Team

TraceBOT means Teamwork

Project Management Board

Joe Bradford
Head of Engineering
ASTECH PROJECTS
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Personal
Age: 47
Mother tongue: English
Other languages:  Unfortunately, not!

Contact
Runcorn / UK
+44 7968 246 654
joe.bradford@astechprojects.co.uk

Professional Education
HND Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Work Experience
31 years’ experience in engineering from hands on through to senior management positions for multiple disciplines. 8 years’ experience in design, engineering and management of R&D projects including robotic and automated systems.

“My approach to TraceBOT”
My role is to assist in the progress of the project and to ensure the integration of the component parts designed and built by the group work together as a machine.

Markus Vincze
Prof. Dr. techn.
TU WIEN
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Profile
I am a mechanical engineer and expert in robot vision. Ideally, we will be able to build a robot that makes order in my home.

Personal
Age: 55
Mother tongue:  Austrian
Other languages: English, Italian

Contact
TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
+431 58801 376611
vincze@acin.tuwien.ac.at

Professional Education

Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien)
Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering
PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Work Experience
TU Wien, Helpmate Robotics, Yale University, TU Wien

“My approach to TraceBOT”
Making robots see and understand what they do.

Michael Beetz
Prof. Dr. h.c., PhD
UNIVERSITY OF BREMEN
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Profile
Head of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Personal
Age: 60
Mother tongue: German
Other languages: English

Contact
Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen (Germany)
+49 421 218 64000
mbeetz@uni-bremen.de

Professional Education
Diploma Degree in Computer Science - University of Kaiserslautern
Master of Science, Master of Philosophy and PhD Degree - Yale University

Work Experience
Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Bremen
Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group, Technical University of Munich

“My approach to TraceBOT”
“Have fun with robots”

Anthony Remazeilles
PhD in Computer Science
Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation
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Profile
I am a researcher and Project Manager, interested in sensor-based robot control, and software architecture.

Contact
Fundación Tecnalia, San Sebastian (Spain)
+34 667 119 680
anthony.remazeilles@tecnalia.com

Personal
Age: 42
Mother tongue: French
Other languages: English, Spanish, a bit of Euskera

Professional Education
Engineer Degree in Computer Science, 2001, INSA Rennes
Master of Research in Image and Artificial Intelligence, 2001 Université de Rennes I
PhD in Computer Science, 2004, Université de Rennes I

Work Experience
Université de Rennes 1,
Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, Rennes
CEA-LIST, Fontenay aux Roses (FR)
Fatronik, San Sebastian (ES)
Tecnalia, San Sebastian (ES)

“My approach to TraceBOT”
To convert challenges into solutions
To generate system demonstrating added values
To meet & collaborate with experts
To share knowledge, and learn from colleagues

Charly Coulon
PhD in Artificial Intelligence
INVITE GmbH
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Profile
“I am an engineer passionate about applications of modern robotics and technology in the process industry.”

Personal
Age: 53
Mother tongue: German
Other languages: English

Contact
INVITE GmbH Cologne
+49-221-===
coulon@invite-research.com

Professional Education
Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University in Bonn
Master Degree in Computer Science
PhD in Artificial Intelligence at Bauhaus University Weimar

Work Experience
18 years with Bayer AG in automation, marketing, operational excellence and supply chain consulting.
Since 2015 with INVITE GmbH with the mission to accelerate the utilization of modern technologies within the industry.

“My approach to TraceBOT”
TraceBot makes it possible for the robot to track the success of its work. For this to happen, all partners need to merge their unique skills. My goal is to understand and promote what makes the best combination and ensure that it meets the needs of the pharmaceutical industry.

Mathieu Grossard
PhD, HDR (Habil.), Senior researcher in robotics
CEA, France
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Personal
Age: 38
Mother tongue: French
Other languages: English

Contact
CEA List, Saclay (France)
+33 01 69 08 07 87
mathieu.grossard@cea.fr

Professional Education
Engineer Degree
Master of Research degree in robotics
PhD. degree in automatic control
H.D.R. (Habil. for Research Supervision) degree

Work Experience
Lab of digital sciences of Nantes, Nantes
Femto-St Institute, Besançon
CEA List – Interactive Robotic Unit, Saclay

“My approach to TraceBOT”
Enthusiasm for robotics manipulation activities.
Strong interests for design and control of dexterous robot manipulators.

