Call for workshop papers

Bridging the Gaps between Different Worlds

A Legal and Ethical Approach towards Assistive Robots: Risks and Solutions

Friday October 23, 9.30-12.30

Registration for this workshop is free for attendants of New Friends 2015 

The workshop is directed at motivated and open-minded researchers working on robotics from different fields of expertise. Whether participants are in leading universities or in very small research groups; whether attendants are Ph.D. students or professors; whether they are in the private sector or in a public hospital; as long as they have interests in and concerns about robotics, they are all more than welcomed.

Different communities are asked to identify new problems, challenges or risks in a concrete field of robotics (in personal care, therapeutic and companion robots). This identification and examination will promote discussion either within the same community of experts, or with other communities. Privacy concerns, for instance, are highly important to the legal community; however privacy issues do not seem relevant to roboticists. Actually, the HRI community perceives privacy in a different way: it is more related to the invasion of personal/private space caused by robots, and it is something proxemics is addressing already. Another example is the psychosocial problem that loneliness and age-related depression is causing to elderly. A technology capable of socially connect elderly people to the world could help them reduce this problem.

For that reason, the following communities are kindly invited to participate:

  • New Technologies: Philosophers, Judges, Lawyers, Academia, etc.
  • Human-Robot Interaction: Psychologists, Sociologists, Anthropologists, Cognitive Science Engineers, etc.
  • Social Robotics: Engineers, Care Professionals, Practitioners, etc.
  • Others: Bioethicists, eco-Friendly Professionals, Communication and Audiovisual Media, etc.

More details, including submission deadlines, can be found at


  • Workshop paper submission: July 4, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance for workshop papers: July 11, 2015



New Friends 2015 – The 1st international conference on social robots in therapy and education