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29 MAR 2024

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


VUB Test & Experience Center

The Brussels Institute for Advanced Studies is pleased to announce its second forum of the Sustainable Robotics Programme on "Sustainable Robotic Technologies".


Online option

Organised by

General Chair : Prof. Bram Vanderborght (VUB)

Program Chair: Dr. Michel Joop van der Schoor (FARI/VUB), Dr. Fatma Demir (VUB)


Robots are becoming an integral part of our economy, society and planet, assisting us in various tasks. However, the rapid growth in robotics usage has also given rise to relevant concerns regarding sustainability. At present, urgent issues such as rare-earth material usage, e-waste, energy efficiency and ethical concerns hinders the sustainable development of robotics. As we increasingly rely on robotics, it becomes increasingly critical and urgent to ensure that these technological advancements are sustainable and eco-friendly. Since robotics is the integration of many technologies, we will discuss in this Forum sustainable robotics technologies ranging from material science, material processing and metal, electronics with sensors and processing, actuators, energy, power and batteries and control and artificial intelligence.

For in-person attendance, as well as online attendance of the webinar, registration is necessary. please register for both days or choose one of the days by filling out the registration form. This Forum will also be live-streamed on our Youtube channel @BrIAStalks

PROGRAMME – Sustainable Robotic Technologies – 29 March 2024

08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Coffee

09:00 – 09:30 Opening speech

– BrIAS directors and Programme Directors

9:30 – 10:45 Session 1: Responsible Innovation and Artificial Intelligence (Development)

–  Michel Joop van der Schoor (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
– Ward van der Tempel (Voxelsensors, Belgium)
– Sophia Falk (Universität Bonn, Germany)

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45 Session 2: Energy Efficiency and Applications (Use Phase)  

– Goldar Davila Alejandro (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
– Abhishek Gupta (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)
– Kris Verdonck (A Two Dogs Company, Belgium)

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:15 Session 3: Sustainable Materials and Applications (Production)

– Alix Partridge (University of Bristol)
– Joost Brancart (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
– Seppe Terryn (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break    

15:45 – 16:45 Session 4: Circular Economy and Applications (End of life)       

– Jelle Saldien (Universiteit Gent, Belgium)
– Ales Ude (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)