Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 201700168
Regulating Robotics & Drones
Course info
Course module201700168
Credits (ECTS)2.5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. A. Votsis
prof.dr. M.A. Heldeweg
Contactperson for the course
dr. A. Votsis
dr. A. Votsis
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  1. Understanding the main regulatory strategies and instruments concerning enhancement of technological innovation, particularly regarding the development and use of robots and drones.
  2. Capacity to critically reflect on existing regulatory strategies as under 1.
  3. Ability to construct a regulatory design approach to dealing with legal/regulatory aspects of new developments in and uses of robotics and drones instruments.
This course is about how governance and regulation, especially regulatory strategies and legal regimes, can foster (design, experimentation and implementation of) technological innovation, particularly in the field of robotics & drone development and use – while at the same time addressing possible risks.

The iterative relationship between technology development and regulatory development will be key to the course. Specific topics will be:
  • the design of legal/regulatory frameworks for experimenting with new robotics/drone developments and uses (such as in sequentially upscaling)
  • the design of ‘future proof regulation’, that allows more liberties to innovation in robotics & drones (such as a go-ahead without ex ante permissions and the use of private regulation)
  • possibilities for ‘designing-in’ regulation or techno-regulation
  • possibilities for developing a tool to link robotics/drones impact assessment to regulatory impact assessment
  • robots & drones regulating humans and other robots & drones.
As follows from the title of the course, regulation of UAS/UAVs will, as subcategories of robotics, be explicitly addressed. Still, where relevant and possible, regulation of other categories of robotics, such as automated vehicles, care-robots, and swarms will also be included in the discussion. Lastly, we aim to raise deeper issues of human-machine interaction, particularly along the continuum of ethics, governance, law, and regulation.  
Participating study
Master Systems and Control
Participating study
Master Robotics
Required materials
Mainly articles, papers and reports, for which URLs and PDFs will be provided via Canvas.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes


A paper initially scoring 7 or lower can be improved to max 7.5.

Kies de Nederlandse taal