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A holistic approach 4 accelerating aerial robotics based innovation

Track: Specific operating environments

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 14:40-16:00

Organisers: Abeje Mersha, Matteo Fumagalli

Main questions to be answered: What are the non technical challenges (ethical, legal, social and business) limiting aerial robotics based innovations?,

Additional questions: How can we accelerate aerial robotics based innovation through a holistic approach?,

Additional questions 2: What can we learn from experiences of different countries ?

Workshop Description: In the past decade, there has been significant technological advances in aerial robotics, ranging from autonomous operation in perceptually degraded environment to advanced aerial manipulations. Despite their potential impact in various application domains, their mainstream adoption is very slow due to several limiting non-technological dimensions, such as ethical, legal, social and business (ELSB) aspects aerial robotic technologies. The aim of this WS includes (1) Providing podium to often overlooked and avoided, yet critical, topic of ELSB aspects of aerial robotics (2) getting inspiration from other mature robotic technologies, which have integrally embedded the ELSB aspects , and (3) Identifying design requirements that need to be taken into account at early stages of the innovation to increase the chance of success of aerial robotics based innovation. to be filled in later

Intended Outcome: Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Novel format (e.g. interactive matchmaking session for technologies and applications), Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with

Approach: 00-05 Introduction by workshop organizers about the focus of the workshop and the program. 05-25 Participant engagement – Using the 1-2-4-all liberating structure, every participant will be involved in generating questions and ideas that will be discussed with experts and participants during this workshop. Every participant will be asked to first answer the following two questions: o Which non-technological aspects of aerial robotics are threats for its wider adoption? Give specific example based on your experience. o What are the concerns of ordinary citizens in your country about aerial robots (especially drones) – This part will be concluded by collecting and highlighting the most common and pressing Ethical, Legal, Social and Business issues that will be addressed during the panel discussion 25-50 Expert Panel discussion – Experts include o Eszter Kovács (Dronetalks online, Switzerland), Confirmed o Wiebe de Jager (Dronewatch, Netherlands), Confirmed o Matteo Fumagalli (DTU, Denmark), Confirmed o Thierry Tartarin (Saxion, Netherlands), Confirmed – Experts discuss the main points highlighted in the previous section. Emphasis will be given to sharing experiences from various EU countries. – This will be moderated by the organizers and the participants will get the chance to directly ask the panelists. 50-75 General discussion and participant engagement – Again, using the 1-2-4-all liberating structure, every participant will be involved to provide input on how to embed the non-technological aspects as part of the design process at earlier stages of aerial robotics-based innovations. – This session will be concluded by open discussion with all participants 75-80 Wrap up and closing remarks by the organizers.

Contributors: o Eszter Kovács (Dronetalks online, Switzerland), Confirmed o Wiebe de Jager (Dronewatch, Netherlands), Confirmed o Matteo Fumagalli (DTU, Denmark), Confirmed o Thierry Tartarin (Saxion, Netherlands), Confirmed