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From presentations, exhibition formats, panel discussions and workshops to our exhibitors’ company sessions: The program offers a multi-faceted overview of current trends and developments in the market – interactive and at an advanced technical level.

Your automatica sprint ticket gives you free access to everything in the program. Please note: The individual formats take place either in English or German without simultaneous interpreting. And as varied and diverse as they are, they all have one thing in common: a focus on interaction. Best example: contributions in our exhibitors’ brand rooms.

The Company Sessions of the automatica sprint exhibitors
Overarching themes in the automatica sprint supporting program
The munich_i Hightech-Summit
The munich_i AI.Society: Robotics and AI applications of the future
In the focus of politics: munich_i at automatica sprint

The Company Sessions of the automatica sprint exhibitors

Companies present current products and solutions, classic technical presentations are held, or panel discussions are hosted in the company sessions. The topics? As diverse as the exhibitors themselves – from cobots, smart manufacturing and connectivity to energy efficiency all the way to AI.

The program includes a total of more than 30 company sessions of 20 minutes each.

Overarching themes in the automatica sprint supporting program

Special highlight: our virtual OPC UA Demonstrator showing the advantages of digital twins in production. The demonstrator is a digital likeness of a real assembly machine into which the viewers can virtually immerse themselves. This allows them to comprehend even invisible information technology processes: e.g. OPC UA Companion Specifications, skill calls or the asset administration shell. The physical machine is shown in a live stream for comparison.

Here, cross-domain interoperability has already become reality. An important basis for applications such as asset management, data mining, condition monitoring, virtual commissioning, machine learning and many other business cases.

Live demonstations:

  • 22 June 2021; 12:00 - 12:20 CEST. Language: English
  • 23 June 2021; 12:00 - 12:20 CEST. Language: German
  • 24 June 2021; 12:00 - 12:20 CEST. Language: English

In our live demonstrations you will see the "real-life" demonstrator as well as its virtual representation. You can ask your questions - our experts will be happy to answer them.

Our daily panel discussions cover overarching topics such as 5G, robotics in skilled trades or trends in industrial machine vision, thus promoting interdisciplinary exchange connecting the community.

5G, WiFi and more: wireless communication for the smart factory - A panel discussion on June 23, 2021, 10:00 – 10:40 Uhr (CEST) in German language

The Smart Factory needs flexibility. Mobile robots move autonomously and optimise the flow of materials. A highly adaptable "matrix production concept" replaces the more inflexible production lines. Machines and devices are interconnected and communicate directly with each other. It is obvious: wireless communication technology is increasingly needed. But many questions still arise. Why is it important to remain “technology-neutral” instead of simply focusing on 5G? What is suitable for which area of application? What can campus networks do? What has been technically solved and what challenges remain? Where do we stand today? And: What will wireless communication in the smart factory look like in 5 years?

Look forward to our expert panel:

  • Dr Miriam Solera Urena, VDMA expert for 5G and wireless communication.
  • Tom Richter, Global Head of Discrete and Process Manufacturing Verticals, Nokia
  • Eike Lyczkowski, Specialist Group Radio and Navigation at SEW-Eurodrive

Moderator: Claus Wilk, Editor-in-Chief Produktion magazine

An event organised by VDMA Electrical Automation and VDMA Robotics + Automation as part of automatica sprint 2021.

Robots in medium-sized companies: It's worth it! (in German language) - A panel discussion on June 23, 2021, 16:00 – 16:40 (CEST) in German language

For some time now, the use of robots has not been limited to full automation scenarios and high volume production in large companies. Using robots is becoming easier and easier, e.g. through intuitive programming or through the innovative concept of human-robot collaboration. This makes robotics interesting also for semi-automated production processes and smaller production runs enabling an economical and flexible use of robots. For this reason, numerous small and medium-sized enterprises in various industries are already taking advantage of the possibilities offered by the use of robots. Our panel discussion will address the success factors for robots in smaller companies.

Look forward to:

  • Andrea Alboni, General Manger Western Europe, Universal Robots (Germany) GmbH
  • Julian Link, Channel Manager, fruitcore robotics GmbH
  • Martin Bender, Managing Director, Bender & Wirth GmbH & Co. KG

Moderator: Armin Barnitzke, Editor-in-Chief, Automationspraxis.

An event organised by VDMA Robotics + Automation as part of automatica sprint.

Machine Vision in the Smart Factory - New Applications and Trends - A panel discussion on June 24, 2021, 10:00 – 10:40 (CEST) in English language

Machine vision is becoming increasingly important in the Smart Factory. New applications beyond quality inspection are evolving: production optimisation, assistance for manual workstations, in logistics (AGVs, drones), ..... Keywords such as digital twin, edge computing and cloud mean, however, that image processing used in these areas may have to fulfil completely different requirements than before. But what are the differences to previous vision systems? Who are the (future) users of these systems? And, which new vision technologies and trends will play a role in intelligent production in the future alongside artificial intelligence? These questions (and more) will be discussed and answered during this panel discussion.


