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Research Unit for Robophilosophy


The Research Unit for Robophilosophy (RUR) addresses research questions in social robotics that require expertise in various philosophical disciplines, including the new area of intercultural philosophy of technology.   Robophilosophy, which we have defined as "philosophy of, for, and by social robotics," is a new area of interdisciplinary and partly experimental philosophy that participates in, and facilitates, the integration of  empirical and normative research in the Humanities and Human sciences (anthropology, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, phenomenology, ontology, knowledge representation, ethics) into social robotics research and engineering.

Social robotics is not only among the socially most relevant research areas for scholars in the Humanities, it also marks a new relationship between technology and the Humanities. The Research Unit for Robophilosophy undertakes targeted research projects (see http://www.robophilosophy.org) but also serves as a platform for research exchange--we coordinate the "Robophilosophy Conference Series" (www.robophilosophy-conference.org) and the Research Network for Transdisciplinary Studies in Social Robotics (TRANSOR).

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Events Spring 2021

Please keep updated at www.robophilosophy.org.

Thursday  February 18, 13:00-14:30

Johanna Seibt: Towards a Descriptive Framework for Human-Robot Interactions


Abstract:  Based on a brief review of the state of the art on the topic, the talk will introduce the basic ideas of the framework OASIS (Ontology of Asymmetric Social Interaction).   The aim of the OASIS framework is to provide the tools for a differentiated description of the goings-on in human-robot interaction from several perspectives. A central element of OASIS is the notion of “sociomorphing” (based on collaborative research with C. Vestergaard and M. Damholdt): while Human-Robot Interaction research by default assumes that people anthropomorphize robots, it appears that another type of human mental operation guides us in experiencing robots and interacting with them, at least in certain cases.  Attention to different types of sociomorphing offers a pathway towards describing  in greater detail different types of experienced socality in human-robot interaction. 


Thursday March 11 (Internal Seminar)


Thursday, March 25, 13:-14:30

Oliver Quick: Can and Should we Build Sympathetic Robots?


Thursday April 8 (Internal Seminar) 


Thursday, April 15: (time to be announced)

Daniel Druckman (Macquarie University, AUS):  Who is Best at Mediating a Social Conflict?  Comparing Robots, Screens, and Humans


Thursday, May 8, 13:00-14:30

Frederik Vejlin  (TBA)


Thursday, May 20, 13:00-14:30 

Marco Nørskov, (TBA)