In conjunction with the European Robotics Forum 2022, 28th – 30th June 2022, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The workshop is held on the 29th of June at 09:50 CET during the ERF 2022, see ERF 2022 Programme for more details

This workshop is conducted within the Sustainability TG and the Socially Intelligent Robots and Societal Applications TG of EURobotics


AIM and Scope

With the quest to explore the unexplored, this workshop is a collaborative effort by two TGs: 1. Socially Intelligent Robots & Societal Applications, 2. Sustainability & Environmental Aspects. We aim to establish an important connection of the duality of Social Robots’ Applications and Sustainability. The beauty lies in the objective to investigate the two sides of the coin and their interdependency: Sustainable Societal Applications AND Societal Applications for Sustainability. Social robots still face barriers for long-term real-world sustainable deployment. On the other hand, advancements in Robotics & AI can be part of innovative solutions to various societal needs, e.g. sustainability in personalized healthcare, education, equality, development. The workshop aims to provide a platform to brainstorm, produce a roadmap and create awareness of this duality through stakeholders engagement.

The main ambition of the workshop is to identify and create interest groups, and foster discussion to collect valuable insights and feedback, and also provide opportunities for creating awareness about various efforts, towards the objective identified in the motivation section. Therefore, the agenda is designed to balance the time division necessary to accommodate talks from various stakeholders, create the ground for discussion, open the floor for brainstorming and to collect feedback for roadmapping through audience engagement.

To set the ground, selected experts and panelists (from industry, academics, end users, policy makers) will be invited for short presentations to provide insiders perspectives and position statements. The questions will be provided to the panelists and speakers in advance according to the group and theme they will be involved in. This will avoid having general talks from the speakers, but to the points and focused presentations. Also to better capture the requirements, barriers, potentials and policies at EU level, the invited experts are from different regions.?



9:50 – 10:05 AM

  • Introduction Talk on objectives, themes of Duality of  Social Robots and Sustainability (15 minutes)(Amit Kumar Pandey, BeingAI limited, Socients AI and Robotics, France)(Franziska Kirstein, Blue Ocean Robotics, Denmark)


10:05- 10:15 AM

  • Prof. Praminda Caleb-Solly, Professor of Embodied Intelligence, University of Nottingham, School of Computer Science, UK 


10:15 – 10:30 AM

  • Brainstorming on identification of the key topics on the duality of Social Robots and Sustainability (moderated by Oraganizers through active participation of speakers and audience)


10:30 – 11:00 AM

  • Coffee Break


11:00 – 11:10 AM

  • Francesco Ferro, CEO, PAL Robotics, Spain


11:10 – 11:20 AM

  • Prof. Filippo Cavallo, Associate Professor in Biomedical Robotics, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, Italy

(From interaction capabilities to diagnosis and rehabilitation with social robots in neurocognitive diseases)


11:20 – 11:35 AM

  • Panel discussion and brainstorm on challenges and priorities: what should be contribution of social robots for sustainability and how the sustainability goals can be defined from social robotics perspective. (Panellist: speakers and audience active participation)


11:35 – 11:40 AM

  • Concluding remarks, with pointers for next steps and white paper creation (5 minutes)


 Organizers of the workshop:


The workshop is co-organized with in the FELICE project and the Collaborate project.

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Robotics and Assistive Systems

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