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October 12(Tue)~15(Fri), 2021
Ramada Plaza Hotel, Jeju

Industry Session

Industry Session I : Business Leaders

Date: October 13 (Wed.) 13:00~14:30
Place: 8F Room 7 (Tamra Hall)

Hyundai Motor Group / Yujin Robot / Koh Young Technology

The Mission of Hyundai Robotics Lab for Humanity

Dong Jin Hyun, PhD
VP, Hyundai Motor Group, Robotics Lab

Under the R&D philosophy of “Progress for Humanity”, Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Lab is dedicated to researching and developing products and services to become a major future mobility provider. Hyundai Motor Group’s robots aim for technologies that are 1) human-centered, 2) differentiated through internal development, and 3) scalable to robot services in various realms within the society.

In order to achieve our mission, HMG Robotics Lab’s R&D efforts are focused around 4 pillars.

1) Articulated Robot
Against the social backdrop of labor shortage, welfare, and aging, we are designing and building wearable robots in the following three areas: 1) industrial wearable robots that enhance output efficiency and prevent workers from developing musculoskeletal illnesses, 2) medical wearable robots that enable those with lower-body paralysis to walk, and 3) assistive wearable robots that help the elderly walk. Because the technical requirements and the prices are different for the wearable robots in these three areas, we are planning to commercialize them sequentially based on their respective technical maturity.

2) AI Service Robot
Our goal is to provide smart products and services that are embedded with artificial intelligence technology. We are focused on developing robot platform software for intelligent tasks based on deep learning, such as 1) automatic EV charging robots that can plug the charger into the detected inlet via intelligent interfaces and 2) sales hub service robots that directly converse with customers to provide optimized services and information based on collected customer data.

3) Mobile Robot
We aim at developing new mobility devices equipped with spatial intelligence and unique locomotive abilities to provide differentiated mobility services. Our suite of mobile platforms equipped with our proprietary spatial cognition and path planning algorithms include first- and last-mile mobility solutions like e-scooters that can be integrated into cars, 24-hour hotel service robots that can deliver room supplies and fresh food, and personal flexible mobility devices that can drive both indoor and outdoor, as well as on car lanes and on pedestrian sidewalks.

4) Robot UX
Based on user evaluation, we are responsible for enhancing the quality of user experience for research products within the Robotics Lab. Our multi-faceted product verification and improvement process includes implementing various user experience survey methodologies to define UX concepts and discover service scenarios, establishing research direction based on findings, and materializing visualized robot services through UI/GUI design.

Yujin Robot as Autonomous Mobility Enabler

Changsoo Kim, PhD
CTO, Yujin Robot Co., Ltd

Since then wheels were invented, devices on wheels have evolved toward automation. Now, Autonomous Mobility is the indisputable trend. So many applications in a variety of fields are looking forward to it. Yujin robot as autonomous mobility enabler supports from core components such as Lidar and SLAM, mobility platform like GoCart series to robotization.

1) Components
We have been developing core technologies such as Lidar, SLAM, Navigation for long time, through which we better understand robot now. 1) The better performance 3D Lidar, YRL3-V2, will be released until the end of this year. 2) 3D Lidar-based core SLAM technology provides accurate real-time mapping and precise localization for smart navigation.

2) Mobile Platform
1) GoCart is an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) designed for multi-purpose, open-ended applications, such as in logistics and material transport. Based on Lidar-based SLAM and intelligent navigation technology, it shows reliable mapping and localization, agile path planning, as well as fast object recognition and avoidance without using any artificial markers. 2) YUJIN FMS (Fleet Management System) is Yujin Robot’s proprietary centralized multi-robot management software suite running on a server. FMS assists deployment of AMRs in multi-floor buildings, supports on-demand and scheduled job assignments to optimal robot workers.

3) Robotization
Our motto is to “transform manually driven machines into autonomous, self-navigating robots.” With a robotization solution, we are moving from the traditional approach of replacing existing manual machines with robots to an approach that robotizes the machines already on hand. Our product line-up makes this approach possible and includes 3D LiDAR, SLAM, navigation, FMS and safety solutions.

Trends on AI based SMT Manufacturing Process and Medical Robots of Koh Young Technology

Prof. Kyoung-Chul Koh, KAIST

Koh Young Technology’s use of AI begins with solving the challenges of SMT assemblies. The solder and components on finished boards have many specular surfaces, which will reflect some light back to the camera, while creating strong inter-reflection with other lighting reflections. Since some of the reflected light does not reach the camera, it generates false signals that can cause measurement value errors. This specular reflection issue is becoming more difficult to deal with, along with increasing board density and decreasing component spacing. Koh Young is also proactively applying AI in AOI programming. With the help of deep learning, the assignment of components on a PCB is becoming autonomous. KAP proposes the recommended inspection conditions, based on 3D measured data, which simplifies inspection condition programming and makes it faster and more consistent with the best mapping conditions.
Koh Young Technology’s leading maker of 3D optical inspection devices used in electronics manufacturing, has further strengthened its foothold in the medical robot market. KYMERO is the world’s first commercialization of a brain surgery robot that can be attached to the operating table. It uses a high-precision optical sensor to navigate the patient’s head and calculates the precise coordinates of the surgery accordingly. The robot is used in stereotactic brain surgery, a sophisticated surgical procedure with an accuracy error of less than 1 millimeter, to treat hand tremors, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

Industry Session II : University Spin-offs

Date: October 13 (Wed.) 16:10~17:40
Place: 8F Room 7 (Tamra Hall)

Leader in Safe Physical Human Robot Interaction for Service Robotics

Hyouk Ryeol Choi, PhD
CEO and Co-founder in AiDIN Robotics Inc.

