IROS 2017 Workshop | Sep 28 | Vancouver

Best practices in designing effective roadmaps for robotics innovation

Join us at the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017) for a full day workshop that will bring together international and Canadian stakeholders in robotics to examine best practices for accelerating robotics innovation through strategic policy frameworks.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from people who have played a significant role in designing and implementing major strategic robotics initiatives around the globe.

Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Thursday, September 28, 2017 — Save the date!


In the past decade, a number of governing bodies and industry consortia have developed strategic roadmaps to guide investment and development of robotic technology. With the roadmaps from the US, South Korea, Japan and EU etc. well underway, the time is right to take stock of these strategic robotics initiatives to see what is working, what is not, and what best practices in roadmap development might be broadly applied to other regions.

The objective of this two-part workshop is to examine the process of how these policy frameworks came to be created in the first place, how they have been tailored to local capabilities and strengths, and what performance indicators are being used to measure their success — so that participants may draw from international collective experience as they design and evaluate strategic robotics initiatives for their own regions.


Part ONE
Morning Session: “Developing innovation policy for robotics, and establishing key performance indicators that are relevant to your region”

The morning session will feature international speakers who have played a significant role in launching and shaping major strategic robotics initiatives in robotics policy-advanced countries, for example, the US, EU, South Korea, and Japan. The focus of this session will be on the history and process of designing the roadmap (rather than on merely presenting the roadmap itself) and key performance indicators of roadmap success. The outcome of this session will be an exploratory overview of best practices and key performance metrics, so that participants can apply knowledge gained from the workshop to their own regional or national contexts.

Part TWO
Afternoon Session: “Towards a national robotics strategy for Canada”

The afternoon session will bring together leading Canadian robotics experts from academia, industry, federal/provincial policy, and the national research council (NSERC) to discuss and strategize the future of robotics in Canada, with an emphasis on addressing the social, economic, legal/ethical and regulatory issues, and the robotics strengths and capabilities specific to this country. The main goals of this session will be to 1) establish a clear picture of the internal Canadian robotics landscape and how it compares to other nations worldwide, 2) discuss lessons learned in the International session (Part One) within the Canadian context, and 3) discuss and identify gaps and opportunities for a Canadian initiative. Ultimately the Canadian session will serve as a venue for collecting data and viewpoints to support the development of a Canadian Robotics Roadmap.

Who should attend

Part One of the workshop (morning session) will explore the development of robotics roadmaps and policy frameworks across the globe, and will be broadly applicable to anyone with an interest in robotics policy, partnerships and funding.

Part Two (afternoon session) will leverage the conference’s Vancouver location to kickstart a Canadian strategic robotics initiative, and will be of particular interest to all Canadian conference-goers.

How to get involved

Robotics stakeholders are welcome to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions. If you are interested in joining as an attendee, please register with the IROS conference.

If you are interested in presenting or contributing in some other way, please email us at and let us know your area of expertise, what topic(s) you wish to address, and/or how you would like to contribute.

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