Sustainable Humanitarian Technologies Forum

The role of robotics, automation, and AI in developing economies

Date: Thursday 24 May 2018
Duration: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Room: P7
Organiser: Raj Madhavan & Daniel Asmar
Website: http://aub.edu.lb/fea/me/research_labs/SHTF/.


Humanitarian robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence technologies will play an ever-increasing role in global development, particularly in developing economies, in the coming years sooner than one might think or be willing to admit. Adoption of emerging technologies tends to be slow in developing countries due to reasons that are usually beyond GDP rates and standard of living indices. Whilst the potential of these technologies is for the most part undeniable, the challenge lies in making them reliable, cost-effective and easily accessible for the masses by taking into account socio-economic, cultural, environmental, and sustainability factors. The Forum will bring together experts and thinkers from both technology and public policy domains. The format will consist of keynote addresses and regular presentations with a mini panel discussion after each thematic session covering the gamut of issues stemming not only from research, development, and deployment standpoints but also those from public perception of robotics, automation, and AI.