[SydPhil] The First Wollongong Social Robotics Workshop

michael kirchhoff michael.david.kirchhoff at gmail.com
Fri Aug 4 09:29:48 AEST 2017

When: Wednesday 9 August 2017, from 9am to 5.00pm

Where: Room 30-G06, University of Wollongong - main campus

Attendance is free, registration is welcome.

For information and registration, contact Prof. Max Cappuccio

E-mail: m.lorenzo at uaeu.ac.ae - Mobile: 0402699255

A new generation of robots is going to enter our lives as co-workers and
social companions. The First Wollongong Social Robotics Workshop invites
various disciplinary perspectives to discuss the implications of this
upcoming revolution, addressing key philosophical questions that intersect
technology, cognitive science, ethics, and public policy:

- How is the advent of social robots going to impact our life-style, our
work, our values, our relationships?

- What can we learn about the functioning of the human mind from our
interaction with robots ?

- What do we need to know about the functioning of the human mind in order
to build robots more responsive to our needs, morals, and feelings?

Program of the workshop

Morning session

8.30am - 9.00am


9.00am - 9.10am

Prof. Daniel D. Hutto (University of Wollongong) & Prof. Max Cappuccio (UAE

Welcome and introduction

9.10am - 10.10am

Keynote speaker:

Prof. Ronald Arkin (Georgia Institute of Technology)

“Robots as ethical mediators between patients and caregivers"

10.10am - 10.50am

Dr. Jakub Zlotowski (Bielefeld University)

"Accepting and trusting robots as co-workers and companions: an
experimental perspective”

10.50-11.10 Break

11.10am - 11.40am

Dr. Omar Mubin & Muneeb Ahmad (MARCS Institute, University of Western

“Improving adaptivity in educational human-robot interaction”


PhD candidates session:

1) Nicole Robinson (Queensland University of Technology)

"Social robots to help encourage health behaviour change”

2) Alan Jurgens (University of Wollongong)

"Robots & False Belief Tests: A Way to Refine Experimental Designs?”

3) Anco Peeters (University of Wollongong)

“Designing virtuous sex robots”

1.10pm - 2.10pm Lunch

Afternoon session

2.10pm - 2.50pm

Prof. Rob Sparrow (Monash University)

"Robots, rape, and representation”

2.50pm - 3.40pm

Roundtable on “Robots, Representation, and Responsibility”

with Nicolle Brancazio (University of Wollongong), Prof. Friederike Eyssel
(Bielefeld University), Dr. Sarah Sorial (University of Wollongong), and
the other speakers.

3.40pm - 4.00pm Break

4.00pm - 5.00pm

Prof. Jai Galliot (Australian Centre for Cyber-Security, University of New
South Wales)

"The Unabomber on Robots: The Need for a Philosophy of Technology Geared
Toward Human Ends”

*Dr. Michael D. Kirchhoff *
Lecturer in Philosophy
School of Humanities and Social Enquiry
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong NSW 2522
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