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Conference: What future for European Robotics?

Registrations are open for the conference “What future for European robotics?”
Registrations are open for the conference “What future for European robotics?”
Jan 27 2021

The JRC is hosting a high-level conference “What future for European robotics?” on 27 and 28 January between 15.00 and 18.00 CET, with a closing policy roundtable on 29 January between 15.00 and 16.00 CET.

This Science for Policy conference will provide a scientific, policy-oriented and EU-centred analysis of the state of this technology, covering the technical, economic and social angles, aiming to identify the short-term and long-term policy challenges, particularly in the context of the covid-19 crisis and its recovery.

The conference brings together key policy-makers, business representatives and world leading academics from the European Commission, the OECD, the International Federation of Robotics, the IEEE and the euRobotics, MIT, and the Spanish Scientific Research Council.

Register online for the conference

Find more details on the dedicated event website.

Keynote speakers: 

  • Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight
  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Dr. Bernd Lieper, President of euRobotics aisbl, 
  • Prof. Carme Torras, Research Professor at the Spanish Scientific Research Council.

Panel discussions:

Among the confirmed panellists are:

  • Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor at MIT, Prof. Tony Belpaeme, Professor at Ghent University,
  • Dr. Susanne Bieller, General Secretary of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR),
  • Raja Chatila, Professor Emeritus at Sorbonne University, Chair IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems,
  • Aimee van Wynsberghe, Humboldt Professor at the University of Bonn.
  • Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Deputy Head of Division OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI),
  • Hae Won Park, Research Scientist at Media Lab, MIT.

Policy roundtable

The policy roundtable on January 29th will bring together European Commission Director Generals, including JRC Director Stephen Quest to discuss what regulatory framework would be needed for the EU robotics.

The conference will be live streamed. Registration, detailed programme and the list of the speakers are available on the conference website.