Europe regulates robotics - Festival Internazionale della Robotica

Europe regulates robotics

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Aula Magna, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna




DAY 1  – 27th September

8:30 Registration and welcome

9:00 Opening Ceremony
Pierdomenico Perata, Pisa (I)
Andreas de Guttry, Pisa (I)
Franco Mosca, Pisa (I)
Andrea Bertolini, Pisa

10:00 A European Approach to Robotics and AI
Bjoern Juretzki, Bruxelles (B)
Cecilia Laschi, Pisa (I)
Bernd Liepert, Augsburg (D)

11:30 A European Approach to Liability
Andrea Bertolini, Pisa (I)
Ian Kerr, Ottawa (CDN)
Ugo Pagallo, Torino (I)

13:00 Break

14:30 A European Approach to Ethical Design
Wendell Wallach, New Haven (CT, USA)
Raja Chatila, Paris (F)
Viola Schiaffonati, Milano (I)

16:00 A European Approach to Data Protection
Paul De Hert, Bruxelles (B)
Valentina Calderai, Pisa (I)
Karolina Mojzesowicz, Bruxelles (B)
Daniel Schönberger, Zurich (CH)

17:30 Adjourn

DAY 2 – 28th September

09.30 A European Approach to Standardization and Testing
Bardo Schettini Gherardini, Bruxelles (B)
Panagiotis Delimatsis, Tilburg (NL)

11.00 A European Approach to IP Law
Massimo Bergamasco, Pisa (I)
Luke McDonagh, Bruxelles (B)
Enrico Bonadio, Roma (I)
Jean-Marc Deltorn, Ottawa (CDN)

12.30 Break

14.30 Alternative Approaches to Regulation
Fabrizio Cafaggi, Roma (I)
Dominik Bösl, Augsburg (D)
Atsuo Takanishi, Tokyo (J)
Irene Sardellitti, Bruxelles (B)

16.00 Conclusions



The Conference constitutes the final event of the Jean Monnet Module “Europe Regulates Robotics”, a three-year long project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme (EAC/A04/2014). The Module draws on the experience of “Robolaw: Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics” (FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2011-1), whose results were presented before the European Parliament JURI Committee on September 2014, sparking and inspiring the debate that led to the adoption of the Recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics (2015/2103(INL)).

Since 2015, the Module has primarily aimed to foster an informed and multidisciplinary debate around the regulation of robotics and AI and its implications in a legal, ethical and economic perspective, and to form academics, policy-makers and professionals in the emerging field of robolaw.

The Module pursued such goals through a number of events involving prominent international experts coming from fields such as law, engineering, political sciences, management, ethics, economics, ethology, and theology, and three editions of the international summer school “The Regulation of Robotics in Europe”, that saw the participation of students from some of the most prestigious European Universities, as well as professionals, and policy-makers.
The principles and the methodology adopted by the Jean Monnet Module embody that “European approach to AI”, which aims at boosting the European technological and industrial capacity and AI uptake across the economy, while anticipating and addressing socio-economic changes, and ensuring an appropriate ethical and legal framework, based on the Union’s values, and in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU1.

The Conference intends to debate about the European Approach to AI and advanced robotics as it emerges from extant legislation, academic, and policy debates, and draw some conclusions on future challenges and perspectives. To this end, it brings together experts from various fields, policy-makers and representatives from the industry, in a two-day event to be hosted by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in the beautiful setting of its main campus, a fourteenth-century Benedictine monastery located in the heart of Pisa historical centre.



Massimo Bergamasco, Full Professor, Director of the TeCIP Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa (I)

Andrea Bertolini, Assistant Professor of Private Law, Dirpolis Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module “Europe Regulates Robotics”, Pisa (I)

Dominik Bösl, Vice President Consumer Driven Robotics, Senior Corporate Innovation Manager, KUKA AG, Augsburg (D)

Enrico Bonadio, Senior Lecturer in Law, The City Law School, University of London (UK)

Fabrizio Cafaggi, Professor of Private Law, Consiglio di Stato della Repubblica Italiana, Roma (I)

Valentina Calderai, Associate Professor of Private Law, Università di Pisa (I)

Raja Chatila, Professor and Director, Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris (F)

Andreas De Guttry, Professor of International Law, Director of DIRPOLIS Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa (I)

Paul De Hert, Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Co-Direct of Brussels Privacy Hub, Bruxelles (B)

Panagiotis Delimatsis, Professor of European and International Trade Law, Tilburg University, Director of the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), Tilburg (NL)

Jean-Marc Deltorn, Examiner, European Patent Office, Strasbourg (F)

Ian Kerr, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law, and Technology, University of Ottawa (CDN)

Cecilia Laschi, Professor of Biorobotics, Rector’s delegate to Research, BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa (I)

Bernd Liepert, Chief Innovation Officer, KUKA AG, President of euRobotics AISBL – the European Robotics Association, Augsburg (D)

Luke McDonagh, Senior Lecturer, City Law School, University of London (UK)

Karolina Mojzesowicz, Deputy Head of the Data Protection Unit, European Commission, DG JUST, Bruxelles (B)

Franco Mosca, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Pisa University, President of Fondazione Arpa, Organizer of the Pisa International Robotics Festival, Pisa (I)

Ugo Pagallo, Professor of Jurisprudence, Department of Law, University of Turin, member of the Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies formation, New Technologies formation, Torino (I)

Pierdomenico Perata, Full Professor of Plant Physiology, Rector of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa (I)

Irene Sardellitti, Programme Officer, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Digital Innovation Hubs, DG Connect, European Commission, Bruxelles (B)

Bardo Schettini Gherardini, Senior Legal Advisor and former Director of legal Affairs at CEN and CENELEC, Bruxelles (B)

Viola Schiaffonati, Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Department of Electronic, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano (I)

Daniel Schönberger, Attorney at Law, Head of the Legal Department for Switzerland and Austria, Google, Zurich (CH)

Atsuo Takanishi, Professor, Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering & Humanoid Robotics Institute, Waseda University, Tokyo (J)

Wendell Wallach, Consultant, ethicist, and scholar, Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Bioethics, New Haven (CT, USA)


Scientific coordinator

Andrea Bertolini
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – DIRPOLIS Institute
Piazza Martiri della Libertà 33, 56127 Pisa (PI) – Italy
Tel: 0039

Final conference of the Jean Monnet Module “Europe Regulates Robotics”, organized with the support of the Horizon 2020-Project Inbots, and DIRPOLIS Department of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, within the 2nd edition of the International Robotics Festival (Pisa 27th September – 3rd October), that won the 2017 medal of the President of the Italian Republic, with over 10.000 attendances