Social Robotics

example graphic Figure 1. Social Robotics VS. Classical Robotics.

As technology evolves and the demand for adopting robots to serve people increases, Social Robotics is becoming a promising field in the study of “Human-Robot Coexistence”. We can refer this problem area as “Robot Sociability Problems”, which covers many issues including artificial intelligence, computer science, mechanical engineering, cognitive science, philosophy, and law, etc… Based on Figure1, our special interest in Social Robotics is to investigate the intersection between human-robot interaction and social system design. For example, explorations may be: how we can make robots more socially compatible? ; how service robots are received by public’s “social acceptance” in different societies? ; Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics as a feasible solution for implementing the “Safety Intelligence” to ensure human-robot safely interaction? ; and how to consider cultural background to discuss the rules or norms of human-robot interaction?

example graphic Peccioli RoboTown: An open framework for experimenting advanced robotic systems and services in a real small town


01. Pericle Salvini (2015) On Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Care Robots, Samer Mohammed, Juan C. Moreno, Kyoungchul Kong, Yacine Amirat (Eds.) in Intelligent Assistive Robots, Springer International Publishing [LINK]
02. Pericle Salvini (2012) Presence, Reciprocity and Robotic Mediations: The Case of Autonomous Social Robots, International Journal of Technoethics, Volume 3, Issue 2 [LINK]
03. Gabriele Ferri, Alessandro Manzi, Pericle Salvini, Barbara Mazzolai, Cecilia Laschi, Paolo Dario (2011) DustCart, an autonomous robot for door-to-door garbage collection: From DustBot project to the experimentation in the small town of Peccioli, Paper presented on the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (IEEE ICRA'11). SHICC, Shanghai, China [LINK]
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05. Pericle Salvini, Gaetano Ciaravella, Wonpil Yu, Gabriele Ferri, Alessandro Manzi, Barbara Mazzolai, Cecilia Laschi, Sang-Rok Oh, Paolo Dario (2010) How safe are service robots in urban environments? Bullying a robot, Paper presented on the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN'10). Viareggio, Italy [LINK]
06. Pericle Salvini, Cecilia Laschi, Paolo Dario (2010) Design for Acceptability: Improving Robots’ Coexistence in Human Society, International Journal of Social Robotics, Vol.2, No.4, Page 451-460, Springer Netherlands [LINK]
07. Yueh-Hsuan Weng, Chien-Hsun Chen and Cheun-Tsai Sun (2009) Toward The Human-Robot Co-Existence Society: On Safety Intelligence for Next Generation Robots, International Journal of Social Robotics, Vol.1, No.4, Page 267-282, Springer Netherlands [PDF]
08. Pericle Salvini, Edoardo Datteri, Cecilia Laschi, Paolo Dario (2008) Scientific models and ethical issues in hybrid bionic systems research, AI & SOCIETY, Vol.22, Issue.3, Page 431-448, Springer-Verlag [LINK]
09. Yueh-Hsuan Weng, Chien-Hsun Chen and Cheun-Tsai Sun (2008) Safety Intelligence and Legal Machine Language-Do we need the Three Laws of Robotics?, Y. Takahashi (Ed.) in Service Robot Applications, Vienna: I -Tech Education & Publishing KG [PDF]
10. Pericle Salvini, Cecilia Laschi, Paolo Dario (2007) Roboethics in Biorobotics: Discussion of Case Studies, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (IEEE ICRA’07) Workshop on Roboethics, Rome, Italy, 14th April 2007 [PDF]