Ways in which digital transformation in automation is reshaping our lives

Lahore, November 17, 2022 (PPI-OT):Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are key to true digital transformation, which can not only address current challenges but also anticipate future needs for providing services to academia, start-ups, and industrial partners. This was discussed by 21 speakers, including a foreign delegation from Kaiserslautern University, Germany, led by Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns and Dr. Suleiman Mazhar from China, during the three-day WFAR-21 workshop.

This 21st Pak-German Workshop on Field and Assistive Robotics (WFAR-21) was hosted by the University of Lahore (UOL), in which highly skilled researchers, scientists, and experts in robotics and automation shared their insights into how emerging technologies are transforming society.

An observation was made during the workshop that technological advances in robotics and autonomous systems are accelerating research, facilitating access to remote and dangerous areas, improving supply chains, and transforming current modes of transportation. It was also added that automatic data collection are being used extensively with speed and precision and stimulating decision-making. Experts acknowledged that assistive robotics are also a major boost for healthcare research centres nowadays.

During the workshop, Dr. Yasar Ayaz (Chairman at the National Center of Artificial Intelligence (NCAI), Pakistan, and a professor of AI and Robotics at NUST) and many other national and international renowned speakers shared their exclusive work in the fields of AI and robotics. They evaluated key future trends in the field of robotics and analysed different scenarios regarding the futures of human beings and work life.

They explained that the enterprise and industrial sectors are rapidly transforming their infrastructure, products, and services to digital, with the primary benefit being increased efficiency and process automation. The speakers further emphasised shifting academic research-based outcomes into the field, industry, or market.

Their research work proved that the leading technologies supporting solutions for this evolution are AI, robotics, and smart machines. They said that beyond merely integration, technology convergence in enterprise and industrial automation easily justifies investment in new systems and processes. They agreed that robotics and autonomous systems are reshaping the world, changing healthcare, food production, and biodiversity management.

Prof. Berns presented his research in off-road robotics that focuses on autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles that are able to navigate in rough terrain without a predefined trail. While Dr. Yasar Ayaz urged the students to acquire the main skills required for getting jobs in AI and robotics. He further explained that AI has become a major area as measured by market revenue worldwide.

Mr. Eike Gassen and Mr. Jakub Pawlak from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, also shared their researches on the assessment of how robotics and autonomous systems might facilitate or impede the field of agriculture. Their findings identify the key prospects that need to be deliberated while developing, deploying, and governing robotic and autonomous systems.

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