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From Italy to Europe: robots tackling sustainability challenges

Track: Sustainability

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

Organisers: Guillem Martínez Roura, Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi, Franziska Kirstein, Michel Joop

Main questions to be answered: 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?

Additional questions: 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?

Additional questions 2: 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?

Workshop Description: 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, renewable energy, agriculture, 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.

Intended Outcome: Information about community involvement and services offered (e.g. DIHs, open calls, platforms, …), Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc

Approach: 2 minutes: Welcoming remarks 3 minutes: Introductory remarks by UN representative 2 minutes: TG 2 minutes: FARI/ sustainable robots group 8 minutes: EU Commission representative 5 minutes: Speaker 1 (Environmental aspects) → 8min 5 minutes: Speaker 2 (Healthcare) → 8min 5 minutes: Speaker 3 (Agriculture) → 8min 5 minutes: Speaker 4 (Renewable energy) → 8min 40 minutes Panel with UN and EU Commission, 4 projects 3 minutes conclusion

Contributors: – Guillem Martínez Roura, AI and Robotics Programme Officer at International Telecommunication Union (Confirmed, Introductory remarks) – Cecile Huet, Head of Unit Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Innovation and Excellence at European Commission (Invited – Panelist) – Franziska Kirstein, Senior Scientific Domain Lead at BlueOcean Robotics and Member of Topic Group euRobotics on Robotics for Sustainability and Environmental Aspects (Confirmed – euRobotics Topic Group introduction) – Davide Poletto, Executive Director at VLPF presenting Life below water perspective (SDG 14) (Invited – Panelist) – Alberto Sanna, Director of Center for Advanced Technology in Health & Wellbeing at Scientific Institute San Raffaele, presenting Good health and wellbeing perspective (SDG 3) (Invited – Panelist) – Elia Bruni, CEO at Aigritec, presenting the Life on land perspective (SDG 15) (Invited – Panelist)