Robotics in Africa Forum

Program Committee:

Chinwe Ekenna (University of Albany), Kenechukwu C. Mbanisi (Olin College of Engineering), Simeon Adebola (University of California, Berkeley), Addisu Taddese (Intrinsic).


Steering Committee:

Ken Goldberg (UC. Berkeley), Amir Patel (University of Cape Town), David Vernon, (Carnegie Mellon University Africa), Aisha Walcott-Bryant (Google Research).


Abstract:

The forum serves as a spotlight, illuminating the remarkable work happening in the field of robotics across the African continent. From cutting-edge research to practical industrial applications, education, and training, this forum aims to showcase the state of robotics in Africa. By providing legitimacy, publicity, and credibility, we celebrate novel and innovative efforts undertaken by Africans and their collaborators. In addition, we plan to incorporate the Pan African robotics competition (PARC) into this forum and elevate the yearly competition and outcomes https://parcrobotics.org/.


Key Objectives:

Highlighting Excellence: We shine a light on outstanding work going on the continent, emphasizing the impact of robotics research and development in Africa.

Exploring Opportunities: The forum explores opportunities for robotics and A.I. applications within the continent, identifying areas for growth and collaboration.

Networking: Beyond borders, this event fosters networking opportunities, connecting robotics enthusiasts within Africa with the global robotics community.


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Marine Robotics in Ocean Decade Initiative for Sustainable Development

Organizers:

Giulia De Masi (Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE), Federico Renda (Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE), Gabriele Ferri (NATO STO-CMRE - Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, LaSpezia, Italy).


Abstract:

The application of marine robotics and technologies to a sustainable use of the Ocean is of utmost importance, as evident by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. “Proclaimed in 2017 by the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (‘the Ocean Decade’) seeks to stimulate ocean science and knowledge generation to reverse the decline of the state of the ocean system and catalyze new opportunities for sustainable development of this massive marine ecosystem. The Ocean Decade provides a convening framework for scientists and stakeholders from diverse sectors to develop the scientific knowledge and the partnerships needed to accelerate and harness advances in ocean science to better understand the ocean system and deliver science-based solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda.” Marine Robotics and Autonomous Systems can give a strong acceleration in enhancing the knowledge of the underwater environment and allow operations in remote areas. While in the past the monitoring of the Ocean was based on long-term ship surveys and operations were mainly based on divers missions, nowadays, surface and underwater autonomous systems have made possible the development of new systems for sampling the oceans in a sustained and more persistent way, with increased spatio-temporal resolution and at lower costs. This will enhance real-time ocean monitoring, ecosystem preservation, early alarm systems to prevent environmental disasters and guarantee the development of human-marine activities in respect of Ocean health.

Starting from the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society’s Ocean Decade Initiative, this Forum intends to bring together representatives from Industry, Government, and Academia to discuss opportunities and new partnerships for using robots and advanced engineering solutions for the Ocean in real-world scenarios, leveraging new technological breakthroughs to overcome current barriers. Renowned people from academia, industry, and governments will participate in a roundtable on the upcoming marine robotics revolution to enhance Ocean knowledge and sustainable development.

The forum is a collaboration between IEEE-OES and IEEE-RAS. It aims to strengthen the collaboration between the two societies and better demonstrate the similarities of the challenges presented by the underwater domain with other communication-limited scenarios popular in the broader robotics community. Synergies between different research communities are indeed possible and instrumental to address the common challenges.


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Venue

The multi-award winning Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) is the largest exhibition venue in the Middle East, fully interconnected within the hearth of Abu Dhabi. Featuring a unique architectural design, ADNEC offers one of the world's most accessible and flexible event spaces.