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[robotics-worldwide] [news] IFRR Robotics Global Colloquia: A conversation on Robotics and COVID

Oussama Khatib
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to a new presentation of the IFRR Robotics
Global Colloquia:

*A Conversation on Robotics and COVID*

*Date and time:* Thursday January 21 at 7:00am (PST)/ 4:00pm (CET)/ 11:59pm

*Live Stream:* Zoom Webinar (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://zoom.us/j/99889265917__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!8dljvxKm4jzyaLrDAaWLS5AqXx8722hXGJZSXcvYXwsQiBcBTQQhAkQxG_GWzGkaZ0QoV3D5$ )
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*Moderator:* Robin Murphy (Texas A&M University)
*Panelists:* Paolo Dario (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna), Lino Marques
(University of Coimbra), Haichong (Kai) Zhang (Worcester Polytechnic

*Title: Robotics and COVID*

Since January 2020, more than 300 different robots in over 40 countries
have been used to cope with some aspect of the impact of the coronavirus
pandemic on society. The majority of these robots have been used to support
clinical care and public safety, allowing responders to work safely and to
handle the surge in infections. But robots have also been adopted in
surprising numbers by private companies, educational institutions, and
individuals in order to maintain continuity of work, education and quality
of life. Applications such as delivery robots suddenly went from being a
distant possibility to being put into daily service. This panel will
discuss how robots have been successfully used and what is needed, both in
terms of fundamental research and policy, for robotics to be prepared for
the future emergencies. The questions the panel will address include:

   1. What robots were used for? Is there a commonality to the robots?
   2. Were enough robots, or enough of the right robots, available?
   3. What were the technical gaps in the robots? What work is needed for
   the future?
   4. Were there policies, regulations, or intellectual property issues
   that interfered with the appropriate use of robots? Are there ethical
   5. Is COVID-19 the tipping point for robots in healthcare, public
   safety, delivery, and the home? What is the impact on robotics after the

The Robotics Global Colloquia is a series of online events organized by
IFRR. It has been conceived to provide a platform for open discussion and
interaction on diverse themes in robotics - from research and applications
to the field’s social impact and its ethical issues. The series alternates
between panels and speakers on specific topics. Past colloquia are
accessible through the IFRR YouTube channel.

We hope you join us for this special event.

Oussama Khatib,

IFRR President

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