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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Ihlenfeldt

Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU)

Robotics metaverse: hybrid human-robot teams

Current robotic systems are usually individually designed and built for specific tasks. Highly trained and expensive specialists are needed to operate and configure the robots, who are often needed again later when adjustments are made in the production process.

We take a look at current barriers to the introduction and use of robotics solutions in industry and craft. The talk will discuss how we can make the necessary technology shifts from trivial automation of production or workflow processes to flexible and smart robotics, which is also interesting for the craft and lot size 1 production. We discuss how a robotics metaverse in which the physical world, the virtual world, augmented reality can merge can look like?

In future hybrid teams in industry and crafts, humans and robots will work hand in hand. For this, robotic systems in hybrid teams must become flexible in terms of location and time, be adaptable, and be easy for everyone to use.

We want to position Germany as the country of robot teams that are close to humans – so-called hybrid teams. SMEs, large companies, universities and research institutions are already innovating and working closely together in Robot Valley Saxony. The presentation shows how companies and science will and can jointly shape the future for such a robotics metaverse.

About Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Ihlenfeldt

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Ihlenfeldt, born 1971 in Aschersleben, studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. From 1997 to 2015 he worked at the Fraunhofer
Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, holding various management positions.

In 2015, Prof. Ihlenfeldt took over as head of the Chair of Machine Tools Development and Adaptive Controls at Technische Universität Dresden. In 2021, he became director at Fraunhofer IWU Chemnitz and is responsible for the Scientific Field „Production Systems and Factory Automation“.

Prof Ihlenfeldt is Corporate member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and member of the German Academic Association for Production Technology (WGP)