From: 15 June 2017

Until: 16 June 2017

Location: 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.

  • 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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