Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals with autonomous robots

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Areas mainly addressed: Robotics and AI/Big Data Value, Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic implications of robotics 

Main questions to be answered: 

· – Which are successful use-cases in different domains (agriculture, healthcare, disaster management, educations, humanitarian help deployment, etc.) where AI-powered robots are providing effective solutions to societal challenges helping to accelerate the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? 

· – What are the recent advances in robotics that are moving us closer to achieving the SDGs by 2030 and which are the contribution of the AI for Good community? 

· – What social, ethical and economic challenges need to be addressed to ensure a successful human-centered implementation of robots? 

WS Description: Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are driving the creation of more sophisticated, autonomous and specialized robots that can not only perform multiple tasks with great ease, but also analyze, learn and self-improve in dynamic environments. During the ERF2023, join this leading panel with experts from the AI for Good community to find out how robotics and AI will help unlock our human potential and advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and voice your thoughts, questions and ideas on how we can shape a better future, together. 

Intended outcome: Information about community involvement and services offered (e.g. DIHs, open calls, platforms, …), 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: – Welcoming remarks, overview, and objectives of the workshop (10 minutes) 

– Speaker 1 (10 minutes) keynote or Q&A format 

– Speaker 2 (10 minutes) keynote or Q&A format 

– Speaker 3 (10 minutes) keynote or Q&A format 

– Speaker 4 (10 minutes) keynote or Q&A format 

– Panel Discussion (Q&A with the moderator and the audience) (30 minutes) 

Contributors: – Prof Dr Tamas Haidegger, Associate Professor at Óbuda University 

– Prof Dr An Jacobs, Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel 

– Mr Damien Salle, Coordinator of Robotics and Automation at Tecnalia 

– Prof Dr Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, Professor at Aachen University 

– Mr Guillem Martínez Roura, AI and Robotics Programme Coordinator at International Telecommunication Union 

Further information: 


· Guillem Martínez Roura,, International Telecommunication Union (ITU-UN)

· Franziska Kirstein,, Blue Ocean robotics 

· TamasHaidegger,, Obuda University 

· Carl Mörch,, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Event Timeslots (1)

Main Stage – Floor 1
14 March - ELSE
Guillem Martínez Roura