Robotics and AI in Society: Impacts...

In the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the Embassy of Portugal in Zagreb are co-organizing the event "Robotics and AI in Society: Impacts and Questions Raised".

The event will take place on the 20th of May 2021, starting at 4 PM, in a hybrid form - online, and for the limited number of attendees in the FER's Main Hall. Please join us online via the MS Teams, and on for questions. The program of the event is available here

This event is related to the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency, in particular to the priority of fostering Europe’s recovery leveraged by the climate and digital transitions. The goal is to showcase how robotics can be useful for the citizens and to discuss the implications of the introduction of robotics and AI in large sectors of society/workplace.

After the short welcome speeches from H.E. the Ambassador of Portugal, Ms. Paula Leal da Silva, and the FER’s Dean, Prof. Gordan Gledec, Ph.D., the event will continue with the lectures given by Prof. Pedro Lima, Ph.D., from the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon and by Tomislav Bracanović, Ph.D., from the Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb.

Their lectures, "Positive impacts of Robotics/AI in society" and "Artificial intelligence among social animals", will raise key issues and serve as the starting point for the "Roundtable on the impacts and questions raised by the introduction of Robotics and AI in society", where professors from FER, Jan Šnajder, Ph.D., and Stjepan Bogdan, Ph.D., will join Prof. Pedro Lima and Tomislav Bracanović in the discussion. The moderator of the round table will be the Vice Dean for Research, Prof. Nikola Mišković.

More information about the speakers can be found in the detailed news content.

Pedro U. Lima received the Ph.D. (1994) in Electrical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA. Currently, he is a Full Professor at IST, Universidade de Lisboa, and a researcher of the Institute for Systems and Robotics, where he is the Deputy President for Scientific Matters. Pedro Lima is a Trustee of the RoboCup Federation, was President and founding member of the Portuguese Robotics Society and was awarded a 6-month Chair of Excellence at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain in 2010. He has also been very active in the promotion of Science and Technology to society, through the organization of robot competition events in Portugal and Europe, including the Portuguese Robotics Open since 2001, and several European projects since 2013.

Tomislav Bracanović is a senior research associate at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb. He earned his Ph.D. degree in philosophy from the University of Zagreb in 2005. Until 2018, he was an associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Zagreb (Center for Croatian Studies), teaching courses (mostly on ethics, applied ethics, and philosophy of science) at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Since 2019 he teaches the course "Ethics and new technologies" at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. Since 2014, he is a member of the UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). He published two monographs and a number of book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. His research interests lie in ethics, applied ethics, and philosophy of science and technology.

Jan Šnajder received his Ph.D. in computing from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) in 2010. Form 2016 he is holding the position of an associate professor at FER at the Department of Electronics, Microelectronics, Computer and Intelligent Systems. His research interests focus on natural language processing and machine learning. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Stuttgart, and the University of Melbourne, as well as the NICT institute in Kypoto. He has participated in a number of research and industry projects and has been the principal investigator of several projects funded by the Croatian Science Foundation and HAMAG-BICRO. He is the author of more than 100 conference and journal papers in the field of natural language processing. He is teaching five courses at FER and has been the supervisor to 6 Ph.D. students and more than 100 bachelor's and master's students. He is a member of the IEEE, ACM, ACL, SIGSLAV, the Croatian Language Technologies Society and the Center of Research Excellence for Data Science and Advanced Cooperative Systems.

Stjepan Bogdan, Ph.D. is a Full Professor at the Lab. for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS), Depart. on Control and Computer Engineering, UNIZG-FER, where he teaches several courses in robotics and automation. His research interests include autonomous systems, aerial robotics, multi-agent systems, intelligent control systems, bio-inspired systems, and discrete event systems. He is a co-author of 4 books and has published more than 190 conference and journal papers. He was the Principal Investigator and a researcher on more than 30 national and international scientific projects. Currently, he is involved in 5 EU H2020 projects and 4 projects financed by European Structural Funds.

Nikola Mišković is a Full Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing where he teaches control engineering-related courses. Currently, he is the Vice Dean for Research. His research activities are conducted within the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST). He participated in numerous projects. In 2013 he received the young scientist award "Vera Johanides" of the Croatian Academy of Engineering (HATZ) for scientific achievements, and he received the annual State science award for 2015, awarded by the Croatian Parliament.

Author: Petra Škaberna
Robotics and AI in Society: Impacts and Questions Raised
20. May 2021. 16:00  -  17:30
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