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Posted: Jun 03, 2013
Workshop: The future concept and reality of Social Robotics - challenges, perception and applications
(Nanowerk News) Researchers have exerted considerable efforts to advance the robotic technologies as well as to understand their social implications. As a result, robotics is now a highly articulated field with various types of robots already assisting numerous areas of human activity. Despite their increasing significance and relevance, the general public tends to think that robots still belong to the world of science fiction and research laboratories.
Moreover, past research findings are still rather confined within the disciplinary boundaries, hindering cross-fertilisation and collaboration for facilitating our understanding of social robotics further. Bringing our research up to the next level is essential if we wish to implement the ever-advancing robotic technologies in our everyday lives effectively, ethically, and sustainably.
In this endeavour, three COST Domains - Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH), Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) - have joined forces to discuss innovative research and ideas describing rigorous scientific advances in social robotics from the perspectives of hard science, social sciences, and humanistic inquiry.
Special attention will be paid to overall social consequences, in particular in education, healthcare and domestic spheres, people’s perception/social discourse/media representations of social robots, social acceptance, safety and compatibility in the design of social robots 'living' with humans, socially appealing design methodologies, ergonomics in human-robot interactions, three-party interaction (between robots, humans and bystanders), multimodal sensor communication, and application of human and animal prototypes to robots.
This is an Invitation Only event, but the Social Robots Exhibition is open to the public.