Inspection-based robotics for society, a PILOTING & AERIAL-CORE Workshop

The online workshop held on June 15th was an exceptional gathering that brought together approximately 56 participants. Throughout the workshop, engaging and comprehensive discussions took place, focusing on the benefits and challenges presented by the cutting-edge technologies developed within the AERIAL-CORE project.


Screenshot of the Inspection-Based Robotics for Society Workshop


The workshop began with a warm welcome, setting a positive and collaborative atmosphere for the participants. Informative presentations on AERIAL-CORE and the PILOTING project followed, offering the attendees a profound understanding of the technology and its potential applications.


The agenda for the workshop was as follows:

  • 10:00-10:10: Welcome.
  • 10:10-10:30: AERIAL-CORE Presentation.
  • 10:30-10:50: PILOTING Presentation.
  • 10:50-11:30: Round table about societal needs.
  • 11:30-12:10: Round table about benefits and negative impacts.
  • 12:10-12:30: Conclusions and farewell.


The workshop underscored the importance of precision, safety, and efficiency in inspection and maintenance tasks, highlighting how robotics can minimize human risk, improve productivity, and optimize resource utilization. Automation in these areas can reduce accidents and enhance operational efficiency.


Furthermore, the workshop stressed the significance of societal acceptance for successful robotics integration. Building public trust, addressing safety apprehensions, and emphasizing the advantages of robotic use in high-risk scenarios were identified as crucial factors. Additionally, participants acknowledged the environmental benefits of using robotics for infrastructure maintenance.


To facilitate technology adoption, the workshop recommended strategies such as transparent communication, collaboration with stakeholders, and involving the public in co-creation workshops.


In summary, the workshop provided a valuable platform for constructive discussions among diverse stakeholders, emphasizing the potential benefits of robotics while addressing societal expectations and safety concerns. Through transparent communication and collaboration, it played a pivotal role in promoting public trust and the responsible integration of robotics, paving the way for a safer, more efficient, and technologically advanced future.