Business and Technologies Insight Forums Seoul 2018

All Insight Forums will be conducted in English

21-22 February 2018
Seoul, Korea

The-K Hotel Seoul,
#70, Baumoe-ro 12 gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul,
Room: Keumgang Hall (2nd Floor), Annex Building

New Robotics: Technology Innovations & Market Trends

Robots are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent and dexterous, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks.

Indeed, this new era of intelligent robotics will be one of the great stories of our time, transforming many aspects of our lives in not too distant a future. We are now only at the beginning of this new era of transformation.

In this overview class, we will give you a big picture of how the world of robotics is changing, exploring the applications of new robotics in diverse walks of life ranging from transport to agricultural to material handling to retail to medical care to homes and so on. We will then highlight the key technological trends in hardware and software, discussing why we are only now entering into this new era of rapid progress and innovation in these physically-embodied forms of artificial intelligence (AI).

More specifically, we will cover the following themes:

  • Robotic arms: This class will open by considering robotic arms. First, different types of industrial robotics arms are reviewed and some of their key application highlighted. Next, we will consider collaborative robotic arms. Here, we will assess different degrees of collaboration and the different sensors and techniques used in ensuring safe collaboration. We will then benchmark existing collaborative robots on the market before reviewing key existing and emerging applications. Finally, in this section we will discuss robotic-assisted surgery, looking at its progress to-date, introducing different players, and considering market trends.
  • Market analysis: We will first consider the market evolution for industrial robotic arms. To this end, we will look at the historical development of robotic arm sales- in units and value- for more than two decades. We will then analyse the market by territory before looking at robot adoption trends in specific countries. We then suggest that we are currently in a growth super-cycle phase which is mainly driven by the rise of automation in China. This will lead us towards our focus on China where we describe our models which project the future behaviour of robot sales in China over the coming decade. Finally, we will provide market forecasts for collaborative robots as well as surgical robotic arms.
  • The rise of new robotics: In this section we will introduce the emergence of new robotics. Here, robots will become uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent. They will therefore many aspects of live beyond factories. As examples, we will first consider personal robotics, reviewing the likes of vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, personal 3D printers, and so on. We will then switch our focus towards more commercial examples, briefly discussing autonomous security guards, material handling robots in hospitals and hotels, autonomous robots in retailing, heavy-duty and off-road autonomous vehicles and so on.
  • Enabling technology behind new robotics: In this section we will assess the performance and cost trends behind key hardware components that are increasingly enabling the commercial viability of new robotics. In particular, we will consider performance and cost trends in computing, memory technologies, energy storage, electric motors, cameras, MEMS, GPS, and so on. We will then consider the key developments in software and artificial intelligence. In particular, we will briefly describe the various types of deep learning, highlight key milestones/achievements, and consider the role of big data in enabling such progress.
  • Case study I- agricultural robots: We will describe how robotics is quietly transforming agriculture. First, we consider how advances in computer vision are opening up new approaches to ultra-precision agriculture with far reaching consequences for the agrochemical industry. Next, we will demonstrate how agriculture is the leading adaptor of autonomous mobility technology. Here, we will analyse the evolution of autonomous mobility in agriculture, showing that the rise of fleets of small unmanned robots that change the way agricultural machinery is envisioned. We then assess the latest developments in robotic fresh fruit harvesting before closing this session by discussing the progress of robotics in dairy farming.
  • Case study II- mobile robotics in warehousing and logistics: The rise of e-commerce is pushing the adoption of robotic technology in warehouses. Here, we are witnessing an evolution in technology, going from infrastructure-dependent rigid automated systems towards infrastructure-independent flexible autonomous systems. In this section, we will review AGVs and AGVs as well as AMR (autonomous mobile robots). We will also discuss autonomous delivery driods (ground based robots) aiming to boost productivity in last mile delivery. Finally, we will briefly consider the progress in autonomous long-haulage trucks.
  • Case study III- Drones: In this section we will consider the latest trends in drone technology. To this end, we will look how aggressive pricing trends have led to the commoditization of consumer drones and how this is forcing a pivot towards enterprise drones and vertical-focused services. We then consider the latest investment trends in drone companies before reviewing the application pipeline for drones. Lastly, we will highlight the use of drones in agriculture and logistics as two major examples of enterprise drones.

