[robotics-worldwide] [Meetings] CfP and Program ERF 2018 Workshop on Unfulfilled needs and novel research ideas for future robotics in Tampere, Finland March 14th 2018

Fabio Bonsignorio fabio.bonsignorio at gmail.com
Tue Mar 13 09:45:42 PDT 2018

apologies for multiple postings

Dear all,

Here you have the program! Don't miss it! We look for a lively discussion!

Sonaatti1 14:00 15:30 Tomorrow March 14th


Christian von Reventlow, Chief Innovation Officer
and member of the executive committee of Deutsche Telekom
Topic: Generation Z’s view (10-16 year olds) of the future (__a personal

Mirko Kovac, Imperial College, UK
Topic: Bio Inspired Soft Robots

Dominik Boesl, Senior Corporate Innovation Manager,
KUKA Corporation, the Founder of the Robotic Governance Foundation, Germany
Topic:Robotic and A.I. Governance – Disruptive Technologies and their
Impact on the Age of Digitalization

Francesco Ferro, CEO and Founder, PAL Robotics; Spain
Topic: Challenges in Humanoids

Amit Kumar-Pandey, Chief Scientist, Softbank Robotics, France
Topic: Challenges in HRI

Aleksandr Kapitonov, Professor, Robot Engineering Department, ITMO
University, Russia
Sergey Lonshakov, Founding Partner and Director, Airalab, Russia
Topic: Blockchain for Smart-factories and Smart-cities

Fabio Bonsignorio, Scuola Studi Superiori S. Anna, Pisa
Topic: Towards Next Generation Robotics

All: Discussion

Recent initiatives such as the Flag-Era RoboCom++ FET-Flagship
Proof-of-concept project, see www.robocomplusplus.eu,  claim that the
Robotics mechatronic paradigm and the so called GOFAI, Good Old Fashioned
AI, will not be able to deliver many much needed application due to their
inherent limitations.
However, not everyone in the Robotics and AI communities will agree. This
workshop aims to provide a neutral terrain where the pros and cons of
different approaches and paradigms could be openly and uncompromisingly
discussed. It is thought that rigorous experimental methodologies and
benchmarking procedures will be key in the future robotics research. Gaps
in current applications will be discussed

We will leave significant space for a structured discussion between
industry and academia representatives.

Participants (and the community) will be involved in a (both online and by
other media) discussion before and after the workshop. The best ideas will
be included in the plenary discussion during the ws and afterwards.

__Crazy ideas are solicited and welcome__(and 'conservative' positions are,

We look forward your participation!

Stay tuned!
All the best


Fabio P. Bonsignorio

IEEE Senior Member

Associate Editor IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine

IROS 2018 Chair for Enterpreneurship

Visiting Professor
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
The BioRobotics Institute
viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera (Pisa)

Heron Robots s.r.l.
Via Malta, 3/7
I-16121 Genova

Research Board of Directors Member
euRobotics aisbl

Founding Past Director
euRobotics aisbl

Banco de Santander-Universidad Carlos III de Madrid  Chair of Excellence in

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