|14:00 – 15:30||Workshop: Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility for Inclusive Robotics|
|10:45 – 12:15||Workshop: Sustainable Public Policies for Innovation and the Future of Work|
|14:00 – 15:30||Workshop: Educational Robotics Tools in Academia and Beyond: Best practices|
|16:15 – 17:45||Workshop: Standardization in Robotics|
|14:00 – 15:30||Workshop: Alternative Approaches to Liability in Robotics|
Workshop: Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility for Inclusive Robotics
20th of March from 14:00 to 15:30. Room Galati
Robots in society can be seen as a threat to human dignity, privacy, freedom, equal access or desirable social effects – perhaps furthering marginalization through a form of the digital divide (the robotic gap). It has thus been said that robots should be “inclusive”, which would contribute to their acceptance in society. The main idea of the workshop is to bring to the fore the diversity, potential dissonances and points of conflict regarding existing definitions and expectations of inclusiveness of interactive robotics. This Workshop will allow an exploration of ethical and corporate social responsibility issues regarding the design and implementation of inclusive robotics, with particular focus on the role of robot designers, industry and societal stakeholders.
We will examine the question of inclusive robotics in relation to society as a whole and in relation to documents such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Different models from which interactive robotics can be approached, with special emphasis on the dichotomy between the social approach vs medical rehabilitation model of disability, will be presented in relation to vulnerability, functional diversity and care. In order to overcome these barriers and to promote the implementation of truly inclusive interactive robotics, we will raise principles and good practices that should constitute the ethical framework for responsible robotics committed to fairness, justice and the well-being of people.
The Project partners will report on the work done on these issues, and the Experts from the current Groups set by the European Commission will share the state of the art and explain their views and the next actions planned to overcome difficulties. The results will be disseminated through the deliverables in the projects involved, e.g. the INBOTS White Paper on the Regulation of Interactive Robotics in the EU, and all their corresponding networks.
- Moderator: Vincent Müller (University of Leeds, INBOTS)
- Co-Moderator: Heike Felzman (NUI Galway, Cost Action 16116)
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Workshop: Sustainable Public Policies for Innovation and the Future of Work
21st of March from 10:45 to 12:15. Room Galati
In this workshop we will explore how different considerations coming from robot designers, industry and societal stakeholders in relationship to robots and the future of work are translated into public policy, and how this process could be improved. Introducing interactive robots in our society will have economic and legal consequences. The High Level Expert Group on the impact of the digital transformation on EU labour markets alerts the society to the potential positive or negative impacts of robotics in the labour market. A robotized administration, for instance, may trigger the redefinition of the legal and financial systems. The international institutions have reluctantly admitted the use of tax benefits as a way to foster innovation through Public Finance, but stressing their proportionality. This approach could be useful to solve the current needs recently observed for training in the digital economy transition phase, not to leave anyone behind. However, there is still an apparent contradiction between the innovation policy and the uncertain future of workers that needs to be unveiled. This situation calls for sound legislation making compatible their fair protection and promoting EU companies’ competitiveness, productivity and sustainability. Under these circumstances, and at the risk of losing control over decision-making processes in the hands of autonomous processes, these decision processes will have to be clearly and explicitly defined. In this sense, mechanisms allowing stakeholder involvement, including workers, are deemed to be necessary. This workshop will serve as a platform to define decision-making processes for the insertion of robotics in society and in the workplace, and to devise fair and transparent stakeholder involvement instruments. Experts from economics, business, law, labor market and policymakers will share their perspectives with the robotics community in depth in order to reach some consensus.
- Moderator: Amparo Grau (Complutense University of Madrid, INBOTS)
- Co-Moderator: Eduard Fosch Villaronga (Leiden University, Cost Action 16116)
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Workshop: Educational Robotics Tools in Academia and Beyond: Best practices
21st of March from 14:00 to 15:30. Room Braila
Robots are rapidly evolving and finding new applications in domains that a few years ago were unthinkable, also outside factories, in unstructured environments, closer to humans. This brings many challenges, especially related to the high interdisciplinarity involved in the development of new devices.
Educational programs should carefully take into account this transformation and provide suitable learning tools to students.
Furthermore, learning and dissemination resources and tools are also needed outside of the formal educational system, to all the people that have to use and interact with robots but that do not have specific technical background. To address this, new learning and dissemination tools are needed to make robots accessible to a wider population. However, such resources are still limited outside of already technically-inclined users.
The Workshop consists of a hands-on demonstration of selected teaching robotic tools:
- EduExo: an Educational Wearable Robotics Kit
- ROS (Robot Operating System)
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Workshop: Standardization in Robotics
21st of March from 16:15 to 17:45. Room Galati
Robots are ever more present, whether as humanoid information robots at airports, as assistants in the production line or as walk supporters in the healthcare domain. Thus, meaningful standardization of robots is becoming more and more relevant to all involved, affected and interested entities.
This workshop will focus on the manufacturing, healthcare and consumer robotic domain. Through different keynote speeches the audience will be inspired to later engage in a question and answer sessions with the speakers to discuss present issues in robot standardization. This will for example include a discussion on boundary issues between robotic domains/systems and a discussion on what should be standardized and what not. Furthermore safety requirements for real open-ended autonomously generated behaviors of industrial robots will be talked about as well as ethical aspects of brain-computer interfaces.
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Workshop: Alternative Approaches to Liability in Robotics
22nd of March from 14:00 to 15:30. Room Galati
The workshop intends to discuss alternative appraoches to the regulation of liability in robotics, in light of the current European debate, and based on the available works and documents published by the European Commission.
The possibility to deem robots as agents, and the need to elaborate a new paradigm will be contrasted with a functional approach based on risk-assessment and management, and the role of insurance will be discussed.
The purpose of the workshop is both to inform a non-specialized audience, and to spark a debate grounded on sound legal analysis.
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