Coordination & Communication

Maike Neumann
Media Education (MA)
BioLAGO e.V. – The Health Network
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Profile
Project and marketing manager at BioLAGO for national and international projects, additionally working in the field of andragogy. My project based work helped me to gain profound knowledge in the areas of project management, coordination and concept design.

Contact details
BioLAGO e.V., Constance (Germany)
+49 (0)7531 – 921525 0
maike.neumann@biolago.org

Personal
Age: 36
Mother tongue: German
Other languages: English, French

Work Experience
Media-pedagogical consultant
Project management
media design and production

“My approach to TraceBOT”
Innovation and technology transfer-activities

Carlos Lange-Prollius
Master in Translation Studies, Senior Copy Writer
BioLAGO e.V
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Profile
Project and Dissemination Manager at BioLAGO for national and international projects.

Contact details
BioLAGO e.V., Constance (Germany)
+49 (0)7531 – 921525 0
carlos.lange@biolago.org

Personal
Age: 55
Mother tongue: German
Other languages: English, French, Spanish
Professional Education
Heidelberg University / D-Heidelberg
Hüthig Verlag (Süddeutscher Verlag) Publishing House / D-Heidelberg

Work Experience
Chief-Editor at technical trade magazine "PackReport" (print+online), Deutscher Fachverlag (DFV) / D-Frankfurt
Editor at several technical trade magazines, Hüthig Verlag / D-Heidelberg
Editor at special interest magazines, Luike Motor Press / E-Madrid
Marketing + Project Manager, Schenk S.A., No 3 wine producer in Europe / E-Valencia
Representative of GoodWeave International for Germany-Austria-Switzerland / USA-Washington D.C.
International PR consultant to SME, CLP-COMMUNICATION / D-Constance
Senior Copy Writer, Textagentur Bodensee / D-Constance
Project Manager BioLAGO - the health network/ D-Constance

“My approach to TraceBOT”
Generate a constructive communication for all project partners and create a sustainable dissemination of
TraceBOT’s evolution which makes the project’s ecosystem grow organically month by month and beyond the
official end of the funding period.

Chair of Advisory Board

Patrick Courtney
PhD, MBA
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Profile
Lead, Analytical Laboratory Robotics working group with euRobotics / European Commission research programmes

Contact details
Constance (Germany)
0044 781 477 3937 + 0049 175 448 4963
patrick.courtney@tec-connection.com

Personal
Age: 57
Mother tongue: French
Other languages: English, German

Work Experience
Artificial Intelligence Vision Research Unit (UK)
Cap Gemini, PerkinElmer, Sartorius

Professional Education
Computer engineering, University of Manchester
Master Degree in Instrumentation and Analytical Science
PhD in Molecular Biology / Robotics (with Glaxo)
MBA marketing/innovation management

“My approach to TraceBOT”
Bring contacts in research and industry
Understanding of user domain and technologies
Persistence  (stubbornness)
My aim is to make TraceBOT reality by bringing the partners together around s common vision

TraceBOT Colleagues

Andy Berry
BSc(Hons)
ASTECH PROJECTS
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Profile
Lead Software Engineer

Contact details
Runcorn / UK
+44 (0) 1928 571797 (Ext. 107)
andrew.berry@astechprojects.co.uk

Personal
Age: 30
Mother tongue: English
Other languages: German (basic)

Work Experience
Lead Software Engineer at Astech Projects Ltd (9 years), working in robotics and automation for the pharmaceutical, industrial and laboratory automation sectors.

Professional Education
Computer Science, Manchester Metropolitan University

“My approach to TraceBOT”
Bringing experience in developing novel solutions for robotics and automation requirements, with strict constraints for repeatability, validation and testing.

Joseph Roddis
MEng
ASTECH PROJECTS
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Profile
Mechanical Design Engineer
Astech Projects Ltd.

Contact details
Runcorn / UK
0044 1928 571 162
joseph.roddis@astechprojects.co.uk

Personal
Age: 28
Mother tongue: English

Work Experience
Development of systems for metal 3D printing with Renishaw plc., LPW Technology Ltd & Carpenter Additive.
Laboratory and Advanced Manufacturing Automation with Astech Projects Ltd.

