By SCIO Automation • October 24, 2022

The expert jury of the SCIO Innovation Challenge

The SCIO Innovation Challenge is in full swing. Students from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are currently submitting their innovative ideas on autonomous mobile robotics. Time to take a look at the experts who are evaluating the submissions.

Industry, research and trade media - each jury member has their own unique view of Autonomous Mobile Robotics.



Michael Goepfarth
CEO of SCIO Automation, Jury Chairman

„Research and industry: this is where what belongs together comes together. The SCIO Innovation Challenge, allows us to give innovative ideas from students and early-career academics room to develop. New developments and innovations thrive when people are able to share what they know with each other, and when the focus is on finding the best approaches to adopt. I'm excited to see what kind of potential comes to the fore here.“  


Peter Stoiber
4am robotics | Division Manager Mobile Robotics at Schiller Automatisierungstechnik GmbH & CEO of Mojin Robotics GmbH

"We have been developing customized AMR solutions that are used by OEMs since 2015, among other things - in addition to a pioneering spirit and a spot of courage, our team spirit has been the driving force, allowing us to push ahead with our AMR developments and set the course for the smart factories of tomorrow. Our journey to a flexible and safe smart factory is well underway, and I look forward to sharing part of this journey with our competition participants."




Ulrich Reiser
4am robotics | Co-Founder & CEO of Mojin Robotics

"The precursors of our current mobile robots were already developed in the 1990s. Further development over time allowed us to open up additional areas of application in services and industry. Being ready and willing to innovate, as well as having the ability to transfer research have always been indispensable here. That's why I'm looking forward to opening new doors in AMR development, along with the participants of the SCIO Innovation Challenge."


Andreas Vogl

4am Robotics | Head of Development Mobile Robotics at Schiller Automatisierungstechnik GmbH

"As a student, I enjoyed working on innovative ideas with my fellow students and putting them into practice. I was always able to take a lot away from speaking with industry representatives. I’m now looking forward to getting to know young developers and supporting them in bringing their ideas to life."



Florian Weisshardt
4am Robotics | Co-Founder and CTO Software of Mojin Robotics

"The enormous success of Autonomous Mobile Robotics is resulting in more and more vehicles, and different types of vehicles, entering the market. In addition to innovative ideas will comes to developing the individual vehicles, effective concepts are also needed to coordinate heterogeneous fleets in operation. I’m excited to see what areas our participants tackle in their projects!"


Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauernhansl
Director  of the Fraunhofer-Instituts for Manufacturing  Engineering and Automation IPA and the Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management IFF, University of Stuttgart

"The SCIO Innovation Challenge focuses on an area that will be essential for the future of industry! AMRs will take over numerous production tasks over the coming years. By doing so, they will make a crucial contribution to enabling value creation in Germany in spite of demographic changes and global competitive pressure."






Prof. Thomas Limbrunner
Head of the Autonomous Systems/ Driver Assistance Systems Research Group in the Modern Mobility Research Center at Deggendorf Institute of Technology

"The SCIO Innovation Challenge offers students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the AMR and AGV, which are both important research areas for the future, in a project environment that is geared to industry. In dealing with the relevant sensor technology, SLAM techniques and taking an in-depth look at ODD, they learn targeted, relevant skills that gives them a greater understanding of autonomous systems. Young people are the pioneers of successful future solutions and growth engines of tomorrow's economy."


Winfried Bauer
Editor-in-chief of ‘f+h fördern und heben’ magazine

"As editor of f+h magazine, the innovative spirit of the intralogistics industry fascinates me every day. In addition to established companies, it’s ideas from start-ups as well as students, graduates and doctoral students that drive innovation forward. That's why I'm part of the jury for the SCIO Innovation Challenge and look forward to engaging in dialog with young talents who are working on projects that can be applied to autonomous mobile robotics."



Are you as excited about Autonomous Mobile Robotics as our experts? Now it's your turn!

Take part in the SCIO Innovation Challenge and win the jury over with your idea! You can everything you need to know about the competition on our website.

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