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Sustainability Leadership Recognition in Robotics

Track: Sustainability

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 11:40-13:00

Organisers: Franziska Kirstein, Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi

Main questions to be answered: The focus is on recognizing and celebrating innovations in robotics that contribute significantly to environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

Workshop Description: We are excited to announce the launch of the “Sustainability Leadership Recognition in Robotics” session at the European Robotics Forum 2024, recognizing and celebrating innovations in robotics that contribute significantly to environmental, social, and economic sustainability. This session aims to honour organisations and teams that have developed and implemented robotic solutions with a strong commitment to sustainability. Sustainability Leadership Recognition in Robotics Robots show a high potential to aid sustainability. They have power to catalyse positive change across multiple sectors, from combating climate change to enhancing recycling efforts, reducing manufacturing waste, and even transforming social applications. As the demand for robotics increases, it becomes imperative to ensure that the production and disposal of robots align with sustainable principles. Yet, addressing the sustainability aspect of robotics is no small feat. The journey to design, develop, manufacture, and integrate robots into daily workflows is filled with complexities. The urgency to assess the long-term sustainability of robotic technologies is undeniable. We must ensure that the use of robots does not inadvertently outweigh their positive impact on our planet. It falls upon the robotics community to define their role in addressing sustainability challenges and strive for a positive impact. To catalyse this transformative journey, the “Sustainability Leadership Recognition in Robotics” has been brought to life. The session aims to acknowledge prioritisation of sustainability in the robotics community and inspire others to do the same.

Intended Outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Recognition/ award

Approach: The “Sustainability Leadership Recognition in Robotics” celebrates efforts in the robotics community by various actors and highlights their stories and motivations to inspire others on how to work towards sustainability. The focus is on two key topics: – Robots for Sustainability: How can we use/deploy robots to support sustainability? – Sustainability of Robots: How can we make (and use) robots themselves sustainably? The “Sustainability Leadership Recognition in Robotics” will not choose a single winner. Instead, among all applicants, a set of candidates will be shortlisted to acknowledge their efforts within robotics and sustainability. This will be an 80 minute workshop and the agenda will be as follows (changes might occur) 0:00 – 00:05 Opening comments by the organisers 00:05 – 00:20 Opening presentation of use case, role model or similar 00:30 – 01:15 Presentations by shortlisted candidates 01:20 Conclusion

Contributors: A 10min opening presentation will be given to present a use case, a role model or similar about sustainability. The speaker is to be identified and confirmed. Shortlisted candidates who will present afterwards will be identified in an open call and confirmed in February 2024.

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