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May 01, 2006

Ethicbots Workshop


International Workshop
Naples , 17-18 October, 2006


This workshop aims at exploring the techno-ethics of human interactions with adaptive and cognitive systems developed in the framework of Robotics, Bionics, and Artificial Intelligence. These interactions notably include:


•  human-robot non-invasive interactions, involving autonomous robots which inhabit human environments;

•  human-machine invasive interactions, involving bionic systems for restoring or enhancing human functionalities;

•  human-softbot interactions, involving AI systems for information access and communication.

Critical ethical issues arising in these domains concern

•  preservation and promotion of human freedom, rights, and identity;

•  fair access to adaptive machinery resources;

•  scientific method and techno-ethical policies;

•  precautionary principles in human-machine interactions;

•  responsibilities for cooperative human-machine deliberation and action;

•  machine autonomy and accountability;

•  individual and societal impact of human-machine cognitive and affective bonds;

•  intercultural aspects of robot development, design, and use.


The joint effort of researchers in various areas of inquiry - including robotics, bionics, the cognitive (neuro-)sciences, artificial intelligence, anthropology, philosophy, and law - is needed to identify and analyze techno-ethical issues concerning the interaction of human beings with adaptive and cognitive machines. This workshop aims at providing a multidisciplinary forum for discussing these techno-ethical issues and understanding their import on the proper implementation of ethical monitoring, triaging, warning, and institutional opinion generation.

The workshop is supported by the ETHICBOTS European Project (http://ethicbots.na.infn.it).

Scientific Board (to be completed): Daniela Cerqui (Switzerland), Paolo Dario (Italy), Rüdiger Dillmann (Germany), Armin Grunwald (Germany), Alan Mackworth (Canada), Abbe Mowshowitz (USA) Brian O'Connell (USA), Richard Rosenberg (Canada), Jutta Weber (Austria).

Organizing committee: Rafael Capurro (Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart, GER), Raja Chatila (LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, FR), Thomas Christaller (Fraunhofer Institut-AIS, Sankt Augustin, GER), Adriano Fabris (Università di Pisa, IT), Satinder Gill (Middlesex University, London, UK), Alessandro Giordani (Facoltà di Teologia, Lugano, CH), Cecilia Laschi (Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, IT), Guglielmo Tamburrini (Università Federico II, Napoli, IT), Gianmarco Veruggio (Scuola di Robotica, Genova, IT), Kevin Warwick (Dept. of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK)

Important dates:

Extended abstract (max 4 pages) : Submission by June 15, 2006

Acceptance notification for the workshop working notes : By 15 July, 2006.Post-conference publications : Journals 2007 special issues

Venue : Centro Congressi Università di Napoli Federico II, Via Partenope 36, 80121 Napoli, Italy http://www.centrocongressi.unina.it/lungomare/lungomare.h...

Fees: 75 euros. Free admission for students.

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