Programs & Schedule

Tentative Conference Schedule and Program
Plenary Talk 1: A perspective on robot programming for advanced sensor-based applications and human-robot interaction

Abstract: Robots are increasingly used for advanced applications in which they have to execute a variety of tasks in partially structured or even unstructured environments. Very often they have to operate in the presence of or even in close collaboration with humans. Hence, robot control programs should allow a high variation in the task specification. They also need to deal with a lot of real-time sensor information and comply with a lot of constraints (e.g. the robot’s own physical limits, its environment, interaction with humans, safety). In addition, robot programming should be fast and intuitive, so that robot users can easily deploy their robots for new tasks or in new environments.
The robotics research group at KU Leuven is a corelab of Flanders Make, Belgium. An important focus is to address the challenges mentioned above. We develop a new approach to program robots in a flexible way by formulating every robot task – or ‘robot skill’ – as a model-based constrained optimization problem. We investigate how this model-based approach can be tied up with learning from human demonstration to allow fast deployment of the robot skill for a new application (e.g. a new context, environment, robot platform). To support human-robot interaction, we develop methods to recognize the human intent and predict the motion of the human. Based on screw theory, we investigate how motions and forces are best represented in skill programming such that the skill has the highest generalizing capability towards new applications.
This talk gives an overview of the approaches and example applications.


Joris de Schutter

KU Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Belgium
Flanders Make, Belgium

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Short bio: Joris De Schutter received the M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium, the M.Sc. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from KU Leuven. Following work as a control systems engineer in industry, he became a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, KU Leuven, where he is currently a full professor and chair of the department. He teaches courses on kinematics and dynamics of machinery, systems and control, robotics, and optimization. His research interests include sensor-based robot control and programming, human motion modeling, and human–robot interaction. He pioneered in robot force control and in constraint-based robot programming. In 2018 he obtained an ERC Advanced Grant focusing on generalizing human-demonstrated robot skills.

Plenary Talk 2: Building robotics industry in Indonesia: Status, challenges and progress

AbstractInnovation-based industry has been the primary source of sustainable economic growth in the developed countries. Indonesia has been widely predicted to be the fourth or fifth largest world’s economy in 2045. To realize this prospect, however, Indonesia needs to address several fundamental issues including but are not limited to slowing growth, low salaries and small middle class. The development of industries with highest added-value is desirable as it would help mitigate the issues. The talk is focused on the current status of the effort in spearheading robotics industry in Indonesia for ground, underwater and aerial application. Several challenges are described and strategies to address them are presented. The industrial initiative is positioned within the context of building technology industry ecosystem. Current achievements are highlighted.


Agus Budiyono

Vice Chairman,
Indonesia Center for Technology Empowerment

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Short bio: Agus Budiyono is a business consultant, scientist, technopreneur and educator. His 30 years professional experience includes 15 years in academia as Foreign Professor of Aerospace at Konkuk University, Korea (2008-2015) and as Associate Professor of Aerospace and Aviation at RMIT, Australia (2015-2017). He received four degrees in aeronautics and astronautics including master’s and engineer’s degrees from MIT, USA. He wrote 200+ papers and several books (published by Springer) leading to startups activities in USA, South Korea and Indonesia where he co-founded and advises more than 10 technology SMEs. Dr. Budiyono co-founded the Centre for Unmanned System Studies at Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia as the precursor of the Indonesian national defense industry. Among other international coverage, he was featured in KBS World in Seoul, Korea. Agus has a keen interest in music and writings dedicated for a better Indonesia. A collection of his essays is published in his tetralogy “Ngopi Bareng Mas Choy”. The first book in series, “Distro, Dragon Rocket dan Unicorn” was published in March, the second, “Matematika Cinta dan Mitos IPK”, in July 2019.