Harnessing Diversity and Inclusion for the World of Robotics

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Areas mainly addressed: Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic implications of robotics 

Main questions to be answered: 

· How can we increase the diversity of the resource pipeline for those embarking on careers in Robotics? 

· How can Robotics be made more accessible to those needing to use them? Do current Robotics technologies restrict diversity & inclusion? 

· How can Robotics be used to support enhanced diversity & inclusion in businesses? 

WS Description: It is no secret that a diverse range of thought leads to better problem solving and innovation. Whilst the resource pool in Robotics has started to increase, more needs to be done to facilitate a diverse and inclusive workforce within Robotics and widen the resource pool as a whole to address the on-going skills shortage and give organisations access to more talent. By making Robotics more accessible, more organisations can adopt these technologies to facilitate enhanced performance. This interactive workshop explores diversity and inclusion in Robotics from a number of different angles. This workshop begins with a keynote speaker, followed by a panel session. This workshop is ‘action oriented’, with our panellists aiming to commit to changes to improve diversity and inclusion within their organisations. This workshop will also see the presentation and award of the UR/MIR scholarship. 

Intended outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical) 

Approach: 15.55 – 16.05 (10 minutes) – Intro to workshop & topic area 

16.05 – 16.20 (15 minutes) – Keynote from Universal Robotics 

16.20 – 16.40 (20 minutes) – Panel Session 

16.40 – 16.50 (10 minutes) – Q&A 

16.50 – 17.00 (10 minutes) – Action oriented goals discussion 

17.00 – 17.15 (15 minutes) – UR/MIR Scholarship presentation 

Contributors: Gurpreet Ghataore – Senior Research Engineer MTC (confirmed), Daniel Leidner – Robotics & AI Scientist – DLR (Confirmed), Morten Bierbaum – Adm. Director – Technology Denmark (confirmed), Lotte Sodemann Sorensen – Vice President Human Resources – Universal Robots (confirmed), Clionadh Martin – CEO / Founder – CM Robotics (confirmed) 


· Gurpreet Ghataore, gurpreet.ghataore@the-mtc.org, MTC

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Main Stage – Floor 1
14 March - ELSE
Gurpreet Ghataore