Intended audience

The targeted audience for this workshop are participants involved in robotic design. The workshop will be of interest both for its focus on human-centered design –which is becoming more and more important as robots move out of industrial applications into everyday spaces – and for the practical advice offered on how to design more acceptable robots by addressing normative constrained thinking.

The workshop is open to all conference attendees and is expected to attract participants from industry and academia, including robot developers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and students.

Based on research conducted across sectors and application areas, with diverse robot technologies, in private labs, universities, major robot companies, research institutes, technological companies, and in the context of use, this workshop strives to:

  1. provide different interdisciplinary perspectives on robot design, development, & use,
  2. expose a wider audience to novel developments in the area of ethical design, and
  3. bring different sub-communities together, to
  4. realize a human-centered reflection tool.

In this regard, the reflection tool will be relevant for the target audience of researchers, engineers, designers, developers, and integrators from the wide range of potential application areas for robots, such as production & manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, inspection & maintenance, but also service robots in education, entertainment, and healthcare (all sectors studied by the workshop organizers).

Expected attendance

We expect roughly 50 participants, based on the organizers’ experience at previous robotics conferences (Human Robot Interaction, European Robotics Forum, IROS). Based on attendance at previous workshops led by the organizers, there is a demonstrated interest in multi-disciplinary events on robot design at large, and special interest in 1) interdisciplinary collaboration, 2) methods of human-centered design, and 3) ethical challenges in robotics.