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We would like to invite you to submit your articles to Advanced Robotics Special Issue on Ethics, Law, and Psychology towards Responsible Robotics for the Society.

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Advanced Robotics
Special Issue on Ethics, Law, and Psychology towards Responsible Robotics for the Society

Co-Editors: Yuji Kawai, Tatsuhiko Inatani, and Fabio Fossa

Submission Deadline: 31 August, 2020
Publication: May 2021 (Vol. 35, Issue 9)

Robot technology has been expanding from closed spaces such as factories to open spaces such as homes and streets. Cleaning robots have already been introduced in many houses, and many robots for social communication with humans have been developed. Furthermore, it is envisioned that many automated vehicles will drive around cities in the near future. The spread of these robots and artificial intelligence technologies will drastically change our society and is expected to bring unprecedented affluence and well-being to people’s lives. However, there is also a concern that new social problems that have never been considered, so-called ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues), will occur as robots begin to autonomously work close to humans. To address them, transdisciplinary debate from technological, ethical, legal, social, and scientific perspectives is required. It is now time for not only philosophers, jurists, and policy makers but also scientists and engineers to consider social implications of developing robot technology and to be responsible for the global community. This special issue aims to explore problems in social implementation of advanced robots and discuss how to solve or manage them from diverse research areas to develop truly acceptable robots. The interest topics of the special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Potential issues in applications of autonomous robots in society
  • Methodology for ethical risk assessments for robots
  • Design for artificial moral agents
  • Laws for autonomous systems/robots
  • Social implications of advanced robots
  • Subjective trust, responsibility, and sense of agency in human-robot interactions

The video recording was released here.

In light of COVID-19, this workshop will be held virtually on Zoom webinar. Attendance to the virtual workshop is free of charge. Please register here for participation.

We will hold the International Workshop: "How will Autonomous Robots and Systems Influence Society? Debate from technological, philosophical, ethical, legal, and social implications perspectives" in Paris, France on June 4, 2020. This workshop is a joint event of the IEEE ICRA 2020, one of the largest international conferences in robotics.

Please see here for more detailed information.

Symbiotic Intelligent Systems Research Center at Open and Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives, Osaka University will hold the 1st International Symposium on Symbiotic Intelligent Systems on Jan. 23rd - 25th, 2019.

Prof. Asada, Dr. Inatani, and Dr. Kawai will give presentations in the symposium.

Its detail and registration pages are here.

Dr. Konatsu Nishigai, a co-investigator of our project, will chair a seminar in the University of Oxford on 8th August, that is titled "The Legal Personality of Robots and Machines." Prof. Minoru Asada and Prof. Yasunori Kasai also will give lectures.

Please see here for more detailed information.