Sustainable Humanitarian Technologies Forum

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.

Social Robotics

Social robotics is a rapidly growing emerging field poised to disrupt industry. As new generations of robots are developed that participate in our lives and exist in public spaces, we need to consider the impact of these technologies and how we can harness their benefits.  Social robots must collaborate with people and prove themselves as capable partners. They must make good teammates, learn from us or teach us, as well as communicate with and understand us. The goal of this workshop is to explore where social robotics is heading and how we can best navigate the transdisciplinary challenges such robots will present.

Robot Art

The arts provide a rich and versatile platform for experimentation in robotics. The arts also inform aesthetic principles and interaction design for socially situated robots. Following a series of successful Robot Art workshops over the years, ICRA2018 will host a forum on robotic art, including practical workshops on soft-robotics, featured artists talks and a public art installation.

Government Forum

The Goal of the Governmental Forum is two-fold. To distribute information about national/regional policies and roadmaps and to discuss about the trends and political opportunities and threats in order to learn from each other, be informed and better serve the international robotics and automation community. This will be done by having a number of presentations from different countries and regions in which the speakers will be asked to address specifically for their country/region: the general state of R&A; the identified Roadmap and focus for the coming years; the identified opportunities and threats; the general public discussions around jobs and automation. At the end, a panel will take place in which the presented issues will be discussed and especially try to identify an objective view on jobs and automation and a policy and strategy which can be used to coordinate it and communicate it.

Education Forum

The 2018 ICRA Conference will include a forum devoted to Robotics in Education (Primary/Secondary). Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) is widely recognised as vital skills that all job seekers will need in the near future, and Robotics as part of the curriculum is well suited to cover all these disciplines in a thorough and engaging manner.

Robot Ethics

Information coming soon

Industry Forum

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