems I

Special Session
Special Session 4.1

New trends on artificial intelligence based schemes applied to predictive maintenance solutions under the Industry 4.0 framework I

Special Session
Special Session 5.1

Recent advances on coordination and control of multi-agent systems I

Session WIP 2

15:20-15:50 Room: Josefa Amar y Borbón
Coffee Break and Poster Session
15:50-16:50 Room: Aula Magna
Plenary Session

Robots in challenging environments

Luis Montano

University of Zaragoza. Spain
Plenary talk. Robots in challenging environments

The use of robots in intervention and exploration in underground environments is gaining more prominence. Many of the works presented until now focus on a partial view of problems such as mechanical aspects, SLAM or navigation aspects of the intervention tasks. Although well stablished solutions for many of these problems have been developed for more structured, laboratories, or not very large environments, many of the problems in the field, such as localization, navigation, communication and, above all, the integration of the same remain open challenges to be addressed in real and large underground scenarios.

Search and rescue or robotic intervention operations, for example, cannot usually rely on pre-constructed maps, and sometimes the environment is so challenging (from the robotics and perception systems point of view) that common localization techniques (scan matching, visual SLAM, etc.) do not function as intended. Navigation techniques, besides dealing with not completely reliable localization, must take into account that in such scenarios the floor can be irregular, slippery or contain potholes of water, which occurs for instance during the construction of tunnels. Communication is an additional challenge in itself, which has been rarely considered and in general not deeply addressed. How to deal with special propagation features (fading, wave guides, abrupt vanishings) of a signal in confined environments has received less attention.

Few complete robotics systems capable of managing large distances have been reported. One of the general conclusions obtained from different studies, is that some of the current established techniques are not yet robust enough, and fail when the number of identifiable features in the scenario is low.

The main objective of the session is to motivate the challenges, the lessons learned through errors and successes, problems encountered, ideas, and reasoning in this kind of scenarios. This has been a work developed for more than a decade by the Robotics, Perception and Real Time group of the Aragon Institute of Engineering Research (I3A, University of Zaragoza, Spain).

Luis Montano's biography

Luis Montano received the Industrial Engineering degree in 1981 and the PhD degree in 1987 from the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He is a Full Professor of Systems Engineering and Automatic Control at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). He was Head of the Computer Science and Systems Engineering Department, and Associated Director and responsible of the Ambient Intelligent Division at the Aragon Institute of Engineering Research of the University of Zaragoza. Now he is member of the Academic committee of the Biomedical Engineering doctorate programme of the University of Zaragoza.

He is the coordinator of the Robotics, Perception and Real Time group of the Institute, and he is principal researcher in national and international robotic research projects. His major research interests in robotics are motion planning and navigation, multi-robot systems, tasks planning and allocation, planning in dynamic environments, robot teams coordination under communication restrictions, mobile ad-hoc networks, exoskeleton control from biosignals. He is the author of more than 125 publications in journals and in International Congresses, and he has participated in 46 international, national and regional research projects, in many of them as the Principal Reseacher. He is co-editor of two international books of proceeding of robotic conferences.

Until 2015 he was member of the Executive Board of the Spanish Association of Robotics-Automation of Production Technology (AER-ATP), he was the Secretary and now is the Vice-president of the Spanish Society for Research and Development of Robotics (SEIDROB). He is the representative of the University of Zaragoza in the European association euRobotics. He has been co-chair and organizer of International Congresses. He is a member of the Spin-off Committee of the University of Zaragoza, an advisory board for promoting new start-up and spin-off companies.

17:00-18:00 Regular Session
Track 2.1

Real-Time Ethernet

Regular Session
Track 3.1

Real-Time Scheduling and Kernels

Special Session
Special Session 4.2

New trends on artificial intelligence based schemes applied to predictive maintenance solutions under the Industry 4.0 framework II

Special Session
Special Sessions 7 & 10
Cybersecurity for Industrial Systems
Special Session
Special Session 9.2

Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems: new trends in computing and communications II

Special Session
Special Session 11

Smart Mobility – an Intelligent Way to a Smart World

18:30-20:00 Guided Walking Tour to Zaragoza