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Social Robotics (Saturday 26 May)

Social Robotics: New Paths to Discovering What Matters in a Human Life

Saturday 26 May at 10.15-16.00

Organized by the AU Social Robotics Lab and the Human Futures Research Programme

The use of so-called “social robots” may offer new ways to unburden employees in social and health services both physically and psychologically, while opening up for citizens new modes of receiving social and health services--as a ‘win-win’ solution for both sides.  However, as the research landscape in “Social Robotics” and “Human Robot Interaction Studies” shows, special efforts at 'user-driven design' are called for.  Socio-cultural differences play an important role in the way social robots are designed, conceptually framed,  and experienced. While the use of robots in principle may further some of the core values the welfare state aims to realize, currently we still lack in-depth understanding on which interactions with social robots we should promote, when, and where.  

The AU Social Robotics Lab and the Research Programme Human Futures  offer a workshop that will bring the complex issues of social robotics into focus, by engaging our cultural and ethical imagination  with illustrations, challenging questions, and performance art.

Part 1:
Raising the Issues: How to Develop Social Robotics Applications that Increase Human Welfare

Saturday at 10.15

The first part of the workshop will “raise the issues” by way of illustration. Representatives of three research projects currently undertaken in Denmark will explain why and how social robotics applications should be developed only as collaborations of researchers and public institutions. In addition, a representative of the Next Nature Network will illustrate additional pathways for possible trajectories for future forms of human-robot collaborations in the welfare sector. 

Workshop participants

Thomas Toftegård, Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
Presentation of the AU Social Robotics Lab

Marco Nørskov, Associate Professor, Research Unit for Robophilosophy,  Aarhus University
The cultural dimension of social robotics (introduction to workshop)

Cathrine Hasse, Professor, Department of Education,  Aarhus University
Responsible Ethical Learning with Robots (The REELER Project)

Johanna Seibt, Professor MSO, Research Unit for Robophilosophy, Aarhus University
Integrative Social Robotics: New Tasks for the Humanities (The INSOR Project)

Nicolas Navarro, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Research Unit for Robophilosophy,  Aarhus University
Socratic Adventure at the Museum (The SAM project) 

Hendrik-Jan Grievink, Next Nature Network

Part 2:
How Far Will We Go?: New Paths to Exploring Our Cultural Imagination

Saturday at 13.00

The second part of the workshop will make it possible for the participants to explore the boundaries of their individual and social cultural imaginations for future human-robot collaborations. This part features a short performance of ROBOT DREAMS (an extract of the evening performance of Robot Dreams at Katapult), social mind mapping, and other forms of interactive participation from the audience.

Read more about ROBOT DREAMS here

Workshop participants:

Ensemble Meinard-Krauss-Feigl
Performance: Robot Dreams (short selection)

Research Unit for Robophilosophy
Imagination along and across the boundaries between human and machine (Online exploration of personal responses).

Hendrik Jan Grievink, Designer at the The Next Nature Network
BioRoboRepro, mapping Robotic Reproductive Environments

The workshop is organized by Johanna Seibt, Ph.D., Dr. phil. habil., Professor MSO, Department for Culture and Society, Aarhus University, phone: +45 8716 2245, e-mail: filseibt@cas.au.dk