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14:30 – 14:40 / WELCOME ADDRESS

  • Mr. Pietro Francesco De Lotto, EESC member, President of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI)

14:40 – 15:30 / 1st PANEL - The position of the EU robotics sector, industrial aspects.

Moderated by Mr. Paul Rübig, EESC member (10 min. each)

  • Mr. Gwenole Cozigou, Director-General for Construction & Machinery, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Ms. Kerstin Ney, Board Member, Chief Human Resources Officer, Automotive Technology, Thyssenkrupp AG
  • Mr. Didier Schmitt, Head of the Strategy & Coordination Group, Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration, European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC)
  • Mr. Klaus-Dieter Axt, Executive Director and Head of Office, EUnited, European Engineering Industries Association
  • Mr. Daniele Pucci, Researcher, Head of Artificial and Mechanical Intelligence, Center for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Genova - Wearable Technologies and Humanoid Robots for a Less Dangerous Work

15:30 – 15:50 / QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

15:50 – 16:05 / COFFEE BFREAK

16:05 – 17:15 / 2nd PANEL - Robotics and Humans. Interactions between human beings and robots, the positive effects of improving working conditions, use of robotics in combination with artificial intelligence (AI). -

Moderated by Ms. Monika Sitarova, Co-President of CCMI (10 min. each)

  • Mr. Nicola Vitiello, Wearable Robotics Laboratory, The BioRobotics Institute Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa - EU robotics is beyond science fiction: the case study of occupational exoskeletons
  • Ms. Cecile Huet, Head of unit, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Innovation and Excellence (CNECT.A.1), European Commission
  • Dr. Guillem Alenyà, Director of the Robotics Institute in Barcelona - AI for robots that physically interact with people
  • Mr. Patrick Schwarzkopf, member of the Executive Board of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and Director of the robotics sector at EUnited aisbl - Good Work Charter of the European Robotics Industry
  • Dr. Bernd Liepert, President of EU Robotics
  • Mr. Renaud Champion, CEO of Primnext, Investor and Vice President of the European AI, Data & Robotics Association (Adra)
  • Prof. Juha Röning, University of Oulu, Biomimetics and Intelligent, Systems Group (BISG), Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Professor of embedded systems, European Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics

17:15 – 17:45 / QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

17:45 – 18:00 / CONCLUSIONS

  • Mr. Pietro Francesco De Lotto, EESC member, President of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI)