73rd BHT: Colloquium 2

Robotics for Mining, Underground Inspection & Environmental Monitoring

  • Date: 9 June 2022
  • Venue: in person, Schlossplatzquartier, Lecture hall SPQ-1301, Prüferstr. 4
  • Language: English
  • Conference chairpersonsProf. Dr. Bernhard Jung, Prof. Dr. Jörg Benndorf, Prof. Dr. Christoph Butscher
  • Contact: Dr. Stefan Reitmann (Stefan [dot] Reitmannatinformatik [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de)

Robots and robotic technologies are driving innovation in many domains.

Already commonplace on factory floors, a next frontier are outdoor environments where robots may be used for regular inspection or first-time exploration tasks. Examples are robots in mining, robots for inspection of large man-made infrastructure, and robots for multi-sensory monitoring of the natural environment. Such robots may come in the form of ground-based vehicles, flying drones, robotic boats or even deep-sea submarines.

This symposium will bring together researchers from different academic disciplines (including robotics, AI, engineering, sensor-technology, mining, geo-environmental monitoring, engineering geology and others) with industry experts to discuss recent scientific and technological advances, solved and open challenges in practical applications, as well as novel use cases for autonomous mobile robots in underground and harsh outdoor environments. 

We particularly welcome students from all disciplines, including prospective students, who are interested in learning more about the exciting world of mobile robots, current applications in the raw materials sector, as well as visionary ideas for future services ranging from industry to environment protection. 

Thursday, 9 June 2022

9.00–9.15 Opening

9.15–10.15 Session 1: Robots in Underground Inspection

Integration of 3D Laser Scanners on Robotic Platforms for Data Acquisition in Stop&Go Operation / Bernhard Groiss (RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH)

Towards a Mine 3D Dense Mapping Mobile Robot: A System Design and Preliminary Accuracy Evaluation / Paweł Trybała, André John, Christian Köhler, Jörg Benndorf & Jan Blachowski (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology & TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute of Mine Surveying & Geodesy)

10.15–10.45 Coffee Break

10.45–12.15 Session 2: Robotic Boats for Environmental Monitoring; Underwater Robots in Mining

Robot-Assisted Environmental Monitoring of Inland Waters / Sebastian Pose, Otto Dreier, Lisa Jarosch & Eric Röder (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Interdisciplinary Junior Research Group Robot-Assisted Inland Water Monitoring)

Remote Assistance-Systems for Autonomous Robotic Boats / Stefan Reitmann (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute for Informatics & Interdisciplinary Junior Research Group RoboBoatAssist)

Path Planning for USVs Aggregating Bathymetry Data Sets / Tommy Fahrendorff & Gero Licht (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute of Informatics)

Developing autonomous robotic systems for mineral exploration and ore extraction - projects UNEXUP and ROBOMINERS / Emil Pučko & Gorazd Žibret. (Geological Survey of Slovenia, Ljubljana)

12.15–14.15 Lunch Break

12.45–14.15 Poster & Demo Session

14.15–15.15 Session 3: Smart Systems in Underground Inspection and Engineering Geology

Image capture and analysis at different scales – from drones to the laboratory /
R. Pietersen, O. Al Dajani, H. Einstein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Decentralized Communication System for Underground Operations Such as Tunnels, Mines and Industrial Plants / Tobias Krichler (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute for Mining and Special Civil Engineering)

15.15–15.45 Coffee Break

15.45–17.15 Session 4: Robots in Underground and Sub-Sea Mining 

Underground Robotic System for Monitoring, Evaluation and Detection Applications / Marco Steinbrink (DMT GmbH & Co. KG & TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute for Informatics)

Development of Technologies for Vertical Minimally Invasive Deep Sea Sampling (DSS) / Peter Eitz & Thomas Zinke (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute for Mineral Processing Machines and Recycling Systems Technology)

Position Reference Monitoring for Sub-Sea Mining Applications / Alexander Mölle, Swen Aurich, Steffen Weinhold & Martin Sobczyk (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Chair of Connected Mobile Machinery)

18.00 Social Event (Barbecue, beer, and more - Reiche Zeche)