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ROS-Industrial Conference 2018

  • SI-Centrum Stuttgart Plieninger Str. 100 Stuttgart Germany (map)

Key points:

  • location: SI Centrum, Stuttgart, Germany
  • dates: December 11, 12:30 to December 13, 16:00
  • registration link (first 100 seats and until Nov 9: 600 EUR | from Nov 10 until Dec 4: 900 EUR, 50% discount on these rates for ROS-I consortium members and students: use "RIC" and "student" as discount code. 50 EUR late registration extra fee from Dec 5)
  • catering provided on-site for all listed meals and breaks
  • info on anything not addressed here:

Program overview

final version: PDF

Over three days the program will cover:

  • ROS support from hardware OEMs, such as ABB, Denso, Ensenso, Pilz, Roboception, Universal Robots, and others
  • how robotics and IT are converging, in methods and business models: deployment and update workflows, cloud, etc
  • ROS software development measures and tools to guarantee its quality, such as static code analysis, and newly released packages from commercial organizations
  • applications such as aerospace, automotive, logistics
  • current EU ROS activities and how to get involved in them


Thanks to the generous help of ROS-Industrial Consortium APAC member Tony Robotics, we will have live streaming of event.

Video documentation and blog posts

Watch the talks and read the blog posts of

Day1: December 11, 2018

  • 11:00 Registration opens
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Introduction to the ROS-Industrial Conference - Mirko Bordignon, Fraunhofer IPA (slides/video)
  • 13:40 [Welcome talk] Robotics impacts Industry and Society: What are the Numbers and Trends - Martin Haegele, Fraunhofer IPA (slides/video)

Session 1: EU ROS Updates

  • 14:40 Coffee break
  • 16:30 Coffee break

Further Opportunities for Public funding

  • 17:40 RobMoSys, Composable Models and Software for Robotics Systems - Dennis Stampfer, HS Ulm (slides/video)
  • 18:05 SeRoNet, the Service Robotics Network - Bjoern Kahl, Fraunhofer IPA (slides/video)
  • 18:30 End of Session 1
  • 19:15 Social Dinner, SI-Centrum

Day2: December 12, 2018

Session 2: Software and System Integration Topics

  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 12:15 Lunch

Session 3: Robotics meets IT

  • 15:15 Coffee break
  • 15:45 dockeROS: Simply Running ROS Nodes in Docker Containers on Remote Robots - Christian Henkel, Fraunhofer IPA (slides/video)
  • 16:00 [Session Keynote] Robotics and Automation in the Age of the API Economy - Henrik Christensen, UC San Diego and ROBO Global (no slides/no video)
  • 16:40 Google’s Cloud Robotics: helping industries make use of intelligent and collaborative automation - Damon Kohler, Google (no slides/video)
  • 17:00 Panel Discussion - Moderator: Martin Haegele, Fraunhofer IPA ; Panelists: Henrik Christensen (UC San Diego), Oliver Goetz (SAP), Michael Grupp (magazino), Niels Jul Jacobsen (MiR), Damon Kohler (Google)(no slides/video)

Day3: December 13, 2018

Session 4: Hardware and Application Highlights

  • 12:20 Lunch

  • 13:30 The Eclipse Foundation and its Robotics Activities - Gaël Blondelle, Eclipse Foundation (slides/no video)

  • 14:00 ROS-Industrial Consortium Europe 2019 Outlook - Mirko Bordignon and Thilo Zimmermann, Fraunhofer IPA
  • 15:30 End of the event


  • Early bird rate: 600 EUR (until November 09, 2018, and only for the first 100 registration seats)
  • Regular rate: 900 EUR Members of the ROS-Industrial Consortia (Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific) are eligible for a 50% discount (please indicate in the "Discount code" box of the registration form which ROS-I Consortium you are member of).
  • This conference is organized by Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA. You will be forwarded to for registration. Please register via this online form.

Venue and Accommodation

The event will be hosted at: SI-Centrum Stuttgart Plieninger Str. 100 70567 Stuttgart Germany

The recommended hotel is the nearby Dormero Stuttgart

Earlier Event: December 11
ROS-Industrial Training (APAC)
Later Event: February 4
ROS-Industrial Training (EU)