Eduard Fosch Villaronga
Dr. Eduard Fosch-Villaronga is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at eLaw- Center for Law and Digital Technologies- since January 2019.
Dr. Eduard Fosch-Villaronga is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at eLaw- Center for Law and Digital Technologies- of Leiden University in the Netherlands (2019-2021). This grant is part of the LEaDing Postdocs Fellowship Programme, a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 707404. Eduard investigates the legal and regulatory aspects of healthcare robot and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and is the leader of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Working Group, which is an interdisciplinary Working Group at eLaw dedicated to advance the understanding of the legal, regulatory, and ethical implications of robots and autonomous systems. As part of his fellowship, he is currently visiting AiTech Center at TU Delft, which is a multidisciplinary research program on awareness, concepts, and design & engineering of autonomous technology under meaningful human control.
Eduard has been appointed as an expert by the European Commission in the Sub-Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI), connected products and other new challenges in product safety” to the Consumer Safety Network (CSN). He is also the co-leader of the Working Group on the Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects for Wearable Robots for Augmentation, Assistance or Substitution of Human Motor Functions at the European COST Action CA16116. His publications are available online on researchgate, which includes his latest research on sex care robots or on the importance of including the LGBTQ+ community in the development of AI to avoid discrimination, featured by Nature Machine Intelligence. He also published a book entitled ‘Robots, Healthcare, and the Law. Regulating Automation in Personal Care’ with Routledge.
Previously he was a researcher at the Cloud Legal Project between the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies both at the Queen Mary University of London in the UK. He investigated the governance of cloud robotics (Oct 2017-2018). He was also a postdoctoral researcher at the Law, Governance and Technology Department at the University of Twente in the Netherlands (Oct 2016-Sept 2017). In his time in UTwente, Eduard devised iterative modes for robot governance.
Eduard holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD) in Law, Science, and Technology where he addressed the legal and ethical implications of the use and development of healthcare robot technology. The Ph.D. awarding institutions include University of Bologna (Italy), University of Turin (Italy), Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania). Apart from the mobility plan of his Ph.D. program which included the University of Bologna (Italy), University of Turin (Italy), Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), Center for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) at Leibniz University (Germany), Institute of Law & Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and University of Pittsburgh School of Law (United States), Eduard has spent short visiting Ph.D. research periods at the Center for Education Engineering and Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University in the United States; and the Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Eduard has also received degrees from the University of Toulouse (LLM), the Autonomous University of Madrid (MA), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (LLB).
His takeaways from his Ph.D. Thesis “Create a European Robot Impact Assessment” and “Create a Robot Seal” were included in the “EYE2018 Report: 100 ideas for a better future”, an event organized by the European Parliament. Eduard has also given seminars in prestigious institutions around the globe including the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) in Japan, University College of London in the U.K., Robotics Institute in Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S., Mihaljo Pupin Institut in Serbia, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) at Uppsala University in Sweden, and Fordham Law School in the U.S.
Eduard has lived in eight different countries, is fluent in several languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Italian) and has some basic knowledge in other languages. His academic interests include the regulation of technology, privacy, dignity, human-robot interactions, the future of work, the future of education, the use of emotions in human-robot interactions and the byproduct consequences of technology. In his free time, Eduard enjoys cooking, traveling, learning languages and listening to music from the past.
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