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ERF 23 Workshop: Social Robots: Applications and sustainability priorities

Updated: May 24, 2023

Should Social Robots now think about Sustainability? Yes! Remember the ERF 2022 workshop on “Social Robots: the duality of sustainability and societal applications”? The duality which we introduced and explored: how a social robot can be sustainable and how it can be applied for sustainable applications. Based on input from experts with diverse backgrounds (in talks, panel discussions, audience engagement), it was evident that there are several aspects to consider and there is a need to dive deeper, create a comprehensive list, and brainstorm and set priorities among those.

This second edition of the workshop will address the above needs, provide an opportunity to contribute and shape this key aspect together, with a more dedicated engagement with stakeholders.

The workshop will also set the context for the next important question of Sustainable balance of Human-Robots co-existence.

What should the contribution of social robots for sustainability be?
How can the sustainability goals be defined from social robotics perspective?
What aspects of sustainability need to be considered and prioritised?
How can sustainable applications be ensured from the real world perspective?

Expected Outcome

Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with

The main aims of the workshop is to

  • Ensure that there is a community being built with all the stakeholders, and create the much needed awareness around this central aspect of Sustainability and Applications of Social Robots.

  • Establish a multi-way communication channel to strengthen the collaborative efforts around these topics.

In this regard, the workshop will bring different stakeholders together, identify and create interest groups, and foster discussion to collect valuable insights and feedback. Therefore, the agenda is designed to balance the time division necessary to accommodate talks from various stakeholders, create the ground for discussion, open the floor for brainstorming and to collect feedback for roadmapping through audience engagement.

To set the ground, selected experts and panellists (from industry, academics, end users, policy makers) will be invited for short presentations to provide insiders perspectives and position statements.

Confirmed Speakers

Industry and Innovation

  • Dr. Amit Kumar Pandey, Chief Robotics and AI Officer, Rovial Space, France; President, Socients AI and Robotics, France

  • Mr. Francesco Ferro, CEO, PAL Robotics, Spain

End users

  • Dr. Alberto Sanna, Director, Scientific Institute San Raffaele, The San Raffaele Smart City, Milan, Italy

Research and Academics

  • Prof. Praminda Caleb-Solly, Professor of Embodied Intelligence, University of Nottingham, School of Computer Science, UK

  • Prof. Filippo Cavallo, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, Italy

Public perception

  • Dr. Anneli Roose, Coordinator for Robotics4eu, Estonia

  • Dr. Agnes Delaborde, Laboratoire national de métrologie et d’essais, France


  • Amit Kumar Pandey,, Socients AI and Robotics

  • Franziska Kirstein,, Blue Ocean Robotics

Event Timeslot

09:05 - 10:25

15 March - ELSE



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