[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Deadline Extended CfP: ICRA 2019 Workshop on Bias-sensitizing robot behaviours: A quest for avoiding harmful bias and discrimination by robots (AGAINST-19)

Masoumeh Mansouri Masoumeh.Mansouri at oru.se
Tue Mar 5 05:21:12 PST 2019

ICRA 2019 Workshop on Bias-sensitizing robot behaviours: A quest for avoiding harmful bias and discrimination by robots (AGAINST-19)


May 24, 2019, Montreal, Canada

Submission deadline: April 5, 2019
Human behaviour is subject to a wide range of cognitive biases. The machines and robots we create will naturally inherit many of these biases, as recently brought to light in both the media and academia: through examples such as sexist ad targeting, racist policing, but also robotic ageism, sexism and racism. This workshop focuses on bias-sensitization of robot behaviour on issues such as gender, race, age and culture. Bias-sensitization — a concept brought forward by the field of gender studies — is the modification of behaviour to avoid discrimination and hidden and harmful bias. The goal of this workshop is thus to raise awareness of, and provide new insights into, the biases involved in robot design, human-robot interaction and datasets; as well as the techniques which will be required to avoid harmful bias and discrimination by robots. The workshop will provide a venue for robotics and AI researchers, as well as philosophers, psychologists and cognitive scientists to exchange the lessons learned from state-of-art research in the intersection of diverse fields of studies.

Topics of interest

The topics that are relevant to this workshop include, but are not limited to:

- age/race/gender-biased robots;
- social, ethical and legal issues in robot discrimination;
- culturally competent versus stereotyped robots;
- fairness and transparency in robotic systems;
- feminist theory and robotics (e.g. gender studies in robotics, sex robots, feminist tech);
- distinctions between embodied and disembodied algorithmic discrimination;
- ethical robot decision making, ethical design and development of robotic systems;
- learning from biased datasets in robotics.

Extended Abstract submission

We invite participants to submit extended abstracts (max 2 pages) related to the workshop's topics of interest. The accepted contributions will be posted on the workshop website but they will not appear in the official IEEE proceedings. Contributors may also request that their manuscripts not appear on the website. The reviewing will be made by the organizers and invited speakers of the workshop. The manuscripts should use the IEEE ICRA two-column format, and a PDF copy of the manuscript should be submitted through the dedicated EasyChair website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__easychair.org_conferences_-3Fconf-3Dagainst19&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=ZoTgowKPfg2t76qx3eix6xQT8UIZMr2c4jIYXsb6vyM&s=aVahLUxQEzbLulSS78Yd6Yw5uPvU7DhMhfJFtthaOOs&e=

Accepted papers will be presented both as short oral presentations and as posters. The presentation should be up to 3-minutes to highlight the key findings of their research and identify their poster to the audience.

Important Dates

- Paper submission deadline: April 5, 2019
- Author notification: April 19, 2019
- Camera-ready submission: May 4, 2019

Invited speakers

Prof. James E. Young, University of Manitoba, Canada
Prof. Ayanna Howard, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Prof. Matthias Scheutz, Tufts University
Dr. Barbara Bruno, University of Genoa, Italy
Dr. John Danaher, NUI Galway, Republic of Ireland

Workshop organizers

- Masoumeh Mansouri (corresponding organizer), Centre for  Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS), Orebro University, Sweden
- Martim Brandao, Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI), University of Oxford, UK

- Alessandro Saffiotti, Centre for  Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS),  Orebro University, Sweden

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