Manufacturing Workforce Development and Training

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Areas mainly addressed: Robotics and AI/Big Data Value, Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic implications of robotics, Regulation and Standardization for Robotics and AI 

Main questions to be answered: 

· How can we ensure to capture and anticipate future skills required by the roboticists of the future? 

· How do we guarantee that industries, researchers, governments, and educators agree on learning themes, structures, and standards? 

· How can we promote more free and open source access to learning and training in robotics? 

WS Description: The robotic industry is expected to grow significantly over the coming years and disrupt the global workplace. In order to reduce the impact on job losses and maximise the benefits robots will introduce to society, the current and future workforce need to be prepared. The engineers of the future will need a broad and diverse skill set and an interdisciplinary network in order to solve present and future challenges and create new opportunities. Therefore, an effective system for training new engineers and technicians (and retraining those already in the workforce) needs to be established to promote a thriving economy. Such system needs to encourage open-source and free learning in order to reduce barriers to education and inequalities. A strong synergy between industry, research, educators and governments to agree on themes, structures, and standards will also be required. 

Intended outcome: Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with, Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Information about community involvement and services offered (e.g. DIHs, open calls, platforms, …) 

Approach: We will have presentations from some RTOs, Universities, and Industries who will show their work around training future roboticists. We will then have a discussion with the audiance capturing ideas on how we can anticipate the future required skills and how to best train the future robotic workforce. A report will be generated at the end 

Contributors: Gianmarco Pisanelli – Technical Lead in Novel Robotics at AMRC – Will work as Chair of the workshop – confirmed 

Gurpreet Ghataore – Senior Research Engineer at MTC – Speaker – confirmed 

Roel Pieters – Associate Professor at Tampere University – Speaker – confirmed 

Kurt Nielsen – Director Of Technology & Deputy Head Of Division at Danish Technological Institute – Speaker – confirmed 

Nuno Miguel Gonçalves – Innovation Manager at INCM and Assistant Professor at University of Coimbra – Speaker – confirmed


· Gianmarco Pisanelli,, AMRC

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Room 209 – Floor 2
14 March - ELSE
Gianmarco Pisanelli