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ReconCycle presented at BRIAS forum on Sustainable Robotic Technologies

The coordinator of ReconCycle Aleš Ude attended BrIAS Forum on Sustainable Robotic Technologies, held on March 29th, 2024, at VUB in Brussels, Belgium. The aim of the forum was to discuss sustainable robotics technologies ranging from material science, material processing and metal, electronics with sensors and processing, actuators, energy, power and batteries control, and artificial intelligence. Aleš Ude presented the results of ReconCycle in a talk titled Adaptive robotics for the recycling of electronic devices.

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Open House at Jožef Stefan Institute

The Jožef Stefan Institute Open House is intended for the general public, when JSI welcomes all who are interested in basic and applied research conducted at the institute. The Open House 2024 took place on March 23rd. The ReconCycle workcell for the dismantling of electronic devices was among the exhibits presented to the public. Several hundred visitors came to see the cell and receive further information about the importance of robotics for the recycling of electronic devices.

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Workshop on Adaptive Robotics for Recycling of Electronic Devices at ERF 2024

In the frame of European Robotics Forum in Rimini, Italy, ReconCycle in cooperation with the Imagine project organised a workshop titled Adaptive Robotics for Recycling of Electronic Devices. The workshop included three speakers from ReconCycle, Manuel Catalano (IIT), Mihael Simonič (JSI), and Sebastian Ruiz (University of Göttingen).

Our speakers discussed the technological challenges of automated recycling of electronic devices and how to address them with soft robotics, robot learning, and computer vision technologies. A panel discussion that included experts such as Hannes Fröhlich (Electrocycling) and Tamim Asfour (KIT) was held at the end of the workshop.

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ReconCycle booth at ERF 2024

ReconCycle countinues to present our results at events across Europe. In March qbrobotics exhibited their work at European Robotics Forum in Rimini, Italy. They showed the grasping and manipulation versatility of qb SoftHand and the Variable Stiffness Gripper for many applications like the electronic waste recycling.

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ReconCycle at IFAM 2024

The results of the project, regarding the automatic disassembly of smoke detectors, were presented at the trade fair for automation, mechatronics, sensor technology, and measurement technologies (IFAM 2024) in Ljubljana, Slovenia from February 13th–15th 2024.

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Robothon award ceremony at automatica in Munich, Germany

ReconCycle was a technical sponsor of the Robothon competition organised by Technical University of Munich. Robothon brings together roboticists from around the world to create robotic manipulation skills for autonomous handling of electronic waste. The teams were given four weeks to solve a specially designed task board, which includes operations typical for electronic waste recycling.

The award ceremony was held on June 29th, 2023, at the automatica trade fair in Munich, Germany. Congratulations to the winner, team RoboPig from Technical University of Applied Sciences, Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany.

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ReconCycle Summer School 2023 in Mallorca

Adaptive Intelligent Robots with Soft Hands: Methods and Experiments

The goal of this summer school is to transfer advanced robotics and computer vision knowledge to graduate students and younger postdocs with a focus on modern adaptive methods. These methods will be from AI (network learning), but also from different fields of robotics including adaptive control as well as the introduction of modern, highly adaptive robotic hands to teach participants about the mechanical as well as control- and cognitive-related power of adaptation in computer vision and robotics. 

As target application two talks from expert from the recycling industry will be incorporated into this school, which is a field where adaptive methods are highly needed for advanced “green” automation. 

The format of this school will be lectures by experts and discussion as well as experimental work, where one day during this school students will perform experiments on a set of computer vision as well as robotics platforms. We also include a poster session and 11 student talks, selected on the grounds of their abstract (to be submitted on registration), where students can present their work, too.

Join us for ReconCycle Summer School 2023 in Mallorca, October 23-26!

You can register here: ReconCycle Summer School 2023
For additional information contact us on: summer2023.reconcycle@uni-goettingen.de

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qbrobotics grippers at ICRA 2023

ICRA 2023 was held from May 29th – June 2nd in the International Convention Centre (ICC) of ExCeL, London, UK. In the conference exhibition area, qbrobotics showed the grasping and manipulation versatility of qb SoftHand 2 Reserch and the integration of sensing capabilities on the Variable Stiffness Gripper. Both devices were in part developed in ReconCycle project.

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ReconCycle at MECSPE 2023

The ReconCycle partner, qbrobotics, has developed an application that allows one qb SoftClaw and one qb SoftHand2 Research to work together in disassembling certain electronic components.

Industrial development of this application will be presented in booth F45, Hall 30 at MECSPE 2023, the international reference fair for the Manufacturing industry, which will be held March 29-31, 2023 at BolognaFiere in Bologna, Italy.

No sensors or vision systems were required to perform this task, only the mechanical intelligence of the device.
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Collaboration of ReconCycle and Trinity projects at ERF 2023

European Robotics Forum (ERF 2023) was held in Odense, Denmark from March 14th to 16th 2023.

At the conference, the Trinity project organized a workshop entitled “Feasibility Of Agile Manufacturing, What Really Moves SMEs“. The coordinator of the ReconCycle project Aleš Ude presented the results of ReconCycle at the workshop.