Brocher Foundation – Connected robots for health: challenges for responsible robot design

June 15-16 2017, Brocher Center (Geneva, Switzerland)

Care robotics has been emerging as response to demographic and economic challenges in healthcare systems in the developed world and is receiving substantial amounts of funding by national and international funding bodies. Despite the strategic endorsement of care robotics as and important area of technological innovation in healthcare and increasing attention to the development of care robots, there has been significant public unease about the entry of such robots into the domain of care and substantial ethical reflection on care robots has accompanied their development and introduction to care settings. Over recent years, care robots have undergone a transformation from being designed for very specific tasks to becoming multi-purpose information hubs that are highly connected with their environment and other systems. Such connected robots are characterized by complex distributed information flows that integrate a wide range of functions both internal and external to the robot. The proposed workshop will be engaging with the particular ethical challenges raised by this increasing connectedness of care robots. It will reflect on these challenges from interdisciplinary perspectives with the aim of specifying requirements for responsible robot design that may be able to address these concerns.

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Aimee van Wynsberghe, FRR & TU Delft

Noel Sharkey, FRR & University of Sheffield

Heike Felzmann, NUI Galway

Christopher Schlachta, London Health Sciences Centre & Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics

Gail Mountain, University of Sheffield

Giorgia Guerra, University of Padua

Tobias Mahler, University of Oslo

Amanda Sharkey, University of Sheffield

Kathy Murphy, NUI Galway

Duuk Baten, FRR & University of Twente

Tory Igoe, FRR & Northeastern University

Hetaher Draper, University of Birmingham

Tom Sorrel, University of Warwick

Jan Veneman, Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Eduard Fosch, University of Twente

Alex Gkiokas, Ortelio Ltd

Paolo Barattini, K46

Geoff Pegman, RU Robots

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