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International Robotics Festival is back: Pisa becomes “RoboTown” from September 27th to October 3rd 2018

Many events aroud Pisa, The leaning tower, Versilia area and Arno Valley to know the most important researches and applications into the fields that are already changing (for the better) our life. Advances on the program between science, culture and art.

Pisa becomes “RoboTown”, City of robots, due to the second edition of the International Robotics Festival, hosted also this year edition, from 27th September to 3rd October 2018, in the Tuscan city that boasts one of the highest concentrations in the world of workers and of activities for the research, development, application of robotic systems towards ever wider sectors, which nowadays involve (and improve) every aspect of our daily life. After the debut of 2017, characterized by a record success with over 10 thousand attendances, the network of the Public Institutions of Pisa confirms the significance and relevance of the Festival as a key element for planning further territorial development. to increase its notoriety worldwide and, above all, to demonstrate how robotics, in all its forms, is a technology that is friendly to humans. The robotic systems, in fact, are at the service of man to help him and to facilitate him, never to replace him, unless he is to perform heavy and dangerous tasks.

In these days, Protocol of Understanding is renewed, it involves engaging in the organization and support of the second International Robotics Festival: Tuscany Region, Municipality of Pisa, Province of Pisa, University of Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, National Research Council Institute of Pisa, BioRobotics Institute of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Research Center “E.Piaggio” of the University of Pisa, Center of Excellence EndoCas of the University of Pisa, Irccs Stella Maris Foundation, Chamber of Commerce of Pisa, University Hospital of Pisa, Arpa Foundation. Confirmed the direction of the Festival of Franco Mosca, president of the Arpa Foundation and Professor Emeritus of General Surgery at the University of Pisa. Renato Raimo has been reconfirmed as Artistic Director and he will conduct the highlight, scheduled for October 3rd at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, with the fantastic participation of Andrea Bocelli.

Locations are increased to meet the needs of a program to meet the needs of a program that includes more numerous areas of interest and that distributes locations on the territory, from Versilia area to Pontedera area, along Arno Valley. In Pisa, we remind : Arsenali Repubblicani and Stazione Leopolda, Convento delle Benedettine, Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Navicelli, Opera della Primaziale Pisana, Chamber of Commerce of Pisa, ENEL Research Center of Pisa, Industrial Union of Pisa, Domus Mazziniana of Pisa, Officine Garibaldi of Pisa, Palazzo della Sapienza of Pisa, Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Natural Park, Torre Guelfa della Cittadella of Pisa, Museum of Ancient Ships of Pisa with the Shipyard of the Ancient Ships and the Center of Wet Wood Restoration. With the new edition are added the Puccini Theater in Torre del Lago (Lucca) and the Piaggio Foundation in Pontedera (Pisa).

The program is taking shape and already includes many events of a scientific, educational, musical and cultural aim, to respond to the needs of a wide and varied audience, just as the presence of robotics – understood in the broadest sense of the word – is wide. daily life. Events are planned on the contribution of robotics in health care, in humanitarian cooperation, in pleasure boating, also to allow people with different disabilities to face a safe sea voyage, in sport, in industry and in the labor market. The reflection will focus on the ethical, social, economic implications linked to the increasingly massive diffusion of robotics, without neglecting aspects that involve the “green economy”, the recovery and conservation of cultural heritage, medicine, also exploring the role of professions such as that of the nurse in the management of new technologies.

Regarding educational robotics, International Robotics Festival will be present in the context of the Internet Festival (from 11th to 14th October 2018 in Pisa), with educational robotics workshops designed for T-TOUR schools, for a common commitment in favor of teaching that facilitates and optimizes the involvement of students, teachers and all those who want to deepen their knowledge in this field or confront themselves for the first time with the scenarios of the future.

Particular attention is to educational robotics, which allows the Festival to start a collaboration with Internet Festival, scheduled from 11th to 14th October 2018, also in Pisa. Within Internet Festival, educational robotics laboratories will be proposed, designed for school students, from elementary to high school. Thanks to this partnership, Internet Festival and International Robotics Festival offer workshops that see the new generations as protagonists, to facilitate the involvement of students, teachers and all those who want to get in touch with robotics or deepen their knowledge of the technologies that are redesigning the future of education and teaching. About collaborations, mark the date: BRIGHT 2018, Researchers’ Night, during this night in Pisa there will be widespread scientific dissemination events, with particular attention to robotics.

Second edition of the Festival also presents a cultural program with concerts, shows and specials for cinema, proposing the new “Pisa Robot Film Festival”, a review to find out how strong is the link between the world of celluloid and that of robotics.

In a continuously updated program, with many events, here are some dates not to be forgotten:

September 27th inauguration at the Verdi Theater in Pisa;

September 28th BRIGHT 2018, the Researchers’ Night;

September 29th (afternoon) “LOLA” concert, in the Great Hall of Sapienza, University of Pisa (afternoon), “ROBOTopera” at the Puccini Theater of Torre del Lago Lucca (evening);

September 30th concert with the guitar belonging to Giuseppe Mazzini, at the Domus Mazziniana;

October 1st concert of ancient instruments at the Domus Mazziniana (afternoon) “Totentanz” by Franz Liszt at the Monumental Camposanto of the Duomo of Pisa (evening);

October 2nd opera “Don Cristobal” at the Gipsoteca of ancient art of the University of Pisa;

October 3rd concert with Maestro Andrea Bocelli and Soprano Maria Luigia Borsi at the Verdi Theater in Pisa.


International Robotics Festival, Pisa.
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