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ERF 2024 workshop on Robotics & AI: Transforming Sustainable Recycling & Remanufacturing

Updated: Feb 16

We are pleased to invite researchers, academics, and industry professionals to attend the workshop on "Robotics & AI: Transforming Sustainable Recycling & Remanufacturing," which will be held in conjunction with the 15th edition of the European Robotics Forum, to be held from 13-15 March 2024 in Rimini, Italy.

Date: 15th March 2024

Time: 08:30 – 09:50 CET

The workshop delves into the cutting-edge intersection of technology, sustainability, and industrial transformation.  As businesses prioritize sustainability alongside increased productivity, there's a reevaluation of material usage and recycling methods. We'll explore applications in battery, fashion, and composite material recycling, showcasing how Robotics and AI are shaping diverse sectors. Talks will cover technical and business viewpoints, offering insights into challenges and opportunities in sustainable production. Stay updated with the latest advancements in recycling and remanufacturing, and discover how Robotics and AI are shaping the future of these industries.

Workshop Theme: Robotics & AI: Transforming Sustainable Recycling & Remanufacturing

Topics of Interest Key Research Questions:

  1. Unleashing the Potential: What are the current applications of robotics and AI in recycling and remanufacturing, and how can these technologies revolutionize sustainable production?

  2. Tackling Challenges: What are the primary challenges that robotics & AI can address in recycling and remanufacturing, and what barriers hinder their adoption for sustainable practices?

  3. Balancing Act: How can we overcome these challenges and barriers to integrate robotics & AI into recycling and remanufacturing processes, considering technical, economic, environmental, and social aspects?

Approach and Agenda: The workshop will follow a structured approach, divided into two parts, each approximately 40 minutes long. We will kick off with insightful impulse talks from five keynote speakers, representing both academic research and industry expertise. Following this, we'll engage in a panel discussion with industry and academia experts, along with active participation from the audience. Throughout the session, we'll employ interactive tools such as Mentimeter and Polls to foster dialogue and gather diverse perspectives. The workshop will conclude with summarizing remarks from the organizers and the dissemination of findings through a position paper.

Workshop Agenda:

  • Opening comments by the organizers (5 minutes)

  • 5 Impulse Talks (end-users/Tech Providers/academia) (40 minutes)

  • Panel Discussion (4-6 speakers as panelists) + Audience Interaction (35 minutes)

  • Concluding remarks by the organizers (5 minutes)

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Agata Suwala, MTC, UK

  • Michael Hofmann, Profactor GmbH, Austria

  • Gianmarco Griffini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

  • Kat Thiel, Manchester Fashion Institute, UK

  • Konstantinos Kokkalis, ICCS, Greece

Related Insight Session: Robotics & AI: Transforming Sustainable Recycling & Remanufacturing

Date: 15th March 2024Time: 14:45 - 16:05 CET

Introduction: As part of the Robotics & AI Workshop on Transforming Sustainable Recycling & Remanufacturing, we are thrilled to announce a dedicated insight session featuring seven selected papers. This session provides a platform for authors to present their cutting-edge research and insights related to the workshop theme.

Instructions to Authors: Authors presenting at the insight session are kindly requested to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Each presenter will have a strict 4-minute slot for their oral presentation.

  • Presentations will follow a pitch format, focusing on succinctly conveying the main results of the paper.

  • Following the pitches, there will be an interactive poster session, allowing ample opportunity for discussions with the authors.

  • Authors must prepare both a 4-minute pitch presentation (using slides or videos) and a poster (70 x 100 cm) detailing the contributions of their work.

  • For those interested, on-site printing services for the poster are available. Please contact for further details.

Presentation Schedule

14:50 - 14:54

Michael Hofmann, Matthias Propst, Markus Ikeda and Andreas Pichler

DemoDatenPro: Methods for semi-automatic disassembly and data acquisition in circular economies

14:54 – 14:58

Konstantinos Kokkalis, Fotios K. Konstantinidis, Georgios Tsimiklis and Angelos Amditis

A Flexible Robotic-based Architecture for Cyber-Physical Sorting Systems in Waste Management Industry

14:58 – 15:02

Christoffer Sloth and Iñigo Iturrate

Towards Measuring the Ease of Robotic Disassembly

15:02 -15:06

Terrin Pulikottil, Wouter Sterkens, Mathijs Piessens and Jef R. Peeters


Robotic ease of Disassembly Metric (Re-DiM) for flexible cooperative re-manufacturing of bike batteries

15:06 – 15:10

Matthias Propst, Michael Hofmann, Markus Ikeda and Andreas Pichler

Cognitive and robotic assistance to increase efficiency in Li-ion battery re-manufacturing


Paula Preu and Michel Joop van der Schoor

Navigating Sustainability: A Real-world Examination of Life Cycle Assessment in Early-Stage Robotics

15:14 – 15:18

Yifan Wu, Chuangchuang Zhou, Wouter Sterkens and Jef Peeters

Multi-modal Electronics State Evaluation for Robotic Demanufacturing

15:18 - 15:22

Michail Maniadakis, Antonios Liapis, Jef Peeters, Vasilis Makridis, Laurent Paszkiewicz, Fredy Raptopoulos, Javier Grau Forner, Myrto Pelopida, Friederike Kleijn and Nikos Vythoulkas

Portable, Robotic Material Recovery in a Box


15:22 – 15:26

Michel Joop van der Schoor

Robot Design with Sustainability-Impact-Based Requirements

15:26 – 16:10

Interactive Poster Presentation



Interactive Poster Session: Following the pitch presentations, attendees are invited to engage in an interactive poster session. Authors will be available to provide detailed explanations and insights into their research findings. This session aims to foster networking and collaboration opportunities among participants.


  • Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi, Profactor GmbH

  • Franziska Kirstein, Blue Ocean Robotics

  • Karol Janik, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) 

Join us as we explore the cutting-edge intersection of robotics, AI, and sustainability, and discover how they are shaping the future of recycling and remanufacturing industries. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the dialogue driving positive change towards a more sustainable future!

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