[robotics-worldwide] CFP: Workshop on Roboethics at ICRA 2009

Fausto Ferreira fferreira at isr.ist.utl.pt
Wed Dec 17 15:01:46 PST 2008

[apologies for cross-posting]

Call for Papers and Contributions:

Full-Day Workshop on Roboethics

A workshop at:
ICRA 2009 (www.icra2009.org)
Sunday, May 17th, 2009

URL: www.roboethics.org/icra2009

Robotics research is increasingly raising ethical issues, related to the
emerging interactions between robots and humans. Roboethics deals with
the ethical aspects of the design, development and employment of
Intelligent Machines. It shares many "sensitive areas" with Computer
Ethics, Information Ethics and Bioethics. Along these disciplines, it
investigates the social and ethical problems due to the effects of the
Second and Third Industrial Revolutions in the Humans/Machines
interaction's domain. The focus of this workshop includes the study of
how social, political, and cultural values affect robotics research and
robotics application to society. In turn, how robotics affects society,
politics, and culture - the basic assumption being that that science and
technology are socially embedded.
This full-day workshop is open to - and it strongly encourages - the
participation of researchers and scholars from other communities, both
in science and humanities. This cultural openness provides the robotics
researchers with a wide-range intellectual exchange, especially
important in the perspective of educating young roboticists to
interdisciplinarity among technical disciplines, and to
transdisciplinarity among engineering, life science and humanities.

This workshop invites submissions on the following topics (but are not
limited to):

• Social (Robotics and job market; Cost benefit analysis; etc.);
• Psychological (Robots and kids; Robots and elderly, etc.);
• Legal (Robots and liability; Identification of autonomously acting
robots; etc.);
• Medical (Robotics in health care and prosthesis; etc.);
• Warfare application of robotics (Responsibility, International
Conventions and Laws; etc.)
• Environment (Cleaning nuclear and toxic waste, Using renewable
energies, etc.).

Tentative Submission Schedule:

- January 14, 2009: Abstract Submission deadline
- January 21, 2009: Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
- February 25, 2009: Camera-Ready Submission deadline

For further information, please contact:
info at roboethics.org and solis at kurenai.waseda.jp

Gianmarco Veruggio (CNR-IEIIT, ITALY), Ron Arkin (Georgia Institute of
Technology, USA), Atsuo Takanishi (Waseda University, JAPAN)
Jorge Solis (Waseda University, JAPAN), Matthias Scheutz (Indiana
University, USA), Fiorella Operto (School of Robotics, Italy)

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