Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Project - Digital Technologies, Transformations and Skills: Robotics and EU Perceptions (D3REU)

D3REU is a Jean Monnet Research Project awarded to the university of South Australia under the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The project is lead by Hawke EU Centre Director, Professor Anthony Elliott, and his team.

Project Summary: The project focuses on perceptions of EU policy and investment in advancing digital technologies - specifically, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) - and its impacts upon workplace change, educational retraining and new digital skills. The field of robotics and AI promises the most profound disruptive technological shift since the Industrial Revolution. The advent of supercomputers, intelligent machines, robots and algorithms ushers in a world for which much of the developed world is not prepared, and against which government policy and intervention - on regional and global levels - is increasingly vital. Focussing on EU policy in key areas of technological innovation and employment changes the project centres on a suite of activities - workshops in 3 European regions and an international multidisciplinary conference in Australia – bringing EU and Australasian academics together with industry, business, policy makers and community stakeholders. Specifically, these activities will address: EU innovation and cohesion policies; the diversity of region-specific challenges and opportunities around robotics; AI technologies and the redefinition of digital skills; and, the importance of EU perceptions for effectively implementing policies aimed at the socially inclusive management of technological transitions. The relevance of European approaches for Australasia, and alignment of Australasian policy discourses with EU policy and investment will also be explored.

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Workshop on Robotics and New Digital Skills: European and Australasian Dialogues

Technical University of Munich

Munich, Germany, 2-3 May 2018

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‘AI, Digital Skills and Polish Industrial Transformation’ Workshop 

Date: 7 May 2019

Location: Digital Knowledge Village, Pulawska 457, 02--844 Warszawa, Poland

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'AI and New Digital Skills' Workshop'

Date: 9-10 May 2019

Location: Swedish School of Social Science, Snellmansgatan 12, Helsinki

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Concluding Conference: 'AI and Digital Skills - The Australasian Context'

Date: 23-24 July 2019

Location: Bradley Forum, City West Campus, UniSA, Adelaide, Australia

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Co-funded by the Erasmus+Programme of the EU