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From Italy to Europe: robots tackling sustainability challenges

Track: Sustainability

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

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

Main questions to be answered – Q1: 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?

Main questions to be answered – Q2: 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?

Main questions to be answered – Q3: 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, 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.

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: Agenda 00:00 – 00:05 Opening comments by the organizers 00:05 – 00:45 Impulse talks by speakers 00:45 – 01:15 Panel discussion with audience interaction 01:15 – 01:20 Concluding remarks by the organizers

Contributors: 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.” Emanuele Garone, VUB: “Lessons learned from sustainability challenges in agriculture robotics” Elena de Momi, Politecnico di Milano: “Sustainability considerations in healthcare robotics”