The European Robotics Forum 2018 (ERF2018), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, takes place in Tampere on 13-15 March 2018. ERF brings together over 900 leading scientists, companies, and policymakers for the largest robotics networking event in Europe. Under the theme "Robots and Us", the over 50 workshops cover current societal and technical themes, including human-robot-collaboration and how robotics can improve industrial productivity and service sector operations. During the opening the ERF2018, on 13 March, Juha Heikkilä, Head of unit, EC DG CNECT, explained that "the European Robotics Forum has been instrumental in breaking down silos and bringing together a strong, integrated robotics community in Europe. This year's theme, "Robots and Us", reflects the increasingly broad impact of robotics and allows discussing not just technology but also the all-important non-technological aspects of robotics."
On April 9 and 10, the inaugural K&L Gates Conference on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) sought to bring to light some of the prevailing issues that surround artificial intelligence, including "effects on the workforce, social justice, fairness, privacy and many other sectors of society," as the conference website states. In 2016, a $10 million donation from Pittsburgh-headquartered international law firm K&L Gates funded the establishment of the K&L Gates Endowment for Ethics and Computational Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University. The conference utilized this endowment to bring together some of the most important thought leaders, academics, industry heads, and others to discuss the boundless implications that come out of technological advances. David Danks, philosophy department head and co-chair of the Steering Committee for the K&L Gates Endowment for Ethics & Computational Technologies explained in a university press release that "computational technologies, particularly AI and robotics, are often developed and deployed without enough public engagement or discussion about their impacts." Because of this, the conference attempts to discuss issues that have a public stake, with the collective good in mind.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have become increasingly hot topics in the press and in academia. In October 2017, Bloomberg published an article claiming that artificial intelligence is likely to be the "most disruptive force in technology in the coming decade" and warning that firms that are slow to embrace the technology may risk extinction.1 Similarly, the following month, the Financial Times declared that the "robot army" is transforming the global workplace.2 This interest is likely due to the rapid gains that artificial intelligence has been making in some applications, such as image recognition and abstract strategy games, and that advanced robotics has been making in labs, even though widespread commercial applications may be lagging (Felten et al. 2018). Scholars have been increasingly interested in the economic, social, and distributive implications of artificial intelligence, robotics, and other types of automation. For example, over the past 2 years, economists at the University of Toronto have convened conferences around the economics of artificial intelligence, which have been attended by a dazzling array of economics scholars from diverse point of views including Nobel Prize winners Edmund Phelps, Paul Romer, Joseph StiglitSome research has taken a morez, and others.3
These workshops, although quite specialized, have covered areas of great interest for the conference delegates, namely: "Multiagent System Robotics" (MARS), "Biosignal Processing and Classification" (BPC), and "Artificial Neural Networks and Intelligent Information Processing" (ANNIIP). In the program of this conference for publication in the proceedings were included oral presentations (full and for presentation at the conference; papers and short papers) and posters, of these, 166 papers were organized in three simultaneous selected for oral presentation (67 full tracks: "Intelligent Control Systems papers and 99 short papers) and 63 papers and Optimization," "Robotics and Automation," were accepted for poster presentation. Furthermore, less than 60 percent, and the full paper (ICINCO 2005) was held in Barcelona ICINCO 2005 included acceptance ratio was 17 percent.
The Second International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation, and Robotics (ICINCO 2005) was held in Barcelona on September 14-17, 2005, organized by INSTICC in cooperation with the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. This conference was built on the success achieved in its first edition, in 2004, and aims at representing a major forum to debate technical advances presented by researchers and developers, both from academia and industry, working in the conference areas. Informatics applications are pervasive in many areas of control, automation, and robotics, and it seems necessary to emphasize and explore this interdisciplinary potential. This conference was built on the success achieved in its first edition, in 2004, and aims at representing a major forum to debate technical advances presented by researchers and developers, both from academia and industry, working in the conference areas. Informatics applications are pervasive in many areas of control, automation, and robotics, and it seems necessary to emphasize and explore this interdisciplinary potential.