Piloting a Maturity Assessment Model for Robotics in Europe

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Project cluster relation: Yes: “ICT-46-2020: Robotics in Application Areas and Coordination and Support” 

Areas mainly addressed: Healthcare, Agri-Food, Maintenance and Inspection, Agile Production, Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic implications of robotics 

Main questions to be answered: 

· How can a Maturity Assesment Model for robots contribute to enhancing responsible robotics for the European Robotics Community? 

· How can ICT-46 robotic projects together pave the way for European robotics solution developed under European societal values? 

WS Description: How can we ensure that robots developed are mature enough for society? This interactive workshop, led by the CSA Robotics4EU, brings together projects from the H2020 ICT-46 portfolio “Robotics in Application Areas and Coordination and Support” that are designing robots for use in healthcare, agriculture, inspection and maintenance. The workshop will present preliminary results and introduce a Maturity Assessment Model (MAM)—a tool to assess the level of social acceptability of robots—currently under development by Robotics4EU following extensive consultation with ordinary citizens and members of the robotics community. Participants will pilot the MAM by applying it to the robots presented in small groups. Participants will be introduced to exciting robots currently in development and provide input for how the MAM can be practically implemented by developers and companies. 

Intended outcome: Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Novel format (e.g. interactive matchmaking session for technologies and applications), Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on assessing the social acceptability of robots with test cases on recent development in technology or applications 

Approach: 5 min welcome and intro by PI of Robotics4EU project (by Anneli Roose/Civita). 

Short presentation pitches from ICT-46 projects for 4 min each. 

10 min introduction to the robotic Maturity Assessment Model (by Anne Kalouguine/LNE). 

40 min interactive application of the MAM in small groups to one of robots presented. 

5 min summary and path forwards (Dr. Roger A. Søraa/NTNU & Robotics4EU). 

Contributors: Confirmed speakers from ICT-46 projects: 

-Dr. Christian EITZINGER, PI DrapeBot project & Head of Machine Vision Dept. PROFACTOR GmbH 

-Frits van Everts, PI ROBS4CROPS & Senior Researcher in precision agriculture at Wageningen University & Research 

-Apostolis Papavasileiou, PI Odin project & Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras 

-Artur Bogucki, FlexiGroBots & Research Assistant Center for European Policy Studies. 

Speakers/organizers from Robotics4EU project: 

-Anneli Roose, PI Robotics4EU & Civitta 

-Roger A. Søraa, Robotics4EU & Associate Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology 

-Anne Kalouguine, Robotics4EU & Research Engineer in AI and robotics Evaluation, French National Metrology and Testing Laboratory 

-Mark Kharas, Robotics4EU & EU Advisor, Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology 

Further information: www.robotics4eu.eu 




· Roger A. Søraa, roger.soraa@ntnu.no, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

· Anne Kalouguine, Anne.Kalouguine@lne.fr, French National Metrology and Testing Laboratory 

· MetteSimonsen, mems@tekno.dk, Danish Board of Technology 

· Mark Kharas, mark.w.kharas@ntnu.no, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Room 209 – Floor 2
15 March - B2B and Innovation
Roger Røraa