  • Christoph Hildebrandt, Manager Machine Vision and Non-Destructive Testing, Schaeffler Technologies
  • Hardy Mehl, CFO and COO, Basler AG
  • Olaf Munkelt, Managing Director MVTec
  • Oliver Stolz, Vice President R&D, ISRA Vision AG


  • Dr. Peter Ebert, Editor-in-Chief, inVision
  • Anne Wendel, Machine Vision, VDMA Robotics + Automation

An event organised by VDMA Robotics + Automation as part of automatica sprint.

Applying AI – How to create responsible technological innovations that promote wellbeing - A panel discussion on June 23, 2021, 12:00 – 13:15 (CEST) in English language

The English online discussion addresses the ethical issues associated with the use of technological innovations. For example, the application of AI gives rise to a number of ethical, social, political, and legal challenges, and is causing groundbreaking changes in work cultures and required expert skills. What strategies does this require? How can technological solutions promote equity and prosperity? What should be the role of politics?


Prof. Alena Buyx, Director of the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Chairperson of the German Ethics Council


  • Bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang M. Heckl, Director General of the Deutsches Museum, Chair of Scientific Communication, TUM
  • Dr. Elisabeth Jensen, Senior Scientist at the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence, TUM
  • Andrea Martin, IBM Distinguished Engineer; Leader IBM Watson Center Munich & EMEA Client Centers; AI Advisory Board Member of the Free State of Bavaria
  • Dr. Michael Würtenberger, Vice President Business Line My Journey and Head of Project AI at BMW Group, AI Advisory Board Member of the Free State of Bavaria

An event organised by the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) as part of munich_i and automatica sprint.

Finally, we would like to invite you to attend the virtual groundbreaking ceremony for the Bavarian AI.FACTORY with Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian State Minister for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy on June 23, 2021 at 10:00 to 11:30 CEST.

The munich_i Hightech-Summit

Renowned scientists and acclaimed industry representatives will provide insights into the latest technological developments and future standards in the munich_i high-tech summit sessions on June 22, 2021. The topics: “Assisting the human”, “Connected world”, “Beyond human spaces”, “Building intelligence” and “Interaction of humans and robots”.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO Vodafone Germany
  • Prof. Jeannette Bohg, Stanford University
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Grotepass, CSO Huawei Technologies Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Marco Hutter, ETH Zürich
  • Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura, University of Tokyo
  • Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President Microsoft USA
  • Dr. Reinhard Ploss, Chairman of the Management Board Infineon Technologies

The grand finale: the high-profile munich_i CEO Round Table on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 13:00 to 14:00. Leading robot manufacturers – FANUC, Kuka, Universal Robots and Yaskawa – will discuss topics such as: What is the status quo of robotics-related AI adoption by market leaders? How will autonomously thinking and acting robots change production scenarios? What new business models might result from this? We recommend saving the date!

And the winner is: Brilliant ideas will be commended at the Robothon® – The Grand Challenge 2021 award ceremony with the participation of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Grotepass, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hirzinger, and Prof. Dr. Patrick van der Smagt at the munich_i high-tech summit on June 22, 2021 at around 13:00. Patron of the Robothon® is Judith Gerlach, State Minister for Digital Affairs.

Here you will find the entire program of the munich_i Hightech Summit .

AI.Society: Robotics and AI applications of the future

The future has already begun in the AI.Society virtual exhibition area. Here, TUM chairs, start-ups and partners from the greater Munich area will present real-life scenarios of their lighthouse projects involving robotics and artificial intelligence in the areas of work, health, and mobility – accompanied by daily live demonstrations on June 23 and 24, 2021.

AI.Society – Get informed now

In the focus of politics: munich_i at automatica sprint

The unique combination of business, research, education, and politics favors the innovative climate in the Munich technology hub – and constitutes a significant image factor. This is also thanks to the support for progressive projects such as munich_i by Bavarian top politicians. Join us in welcoming:

  • Minister President Dr. Markus Söder, patron of the munich_i high-tech platform
  • the Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Hubert Aiwanger, during the virtual groundbreaking ceremony for the Bavarian AI.Factory
  • the Minister of State for Science and the Arts, Bernd Sibler, as a participant in the panel discussion “Applying AI – How to create responsible technological innovations that promote wellbeing”
  • the Minister of State for Digital Affairs, Judith Gerlach, as patron of the Robothon®
  • the Minister of State for Education and Cultural Affairs, Prof. Dr. Michael Piazolo, as patron of the munich_i robot driver's license