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What future for European robotics?

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - January 29 @ 2:00 pm

“What future for European robotics?” – A Science for Policy conference organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) 27-28 January 2021

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) organises the high-level conference “What future for European robotics?” on 27 and 28 January between 15.00 and 18.00, with a closing policy roundtable on 29 January between 15.00 and 16.00.  Brussels time. The conference will be live streamed.

Registration and further details about the program and the speakers are available on the dedicated website are available here.

This science for policy conference will provide a scientific, policy-oriented and EU-centred analysis of the state of this technology. Split panels will cover technical, economic, education and social angles, to identify the short-term and long-term policy challenges, particularly in the context of the covid-19 crisis and its recovery.

The keynote speakers will be the European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel, Dr. Bernd Lieper, the President of euRobotics aisbl, and Carme Torras, Research Professor at the Spanish Scientific Research Council.

The policy roundtable on January 29th will bring together European Commission Director Generals, including JRC Director Stephen Quest to discuss what regulatory framework would be needed for the EU robotics.

Among the confirmed participants: Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor at MIT, Prof. Tony Belpaeme, Professor at Ghent University, Dr. Susanne Bieller, General Secretary of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Raja Chatila, Professor Emeritus at Sorbonne University, Chair IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, Aimee van Wynsberghe, Humboldt Professor at the University of Bonn. Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Deputy Head of Division OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), Hae Won Park, Research Scientist at Media Lab, MIT.

Organised by the  Joint Research Centre



January 27 @ 2:00 pm
January 29 @ 2:00 pm
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