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Fostering Socially Acceptable Robotics and Extended Reality (XR)

Track: ELSE

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 11:40-13:00

Organisers: Valeria Villani, Lorenzo Sabattini, Oya Celiktutan, Antonio Paolillo

Main questions to be answered: How can responsible innovation principles be implemented in robots and XR systems that can model, profile and understand users?

Additional questions: How can socially acceptable interaction and communication systems be developed for robots? How can socially acceptance be evaluated?

Additional questions 2: Where and how can socially acceptable robots and XR systems be implemented? What are the meaningful and ethical industry relevant use cases?

Workshop Description: Recent advancements in both robotics and extended reality (XR) technologies have ushered in a new era, where robots collaborate seamlessly with humans. Ensuring social acceptance of these technologies is crucial for their widespread adoption. Social acceptance is defined as the ability of these technologies to operate comfortably in diverse social settings, like postal offices or rehabilitation centers, while effectively assisting users without causing discomfort. Our workshop aims to unite experts in robotics and XR technologies from academia and industry to share their latest developments and insights into socially acceptable robotic systems. We’ve identified four key pathways to enhance social acceptance in next-gen systems: user profiling, understanding, interaction, communication, implementation of acceptable behaviors, and characterizing relevant application scenarios.

Intended Outcome: Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications

Approach: The workshop will be organized in tow main parts: first, invited speakers will present their related experience, highlighting advances in academic and industrial research; second, a panel discussion will be held, which will include the participation of the audience.

Contributors: Lorenzo Sabattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Confirmed, Speaker and panelist; Claude Touissant, Navel Robotics, Confirmed, Speaker and panelist; Marco van der Hoeven, RockingRobots, Confirmed, Panelist; Francesco Ferro, PAL Robotics, Invited, Speaker and panelist; Laetitia Bochud, Virtual Switzerland, Invited, Speaker and panelist

Further Information: The workshop website will be