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*CFP: The Emerging Policy and Ethics of Human Robot Interaction*

Mar 2, 2015   •   Portland, Oregon   •   Workshop @ HRI 2015


As robotics technology forays into our daily lives, research, industry, and
government professionals in the field of human-robot interaction (HRI) in
must grapple with significant ethical, legal, and normative questions. Many
leaders in the field have suggested that “the time is now” to start
drafting ethical and policy guidelines for our community to guide us
forward into this new era of robots in human social environments. However,
thus far, discussions have been skewed toward the technology side or policy
side, with few opportunities for cross-disciplinary conversation, creating
problems for the community. Policy researchers can be concerned about robot
capabilities that are scientifically unlikely to ever come to fruition
(like the singularity), and technologists can be vehemently opposed to
ethics and policy encroaching on their professional space, concerned it
will impede their work.

This workshop aims to build a cross-disciplinary bridge that will ensure
mutual education and grounding. It has three main goals: 1) Cultivate a
multidisciplinary network of scholars who might not otherwise have the
opportunity to meet and collaborate, 2) Serve as a forum for guided
discussion of relevant topics that have emerged as pressing ethical and
policy issues in the HRI field, 3) Create a working consensus document for
the professional community that will be shared broadly.

The workshop will explore three challenge themes: Healthcare (e.g., how do
we ethically design and deploy robots that work with people with
disabilities and older adults?), Morphology (e.g., what are the ethics
inherent in “social manipulation” through design?), and Autonomy (e.g.,
what are the ethical and legal ramifications of control handoff?).

*Invited Speakers*


A multi-disciplinary group of scholars will serve as panelists on the three
challenge themes, including:

  - Meg Leta Ambrose, Communication, Culture, & Technology, Georgetown

  - Peter Asaro, Media Studies, The New School

  - Michael Goodrich, Computer Science, Brigham Young University

  - David Luxton, Naval Health Research Center

  - Jason Millar, Philosophy, Queen’s University at Kingston

  - Ayse Saygin, Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego

  - Jean Scholtz, Visual Analytics, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  - Bill Smart, Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University

  - John Sullins, Philosophy, Sonoma State University

  - Aimee van Wynsberghe, Philosophy, University of Twente

  - Eric Valor, Team Gleason Initiative and SciOpen Research Group



We welcome multi-disciplinary participation from all who are interested in
exploring this area. Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to:

   - Design, experimental, and/or ethical guidelines for professionals in
the HRI community

   - Inclusive robot design - for both the robots themselves and their users

   - Patient rights and responsibilities in robot-assisted healthcare

   - Preservation of privacy and dignity for users of assistive robots

   - Shared autonomy and control handoffs in an ethical and policy context

   - Appropriate use of wizard-of-oz

   - Data collection and privacy

   - Social impact of human worker displacement in the service sector

   - Legal liability issues in robotic design, manufacture, and use

   - Liability laws for human-robot teams

   - The role of regulatory agencies (FDA, FTC, etc)

*Paper format*


Authors are invited to submit questions, thought experiments, position
papers, or ethical stories from their own HRI practice. All submissions
should be situated within the context of humans and robots working together
collaboratively. Please note, for this workshop we are more focused on
helping guide HRI practice and policy, as opposed to programming ethics
into robots.

Papers should be 2 pages long and follow the HRI 2015 publication
guidelines. For more information about the format, see the workshop’s

*Important dates*


Deadline for paper submission: 2 Feb 2015

Notification of acceptance: 9 Feb 2015

Workshop: 2 Mar 2015

*Publication information*


In addition to posting accepted submissions to the workshop website,
content will be live-tweeted by the Open Roboethics Initiative during the
workshop. We also will be publishing a working consensus document for our
community on the workshop website as well as on Robohub.

*Travel Scholarships for Students*


Funding may be available to support student travel and workshop
registration. Please check the website in mid-January for more details.



Laurel Riek, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Woodrow Hartzog, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

Don Howard, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

Ajung Moon, Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia

Ryan Calo, School of Law, University of Washington


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