innorobo-665For the first time, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research with the Ministry of Industrial Renewal are organizing the French Robotics General Assembly, alongside INNOROBO. They will invite French entrepreneurs, Innovation directors, researchers, SME and leaders from major groups in various industries to participate and discover more about robotics, its multiple fields of application and the current and future stakes in the arena.

Well-known speakers from multinationals will also be invited to discuss the changes and solutions robotics can provide for our major societal challenges. 

 The Robotics General Assembly 2014 will feature a mix of formal conferences (Tuesday, March 18) and workshops (Wednesday and Thursday March 19 & 20)

 The French Robotics General Assembly is part of the "France Robots Initiative" announced by French Minister of Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg at the last edition of Innorobo in March 2013. 

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Robotics General  Assembly Announcement
Download here the press release (20 februrary 2014)  


Tuesday 18 March 2014

10:00pm Visit and Inauguration of Innorobo

1.45pm Robotics General Assembly Roundtables by the French Ministry of Industrial Renewal and in partnership with Région Rhône-Alpes

Benjamin Gallezot, Adjoint au DGCIS

Bruno Bonnell, Chef de File du Comité robotique : Filière de demain et Président de Syrobo

Jean-Jack Queyranne, Président du conseil régional



Round Tables animated by Catherine Simon, President of Innoecho

2.15 - Industrial Robotics - New Means of Production
This roundtable will illustrate the potential of "new- generation" industrial robots. The aim is for smaller- scale production units to benefit from the addition of interactive, collaborative robotics.

Pr Hirochika Inoue - CTO - Kawada

Vincent Padois - Titulaire de la chaire RTE travail Robotisé -  ISIR 

Christian Verbrugge - Automotive Business Unit Director - Kuka Roboter

Jean-Marc Dalmasso - Industrial Director - Staubli

3.00 - Robotics and Man in Everyday Life
benefits robotics can bring to a variety of everyday tasks (in particular regarding autonomy, health and mobility). New applications and changes in the relationship between humans and machines.

Bruno Maisonnier - CEO - Aldebaran Robotics

Patrick Mallea - Managing Director - CNR Santé

Claude Laurgeau -  Les mines ParisTech Robotics Lab Founder - Engelberger Award

Bertin Nahum - CEO - MedTech Surgical

4.00 - Areas of French Leadership
Civil security and defense (land & air drones), Transport & logistics (intermodal transport, electrical and autonomous vehicles), freight and passenger transport, Tele-operated systems for hazardous situations.

Guy Caverot - Innovation Director - BA Sytèmes 

Nicolas Pollet - Railway Expert, Responsible for  Drone Mission - SNCF

Michel L'Hour -  Director - DRASSM

Yann Perrot -  Interactive Robotics Lab Director - CEA List

4.45 - Actions Contributing to the Development of Robotics
Namely financing robotics and collaborative work (research and industry).

Anne Bajart - Research program Officer - Commission Européenne

Frank Tobe - Co- founder - Robo-Stox

André Montaud - Managing Director - Thésame Innovation

Philippe Bidaud - President - GdR Robotique

Speaches will be either in French or in English, pending on who is talking. simultaneous translation in English will be available. 


Wednesday 19 March and Thursday 20 March

The Robotics General Assembly workshops, by the French Ministry of High Education and Research aim to boost new cooperation between research and industry, between robotics and human and social sciences and between French and German partners. They are also meant to reach for all dedicated sectors and allow them to speak out loud: researchers, companies or groups of companies, regional innovation agencies...

Wednesday 19 March

9.00 - 12.30 - "Robotics and European R&D"
Giving the floor to local players in robotics R&D (regional agencies and competitive clusters), this workshop offers a panel of French and German speakers to share their vision and outlook.

9h-9h15 - Introduction

9h15-9h25 - Agence Innovation Rhône-Alpes ARDI François Payot, project manager
9h25-9h35 - Aquitaine Développement Innovation Jean-Georges Micol, Managing Director Aquitaine Développement Innovation
9h35-9h50 - Bayfor, Munich Eric Bourguignon
9h50-10h00 - Midi-Pyrénées Innovation Christophe Nicot, Managing Director
10h00-10h10 - Agence Régionale de Développement Paris IdF Anne Fahy, Assistance to Companies Dpt Director 
10h10-10h25 - Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics - CoR-Lab and Cluster of excellence CITEC, Bielefeld - Carola Haumann

10h25-10h50 - Pause

10h50-11h00 - Pôle Cap Digital Philippe Roy, R&D projects Deputy project manager 
11h00-11h10 - Pôle EMC2 Jocelyn Lucas, PRI project manager
11h10-11h25 - Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart Martin Hägele
11h25-11h35 - Pôle Aerospace Valley Michel Devy, CNRS, LAAS
11h35-11h45 - Pôle Viaméca Arnaud Bocquillon, Responsable Thématiques "Systèmes Intelligents & Robotic Systems" and "Uses and Services engeneery"
11h45-12h00 - euRoboticsAssociation, Brussells Uwe Haas, General Secretary

12h00-12h40 - Round table animated by Marco Calcamuggi, cluster Aquitaine Robotics president

Workshop in English

2pm - 5.30 - Smart Machines in Production systems
This workshop features talks by representatives of some of France's top companies in the production robotics sector.

The workshop is organized by the SYMOP industry association in association with CETIM and CEA.

- Jean Tournoux, General Manager - SYMOP
- Yann Perrot, Head of Interactive Robotics Lab - CEA List,
- Denis Eymard, Innovation Deputy - CETIM

Serge Grygorowicz - Founder & president - RB3D

Gérald Vogt - Robotics R&D Manager - Staubli Robotics

Particia Brunel -  Digital Solutions Manager - Courbon, Vinci Energies

Guy Caverot - Innovation Director - BA Systèmes

Christian Théry - Managing Director - Usines Desautel 

Workshop in French

Thursday 20 March

9.00 - 5.30 - Franco-German Scientific meeting on Robotics and SHS
The workshop will provide an opportunity for scientists and users from both countries to discuss interdisciplinary questions that overlap both spheres.

5 sessions will take place during the day. FInd here detailed program and speakers. 

 Workshop in English

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