Responsible Robotics: Shaping our Future with Robotics – a Lorentz Center Workshop

February 19-23 2018; Lorentz Center (Leiden, the Netherlands)

This February, the FRR brought together numerous experts in interdisciplinary fields to share their knowledge in a workshop with the goal of answering the foundational question of this organization: what is responsible robotics?

Taking place over the course of a week, the workshop was full of presentations from various fields regarding robotics, leading to smaller group discussions that led up to whole group conversations. On Wednesday, the major focus of the group was the benefit that “responsible robotics” may have to society.

The goal of this workshop was to try to create a more homogeneous definition of responsible robotics, and at the same time bring other questions up such as: what are the biggest threats to responsible robotics? Who is responsible for potential impacts on workers? Are wearable robots going to be available to all the public? Can robots have rights, or should robots have rights? Are screenwriters stigmatizing AI creating a negative view that blocks innovation? How will data protection be managed in the near coming future?

The last day consisted of a dialogue unifying all topics discussed in the workshop to be condensed into a white paper. The FRR aims to complete this document by the end of April for publication on this website. We intend for this paper to be available as a resource for those across disciplines to have basic information on the field of responsible robotics, as well as an entry point for sharing further knowledge and concerns.

View program here>

Workshop Organizers

Aimee van Wynsberghe, FRR & TU Delft

Gusz Eiben, VU University Amsterdam

Cathrine Hasse, Aarhus University

Johanna Seibt, Aarhus University

Noel Sharkey, FRR & University of Sheffield

Confirmed Participants

Duuk Baten, University of Twente

Philip Brey, University of Twente

Maria Bulgheroni, Ab.Acus

Raja Chatila, Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique

Saheli Datta, King’s College London

Virginia Dignum, TU Delft

Jim Dratwa, European Commission

Sarah Fletcher, Cranfield University

Tom Guarriello, RoboPsych

David Gunkel, Northern Illinois University

Eleanor Hancock, University of Liverpool

Teresa Heffernan, St. Mary’s University

Raya Jones, Cardiff University

Savvas Kikidis, University of Twente

Sabine KoeszegiTU Wein

Shuhong Li, TU Delft

Patrick Meier, iRevolutions

Sara Moreno Munez, FRR

Catelijne MullerEuropean Economic and Social Committee

Michael Nagenborg, University of Twente

Tony PrescottUniversity of Sheffield

Christopher Schlachta, Western University

Gina Smith, GSI

Wouter Van Noort, TU Delft

Jamie Wallace, Aarhus University

Martijn Wisse, TU Delft

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