11:00 – 14:00 Tuesday 18
Title Inclusive Robotics for a better Society
Organizer Juan C. Moreno (INBOTS Coordinator)
Agenda 11:00 INBOTS Conference Opening (Juan C. Moreno)
11:15 – Enrique Pelayo, Spanish NCP. CDTI
11:45 – Bruno Siciliano. Robotics Challenges in Europe (CANCELLED)
12:15 – Break
12:30 – Lucia Pallottino, University of Pisa
13:00 – INBOTS Documentary: live streaming.
15:00 – 18:00 Tuesday 18
Title Interactive Robotics – supporting tools for SMEs including standardization aspects
Organizer Saskia Maresch (Work Package 4 leader), Roberto Conti (Work Package 1 leader)

Phase I: Presentations (15:00 – 17:00)

Each presentation lasts no longer than 10 minutes and then there are 5 minutes for questions.
15:00 Introduction (IUVO/DIN)
15:10 Barriers/challenges in the creation of successful companies – Summary of the results (IUVO)
15:25 Overview of the interactive robotic market – Metrics and results to evaluate the behaviour of companies (PAL Robotics)
15:40 Overview of different funding strategies (Tecnalia/Inncome)
15:55 General and interactive robotics related standardisation challenges and ideas how to overcome them (Tecnalia)

16:10 Coffee/tea break

16:30 Overview of the standardisation toolbox (DIN)
16:45 Traditional approach to standardisation – Strategy for the initiation of an ISO exoskeleton standard on performance criteria (Massimo di Pardo and Alessandro Cacciatore, CRF)

Phase II – Panel discussion (17:00 – 18:00)

• Barriers and challenges of SMEs and possible solutions
• Funding strategies – Different approaches followed by companies
• Protection of intellectual property vs. standardisation
• Fast lane standardisation approach pros and cons


• Standardisation expert – Diego Torricelli (CSIC, EUROBENCH, ISO/TC 299)
• SME perspective service robot company – Francesco Ferro (PAL)
• SME perspective wearable robots – Nicola Vitiello (IUVO)
• SME perspective IndCOBOTs companies – Georg Glasewald (YUANDA robotics)
• SME perspective SurgCOBOTs companies – Igor Aristizabal (Tecnalia)
• IP expert – Enrico Bonadio (City University of London)



11:00 – 14:00 Wednesday 19
Title Promoting Highly Accessible and Multidisciplinary Robotics Education Programs
Organizer Monica Malvezzi and Dimitris Alimisis (Work Package 3 team)
Agenda 11:00 – Workshop introduction – Robotics education: INBOTS results and White Paper overview + some specific focus and highlights from INBOTS partners.
11:40 – Graphical Programming Environments for Educational Robots: Open Roberta – Yet Another One? – Thorsten Leimbach, Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, Germany
12:20 Break
12:30 – Industries on the future of educational robots – Emily Sisamos, ENGINO, Cyprus.
13:00 – Exploiting VR and AR technologies in education and training to Inclusive Robotics – Dr. Maria Pozzi, University of Siena
13:30 – Discussion
15:00 – 18:00 Wednesday 19
Title Policies to Promote Social Uptake of Interactive Robots
Organizer Britt Ostlund (Work Package 6 leader)
Agenda The INBOTS surveys show that there is an untapped potential for interactive robots to contribute to more sustainable and prosperous societies. Expectations of what interactive robots can contribute are high, but the development between sectors is uneven. Knowledge about the social uptake of robots among the general public is low and almost non-existent compared to the experience of using robots in industry, transportation and certain advanced parts of healthcare. The market is not enough here. Societal development needs policies and regulations. How can we promote this development? How to use policies? What good examples are there?

