Head of Sector – Artificial Intelligence Technology, Deployment and Impact at European Commission
Neural Rehabilitation Group at Cajal Institute, CSIC
He received the MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and the PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Roma TRE (Italy) in 2004 and 2009 respectively. He developed his Master’s thesis at Harvard Medical School, Boston, on human motion analysis. Diego is currently the Head of the Neuromuscular Coordination Lab, at the Cajal Institute (Spanish National Research Council), and Coordinator of the European Project EUROBENCH (www.eurobench2020.eu). He is interested in understanding motor control principles behind coordination, and finding new therapeutic applications based on the development of wearable robots and neuroprosthetics. His research questions are: Which are the key mechanisms of human coordination? How can they be restored in people with neurological injuries? How can Robotics help us in this process? He is also coordinating the benchmarking robotics community (www.benchmarkinglocomotion.org).
Francesco Ferro is the CEO and co-founder of PAL Robotics, a leading service robotics company that operates worldwide, with over 15 years of experience. PAL Robotics’ mission is to enhance people’s quality of life through service robotics and automation technologies. Robots can make a difference by collaborating with humans, providing support for domestic tasks and increasing efficiency in healthcare and industrial workflows.
Associate Professor at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Co-Founder & Advisor of IUVO Srl
Nicola Vitiello is Associate Professor with The BioRobotics Institute (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, SSSA, Pisa, Italy) where he leads the Wearable Robotics Laboratory. He is co-author of more than 70 ISI/Scopus papers and co-inventor of more than 20 patents/patent applications. He served as the Scientific Secretary of the EU FP7 CA-RoboCom project, and he was the scientific coordinator of the EU FP7 CYBERLEGs project. Currently he is the scientific coordinator of the H2020-ICT-CYBERLEGs Plus Plus project and the national project MOTU funded by INAIL. He has been or is partner of several EU collaborative projects. He is co-founder, director and advisor of IUVO Srl, a spin-off company of SSSA.
Senior Lecturer in Law at The City Law School
Prof. Enrico Bonadio is Senior Lecturer in Law at The City Law School, where he teaches various modules on intellectual property (IP) law. He holds law degrees from the University of Florence (PhD) and the University of Pisa (LLB), and is Associate Editor and Intellectual Property Correspondent of the European Journal of Risk Regulation.
Enrico is Visiting Professor in IP Law at Université Catholique de Lyon (France) and University of Turku (Finland) as well as visiting lecturer at the LLMs in Intellectual Property offered by WIPO in Turin (Italy) and Ankara (Turkey). Enrico has also been a Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School (University of Melbourne, 2013) and City University New York (CUNY Law School, 2016). He is member of ATRIP (International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property) and The Law Society of England and Wales. He regularly lectures, publishes and advises in the field of UK, European and international intellectual property law.
Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, Germany
Thorsten Leimbach was born in Bamberg on August 13, 1977. He is head of the business unit “Smart Coding and Learning” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS and leads the Fraunhofer initiative “Roberta® – Learning with Robots”. Among other things, Thorsten Leimbach is responsible for the further development and dissemination of the programming platform “Open Roberta® Lab”, which is used by millions of people from more than 120 countries both in schools and in non-school settings to get started with programming. Thorsten Leimbach studied Business Informatics and Business Administration at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and RWTH Aachen University.
ENGINO, Founder & Managing Director, Cyprus
Costas Sisamos is the managing director and R&D manager at Engino.net ltd. He has degrees in both Mechanical engineering and Education. He worked 9 years in the Ministry of Education as a technology teacher and since 2004 he has been working at ENGINO. He is the founder of the company and he has invented and designed the original Engino toy system which has received numerous patents and international awards. He has a huge experience in new product design from concept to manufacturing, to branding and sales. He has coordinated successfully several research projects and has a proven track record of managing multi discipline projects.
Director of the Interdepartmental Center for Advances in RObotic Surgery (ICAROS).
