What future for European Robotics? Science for Policy conference.
Robotics is increasingly seen as important for EU economic growth and recovery, and this Science for Policy conference provides a scientific, policy-oriented, and EU-centred analysis of the state of this pivotal technology. In the context of the European Commission's efforts to grasp the opportunities offered by the digital transformation, robotics emerges as a flagship sector in which Europe must keep its competitive advantage while guaranteeing technological sovereignty.
This conference will bring together leading experts to discuss the technical, economic, and social angles of robotics. The overarching goal of the conference is to identify the main policy challenges to be addressed in this field, in the short and in the long term, in the light of the COVID-19 crisis.
Robotics, a domain of technology that produces programmable machines, is pushing the bounds of technology as we know it. Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies have enlarged the scope of what can be disrupted by robots, inducing important socio-economic changes. Since the COVID-19 crisis, we are witnessing how the use of robots represents significant efficiency improvements in protecting health and guaranteeing security. However, there have also been concerns about the potential for cheaper and more efficient robots to replace humans in the workplace, linked to the emergence of the so-called “service robots”.
Moreover, a vibrant robotics industry should stimulate innovation, and can act as a catalyst to overcome the medical and economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefits of robotics for European economies and societies, in particular in the context of the EU recovery, will only be reaped if there is coordinated effort at EU level and these actions respect European values.
- AI Watch – The Commission Knowledge Service to Monitor the Development, Uptake and Impact of Artificial Intelligence for Europe
- Directorate B, Growth and Innovation, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
- Néstor Duch-Brown (Co-chair)
- Emilia Gómez (Co-chair)
- Vicky Charisi
- Carlos Torrecilla
- Michael Lutz
- Karen Fullerton
- Miguel Querol
- Loizos Bailas
- Javier Picon-Lorca