The Barriers of Social Robotics take-up by Society
- Paper submission deadline: June 25, 2017 (EXTENDED DEADLINE)
- Author notification: July 7, 2017
- Camera-ready submission: July 21, 2017
The research community has been gradually pushing technologies in order to address the problems of an ageing society. In the specific case of robotics, albeit numerous projects and initiatives have been put forward, few to none have succeeded in having an actual autonomous, multi-purpose, social robot (beyond the classic “Skype on Wheels”). From a technology’s perspective, realistically the fact remains, multi-purpose robotic technologies are not yet mature enough to free roam on people’s homes, but the research community is working determinately for it. Moreover, there is the need to overcome the barriers of the suspicious human nature when it comes to robots with the slightest degree of autonomy in their decisions.
The main goal of this workshop on the challenges of social robotics take-up by society is to gather these different stakeholders on Social Robotics for Active and Healthy Ageing, and promote a discussion ranging from the most recent advances in research on machine learning algorithms and human-robot interfaces up to ethical guidelines, legislation, deployment and technology assessment. The session is expected to allow researchers with different backgrounds to share ideas closing the cycle between research, industry and end-users. The aim is to identify challenges and possible solutions that emerge when developers bring their robots to real environments.
Therefore, the main topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:
· The design of machine learning algorithms to make autonomous decisions considering their degree of autonomy and impact on acceptability.
· Assessment metrics on technology evaluation and acceptance.
· Design of systems that comply with ethical and legal requirements, including ISO standardization and certification.
· Business Case Studies for Social Robots.
Schedule (Tentative and subject to changes)
09h00 - 09h30 - Challenges on Humanoid-Musician Interaction: From Biologically-Inspired Design to Impressions from Musicians - Jorge Solis (Karlstad University)
09h30 - 10h00 - What a Year of Trials with a Mobile Robot in User Homes Reveals about the Actual User Needs - Markus Vincze (Technische Universitaet Wien)
10h00 - 10h30 - Japan-Sweden Academia-Industry International Collaboration: Challenges in developing a robotic assistive eating device for frail elderly’s independent life - Jorge Solis (Karlstad University)
10h30 - 10h50 Coffee Break
10h50 - 11h20 - Stockport Council – A municipality testing robots and technology with Seniors - Andy Bleaden (Stockport Council - United Kingdom)
11h20 - 11h50 - TBA - Francesco Ferro (PAL Robotics SA.)
11h50 - 12h20 - Robots as New Legal Entities - Dr. Sandra Passinhas (University of Coimbra - Law School)
12h20 - 14h30 - Lunch Break
14h30 - 16h00 - Discussion Forum
The workshop will follow-up with a Discussion Forum, which is expected to allow identifying potential future directions on research & technological development, specialized human resource training and funding models of the associated activities. It also addresses a societal impact from economical and legal perspectives. The discussion aims to point out potential actions that intent to accelerate the take-up and promote Social Robots as a solution to societal problems in the areas of Ambient Assisted Living and Active and Healthy Ageing.
With the increasingly need for technologies to support an ageing society and promote sustainability, robots will soon appear in the frontline as key enabling technologies to compensate for the degradation of elderly capabilities, to act as peers in their social circles, or to help formal and informal carers to better take care of their next of keen. There is a wide range of open challenges that robots can fulfil, yet these carry an equal number of questions, which we aim to discuss in a broadening forum, getting together a number of different specialists in different areas, such as robotics, psychology or law.
- Big Data and the future challenges in machine learning from an ethical and legal perspective.
- The Millennial and Geographical Caveat: Are the solutions of the present culturally transferable to the users of the future?
- Robots as new legal entities: A legal and industrial perspective
- Public and Private Funding: Opportunities and Impact Assessment
|Markus Vincze||UTWien - Austria||Pedro Ruivo (to be confirmed)||FCT - Portugal|
|Jorge Solis||KU - Sweden||Jorge Dias||KUSTAR, UAE|
|Andy Bleaden||Stockport Council||Sten Hanke||AIT - Austria|
|Francesco Ferro||PAL Robotics SA||Bárbara Rodrigues||SCML - Portugal|
|Sandra Passinhas||FDUC - Portugal||Carina Dantas||Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra|