We consider robots as an interface between the digital and the physical world – they enable code and software to suddenly influence our “analogue” environment. Industrial robots were present almost exclusively in industrial mass production for a long time. Today, there are easy-to-use software tools that open up the methods of robotics for small businesses and enable them to transfer their manual process knowledge to these multifunctional machines. We support this process with knowledge transfer and software development aimed not at replacing existing work, but targeting innovative, highly customizable processes that allow completely new products and services. In this context, machine learning and artificial intelligence are important methods for mapping process knowledge and guaranteeing reliable cooperation between man and machine.
Johannes Braumann heads Creative Robotics at the University of Art and Design Linz. He is co-founder of the Association for Robots in Architecture and the main developer of the intuitive robot programming environment KUKA | prc, which is used by more than 100 universities and 50 companies worldwide. The focus of his work is the development of methods of robotics for new user groups. Thereby, Creative Robotics cooperates closely with the Innovation Center Grand Garage and develops innovative robot processes for (and with) SMEs and craft businesses.