Professional Education
Masters in Mechanical Engineering, University of Liverpool

“My approach to TraceBOT”
I am enjoying the opportunity to collaborate across borders.
I am supporting the project with hardware design expertise and will be involved in designing the final integrated system.

Hrishikesh Gupta
Academic Degree
Vienna University of Technology
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Profile
Researcher PhD Candidate – Machine Learning and Computer Vision

Contact details
Vienna University of Technology
Wien (Austria)
+4368864395636
Gupta@acin.tuwien.ac.at

Personal
Age: 26
Mother tongue: Marathi
Other languages:   English, Hindi

Work Experience
Fizyr – Delft, Netherlands
Computer Vision engineer

Computer Vision Lab – ETH Zürich
Masters Thesis Student

ABB – Baden-dättwil
Machine learning research intern

Flanders Make – Leuven, Belgium
Research Intern

Professional Education

Università della Svizzera Italiana
Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule   Zürich) – Exchange Year
Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management  and Engineering
Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and
Telecommunications Engineering

“My approach to TraceBOT”
To focus on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Computer Vision aspects of the project. Gain knowledge of state-of-art methods, find their shortcomings, and improve them. Which will result in better results for TraceBot.

Jean-Baptiste Weibel
MSc Computer Science
TU Wien – Vienna (Austria)
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Contact details
TU Wien – Vienna (Austria)
+33 6 33 55 03 35
weibel@acin.tuwien.ac.at

Personal
Age: 28
Mother tongue: French
Other languages: English

Work Experience
Android developer at Parrot – Paris (2014)
Research assistant at A*Start – Singapore (2015)
Project assistant at TU Wien - Vienna (Current)

Professional Education
Master Degree from CentraleSupélec – France (2015)
MSc in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology – United States (2016)
Currently pursuing a PhD at the TU Wien

“My approach to TraceBOT”
My focus with Tracebot is to leverage the invisible and the missing information from our data of transparent object to provide  new manipulation abilities to robots

Franklin Kenghagho Kenfack
MSC. in AI
TU Wien – Vienna (Austria)
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Profile
“I am a PhD researcher in cognitive robot perception and expert in robotics. I focus on combining massive explicit background knowledge, Machine Learning and Mental Simulation to design and implement human-like flexible and robust robot perception systems”.

Contact details
Am Fallturm 1
Bremen (Germany)
+4917635289878
fkenghag@uni-bremen.de

Personal
Age: 31
Mother tongue: French, Yemba
Other languages: English, German

Work Experience
Tutor at University of Douala
Intern at Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Teacher, Tutor, Research Assistant and Software Developer at Institute for  Artificial Intelligence

Professional Education
University of Bremen
Master Degree in Artificial Intelligence
PhD Candidate in Cognitive Robot Perception

“My approach to TraceBOT”
“Giving the commitment of TraceBot to deal with failure-sensitive realtime applications such as sterility testing of medical products, my aim is to ensure a mechanism that allows the robot to understand what he sees and does. In this way, the robot will be able to provide an audit trail of the test it carries out, reasons about it  and replan the test if necessary adequately. Since physical reasoning is of great importance and very challenging in TraceBot, I leverage photo-realistic and physics-faithful mental simulations from a digital twin of the process.”

Héctor Herrero
Software Engineer and PhD in Robotics
Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation
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Profile
I am software engineer and expert in robotics. My research line is focused on software architectures, robotic easier programming techniques and dual-arm robot coordination.

Contact details
Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation
San Sebastián (Spain)
+34 610 72 05 32
hector.herrero@tecnalia.com

Personal
Age: 33
Mother tongue: Spanish
Other languages: English, Basque

Work Experience
Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Professional Education
University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Master Degree in Control, Automation and Robotics
PhD in Robotics

“My approach to TraceBOT”
Enthusiasm for robotics, electronics and mechanics
I want to take a step forward in modeling human behavior in the form of robot skills
Being able to incorporate into the programming of a robotic application certain mechanisms that a human performs unconsciously when performing a task, can reduce the complexity and the necessary time to automate complex operations

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Irati Rasines
Master in Control Engineering, Automation and Robotics + Biomedical Engineering
Tecnalia Derio (Spain)
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Profile
“I am a researcher focused on machine learning applied to robotics in human-robot collaboration scenarios.”

