On September 3, 2020, the fourth Robotix-Academy Summer School started at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld.
Here, the scientific staff of all partner universities of the Robotix-Academy came together to find practical solutions for problems, e.g. in the implementation of demonstrators, and to learn from each other.
Due to the constraints of the Corona pandemic, the format of a hackathon was chosen instead of an on-site workshop: Here, each partner contributed a project that they could not work on or solve alone, and were each supported by another partner.
After four weeks of work and regular video conferences, the results were presented online in a final presentation. Communication was primarily via online tools such as Teams, GoTo Meeting, Slack, etc.
The issues to be addressed were very diverse. For example, measuring the absolute accuracy of an industrial robot or detecting and locating various objects were part of the tasks. Even in this unfamiliar format, the communication and cooperation between the task creator and the project processor ran smoothly and thus the Summer School was able to fulfill its purpose of improving the exchange and cooperation between the individual project sites.
Although in a modified form, this is already the fourth event of this kind, after the Summer School started in Saarbrücken at ZeMA in 2017 and was held at the University of Liège in 2018 and at the University of Lorraine in Metz in 2019.