Sustainable robots: What does it take for a robot to be sustainable?
Many robotic applications have the potential to help achieve sustainability goals outlined by the United Nations. AI-powered robots can contribute to sustainability in different sectors, helping to fight climate change, recycling, decreasing waste in manufacturing, minimising chemicals in farming, as well as numerous social applications to improve accessibility and inclusion.
Although robots hold great promise for advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the rapid increase in the demand for robots poses important questions regarding sustainable production and the future disposable of robots, ultimately asking whether the use of robotic applications could outbalance any positive impact they aim to achieve.
Could the use of robots outbalance any positive impact they aim to achieve?
Join this groundbreaking AI for Good webinar to find out how robots can be part of the global solution towards sustainability and what it takes for a robot to be sustainable.
This session is organised in partnership with euRobotics’ Topic Group on Sustainability and Environmental Aspects.
This live event includes a 15-minute networking event hosted on the AI for Good Neural Network. This is your opportunity to ask questions, interact with the panellists and participants and build connections with the AI for Good community.
Start date: 28 February 2023 at 16:00 CET Geneva | 10:00-11:30 EST, New York | 23:00-23:30 CST, Beijing
Lihui Wang is a Professor and Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing and the Director of Centre of Excellence in Production Research (XPRES) at KTH, Sweden. His research interests are presently focused on real-time monitoring and control, human-robot collaboration, brain robotics, digital twin, cyber-physical and sustainable production systems.
Damien Sallé is the Coordinator of Robotics and Automation at Tecnalia and Coordinator of the Basque Digital Innovation Hub (BDIH). He is promoting transversality and joint technological solutions to provide impact in society and companies, and in particular develops a new activity in Robotics for Environmental sustainability and Circular Economy.
Poldi Heidrich is the Business Development Manager Automotive at KUKA Roboter GmbH. He is responsible for the strategic alignment and planning of the product development for the next 5-10 years. Furthermore, he serves as consultant for the technical sales personal for the complete KUKA portfolio.
Gayathri Manikutty is a social innovator and senior researcher in AMMACHI Labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India. She has worked on several haptics and robotics projects for humanitarian applications. Her research interest areas are in AI for social robotics, child robot interaction, neurocognition for teaching and learning of skills and computing education.
Fiachra O'Brolchain is a philosopher based in Dublin City University’s School of Theology, Philosophy and Music. As a DCU Rising Talent Fellow, he focuses also on the ethical aspects of technological development and environmental philosophy, including issues of the sustainability of robotics and the ethics of biologicalisation.