Contact details
Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Derio (Spain)
+34 943 105 101 (international calls)
irati.rasines@tecnalia.com

Personal
Age: 36
Mother tongue: Spanish, Basque
Other languages: English

Work Experience
Web programmer at Alianzo S.L
Research Fellowship (Iñaki Goenaga)
Researcher at Tecnalia.

Professional Education
Bachelor in Physics Science at the University of the Basque Country
Master's Degree in Control Engineering, Automation and Robotics
Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering
ONGOIN: PhD on Automatic Robot Learning based on Human Demonstrations

“My approach to TraceBOT”
Enthusiasm for robot learning approaches applied to real world scenarios.

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Julie Dumora
PhD
CEA Bordeaux, France
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Profile
My research interests focuses on human robot interaction and mainly how to manage and simplify the interaction. The aim is to simplify the deployment and use of robotics in plants. My activities focus mainly on command control field for HRI and on intuitive programming for non-expert in robotics and programming

Contact details
CEA, Bordeaux, France

julie.dumora@cea.fr

Personal
Age: 35
Mother tongue: French
Other languages: English

Work Experience
Permanent robotics researcher at CEA

Professional Education
Master Degree in Automation Engineering
PhD in Human Robot Interaction field

“My approach to TraceBOT”
My aim is to make robotics use accessible to everyone

Florian GOSSELIN
PhD
CEA LIST Palaiseau (France)
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Profile
“I am a mechanical engineer and expert in force feedback robotics. I supervised or participated to the development of a dozen haptic interfaces and hand exoskeletons and to their integration in state of the art multimodal VR platforms with applications in CAD, telesurgery, skills training, cultural heritage, digital arts and entertainment. More recently, I was involved in the development of several collaborative robots. Along with my involment in robotics, I am since 2015 the Scientific Officer of the Department of Ambiant Intelligence and Interactive Sytems.”

Contact
CEA LIST Palaiseau (France)
+33 1 69 08 07 86
florian.gosselin@cea.fr

Personal
Age: 49
Mother tongue: French
Other languages: English, German

Work Experience
CEA LIST - Scientific officer
CEA LIST - Research engineer and project manager
Cybernétix (during my PhD) - Research engineer
Teuchos (on temporary assignment at Aérospatiale) - Consulting engineer
GIAT Industries (now Nexter) - Military Service as Scientist

Professional Education
Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Nantes
Engineering Degree in Robotics, Ecole Centrale de Nantes
Postgraduate in Control Engineering & Applied Informatics, University of Nantes
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Poitiers

“My approach to TraceBOT”
Expertise in robotic-oriented task analysis.
Expertise in mechatronics design

Saifeddine Aloui
PHD in automation and signal processing
CEA LETI
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Profile
“I am a mechanical engineer and expert in force feedback robotics. I supervised or participated to the development of a dozen haptic interfaces and hand exoskeletons and to their integration in state of the art multimodal VR platforms with applications in CAD, telesurgery, skills training, cultural heritage, digital arts and entertainment. More recently, I was involved in the development of several collaborative robots. Along with my involment in robotics, I am since 2015 the Scientific Officer of the Department of Ambiant Intelligence and Interactive Sytems.”

Contact details
CEA LETI, Grenoble (France)
+33 4 38 78 09 07
Saifeddine.ALOUI@cea.fr

Personal
Age: 35
Mother tongue: French/Arabic
Other languages: English

Work Experience
Research engineer in CEA Grenoble

Professional Education
PHD in automation and signal processing from University of Grenoble
Engineering degree from Telecom Paristech

“My approach to TraceBOT”
My contribution aims at making TraceBOT aware of the object it manipulates through a combination of tactile sensing and artificial intelligence. Pushing towards human like robotic dexterous manipulation of objects.

Franck Vial
Engineer in electronics and signal processing
CEA GRENOBLE (FRANCE)
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Profile
“I am a research engineer, focused on the integration of innovative sensing technologies.”

Contact details
CEA GRENOBLE (FRANCE)
+33 438 786 265
franck.vial@cea.fr

Personal
Age: 45
Mother tongue: French
Other languages: English

Work Experience
Ultimed Technologies,
French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) -  Technical Research for Industry (CEA Tech)

Professional Education
Engineering degree in Electronics and Signal Processing from CPE Lyon

“My approach to TraceBOT”
“My aim is to make TraceBOT robot sensitive to touch, in order to enhance its cognitive skills toward human-like dexterous manipulations.”