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Dinosaurs vs. Unicorns at the time of Covid-19 pandemic

The disruption of the coronavirus pandemic has been causing a severe reduction of activity and capacity for many businesses worldwide, during, and after lockdown. 
Recovery will take time. Whereas the skills for a quicker, painless, recovery have always been resilience and capability to adapt, the managers of established companies have very often been allergic to innovation in order not to jeopardize business performance. The corporate strategies of the so-called “business dinosaurs” have been blocked for years on efficiency and cost-cutting, instead of experimentation and value creation.
The objective of this Workshop is to address and discuss this issue from different viewpoints, and to present examples of how, after the large impact the pandemic has had on businesses, robotics, including aerial robotics, encouraged and accelerated solutions both to react during the lockdown and to restart after the crisis for two relevant fields: Logistics and Automation.
The discussion will focus on how robots could help to bring “old fashion” businesses back to their “start-ups” years when they were eager to grow, ready to experiment, and even open to making mistakes.
Contributors to the Workshop will be experts in different relevant fields, from Robotics, Automation and AI, to Economy, Finance, and Industry.
The expected impact of this Workshop is to facilitate reluctantly adapting business lacking the flexibility to take up changes in the dynamic era of digital and ecological transition by means of robotics and automation technologies. An additional goal is to offer robotics and automation researchers and industry hints on a possible significant new research and industrial domain.


SAVE THE DATE:

June 4, 2021 - 2:30 pm CEST
Duration: 90 minutes


Please REGISTER here (FREE REGISTRATION):

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Live Panel Session Link:
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YouTube Channel with pre-recorded contents (available from June 3, 2021)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIKaqiuOhm-myWN47CZgETQ

Organizer:

The Workshop is organized by the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Digital Manufacturing and Human-Centered Automation.


WORKSHOP PROGRAM

Moderator:
Paolo Dario, Professor – BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy.

SCHEDULE

02:30 pm - WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy [5min]

02:35 pm - TOPIC 1: ECONOMY, FINANCE AND BUSINESS MODELS

  • Sami Mahroum, Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Professor – Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Brussels, Belgium
    The Principal, the Agent and Their Robot [5min]
  • Giovanni Dosi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
    Are dinosaurs really on the way to extinction? Will unicorns replace them? Continuities and discontinuities in the “information revolution” [5min]


02:45 pm - TOPIC 2: ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS

  • Arturo Baroncelli, Former Comau Manager and IFR President
    AI, 3D Sensors, AGVs and Additive Manufacturing are enabling Industrial Robotics to fulfill its promises [5min]
  • Francesco Ferro, PAL Robotics, Barcelona, Spain
    Delivering innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond [5min]
  • Howard Cheung, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
    A Smart IoT-and-Robotics enabled System for COVID-19 and Healthcare [5min]


03:00 pm - TOPIC 3: LOGISTICS

  • Maria Pia Fanti, Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
    New green delivery and transportation strategies during and after COVID 19 pandemic [5min]
  • Marcelo Ang, University of Singapore
    Robotics in Unstructured and Human Environments [5’]
  • Ivan Maza, University of Seville, Spain
    Drone logistics during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond in shared skies [5min]


03:15 pm - PANEL DISCUSSION [40MIN]  

03:55 pm - FINAL REMARKS AND CONCLUSIONS

  • Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy [5min]


04:00 pm - WORKSHOP ENDS


Technical Endorsements received by the following IEEE RAS Technical Committees:

  • TC on Automation in Logistics
  • TC on Automation in Health Care Management
  • TC on Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • TC on Autonomous Ground Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems

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