Call for Workshops

The European Robotics Forum 2020 (ERF 2020), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held in Malaga, Spain, on 03-05 March 2020. About 1000 top European robotics experts are expected to attend the conference. ERF2020 covers all aspects and current themes related to the field of robotics. Researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, business people, and public funding officers from all over Europe come together to discuss technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics and AI can be accelerated.

To submit a workshop proposal, fill in the online application form:

prior to the deadline of 15 September 2019 (strict deadline)!

This year, we ask the community to submit workshop proposals to address pre-defined strategic topics as well as those reflecting current areas of community interest.

We are emphasising the following topic areas: 

  • Embodied AI
  • End User needs in B2B environments
  • Creation of business ecosystems which integrate Robotics, AI, Big Data, Cybersecurity IoT, ...
  • Towards Horizon Europe and the Digital Europe Programme (DEP)
  • Progress in the lighthouse initiatives in the selected Priority Areas  (Healthcare, Inspection and Maintenance of Infrastructure, Agri-Food, Agile Production) 
  • Networks of Digital Innovation Hubs: Open calls and first results

Besides that, we're looking forward to receiving proposals addressing, including but not limited to:

  • Technology areas including SW architectures, world modeling, HRI for complex tasks, safety for cooperation, manipulators, mechatronics, control, machine learning and deep learning, evolutionary and developmental robotics, etc.and application domains
  • Interdisciplinary workshops, e.g. on Data for robotics, cloud-based robotics, cybersecurity for robotics, machine learning and deep learning
  • Digitalization of European Industry (aka Industry 4.0) and beyond
  • New paradigms for Embodied AI
  • Best practice and standardization
  • Robotics and Policy (e.g. innovation policy)
  • Ethical issues, future of work, legislation, etc. (liability, use of robotics in public areas or consumer markets), societal impacts
  • Robotics, AI and Data science for the mitigation of the climate change
  • Skills and Education
  • Networking sessions with new formats addressing specific stakeholder groups
  • Financing concepts for innovation activities including possibilities for start-ups, venture capital, alternative/emerging  approaches (equity crowdfunding, ICOs…)

Keep in mind that this is not yet another scientific conference, but a networking and working event. Your contributions with workshops/sessions should:

  • be interactive in style and support in depth discussion of topics
  • allow a balanced representation of industrial and academic contributors, and involve end-users, representatives of finance, policy, etc. as appropriate
  • identify the potential of robotics applications for business, creation of jobs, and meeting societal needs
  • share the state of the art and explain most recent breakthroughs in applications (from agricultural robots to health services)
  • open up new robotic business potentials, including those through the establishment of spin-offs
  • network with ongoing initiatives in robotics within Europe
  • support the opinion of the European Commission and other national and regional funding about European robotics.

After its start in San Sebastian in 2010, The European Robotics Forums has become the most popular and influential robotics networking event in Europe. The European Robotics Forum is organised by euRobotics under SPARC, the Public-Private partnership for Robotics in Europe.  ERF2020 is hosted by the Universidad de Malaga in collaboration with Ayuntamiento de Malaga and Parque Tecnologico de Andalucia.

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