The European Robotics Forum (ERF) covers all aspects and current themes related to the field of robotics. Researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and public funding officers from all over Europe come together to discuss technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics and robotics-related AI can be accelerated.


Adra session on Grand Challenges at the Cross-Roads of AI, Data and Robotics

An effective European AI, Data and Robotics ecosystem is a necessity to provide a powerful response to many of the challenges Europe and the world are facing, and valorize the opportunities it presents .   Much of this power comes through synergies and collaboration between disciplines and communities. A powerful mechanism to achieve convergence are shared challenges and objectives.  Due to the omnipresence of AI, Data and Robotics technologies, and the complexity of the value-chains involved, defining such challenges is easy and difficult at the same time. Easy in the sense that technological advancements in ADR promise new opportunities when applied in nearly all sectors and application domains. Difficult in the sense that prioritization isn’t obvious. In this workshop we explore 4 (grand) – challenges (archetypes) and investigate their potential and what implementing these challenges would require in terms of ecosystem and support. 


Agenda (90 minutes)

Presentation 10-pager + Qs (30 mins)

Break-out groups (45 mins - 15 min per question)

Restitution  (15 mins - 4 min per group)


Break-out groups (topic / chairs)

Break-out groups are focused around an archetype challenge. They have a chair that minimally prepares the contours of the challenges, and animates the discussion in the break-out group. The break-out groups are composed of the people that attend the session.  Around 7 persons per group is advisable.  The break-out groups are populated randomly with participants to the session. The objective of the session is get a dialogue going between the various stakeholders and their interests (i.e. the challenge in that sense is secondary, but input to the challenge at hand is valuable and will be taken into account in the development of the SRIDA)  

  • Socio-economic - zero carbon emissions (Christophe Leroux/ Nabil Belbachir)

  • Application/sector oriented – to be defined e.g automotive  (David Bisset) 

  • Infrastructure – AI on demand platform (Barry O'Sullivan/ Gabriel Gonzales)

  • Scientific/technological Challenge – to be defined (Fredrik Heintz/ Jean-Baptiste Mouret)

ERF 2023
External event