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Friday, March 8 • 9:00am - 11:00am
The Advancement of Medical Devices: Robots in Health Care as a Case Study LIMITED

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Medical devices regulation within the EU centers on regulatory framework for market access, international trade relations, and regulatory convergence all with the aim of ensuring patient safety while promoting innovation and competitiveness. The current legal framework has hitherto been criticized for being too fragmented and difficult to follow; however, the medical devices market is truly a global one and alignment on this topic is essential in order to make the medical field as a whole more harmonized and efficient. This is particularly prevalent within Europe as Horizon 2020 emphasizes improved cross-cutting support technologies to facilitate the development of “new, more efficient, effective and sustainable treatments for disease and for the management of disabilities.”

Within the medical devices field, there have been large strides made with respect to the role robots play
in healthcare; yet there is still much debate around the use of robots in healthcare. With this increased role of robots comes the question: “Helping the infirm help themselves: when and where are robots an appropriate health care solution?” If the use of robots in healthcare can be agreed upon to create a
systemized and harmonized model across the union, this will lead to even larger developments in the medical field. 

In this session, the panelists will look at some of the following questions:

  • When should robots be responsible for our healthcare and well-being?
  • How much autonomy should healthcare robots have?
  • How should the user interface look like so that medical professionals can work with the robots?
  • How much should we let robots be responsible for our healthcare?


Signe Redfield

U.S. Office of Naval Research Global - London

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Catherine Carty

UNESCO Chair Project Manager, Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland, UNESCO Chair
Catherine Carty is the UNESCO Chair Project Manager in the Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland. The newly established chair is entitled  "Transforming the lives of people with disabilities through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness" and it represents a multidisciplinary... Read More →
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Dr. Kerstin Eder

Reader in Design Automation and Verification, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol
Dr Kerstin Eder is a Reader in Design Automation and Verification at the University of Bristol. She holds a PhD in Computational Logic, an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and an MEng in Informatics. Her research activities are focused on specification, verification and analysis methods... Read More →

Prof. Paolo Fiorini

IEEE Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Verona

Dr. Anders Sandberg

James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University

Friday March 8, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am CET
European Parliament J6Q1

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