AiDIN Robotics has been established in 2019 tapped from a university laboratory of Sungkyunkwan University, Mechanical Engineering. The laboratory, called Robotics Innovatory, led by Prof. Hyouk Ryeol Choi has developed physical human robot interaction(pHRI) technologies such as force, moment, contact, touch sensing with software for long time. As the results, AiDIN Robotics successfully launched the commercialized sensor products with Ultra Thin Torque Sensor(ATS series). 6 Axis F/T sensor(AFT Series), and proximity sensor(APS series) on the market recently. All those products are designed dedicatedly to the robots, which provides plug-in-play, cost competitiveness, robustness in services. ATS series are optimal for the robotic applications needed for torque control, not just for collaborative robots, but any type of robotic manipulators for human services with physical interaction. Especially, the world smallest 6 axis F/T sensor AFT mini series gets popularity among the customers with its comfortability of use and price, especially in the fields of haptics, manipulation, and pHRI applications. AiDIN Robotics does not remain on the sensors, but supplies S/W fitted to the applications. It provides solutions for safety, obstacle avoidance, direct teaching and kinds of force control applications.

As another primary business area, AiDIN Robotics supplies quadruped walking robots(AiDIN Series, named the same as the company). The robot is a service oriented quadruped walking platform, especially useful for surveillance, inspection, delivery etc. in the circumstances of industrial facilities, social infrastructures, construction sites, military etc. It can carry over 20Kg payload with the speed of 3Kmh. We have various calls from the same customers for the applicability of the robot in their sites.

AiDIN Robotics with the originality of its interaction sensor technology and quadruped robot platform will extend its business to the EoAT technology and services for the real fields, and hopes to be the major providers of the components for the service robots in the future. go to TOP


Rise of Korean Medical Wave: KAIST TCL’s experience of the medical start-up

Dong-Soo Kwon, PhD
CEO, EasyEndo Surgical Inc.

This talk will present research on medical robot systems that were developed at KAIST Center for Future Medical Robotics and experience through the founding of surgical robot company.

We have developed several surgery robots: a bed-mounted modular laparoscopic surgery robot (APOLLON), flexible endoscopic surgery robot (K-FLEX), multi-purpose micro surgery robot (easyMicro), and ureteroscopic surgery robot (easyUretero). All these robots were developed, considering the benefits to surgeon with improved convenience, to patient with minimum invasiveness, and to hospital with affordable cost.

Especially, easyUretero robot platform is currently being prepared for commercialization by our surgery robot start-up company named EasyEndo Surgical., Inc. A preclinical trial is now undergone.

Based on our research experience over the last 20 years, we are planning to commercialize our research outputs with our start-up company, EasyEndo Surgical Inc. We started the company to create innovative products that go beyond the academics. Now, experts in each field are gathered together to create a new and innovative surgical robot in which previously did not exist anywhere. We believe our medical robots will provide new surgical technologies for surgeon. go to TOP


From Humanoid to Cobot

Junho Oh, PhD

Rainbow Robotics is a specialized robot platform company founded in 2011 by researchers at the KAIST Humanoid Robot Research Center. The company have been supplying various types of robot platforms based on our core robot technology accumulated over 20 years of research on humanoid bipedal robot platforms. These robot platforms include the world-renowned HUBO series, collaborative robot RB series, quadrupedal robots, mobile platforms, medical robots, and astronomical mounts. Rainbow Robotics is continuously conducting related research to advance the time when robots are used in real life, and is striving to provide the world’s best robot platform at a reasonable price.

Rainbow Robotics was founded in 2011 based on a bipedal robot called HUBO2. Since the company was the only company in the world that can commercialize and supply bipedal robots, we supplied humanoid bipedal robot platform to various domestic and foreign research institutes, universities, and companies.

In 2013, Rainbow Robotics participated in a competition called the DARPA Robotics Challenge as TEMA KAIST and supplied DRC-HUBO Platform. Finally, DRC-HUBO won this competition, validating our company’s humanoid robot technology and making the company more popular.go to TOP


Leader in AI Robotics: Make Robots Smarter, Make Us Freer

Il Hong Suh, Ph.D.
CEO and Co-Founder, COGAPLEX

COGAPLEX has been founded in August, 2017 as a spin-off venture company from InCoRL (Intelligence and Control of Robots Laboratory) of Hanyang university, which had been led by Professor Il Hong Suh. InCoRL had developed AI Robotics technologies including SLAM and Visual Navigation for indoor mobile robots as well as perception and control for robot manipulation.

As a result, COGAPLEX successfully launched commercial solutions for autonomous navigation solution for indoor mobile robots, CONA (cognitive navigation) which is a Hybrid Visual- Lidar navigation solution. In addition, COGAPLEX also launched CoPick3D structured light scanner generating more than 4 million RGB point clouds within 0.5 second with respect to 0.5 meter by 0.5 meter viewing surface at 0.5 meter distance. CONA has successfully applied to diverse commercial mobile platforms including ServingGo, a restaurant service robot. CoPick3D has been recently adopted as key sensors of automobile glass insertion robotic automation systems provided to Hyundai Motor Company.

COGAPLEX will provide key solutions to diverse automation systems including food and beverage automation by enhancing its own original navigation and 3D perception technologies. go to TOP