[robotics-worldwide] Call for Poster Contributions: International Conference "Going Beyond the Laboratory – Ethical and Societal Challenges for Robotics", Delmenhorst, 13-15 February 2014

Hironori Matsuzaki hironori.matsuzaki at uni-oldenburg.de
Thu Sep 5 09:49:19 PDT 2013

Call For Poster Contributions

International Conference:
»Going Beyond the Laboratory – Ethical and Societal Challenges for
February 13-15, 2014, Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK)
– Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst, Germany,
Website: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/ast/gbtl

The conference deals with societal consequences arising from the
introduction of advanced robot technology into everyday life, focusing on
the real-world applications of service and welfare robots such as
companionship, nursing or child care. The intent of the conference is to
examine how the increasing sophistication of robots and their deployment
outside the laboratory may exert crucial effects on man-machine
relationship, disrupt institutional orders of modern society, and require
rethinking of various normative issues. When robots go beyond the
laboratory, it is a challenge for robotics as well as for lay people who are
the expected interaction partners of such robots. Which new institutional
rules are needed to guide the expected man-machine relationship? From a
sociological point of view it is likely that society will not react with one
voice to these developments. Probably engineers/scientists, lay persons,
lawyers, politicians or entrepreneurs will hold different views on
autonomous robots. Therefore an interdisciplinary discussion is required.

The main subject areas of the conference are:
(1) The agency of the robot: To what extend do robots act autonomously? Are
robots able to perceive or to have expectations? Do robots have social
agency? Does robotics urge us to reconsider our concepts of agency,
personhood or companionship?
(2) Robots beyond the laboratory: Will they be accepted by lay persons? How
do lay people feel with a robot companion or a robot caregiver? How should
we deal with ethical questions raised by the replacement of human care
givers with robots?
(3) The social status of the robot: Which legal status is appropriate for an
autonomous robot? Are robots responsible agents? Or: Who else should be held
responsible for the robots actions? What are the standpoints of
science/engineering, economics or politics on robots?
(4) Cross-cultural analysis: How do people’s attitudes towards robots vary
due to the local cultural circumstances?

The organizers invite contributions for the poster session which provides an
occasion for presenting late-breaking results, ongoing research projects,
and innovative work in progress. Posters will be displayed for the duration
of the conference, giving presenters an opportunity for informal discussions
with conference attendees. Especially researchers and practitioners from the
area of human-robot interaction and social robotics are encouraged to submit
proposals for poster presentation.

Posters should describe novel or interesting research topics in line with
the above mentioned themes, and give a brief overview of theoretical
framework, research questions, methodology and possibly preliminary results.
Submissions should consist of (1) a 1 page summary (as a DOC/DOCX-file; no
more than 500 words) and (2) a draft of poster layout (as a PDF file).
Please also attach (3) your full contact details (name and professional
affiliation of the author/s; name and e-mail address of the corresponding
Submissions and questions should be sent to gbtl (at) uni-oldenburg.de by 15
November 2013, listing “GBTL Poster Session” as the subject heading of

- Submission deadline: 15 November 2013
- Notification of acceptance: 1 December 2013

Posters will NOT be printed by the conference organizer. The abstracts of
all accepted posters will be published on the conference website. Presenters
of an accepted poster must register for the conference (registration is
expected to open in mid-November 2013) and present their work at the
allocated space. The organizers should be contacted in case of any special

Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Dept. of Social Sciences,
Research Unit “Sociological Theory” (AST) — Prof. Dr. Gesa Lindemann
(Director), Dr. Gregor Fitzi, Hironori Matsuzaki, Ilona Straub

For the oral presentations and the panel, we invite world-leading experts
from different scientific disciplines (Robotics, Jurisprudence, Social
Sciences, Philosophy, and Ethics) as well as industrial and governmental
circles to enable a wide-ranging exchange and in-depth discussions on the
above mentioned issues.

- Prof. Atsuo Takanishi, Waseda University, Japan (Keynote Address)
- Dr. Giorigio Metta, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
- Prof. Cecilia Laschi, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
- Dr. Birgit Graf, Fraunhofer IPA, Germany
- Prof. Yukie Nagai, Osaka University, Japan
- Prof. Morana Alač, UC San Diego, USA
- Prof. Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
- Dr. Martin Meister, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
- Dr. Susanne Beck, University of Würzburg, Germany
- Tomoko Nambu LL.M., River-City Legal Profession Corporation, Japan
- Björn Juretzki, European Commission
- Bruno Maisonnier, Aldebaran Robotics, France
- Dr. Kohtaro Ohba, AIST, Japan
- Prof. Guglielmo Tamburrini, University of Naples, Italy
- Prof. Robert Sparrow, Monash University, Australia
- Dr. Diego Compagna, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
- Prof. Johanna Seibt, Aarhus University, Denmark
- Dr. Shuichi Nishio, ATR, Japan
- Prof. Selma Šabanović, Indiana University, USA
- Prof. Thomas Christaller, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany
- Prof. Werner Rammert, Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany
- Dr. Mark Coeckelbergh, University of Twente, the Netherlands
- Dr. Karola Pitsch, Bielefeld University, Germany

For further details and updates, please consult the conference web site at
URL: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/ast/gbtl, or e-mail to
gbtl(at)uni-oldenburg.de (replace (at) with @)

Thank you very much!


International Conference »Going Beyond the Laboratory
– Ethical and Societal Challenges for Robotics«
Organizing Team:
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg,
Department of Social Sciences, Research Unit "Sociological Theory"
* Gesa Lindemann (Director)
* Gregor Fitzi
* Hironori Matsuzaki
* Ilona Straub

Hironori Matsuzaki M.A.
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Department of Social Sciences,
Research Unit "Sociological Theory"
Ammerlaender Heerstr. 114-118
D-26129 Oldenburg Germany

Room: A6-4-430
Telefon: +49 441 798-2791
Telefax: +49 441 798-4584
E-Mail: hironori.matsuzaki at uni-oldenburg.de

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