DSI Robotics Symposium 2020

The first external DSI Robotics symposium at the University of Twente (UT) was a big success with a lab tour, several speakers and over two hundred registered participants.

 The first external Robotics symposium was held in Enschede on 22 January 2020 and organized by the Digital Society Institute. The first yearly DSI symposium was focused on human-centered robotics, where science, technology, ethics, legal, societal and business meet. In the morning participants of the symposium could start with a guided lab tour. Prof.dr.ir. Maarten van der Steen, Scientific Director of DSI, welcomed everyone. After that Prof.dr.ir. Stefano Stramigioli gave a short introduction to the UT Robotics Prof.dr. Alin Albu-Schäffer, Technical University of Munich, was keynote speaker.

Research and Business

The second part of the Symposium was kicked-off by duos, who were a mix of UT researchers and people from the business community. The first duo was Dr.ir. René Fluit, University of Twente and Ir. Manav Penubaku, Reboocon Bionics. They were followed by Ing. Rein van der Zee, University of Twente and Ir. Sebastian Henrion, Boskalis. After a break it was time for a trio presentation, the speakers were Julian Mulder MSc, University of Twente, Dr.ir. Momen Abayazid, University of Twente and Dr.ir. Jeroen Huijben, Demcon. The last presentation came from Dr.ing. Gwenn Englebienne, University of Twente and Dr. Roeland Ordelman, Beeld en Geluid. They all gave presentations about how business and research are connected in the field of Robotics.

After the demo market, where several companies and research groups were represented. The symposium went on with an Ethical, Legal and Societal presentation by Prof.dr. Philip Brey, University of Twente/Faculty of BMS.

 Inspiring panel sessions

The last formal part of the day was a business panel session. The panel consisted of Sandy Kalisingh MSc, Prof.dr. Alin Albu-Schäffer and Alain le Loux MSc MBA.


Have a look at the programme.

We want to thank all the participants for presenting, discussing and developing their interest and work in Robotics. Building on this interest we hope this can be a Symposium that just keeps on growing.