IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts


Genoa, Italy


Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley

The good, the bad and the ugly of automation: looking back at the advent of Electronic Design Automation and its implications today

Automation on one hand is touted as the pillar of Industry 4.0 and a fundamental enabler of autonomous vehicles. On the other, automation is considered a threat to employment. The truth may as always be in the middle. In the 1970s, the integrated circuit industry saw a rapid growth following the famous Moore's Law that predicted the doubling of number of transistors per square inch every year since their invention. However, the design complexity was growing at the same pace, if not more, and it was becoming a bottleneck. The only way to reduce the cost and time to bring new products to market was to develop algorithms and software systems to replace manual design at lower levels of abstraction. Electronic Design Automation since the late 1980s has become a fundamental enabler for the industry. Thousands of low level design jobs disappeared but the capabilities of engineers who conceived new architectures and devices were greatly enhanced. I will review this evolution and compare to today's rapid growth of robotics and AI.

Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli holds the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been on the Faculty of the Department since 1976. He obtained an electrical engineering and computer science degree ("Dottore in Ingegneria") summa cum laude from the Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy in 1971. In 1980-1981, he spent a year as a Visiting Scientist at the Mathematical Sciences Department of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. In 1987, he was Visiting Professor at MIT. He has held a number of visiting professor positions at Italian Universities, including Politecnico di Torino, Universita’ di Roma, La Sapienza, Universita’ di Roma, Tor Vergata, Universita’ di Pavia, Universita’ di Pisa, Scuola di Sant’Anna. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Lester Center for Innovation of the Haas School of Business and of the Center for Western European Studies and is a member of the Berkeley Roundtable of the International Economy (BRIE). He is Honorary Professor at Politecnico di Torino. He is an author of over 850 papers, 18 books and 2 patents in the area of design tools and methodologies, large scale systems, embedded systems, hybrid systems and innovation.

Sabine Hauert

University of Bristol and RoboHub

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Special Sessions Invited Speakers

Mirko Bordignon

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

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Barbara Bottalico

European Center for law, Science and new Technologies, University of Pavia, Italy

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Laura Convertino

University College London, UK

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Tony Belpaeme (to be confirmed)

Ghent University and Plymuth University UK

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Oliver Goodenough (to be confirmed)

Vermont Law School, Vermont

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Important dates


December 1st, 2017 - CFP

April 3rd, 2018 - paper submission

June 1st, 2018 - author notification

July 1st, 2018 - camera ready

July 15th, 2018 - advanced registration


September 27th-29>th, 2018