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Forum 4 / Agenda

22 February / Afternoon / The-K Hotel Seoul
Keumgang Hall (2nd Floor), Annex Building

IDTechEx Korean Analyst Danny Jung, will be available at this Insight Forum for further discussion

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 13:00-14:00

  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Lunch, networking and registration
    for the afternoon session
  • 14:00 - 14:05


Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director

  • 14:05 - 14:25

Robotic arms (industrial, collaborative and surgical)

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director

  • Overview of industrial robotic arm types including articulated, SCARA, Cartesian, Delta and so on
  • Analysis of collaborative robotic arms including degree of collaboration, safety measures, common sensors, applications, and performance and cost of collaborative robots on the market
  • Review of robotic arms used in various surgical operations
  • 14:25 - 14:50

Market analysis

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director

  • Industrial arms:
    • Sales of robotic arms
    • Market for robotic arms by end application
    • Market for robotic arms by territory and country
    • Analysis of the drivers behind the current growth super-cycle
    • Focus on current and future sales in China
    • Ten-year market projections
  • Collaborative arms: ten-year forecasts
  • Surgical robotic arms: market overview and forecasts
  • 14:50 - 15:15

NEW robotics

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director

This section analyses the emerging new robotics in which robots are increasingly collaborative, mobile and intelligent. Here we will briefly discuss the following:

  • Personal robotics
    • Vacuum cleaner
    • Lawn mowers
    • Pool cleaner
    • 3D printers
    • Others
  • Commercial mobile robots
    • Security robots
    • Material delivery in hospitals, hotels, etc
    • Drones
    • Off-road heavy-duty autonomous vehicles
  • 15:15 - 16:00

Enabling technologies giving rise to this NEW robotics

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director

  • Review of trends in enabling hardware technologies particularly focusing on performance and cost of the following:
    • Computing (transistors)
    • Memory
    • MEMS sensors
    • Cameras
    • Electric motors
    • Lithium ion batteries
    • GPS
    • Others
  • 16:00 - 16:15
  • Networking break
  • 16:15 - 16:30

Software & Artificial Intelligence

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director

  • Introduction and assessment of key software and artificial intelligence trends and milestones:
    • Introduction to AI and deep learning
    • Progress and achievements of deep learning in key tasks like speech, writing, grasping, and so on
    • Robotic Operating System
  • 16:30 - 17:00

Case study on agricultural robotics

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director

  • This section discuss how robotics is quietly transforming various aspects of agriculture:
    • Use of deep learning and advanced vision in agriculture and its impact on the agrochemical industry
    • Increasing use of data on agriculture and its value chain
    • The evolution of autonomous mobility in agricultural vehicles
    • The rise of small unmanned autonomous agriculture vehicles
    • Robotics in fresh fruit harvesting: progress and challenges
    • Use of drones for data acquisition and precision farming
    • Robotics in dairy farming including robotic milking
  • 17:00 - 17:30

Case study on mobile robotics in material handling and logistics

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director

  • This section discusses how mobile robots and drones are being adopted to address challenges in warehousing, logistics and material handling:
    • Automated guided carts and vehicles (AGV and AGCs)
    • Grid based AGV and AGCs and their use in goods-to-person warehousing
    • Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)
    • Progress from infrastructure-dependent autonomy towards full infrastructure-independent autonomy
    • Investment trends in autonomous mobile robots
    • Robotic picking: reviewing of latest progress in grasping
    • Soft robotic: a hardware approach towards the grasping challenge
    • Mobile robotic picking
    • Autonomous trucking
    • Autonomous driods (ground based robots for last mile delivery)
  • 17:30 - 17:45

Focus on drone technologies

Compiled by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director

  • Investment trends in drone companies
  • Transition towards enterprise drones and vertically-focused services
  • Application pipeline
  • Application examples specifically focusing on logistics and agriculture
  • 17:45 - 18:00
  • Summary, Conclusions & Questions With IDTechEx
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