Robotics is an interdisciplinary field that has developed and changed rapidly in recent years. The academic mediation of this subject requires an holisitc understanding of the core contents and future trends of robotics. To pursue this question, the FHWS held the 1st International Roboticist Forum in Schweinfurt on 17 and 18 January 2019. The list of participants included representatives from industry and science who discussed current and future challenges of robotics as well as cornerstones of academic education. The results have been incorporated into the FHWS Robotics degree program and contribute to its high degree of application orientation and employability.
Robots are rapidly gaining in significance in the areas of industry, skilled trades, agriculture, health, medicine, research and private everyday life. It is likely that they will become established in all areas of work and life just like computers and that they will change the quality of our work and life. For years, the growth rates in the robotics industry have been in double figures and an end to this trend is not antici-pated, especially in view of the continuous improvements to artificial intelligence. Therefore, companies are already desperately looking for robotics engineers and experienced staff to develop and integrate applied and intelligent robotics systems.
Robots will establish themselves in all areas of work and life
This need can be met by universities of applied sciences (UAS) with an independent bachelor’s degree programme in Robotics which has been conceived from scratch.
Therefore, this forum seeks to discuss the new professional profile of the “roboticist” in a dialogue with experts which gives sufficient consideration to software aspects in particular, and thus to provide stimuli for the academic training.
At the Schweinfurt Roboticist Forum, FHWS invites the participants to discuss the requirements faced by future robotics engineers who are to bring robots into all kinds of areas of application as universal machines, as well as the needs of the real world. Representatives of business and industry, as well as representatives of interested Bavarian and non-Bavarian higher education institutions, are invited to the forum. Selected international partner higher education institutions are also in-vited to define the professional profile of the “roboticist” and thus to help to shape a bachelor’s degree programme in “Robotics”.
The internationalisation of degree programmes is an important issue which, in par-ticular, simplifies student and lecturer exchanges and double or multiple degrees throughout the world, gives students basic skills for their future professional envi-ronment and also promotes cross-border collaboration in applied research. There-fore, FHWS intends to offer a German-language bachelor’s degree programme in robotics (“Robotik”), which will have an English language counterpart (TWIN Pro-gramme) with the title “Robotics”. This is to be established at international partner higher education institutions in the same form (World TWIN). With the introduction of a degree programme in Robotics at several Bavarian and German universities of applied sciences, this type of higher education institution can continue or consol-idate its tradition as a factory for engineers and can thus also continue to gain in attractiveness.
Promotion of software skills
Such a degree programme corresponds to two Bavarian interests and challenges: Digitalization and the promotion of software expertise in academic training. Further-more, there is no degree programme anywhere in Germany that focusses extensively on the software aspects of robot programming and is simply called “Robotics”. And perhaps the roboticist has the same potential to be a success story in the area of robotics as the computer scientist does in the area of computer science.
The idea of having the professional profile of a robotics engineer, who puts robots into practice, discussed and established jointly by the Bavarian universities of applied sciences and universities of technology came about after a discussion in November 2018 at FHWS with Assistant Secretary Schoppik regarding the social tasks of our type of higher education institution and after the cooperation agreement between Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU) and five Bavarian universities of applied sciences was signed in Shenzhen Town Hall two days later.
We hope that this forum will contribute towards anchoring the professional profile of the robotics engineer in the world of work and shaping society’s perception of it with the term “roboticist”.
17 January 2019, Schweinfurt
09:00 – 09:30
Prof. Dr. Robert Grebner
President of the University of Applied ScienceWürzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS)
09:30 – 10:00
Driving the Digital Enterprise
CEO Business Unit Factory Automation (FA)
Digital Factory Division (DF) Siemens AG, Nürnberg
10:00 – 10:15
Practical Areas of Application of Telepresence Robots – Human-Robot-Robot Interaction
Prof. Dr. Nicholas Müller
FHWS – Professor of Social Informatics
10:15 – 10:30
Possible Applications of Social Robots
Prof. Dr. Dagmar Unz
FHWS – Daen of the Faculty of Applied Social Science (FAS)
10:30 – 10:45
Autonomous Flying Robots
Dr. Nils Gageik
Managing Director of Emqopter GmbH
10:45 – 11:00
11:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:00
Digitalization and the Job Market: Are Intelligent Machines Taking Our Jobs?
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walwei
Director if the Institute for Employment Research (IAB)
15:00 – 15:30
Challanges in the Fiel of Service Robotics
Dr. Nils Einecke
Senior Scientist – Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH
15:30 – 15:45
Digitalizing Processes on the Shop Floow with Service Robots
Dr. Andreas Bley
Co-founder and Managing Director – MetraLabs GmbH
15:45 – 16:00
16:00 – 17:30
18 January 2019, Schweinfurt
09:00 – 09:30
Chinese Market for Robotics
Prof. Dr. Qitao Lue
Dean at the Sino-Germin College of Intelligence Manufacturing of Shenzhen Technology University
Executive Vice President and Chief Tchnology Officer Han’s Laser Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd.,
09:30 – 10:00
Human Robot Collaboration in Smart Factories
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kaupp
FHWS – Professor for Digital Production and Robotics
10:00 – 10:15
10:15 – 12:30
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
Summary of the professional profile and definition of a roboticist made in Bavaria by universities of applied sciences
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