European Robotics Forum 2017

CHIRON hosted a workshop at the European Robotics Forum on 23rd March 2017.

From 22nd – 24th March, over 800 researchers, engineers and robots descended on Edinburgh for forum, as well as some of the CHIRON consortium leads who were lucky enough to attend.

CHIRON’s workshop was called: “Strategies for Deploying and Delivering Ethical, Sustainable and Acceptable Assistive Robotic Solutions”.

It was organised by Praminda Caleb-Solly, of Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Jobeda Ali, of Three Sisters Care, Aleksandar Jevtic, of Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial and Nigel Harris of Designability, UK.

The invited experts highlighted key issues from their domain and covered topics such as the needs of the ageing population, social and economic issues, the needs of formal and informal carers and ethical issues concerning assistive robotics.

There were also some controversial discussions around the emergence of sex robots and recognising ageing and sexuality. However, most importantly for projects like CHIRON, there was a focus on the carer landscape.

Jobeda Ali, CEO for Three Sisters Care, said: ‘The workshop was really fun and it got everyone thinking! There were surprising views from lots of the participants.’

‘ERF is a great opportunity for networking. We now have less than a year left of our initial funding for the CHIRON project, so we need to keep our eye on the future of robotics in care. ERF was great for finding out everything that is going on in the robotics landscape.’

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