Three plenary talks are scheduled for ISMCR2020 (one on Thursday, October 15th and two on Friday, October 16th).

Speaker: Mr Károly Csurilla (senior development engineer, thyssenkrupp Components Technology Hungary)

Title: Virtual stability analysis methods for vehicles

Schedule: 14:30 (CET), Thursday, October 15th, Session 3, Virtual Room A

Abstract: The steering wheel and the longitudinal acceleration / deceleration pedals are the two instruments available for the driver to interface with the movement of the vehicle. The aim of an EPAS (Electronic Power Assisted Steering) system is to make the steering wheel-induced lateral acceleration more responsive to driver input, as well as to provide a more convenient and comfortable driving experience. The interoperability of the vehicle dynamics with the driver perception and actuation through the EPAS interface constitutes a really complex, intertwined closed-loop block diagram. Due to the obvious safety-critical property of the steering system, it is crucial to find an efficient way of proving its stability and robustness. Unfortunately, nonlinear methods are infeasible to tackle this problem. Therefore, we needed to look for more applicable semi-linear alternatives, raising several practical questions regarding measurement execution and processing.

In this talk, we outline two possible open-loop methods differentiated mostly by their thoroughness and level of effort required. We also present some practical problems which had to be solved during the stability analysis. Basically, our stability analysis consists of

  • identifying the target vehicle, in several working points, based on noisy measurement data;
  • linearizing the software with respect to the identified vehicle model;
  • building the interconnection of the linear models for the stability analysis;
  • and finally performing the margin calculation.

Speaker: Dr Zsolt Kemény (senior research fellow, Institute for Computer Science and Control - SZTAKI)

Title: Human–Robot Collaboration in Industrial Production: Recent Trends and Research at SZTAKI

Abstract: The inclusion of human workers in automated production processes is nowadays receiving growing support by underlying technological and scientific development. Simultaneously, industrial production faces a growing need to reclaim the versatility and intuitive problem solving of human workforce previously lost to industrial automation. While collaborative operation of robots and humans is still subject to intense research with many open issues, the domain has considerably matured and diversified in the past decade. Especially in industrial production, human–robot collaboration is now more and more recognized as a solution portfolio with an entire spectrum from robot-only to human-only cases, known or expected limitations, and ways of integration into a larger-scale production hierarchy. The presentation gives an overview of the current state and key trends in human–robot collaboration in industrial production, and highlights contributions of related research and development at the Research Laboratory of Engineering and Management Intelligence (EMI) of the Institute for Computer Science and Control (SZTAKI).

Schedule: 11:30 (CET), Friday, October 16th, Session 5, Virtual Room A

Speaker: Mr István Komlósi (Chief Software Engineer, KUKA Robotics Hungary)

Title: Unified robot control and navigation in industrial mobile robotics

Abstract: In the industrial mobile robotics sector, the growing need for enhanced modularity and flexibility created the demand for a unified industrial navigation interface through which different AGVs with different characteristics can speak in a uniform manner with a central controller while assuring robustness and extensibility. Due to the high Plug & Play capability assured by such an interface the time needed for the deployment of AGVs to industrial processes reduces dramatically. As an industrial system may include several(1000+) AGVs, optimizing the communication between the AGVs and central control are also key elements of the interface design. The main focus of the presentation is the lately standardized VDA5050 interface serving as a new base for integrating mobile robot and fleet management systems to production processes.

Schedule: 14:30 (CET), Friday, October 16th, Session 3, Virtual Room A