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.