Coordinator of PRISMA Lab at the University of Naples Federico II
Professor Bruno Siciliano is the Director of the Interdepartmental Center for Advances in RObotic Surgery (ICAROS), as well as the Coordinator of the Laboratory of Robotics Projects for Industry, Services and Mechatronics (PRISMA Lab), at the University of Naples Federico II. He is Honorary Professor at the University of Óbuda where he holds the Kálmán Chair. His research interests in robotics include manipulation and control, human–robot cooperation, and service robotics. Fellow of the scientific societies IEEE, ASME, IFAC, he received numerous international prizes and awards, and he was President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 2008 to 2009. He has delivered more than 150 keynotes and has published more than 300 papers and 7 books. His book “Robotics” is among the most adopted academic texts worldwide, while his edited volume “Springer Handbook of Robotics” received the highest recognition for scientific publishing: the 2008 PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics. His research team got more than 20 projects funded by the European Union for a total grant of 15 M€ in the last fifteen years, including an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. More details are available at http://wpage.unina.it/sicilian/
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Managing Director at STUNS Life Science at Uppsala University
Head of IT at The Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems
Professor, Senior Advisor
Fabio Bonsignorio is founder and CEO of Heron Robots. He has been until 2019 a visiting professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy).He has been a professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid (www.uc3m.es, roboticslab.uc3m.es) where he has been awarded the Santander Chair of Excellence in Robotics in 2009. He has been working in the R&D departments of several major Italian and American companies, mainly in the applications of intelligent systems and technology transfer with cordination/management responsibilities for some 20 years. He is author or co-author of more than 150 publications in the areas of robotics, cognition and manufacturing systems in the last three years, since he became an almost full time researcher. His first paper on robot control dates back to 1985.
University of Leeds/Technical University of Eindhoven/Alan Turing Institute
Title: What is hot in AI ethics?
Abstract: It is clear that we should not do everything with AI that we could do – as is the case with other technologies as well. So “ethics of AI” has dealt with a number of concerns, from privacy, fake news and autonomous weapons to the end of humanity. What are the truly important issues that we should work on? I will try to give a short survey and propose an order into theoretically and practically important themes.
Vincent C. Müller is Professor for Philosophy of Technology at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) – as well as University Fellow at the University of Leeds , Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, London, President of the European Society for Cognitive Systems and Chair of the euRobotics topics group on ‘ethical, legal and socio-economic issues’. He was Professor at Anatolia College/ACT (Thessaloniki) (1998-2019), Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University (2005-6) and James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (2011-15). He studied philosophy with cognitive science, linguistics and history at the universities of Marburg, Hamburg, London and Oxford.
Müller is known for his research on theory and ethics of disruptive technologies, particularly artificial intelligence (AI). He has published widely on the philosophy of AI and cognitive science, philosophy of computing, philosophy of language, applied ethics, etc. (citations >250/year). Müller edits the “Oxford handbook of the philosophy of artificial intelligence” (OUP), wrote the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Ethics of AI and Robotics and has a book forthcoming with OUP on “Can Machines Think?”. He presents invited papers around the world ca. once a month and he has organised ca. 25 conferences or workshops, among them a prominent conference series on the Philosophy and Theory of AI (PT-AI). Currently, Müller is principal investigator (PI) on the H2020 EU project “Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society” (INBOTS), Co-I and on the Scientific Committee of the H2020 AI platform project AI4EU (20M€), Co-I and on the Management Board on the NWO project “Ethics of Disruptive Technologies” (26.8M€). Müller is one of the 32 experts on the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), he is a member of the OECD Network of Experts on AI and one of two ‘Key Experts’ (PI) in the “International Alliance for human-centric AI” (IA-AI) (2.5M€), consulting the EU on the coordination of AI-policy with other global actors. He has generated ca. 4.5 mil.€ research income for his institutions. More information at http://sophia.de/research.htm and http://www.sophia.de
Dublin City University
Fiachra obtained a BA in Philosophy and English from University College Dublin. Following this, he completed a Masters in Film Studies in UCD. After working in an academic publishing company, he obtained his doctorate from the school of Politics, International Studies, and Philosophy Queens University Belfast in 2009. He wrote his thesis on the patenting of biotechnological products (GM crops) in order to analyse issues of justice in relation to patenting, technology, international trade, and the environment. He has been lecturing History of Ideas and Philosophy of Science in DCU. He has worked on various aspects of applied ethics, including the ethical and social implications of virtual reality and social networking in association with the EU’s Reverie Project, and the ethical implications of human enhancement technologies. He is currently working as a Marie Curie ASSISTID Fellow looking at the ethics of the development, use and distribution of assistive technologies (AT) for people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.
European economic and Social Committee
From January 2009, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee representing consumers and from April 2013 to September 2015 President of Consultative Commission on Industrial Change. – From December 2007 to December 2016, Manager of Asociación General de Consumidores (ASGECO) and Manager of Unión de Cooperativas de Consumidores y Usuarios de España (UNCCUE), representative of these entities in Consumers International, and ACI Consumers Europe. – From October 2004 to December 2007, Manager of Unión de Cooperativas Madrileñas de Trabajo Asociado. EDUCATION AND TRAINING – From October 1983 to June 1993, Economics graduate. – From February 1993 to April 1993. Postgraduate in European Community • Name and type of organisation providing education and training – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – Escuela Diplomática (Diplomatic School)
Title: Automation, New jobs and Inequality: Policy Implications
Maarten Goos is an Instituut Gak Endowed Professor at Utrecht University. His research focusses on labor markets, technological progress, job polarization, job tasks and worker competencies, monopsony, labor market intermediation, labor market regulation, social security and inequality.
He received his PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2006 and held positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam and KU Leuven before joining Utrecht University in 2015.
He has held visiting positions at Princeton University, the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE, MIT, and Boston University, and he has been involved in multiple initiatives by the European Commission and national policy institutes.
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Title: The impact of robotics and computerization on the labour market. Automation and inequality: does a relation exist?
First, analysing the evolution of robots in the world in order to draw initial conclusions regarding the behaviour of some countries, then verify if countries with a higher density of robots per worker are countries whose jobs have a lower risk of being replaced by automation and are more competitive. A time-series clustering algorithm allows us to identify four different clusters based on similar evolution over the studied period. We have can observe empirical evidence that that those countries that have a higher density of robots, per worker, generally have a lower unemployment rate. Similarly, we can observe empirical evidence that those countries whose workers are more productive present a lower risk of automation of their jobs. Automation itself is not bad. In fact, countries with a higher productivity per worker are countries whose jobs have a lower risk of being replaced by automation.
Secondly, we identify the capabilities and skills demanded in the expected positions in the coming years. We make a first approximation to the jobs that could be destroyed, but also that will be created. Jobs requiring physical and manual skills, and basic cognitive skills will be the first to be automated; while the most demanding jobs will require social, emotional and technological skills. Through data analysis and the extrapolations made (2016-2030) we can conclude that United States would lose 9,730,337 jobs but would need 21,179,775 new jobs (higher cognitive skills, social and emotional skills, and technological skills). The net balance would be an increase of 11,449,438 jobs. Western Europe would lose 18,792,969 jobs, but would need 27,605,046 new jobs. The net balance would be an increase of 8,812,077 jobs. Western Europe would lose many more jobs than the United States, and would not recover them in the same proportion.
And third, using a sample of 33 European countries in the period 2000-2016, this paper analyses the relationship between economic inequality, measured by the Gini index, and the automation level, evaluated according to the number of robots per 10,000 workers. Using a panel data approach, the conclusion is that higher levels of automation lead to a reduction in inequality in the medium term. The explanation for this phenomenon can be found in the fact that automation increases wealth in the country, which can be used by governments to reduce inequality through redistributive policies.
Full Professor of Management and Vice-Rector for Economic Policy at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). He holds a Bachelor and Master (BBA/MBA) in Business Administration from the UCM. In 1994 he received his PhD in Management, with honors, from the Complutense University. He has the Diploma on Management Research (2001), Royal Complutense College at Harvard, Harvard University.
He is Co-Director of the Research Group in Production and Information Technology and Communications (GIPTIC) of the UCM and Senior Editor of the Journal of Globalization, Competitiveness and Governability (Georgetown University). He has been Editor in Chief of Universia Business Review (first Spanish business management journal to be indexed in the SSCI-JCR), Vice-Dean of Economic Affairs and of Academic Organization in the Faculty of Economic and Business (UCM); Head of the Department of Management (UCM); External Examiner of the University of Wales; Visiting Research Scholar at The Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; and Director of the Chair UCM-Foundation Orange for the Development of the Information Society.
