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ERF 2024 Workshop "From Italy to Europe: robots tackling sustainability challenges"

We are pleased to invite researchers, academics, and industry professionals to attend the workshop on "From Italy to Europe: robots tackling sustainability challenges" which will be held in conjunction with the 15th edition of the European Robotics Forum, to be held from 13-15 March 2024 in Rimini, Italy.


Date: 13th March 2024

Time: 14:40 – 16:00 CET



In an era marked by pressing sustainability challenges, robotics has enormous potential to accelerate progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals, the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. This Workshop aims to unite local innovation in robotics across Europe, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among researchers, industry professionals, and policymakers. The session will provide a forum to explore recent developments in robotics technology and its applications in various sustainability domains, including environmental conservation, agriculture, recycling, demolition and healthcare. Through presentations and interactive discussions, participants will gain insights into the diverse range of SDG-driven robotics solutions emerging from local innovation hubs across Europe. The Workshop seeks to foster cross-border partnerships, share best practices, and inspire new approaches to address the most pressing sustainability challenges.


Workshop Theme: Uniting local innovation in robotics and sustainability across Europe

Key Research Questions:

  1. What are some practical applications of robotics in various sustainability domains and aims to identify innovative solutions. And how can the outcomes of this Workshop inspire and catalyze new approaches and initiatives to tackle pressing sustainability challenges more effectively?

  2. What are the key success factors and best practices in fostering cross-border partnerships and knowledge exchange among local innovation hubs across Europe in the field of sustainable robotics?

  3. What are the key drivers and barriers for collaboration and knowledge exchange among local innovation hubs, researchers, industry professionals, and policymakers in the field of sustainable robotics across Europe?


Approach and Agenda: The workshop will follow a structured approach, divided into two parts, each approximately 40 minutes long. We will kick off with insightful impulse talks from five keynote speakers, representing both academic research and industry expertise. Following this, we'll engage in a panel discussion with industry and academia experts, along with active participation from the audience. The workshop will conclude with summarizing remarks from the organizers and the dissemination of findings through a position paper.


Workshop Agenda:

  • 14:40 – 14:45 Opening comments by the organizers  14:45 - 15:25 Impulse talks by speakers: 15:25 – 15:55 Panel discussion with speakers 15:55 - 16:00 Concluding remarks by the organizers

  • 14:45 – 14:55 Francesco Becchi, Danieli Automation: “ Robotics for  green and safe building remediation and ship recycling- the Danieli Automation experience”

  • 14:55 – 15:05 Manolo Garabini, University of Pisa: “Robots at work for the Green Deal”

  • 15:05 – 15:15 Damien Sallé, Tecnalia: “Maelstrom project: cleaning the oceans from plastics and marine litter, starting by Venice area.”

  • 15:15 – 15:25 Elena de Momi, Politecnico di Milano "Sustainability considerations in healthcare robotics"


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Francesco Becchi, Danieli Automation: “ Robotics for  green and safe building remediation and ship recycling- the Danieli Automation experience”

  • Manolo Garabini, University of Pisa: “Robots at work for the Green Deal”

  • Damien Sallé, Tecnalia: “Maelstrom project: cleaning the oceans from plastics and marine litter, starting by Venice area.”

  • Elena de Momi, Politecnico di Milano: "Sustainability considerations in healthcare robotics"

Organizers

  • Franziska Kirstein, Blue Ocean Robotics

  • Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi, Profactor GmbH

  • Michel Joop van der Schoor Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • Guillem Martínez Roura, AI for Good, ITU

  • Carl Mörch, FARI Brussels

  • Patrick Courtney, King’s College London




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