[robotics-worldwide] CFP: RAM Special Issue on Roboethics

solis at ieee.org solis at ieee.org
Wed Jan 20 00:33:16 PST 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Please find the first CFP of the RAM Special Issue on 

Looking forward to receive your contributions !


                 First Call for Papers 
        IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
            Special Issue on Roboethics


Robotics research is increasingly raising ethical 
implications related to the emerging interactions between 
robots and human beings. 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. 
Progress in the field of computer science and 
telecommunications allows us to endow machines with enough 
intelligence so that they may act autonomously. Therefore, 
we can forecast that in the twenty-first century humanity 
will coexist with the first alien intelligence we have 
ever come in contact with - robots. However; as the 
application field for robots is widening, and the robot is 
coming out of the factory halls, new challenges are seen, 
and even a change of paradigm is taking shape. Not only 
roboticists, but also sociologists, psychologists and 
philosophers are discussing the potentialities and the 
limits of these intelligent machines in relation to human 

Original and unpublished high-quality research results are 
solicited to explore and boost the new areas relevant to 
Roboethics. Contributions are welcome on the ethical, 
legal and societal aspects of the following topics (but 
not limited to):

-Economy (Replacing humans in the workplace; etc.) 
-Psychology(Position of humans in the control hierarchy; 
- Law (Robots and liability; Deployment of autonomously 
acting robots)
- Health (Robotics in surgery; Robotics in health care, 
- Military application of robotics (Acceptability, 
Advantages and Risks, etc.)
- Environment (Underwater robotics noise pollution; etc.)
- Service (Social robotics; Personal assistants; etc.) 
- Technical Dependability (Availability; Reliability; 
Safety; etc.) 

Guest Editors
Gianmarco Veruggio
CNR-IEIIT/ School of Robotics
Genova, Italy 

Jorge Solis
Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan

Mike Van der Loos
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Important Dates:
September 1st, 2010  Paper submission deadline
October 15th, 2010   Completion of the first round review
December 1st, 2010   Completion of the second round review
December 20th, 2010  Final manuscript due

Paper Submission:
All papers are to be submitted through the Manuscript 
Central for RAM at 
Please select "Special Issue" under Manuscript Category of 
your submission. All manuscripts must be prepared 
according to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine 
publication guidelines 
http://www.engr.uconn.edu/~ieeetase/. Papers will be 
reviewed following the standard IEEE RAM review process.

Please address inquiries to Guest Editors at 
ieeeramsi at roboethics.org

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