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Programme and presentations

Wednesday 27th January

  1. 15:00 - 15:15

    Manuel HeitorPortuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education 

  2. 15:15 - 16:00
    Panel Discussion

    Economic impact of robotisation on employment, productivity and competitiveness 

    This session informs on research insights and paves the way for a discussion in topics like the current state of robot technologies in Europe and their impact in productivity, competitiveness, employment, inequality and other economic impacts

    ChairRobert MarschinskiJoint Research Centre, European Commission | Download Presentation

    Panel Discussion 

  3. 16:15 - 16:45

    The industrial perspective

    Bernd LiepertPresident euRobotics aisbl  | Download Presentation

  4. 16:45 - 17:30
    Panel Discussion

    How the robotics industry can support the EU recovery

    The objective of this panel discussion is to revise Europe’s position in the worldwide context regarding the state-of-art in innovation, to analyse the EU territorial hotspots and their best practices and the future outlook.

    ChairRamón Compaño, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

    Panel Discussion 

  5. 17:30
    Close of session

Thursday 28th January

  1. 15:00 - 15:30

    The impact of robots on society

    Mariya GabrielCommissioner Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

  2. 15:30 - 16:15
    Panel Discussion

    Assessing the social impact of AI and robotics 

    This panel addresses the impact of AI and robotics and the related technical, ethical, legal, social and economic challenges. We discuss on the strategies needed to build trust in AI & robotics, such as the identification of high-risk applications, the design of methodologies to ensure that AI systems and robots are transparent, traceable and under human control, the design of AI and robotics to support fundamental rights (e.g., fighting discrimination and promoting equality), and the mechanisms to prepare citizens for a robot-filled future society.

    Chair: Emilia GómezJoint Research Centre, European Commission

    Panel Discussion 

    • Susanne BiellerGeneral Secretary at International Federation of Robotics | Download Presentation
    • Raja ChatilaSorbonne University,
    • Aimee van WynsbergheAlexander von Humboldt Professor
  3. 16:30 - 17:00

    Social Robotics: Research, Ethics and Education 

    Carme TorrasProfessor of Research, Spanish Scientific Research Council | Download Presentation

  4. 17:00 - 17:45
    Panel Discussion

    Human-Robot Interaction and Robotics in Education

    This panel aims to elaborate on the current directions on Robotics in Education, with a focus on the suggested actions as appeared at the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 of the European Commission and UNICEF's Policy Guidance for AI and Child’s Rights.

    ChairVicky Charisi, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

    Panel Discussion 

  5. 17:45 - 18:00
    Closing remarks

    Carme Artigas, Spanish Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence 

Friday 29th January

  1. 15:00 - 15:30

    AI Robots and foresight

    Maroš ŠefčovičVice-President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight

  2. 15:30 - 16:15
    Policy Round Table

    Stephen QuestDirector-General, JRC

    Joost KorteDirector-General, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

    Gwenole CozigouDirector for Sustainable Industry and Mobility, DG GROW

    Roberto ViolaDirector-General, Communications Networks, Content and Technology

    Paul NemitzPrincipal Advisor in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers

  3. 16:15
    End of conference