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FARI helps drive the sustainable future with the Sustainable & Robotics Series


Michelle Gay Nidoy

FARI AI Common Good Institute joined forces with experts to co-organize the innovative Sustainable & Robotics Series along with the community “Sustainable Robotics”, the Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE), euRobotics Topic Group on Robotics for Sustainability, TU Berlin and Profactor GmbH. This collaborative initiative aims to explore the intersection of sustainability and robotics, highlighting the immense potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in driving positive environmental and societal impact.   

The Sustainable & Robotics Series provides a platform to unravel the various challenges surrounding AI and robotics, including environmental, economic, and societal impacts. This series dives into where AI and Robotics stand in the conversation of sustainability and what organizations might engage in to consider sustainability in their initiatives. With its five online series webinars, the Sustainable & Robotics Series drives awareness through presentations from academics and private organizations who share knowledge and best practices. 


FARI and Vrije Universiteit Brussel’s BruBotics researcher Dr. ir. Seppe Terryn took part in the third webinar focusing on the environmental dimension. In his presentation entitled “Towards sustainable robots with self-healing materials”, Dr. Terryn showcased their initiative in the self-healing robotics team as a case study and discussed how self-healing polymers could be used for making sustainable robots. The integration of self-healing polymers in robot design is a significant step towards achieving sustainable robotics by enhancing durability, reducing material waste, and enabling longer operational lifespans. As such, self-healing polymers could not only improve the environmental footprint of robotics but also provide economic benefits by reducing repair and replacement costs, creating more resilient robots. 

Such commitment to promoting cutting-edge research in the field of sustainable robotics is precisely at the core of the Sustainable & Robotics Series. By highlighting innovative approaches and best practices, the series acts as a catalyst for sparking further exploration and innovation in the field. Executing its purpose, FARI actively encourages and works with similar research, showcasing advancements in robotics technology and applications within sustainable domains. The ultimate goal is to create a tangible impact by leading real-world projects, policies, and initiatives contributing to a more sustainable and equitable world. 


The Sustainable Robotics Series will be having another event in the fall. For more updates, follow us on LinkedIn and keep an eye out on the Sustainable Robotics Series website.





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