Ethics for autonomous robots in military and law enforcement – Future of Robotics in Finland Seminar 2020

The Future of Robotics in Finland Seminar started in 2013 will be organized virtually this year on Friday 20.11.2020. To address the trends in Ethics and AI related to robotics, the theme this year is ”Ethics for autonomous robots in military and law enforcement”. The half-day seminar will have keynote presentations pitch talks and demonstrations from companies and researchers, as well as a panel discussion. The event serves to bring the Finnish community of researchers, professionals and students around robotics and its related fields, together, and typically attracts around 100 participants.

Attendance is free of charge for registered attendees and will be completely virtual.

Call for pitches, demos: Please submit your proposals for (short) pitch talks or technology demos to Sonja Pöyry ( by mid November.

Registration for attending  the seminar is mandatory and can now be done here:

The program of the seminar is as follows:

12:00 PM – 3:45 PM EET

12:00 – 12:15 – Pasi Hurri, BaseN / Dr. Roel Pieters, Tampere University – opening of the seminar

12:15 – 12:45 – Prof. Pekka Appelqvist (Ministry of Defence)

12:45 – 13:15 – Dr. Veikko Ikonen (Senior Scientist, VTT)

13:15 – 13:45 – Dr. Mart Noorma (Science and Development Director, Milrem Robotics)

13:45 – 14:00 – BREAK

14:00 – 14:30 – Dr. Kai Kimppa (Adjunct Professor, University Research Fellow, University of Turku)

14:30 – 15:15 – panel discussion:
Jarmo Lindberg
Dr. Veikko Ikonen
Dr. Mart Noorma
Dr. Kai Kimppa
Moderator: Pasi Hurri, BaseN

15:15 – 15:30 – pitch talk: Antti Syvänen (Researcher, Tampere University)

15:30 – 15:45 – Closing of the event, Dr. Roel Pieters, Tampere University

IEEE Finland Joint Chapter of Control System Society, Robotics and Automation Society and System, Man and Cybernetics Society (
Officers: Prof. Roel Pieters, Pasi Hurri, Dr. Peter Jakubik, Prof. Simo Särkkä, Dr. Kshitij Tiwari
Contact: Prof. Roel Pieters, chair of the IEEE Finland Joint Chapter of CSS, RAS and SMCS;
Local organizer: Sonja Pöyry; Email: