ERF 2017

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics will be hosting the European Robotics Forum (ERF) from Wednesday 22 March 2017 to Friday 24 March 2017. European robotics research is now creating robots that are leaving the lab and entering the real world. ERF is the place to showcase robots and new robot technologies and how they will operate in the world with us, paving the way to future applications. Not just a technical conference, ERF brings together everyone interested in robots and how they will interact with business and society.


From factories to hospitals, from disasters to the home, the diverse European robotics community will meet and discuss and show the wide range of different areas and applications being impacted by robotics. Technologies like Artificial Intelligence which make robots smarter and more autonomous to support people will be explored. 

The role of robots in the wider European legal, social and economic environment has come to the fore in these discussions. As robots take their place in real environments with human co-workers and users, issues of policy and the law become increasingly relevant. The economic impact of robotics in EU business environments is a major focus, including how robotics can benefit small and medium-sized businesses and how links between industry and academia can be improved so that businesses can better exploit the strength of European robotics and AI research.

The objectives of the forum are to:

  • Identify the potential of robotics applications for business, the creation of jobs, and meeting societal needs
  • Discuss the state of the art and most recent breakthroughs in applications
  • Learn about new robotic business opportunities, including those arising through establishment of spin-offs, and ongoing initiatives in robotics within Europe
  • Influence decision makers and strengthen collaboration between stakeholders in the robotics community

The ELS workshop on social robots in therapy and education will be part of ERF 2017! We have joined forces with Sanja Dogramadzi, Giancarlo Ferrigno, Nicola Vitiello and Alberto Nunzio to create the Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Healthcare Robotics Workshop.

View the Full Forum Schedule.

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