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Sustainable Robots by Design: Going beyond TRLs

Track: Sustainability

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 11:40-13:00

Organisers: Amit Kumar Pandey, Franziska Kirstein, Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi

Main questions to be answered: How to achieve sustainability by design?

Additional questions: What are the real practical aspects of having a sustainable robotics solution?

Additional questions 2: The roadmapping and community building around sustainable robots and the challenges. What are the frontiers of sustainability?

Workshop Description: Building on the success and insights gained from the previous editions of the workshops series in ERF on “Sustainability and Social Robotics,” this edition represents a natural progression in the series, aiming to further explore and implement the principles of sustainability within the realm of robotics design to ensure more sustainable applications in social space to outer space. The previous workshops highlighted the duality of sustainability and societal applications in social robotics, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach. In our upcoming workshop, we will take these discussions to the next level by focusing on how to integrate sustainability into the design and development of robotic systems across various Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and how to think beyond TRLs based demonstrations. We will delve into the key challenges and opportunities in creating robots that are not just sustainable in their operations but are sustainable and supporting sustainability goals from the very inception of their design. Our objective is to foster collaboration among experts, researchers, and stakeholders to set new standards and best practices for the creation of environmentally and socially responsible robots, addressing the outcome of the previous year while paving the way for a more sustainable future in robotics.

Intended Outcome: Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper

Approach: 11:40 – 11:45 Opening presentation by the organizers: Scope, Importance and Lesson Learned 11:45 – 11:55 Opening remarks by Bruno Siciliano, Università di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy Session 1: Theme: The needs to go beyond TRL based on real world use cases 11:55 – 12:10 Impulse talks 12:10 – 12:30 Panel discussion with Audience Engagement Session 2: Theme : New framework for sustainable robot design 12:30 – 12:45 Impulse talks 12:45 – 13:00 Panel discussion with Audience Engagement 13:00 Conclusion and Action Items

Contributors: Speakers and/or Panelists: Antonio Sgorbissa, Università degli Studi of. Genova, Italy – “Cultural-awareness for Sustainable uses cases of Social Robots” Bipin Indurkhya, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland Barbara Sienkiewicz, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland – “Social Inclusion and Robotics” Francesco Ferro, PAL Robotics, Spain – “Industrial Practices on Sustainable Robot Design” Michel Joop van der Schoor, Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussel/FARI: “Design for Sustainability: Changing the inception of Robots” Shirley Elprama, Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussel SMIT: “Reflections on sustainable exoskeletons” Anneli Roose, Civitta, Estonia – “Societal Readiness Level – going beyond TRL lesson from Robotics4EU project”