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Psychology and Human Factors in Robot Ethics:

What we know now and what we need to know for the future

It is inevitable that robots will become part of our everyday lives. Advances in safety and performance technologies mean that robots are being designed for all sorts of purposes at home, at work, in education, in travel systems, in health and social care – potentially in any setting. This progress will be transformational, involving increasingly closer interactions with people. However, as technology is typically developed faster than we gather a reliable understanding of its consequences, it is vital that we swiftly build up the body of knowledge we need to create good standards for safe and ethical future human-robot interactions (HRI). Psychology and Human Factors offer the scientific approaches that will enable us to develop this important information.

This ICRES 2019 workshop aims to showcase how applications of Psychology / Human Factors can inform our understanding and development of robot ethics. Full papers and extended abstracts are invited on any relevant topic, including but not limited to:

  • Appropriate methods for psychological analysis in HRI
  • Introducing robots to people to promote their trust and acceptance
  • Benchmarking HRI performance – what is ethical interaction?
  • Understanding how people behave towards robots in different contexts
  • Ethical monitoring and mutual awareness in HRI
  • Gaps in current robot standards – where are ethical considerations needed?

ICRES 2019, the 4th International Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards at London South Bank University, London, UK, 29th-30th July, 2019, will provide a multidisciplinary and international forum for discussing key safety, ethical, legal, and societal issues relevant to Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. More information on the event and submissions can be found at: https://www.icres2019.org/

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