euRobotics Topics Group "Ethical, Legal and Socio-Economic Issues"


euRobotics topics group "Ethical, Legal and Socio-economic issues" (ELS)

We are the experts on matters of ethical, legal and socio-economic policy (ELS) in the European robotics association, called "euRobotics". The European Commission and euRobotics have entered into a public-private "partnership for robotics in Europe" - this partnership is called SPARC. SPARC is currently running the biggest non-military funding program in robotics, world-wide (in H2020). We contributed to the euRobotics and BDVA "Strategic Research, Innovation and Deployment Agenda" for a European AI PPP [public-private partnership], 06.06.2019.

Our themes: There is public concern that robotics poses a threat to society (job security, privacy, quality of life, peace, labour safety, product safety, responsibility/liability, etc. etc.), and there is no established framework of policy, legal and technical standards to address these challenges. The ELS topics group runs and supports activities between robotics research, robotics industry, policy makers, opinion makers and end-users and advises these stakeholders on the complex issues at hand. Its members work on ethical, legal and socio-economic problems of robotics, with expertise from a variety of backgrounds.

Chair: Prof. Vincent C. Müller (TU Eindhoven & U Leeds),,


- We published our Position Paper on Ethical, Legal and Socio-economic Issues in Robotics (2017)

- We organised another workshop at the European Robotics Forum 2020 in Malaga (in cooperation with INBOTS) - 


Points of Contact:

Ethics: Prof. Vincent C. Müller (TU Eindhoven & U Leeds),

Legal: Dr Andrea Bertolini (SSSA Pisa),

Socio-Economic: Prof Maarten Goos (UUtrecht),


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