Of the more 20 competitive research projects, in which it has participated (international, nationals, regions and universities), seven have done so as Principal Investigator. He has participated in nine Research Chairs, seven as Director of the same. He has supervised 9 Doctoral Theses (PhD) defended and has formed part of more than 30 Doctoral Thesis Committee. Over more 65 publications in scientific journals such as: Research Policy, Telecommunications Policy, Journal of Business Research, Technovation, Small Business Economics, Management Decision, The Service Industries Journal, Business Service: An International Journal, International Journal of Technology Management, Group Decision & Negotiation, Universia Business Review, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, etc.
He is in possession of the Cross of Naval Merit with White Decoration (Spanish Navy)
International Labour Organization
Licence in Labour by the Complutense University of Madrid, Labour and Social Security Inspector at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security ( Spain ) Diplome d’Etudes Superieures en Droit du travail. Université de Geneve, 1994 ILO specialist since 1989. Associated expert in labour law and labour legislation (LEGREL Geneva), young professional in labour inspection (ADMITRA Geneva) Specialist in labour law and labour relation (LEGREL Geneva), Senior specialist in labour law, labour relations and labour administration in Lima. Senior specialist in Fundamental Principle and rights (DECLARATION Geneva). Senior specialist on Labour administration inspection (LABADMIN Geneva), Technical Adviser on Workplace Compliance, Special Adviser on the Regional office for Europe and Central Asia. Since August 2016, Coordinator of the Future of Work Initiative
International Organization of Employers
Senior Lecturer in the Law School at City, University of London
Dr Luke McDonagh has been widely published in peer-review journals including Modern Law Review and Intellectual Property Quarterly. He has published reports commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office and by the European Parliament. He is an academic member of the EU Horizon2020-funded INBOTS consortium along with his City colleague Dr Enrico Bonadio.
University of Leeds
Rita de la Feria is Professor of Tax Law at the University of Leeds, and an International Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation.
Professor de la Feria research focus primarily on tax law and policy, and she has published widely on these areas, including five books, and over 60 journal articles and book chapters. She has been a visiting professor or scholar at various Universities around the world, including Trinity College, Dublin, NYU, University of New South Wales, McGill University, University of Lisbon, and Leiden University. She is actively engaged in global tax policy discussions, and has provided tax policy and legal drafting advice to several Governments worldwide, and has testified before five elected Parliaments.
Professor de la Feria was listed two years running (2015-2016) in the Global Tax 50, as one of the most influential tax people in the World; was co-recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Women in Tax Award; and in 2019 was recognised in the 100 Years of Women in Tax, as one of the most influential women in tax in the last 100 years.
Madrid Bar Association
Santiago Mediano is an expert lawyer in Intellectual and Industrial Property, and Competition Law and is head of the Firm’s Enforcement Department. He works on the national and international market, forms part of the USA Desk and works closely with the Firm’s offices in Portugal and Qatar. He has been one of Spain’s top intellectual-property lawyers for more than 20 years and enjoys international renown.eacher and contributor on courses and conferences and Master’s programmes on Intellectual Property at the Madrid universities Universidad Complutense, Universidad Autónoma and Universidad Carlos III and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He is a regular speaker for professional associations and bodies.
President of the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM) and member of the Spanish Royal Academy for Jurisprudence and Legislation, ALADDA (the Spanish Literary and Artistic Association for the Defence of Author’s Rights), Dialogo (Spanish-French association for the development of bilateral relations between France & Spain), French Chamber of Commerce, Madrid Cultural Centre for the Armies and the Anthroposophical Society in Spain.
Principal Investigator at the UCM of the EU project H2020 “Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society (INBOTS)” and leader of its WP2 on ethical, legal, social and economic (ELSE) issues. Prof. Grau leads the AudIT-S project on “Legal and financial significance of sustainability audit schemes through smart data management” (PID2019-105959RB-I00I). Leader of the Research Group 970774 IUS-SustentaRSE “Law for Sustainable Development”. Member of the Subcommittee on Environmental Taxation, appointed by the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.