From: 19 February 2018

Until: 23 February 2018

Location: 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.

Workshop Organizers

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

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