All posts by Robots in Depth

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Robots in Depth with Andreas Bihlmaier

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Andreas Bihlmaier about modular robotics and starting a robotics company.

Andreas shares how he started out in computers and later felt that robotics, through its combination of software and hardware that interacts with the world, was what he found most interesting.

Andreas is one of the founders of RoboDev, a company that aims to make automation more available using modular robotics. He explains how modular systems are especially well suited for automating low volume series and how they work with customers to simplify automation.

He also discusses how a system that can easily be assembled into many different robots creates an advantage both in education and in industrial automation, by providing efficiency, flexibility and speed.

We get a personal, behind the scenes account of how the company has evolved as well as insights into the reasoning behind strategic choices made in product development.

Robots in Depth with Stefano Stramigioli

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Stefano Stramigioli about the Robotics and Mechatronics lab he leads at University of Twente. The lab focuses on inspection and maintenance robotics, as well as medical applications.

Stefano got into robotics when he saw the robots in Star Wars, and started out building a robotic arm from scratch, including doing his own PCBs.

He also tells us about the robotic peregrine falcon that has been spun out and is now a successful company.

This interview was recorded in 2016.

Robots in Depth with Sebastian Weisenburger


In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sj√∂borg speaks Sebastian Weisenburger about how ECHORD++ works, with application-oriented research bridging academia, industry and end users to bring robots to market, under the banner ‚ÄúFrom lab to market‚ÄĚ.

We also hear about Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation (PDTI) projects in healthcare and urban robotics.

This interview was recorded in 2016.

Robots in Depth with Nicola Tomatis

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Nicola Tomatis about his long road into robotics and how BlueBotics handles indoor navigation and integrates it in automated guided vehicles (AGV).

Like many, Nicola started out tinkering when he was young, and then got interested in computer science as he wanted to understand it better.

Nicola gives us an overview of indoor navigation and its challenges. He shares a number of interesting projects, including professional cleaning and intralogistics in hospitals. We also find out what someone who wants to use indoor navigation and AGVs should think about.

This interview was recorded in 2016.

Robots in Depth with S√łren Peter Johansen

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sj√∂borg speaks with S√łren Peter Johansen from DTI about implementing robotic solutions.

S√łren talks about how he got into robotics by starting to tinker with any electronic he could get his hands on. He worked in a mechanical workshop and added automation to the machines in the shop. As robots became more and more available, he then included them in his work.

S√łren also discusses examples of successful human robot collaboration and how software and hardware both are essential elements of robot development.

We also get to hear about how he went to the Danish Technological Institute because he saw an opportunity to work with lots of interesting robots.

This interview was recorded in 2016.

Robots in Depth with Spring Berman

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Spring Berman about her extensive experience in the field of swarm robotics.

One of the underlying ideas of the area is designing robot controls similar to the ones used in nature by different types of swarms of animals, systems that work without having a leader. We get to hear how many robots can be used together to handle tasks that would not be possible using one or a small number of robots. We also get introduced to the opportunities of mixing artificial animals with real ones.

Spring describes some of the challenges within swarm robotics, which can be as diverse as mathematical modelling and regulatory issues. She also comments on the next frontier in swarm robotics and the different research areas that are needed to make progress.

This interview was recorded in 2016.

Robots in Depth with Dirk Thomas

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Dirk Thomas about his work with ROS at the OSR Foundation.

We hear about how programmers and roboticists can benefit from being part of and contributing to the open source community.

Dirk discusses the development of ROS and how it is being used both in academia and in commercial projects. He also shares his thoughts on the future development of ROS and how it can support advancements in robotics overall.

This interview was recorded in 2015.

Robots in Depth with Dirk Thomas

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Dirk Thomas about his work with ROS at the OSR Foundation.

We hear about how programmers and roboticists can benefit from being part of and contributing to the open source community.

Dirk discusses the development of ROS and how it is being used both in academia and in commercial projects. He also shares his thoughts on the future development of ROS and how it can support advancements in robotics overall.

This interview was recorded in 2015.

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