The workshop places a strong emphasis on responsible robotics, a pivotal aspect for Europe's global leadership in the field of robotics, and outlines the necessary steps to advance it. This 90-minute session will delve into the ethical and social dimensions of AI-based robotics and underscore the significance of societal acceptance. Our primary goal is to transform these discussions into actionable directives for policymakers and industry leaders, illustrating how ethical and societal considerations can be integrated into the entire robotics life cycle. The event will bring together influential figures from the industry, policymakers, and experts in robotics ethics, fostering collaboration among these sectors to promote knowledge sharing and joint initiatives aimed at addressing the ethical and social implications of AI-based robotics. 

Objectives of the workshop

  • Emphasise the importance of championing responsible AI-based robotics to bolster Europe's global position.
  • Address key ethical and societal challenges arising from the integration of AI, data, and robotics.
  • Engage in discussions about practical measures for policymakers to promote the inclusion of ethical and societal assessments throughout the robotics life cycle.
  • Discuss tools that the robotics community can utilise to confront legal, societal, and ethical challenges head-on.


15 min | Introduction
Introduction of the workshop and Robotics4EU project

30 min | Presentations by the speakers

35 min | Panel discussion

10 min | Audience engagement and conclusions

List of the workshop speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Philip A.E. Brey, professor of philosophy and ethics of technology at the University of Twente
  • Cem Gulec, Programme and Policy Officer – Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, at the European Commission
  • Dr. Susanne Bieller, General Secretary at the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) 
  • Prof. Dr. Juha Röning, Professor of Embedded System at the University of Oulu

Workshop moderator - Sander van der Molen, Civitta.