15:00 – Introduction by Britt Östlund who will chair the session
15:10 – Challenges to promote innovations. Sylvie Bove, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.
15:30 – Good examples of promoting new technology. Björn Arvidsson Managing Director at STUNS Life Science at Uppsala University.
15:50- Questions and a discussion including all attendees. Also chat comments will be noticed.
16:15 – Coffee/tea break (30 min)
16:45 – Experiences from Policy Labs. Jakob Hellman, Head of Innovation Management Department at The Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems.
17:05 – Policies and standards essential in the development and use of robotics. Björn-Erik Erlandsson, Professor, Senior Advisor.
17:25 – Questions and a discussion including all attendees. Also chat comments will be noticed.
17:45 – Conclusions



11:00 – 14:00 Thursday 20
Title Alternative Approaches to Liability in Robotics
Organizer Francesca Episcopo, Andrea Bertolini, Erica Palmerini (Work Package 5 team)

Within this session, invited speakers will be asked to discuss and debate on the findings of the WP5 on “Alternative Approaches to Liability in Robotics”, and in particular on the following issues:

– Whether regulation should follow a technology-neutral or technology-specific approach, and whether the liability regime should be based on the different level of risk attributed to the operation of the machine;
– How the Product Liability Directive should be reformed to fit for technologically advanced products and robotics;
– Whether there are functional reasons to justify the attribution of legal personality to robotic applications;
– How product safety regulation and standardization should evolve to account for new risks brought about by advanced-robotics.

11.00 – 11.30 Introduction of the WP5 deliverable – Francesca Episcopo

11.30-14.00 Presentations from the panellists and discussion:
– 11.30-12.00 – Bernd Bertelmann
– 12.00-12.30 – Vagelis Papakonstantinou
– 12.30-13.00 – Fabio Bonsignorio
– 13.00-13.40 – Open discussion

13.40-14.00 Conclusions – Francesca Episcopo

15:00 – 18:00 Thursday 20
Title Debate on legal, ethics & socio-economic aspects of interactive robotics
Organizer Amparo Grau (Work Package 2 leader)
Agenda (tentative)

15:00 – Welcome and introduction (Amparo Grau, UCM – NU)

15:05 – Regulatory approaches (Dan Linna, Northwestern University) and the involvement of civil society (Carlos Trias Pintó, EESC)
15:20 – Q & A

15:25 – Ethics and robots: privacy (Vincent Müller, U. Leeds) and environmental issues (Fiachra O’Brolchain, DCU)
15:40 – Q & A

15:45 – Economic and Labor market considerations around robots (Maarten Goos, U. Utrecht and José Ignacio López, UCM)
16:00 – International Organizations’ views (María-Luz Vega, International Labour Organization and Roberto Suárez-Santos, International Organization of Employers)
16:15 – Social Security and robotization (Amparo Grau, UCM – NU)
16:20 – Q & A

16:25 – Break

16:30 – Intellectual Property Law transformations connected to robotics (Luke McDonagh, CITY-LSE) and perspectives on innovation from the legal practice (Santiago Mediano, Madrid Bar Association)
16:45 – Taxation & robotics (Xavier Oberson, U. Geneva and Rita de la Feria, U. Leeds) in the recent EU context (Franco Roccatagliata, TAXUD-European Commission).
17:10 – Q & A

17:15 – Round table on business approaches to sustainability in the robotics sector and their Corporate Social Responsibility reports moderated by Rita de la Feria (U. Leeds)
Acciona (Antonio Alonso Cepeda)
Ossur (Freygardur Thorsteinsson)
Ottobock (Jose Gonzalez)
Pal Robotics (Francesco Ferro)
Tecnalia (Arantxa Renteria)

17:50 – The current dynamic regulatory framework after COVID-19 and research projects on ELSE issues (Eduard Fosch, U. Leiden)

17:55 – Conclusion (Amparo Grau)

Note: We invite the participants to share their views on this topic through the survey prepared for delivering the White Paper for the Regulation of Interactive Robotics in the European Union. Have your say here http://inbots.eu/inbots-experts-community/legal-ethics-socio-economics-aspects/else-robotics/

Call for papers

This session is organising a Call for papers in the field of legal, ethics & socio-economic aspects of interactive robotics.

Extended abstract (2 pages) contributions are welcome. April 30 EXTENDED! May 30 is the final deadline for extended abstracts. Please read the comments carefully and revise your paper accordingly. Please do not forget to verify that your manuscript is strictly according to the template (download here).

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